Kitchen equipment is essential to creating a well-equipped kitchen. Used or new, having the appropriate tools makes cooking enjoyable and effortless.
Make an investment in quality shears to make opening packages, cutting herb stems and trimming meat easier and save both time and frustration. A pair that is well-made can save both.
Kitchen Display System (KDS)
Kitchen display systems (KDSs) are the modern equivalent of paper order tickets in restaurants, offering real-time updates and helping communicate order status to kitchen staff.
Track ticket times, alert managers of overdue orders and sync item bumps across stations for faster service – this information allows managers to better assess their performance over time and make necessary improvements.
KDS screens are bright and easy to read, facilitating staff communication between each other more effectively. By eliminating handwritten notes and errors from being required for communication purposes, this gives staff ownership over their work as well as accountability that helps reduce decision fatigue.
An efficient KDS will prioritize and highlight urgent orders so they are delivered on time to tables, helping restaurants increase service, customer satisfaction and waste reduction while decreasing paper usage costs.
Point of Sale (POS)
The point-of-sale (POS) system is at the heart of retail operations, helping to streamline daily tasks and boost efficiency. Featuring hardware like receipt printers, cash drawers and touchscreen tablets; as well as customizable reports that cover sales data, inventory control, customer profiles and much more; the POS is essential.
Not only can POS systems help track inventory, they often also feature purchasing functionality that makes stock purchases simpler with suppliers so your shelves remain full.
Customer engagement can be achieved using an efficient POS system by tracking everything customers purchase in-store or online, and using this data to develop targeted marketing campaigns that encourage repeat purchases – helping increase profitability while decreasing ingredient waste, spoilage costs and unneeded expenses. Plus, some POS software even enables you to manage discounts and promotions, increasing revenue with smart sales strategies.
Steam tables are food-holding devices designed to maintain safe hot food-holding temperatures for an extended period, making them suitable for cafeterias, hotels and buffets. Heating occurs via either heated water or steam and ensures uniform heating while keeping foods moist and succulent.
Industrial steam tables come with both electric and gas heating sources, as well as either sealed or open well designs. Open well units require filling spillage pans above their heating source while sealed well steam tables have their heat sources hidden behind a permanently installed metal well, eliminating messy spillage pans that must be filled manually before being placed above their source of heat.
Daily maintenance of a commercial steam table should include allowing it to cool before draining the wells, draining them out, and using mild detergent to scrub away grime that has accumulated on its stainless steel surface. You may also add accessories that create functional presentations, increase storage or sanitation needs such as adapter bars or shelved units to add additional space, sneeze guards, or water filtration systems to enhance its use and presentation.
Refrigeration is a food storage method which keeps perishables at low temperatures to reduce bacteria growth and extend shelf life, as well as to minimize health risks from spoilage. It allows frozen foods to remain fresh longer while also decreasing health risks associated with spoilage.
Refrigerators are essential kitchen tools, essential for the preservation and preparation of ingredients. Available in various sizes, shapes, designs and features – including full extension drawers to ease access, in-door ice systems and smart technology – refrigerators come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and designs to help keep food at optimal conditions for preservation and preparation.
Thermodynamics – the scientific study of heat transfer processes – plays an integral part in refrigeration. According to the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, heat always moves from warmer areas toward colder ones without direct contact between them – this can be achieved using insulation materials with low thermal conductivity. Refrigeration can be used commercially and industrially for purposes such as liquefying oxygen, nitrogen, propane and methane; temper steel; and store and ship temperature-sensitive materials via rail car, truck or air or sea transportation methods.