Purchasing a new refrigerated prep table can seem like a daunting task at first. There are dozens of makes, models, and sizes available. There is also a lot to consider about what type of refrigerated prep table will work best for your kitchen.
Follow these tips to make shopping for your prep table a little easier:
CONSIDER WHAT TYPES OF FOOD YOU WILL BE STORING.
Does your business primarily make pizzas or sandwiches? Does your head chef need a space of his own to prep high end dishes for the dinner crowd? The type of food you serve makes a big difference on what type of prep table you require. Refrigerated prep tables have a variety of included features. Considering your inventory will help you decide which table is best.
THINK ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF FOOD PREPARATION HAPPENS IN YOUR KITCHEN.
There are different storage configurations in different types of prep tables. Does your menu require you to store many types of raw meat or do you just need space for a few different garnishes? The size of the cutting board varies depending on the type of prep tables and the location of pans changes as well.
DETERMINE THE VOLUME OF FOOD THAT WILL BE PASSING THROUGH YOUR KITCHEN EACH DAY.
How many customers does your business serve each day? Are you open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or do you only offer certain meals? Does your staff need to prep food for the dinner rush during lunch? It is important to consider how many ingredients need to be easily accessible and stored in your refrigerated prep table at any given time. You also need to think about how many employees may need to use the prep table at once. Longer prep tables are a better choice for kitchens that require multiple employees to prep food.
RESEARCH SPECIAL FEATURES THAT MAY BE OF USE TO YOUR KITCHEN STAFF.
Most prep tables feature removable cutting boards. There are also different types of storage options such as pull out drawers, insulated cabinets, and additional wire shelves. These are things that can be added on as additional features when you are purchasing your refrigerated prep table.
FIND OUT THE TEMPERATURE RANGE YOUR INVENTORY NEEDS TO BE STORED AT.
Most refrigerated prep tables offer temperatures from 33 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Some refrigerated prep tables features adjustable controls so you can have a variety of temperatures in one prep unit. This allows ingredients to be stored at multiple temperatures.
At Bush Refrigeration we offer many different types of pizza prep tables, sandwich and salad prep tables, as well as refrigerated chef bases. Our refrigerated prep tables come in a variety of sizes and most are easy to move to different areas of the kitchen so space doesn’t have to be an issue. Feel free to contact us today if you need further guidance about choosing a refrigerated prep table for your kitchen.