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Catering Equipment: Cost Saving Tips

Friday, September 8th, 2017

For caterers and restaurants, catering equipment and the food industry in general can be costly. Everything costs money from the staff and the catering equipment to the food items and appliances. It is essential that, as a caterer or restaurateur, that you know how to work with your finances so that your business can prosper.

Here are a few cost saving tips for your catering business or restaurant.

  • Monitor the hours that your staff work. Negligent or rebellious staff members may take advantage of the time factor by working slower than they should. Consequently, they don’t get all the work done within the working day and request over time.
  • Keep track of all food items that are purchased and used. Once your business is established you will know more or less how much of a certain food item you require. The next time you order that product, you can order the correct quantity instead of too much. For example, if you use 50 kilograms of sugar in one week, then your next sugar order should be for this quantity and not twice as much.
  • Prepare some foods in advance. Peel the potatoes or dice the vegetables in the morning before the day gets too busy. This is a time saving routine but by doing this you are also opening yourself up to taking in more customers.
  • Monitor the portions that are prepared for each menu item. Some of your staff members may be using too much of a certain ingredient which could lead to wastage. Train your staff members to understand the portion sizes required for each menu item.
  • Keep an eye out for specials on the products you use regularly or get them at wholesale prices. For example, there may be a catering equipment sale on commercial fridges or deep fryers, or on other catering equipment that you may need. You can save a bundle if you wait for a sale.
  • Invest in an order processing system and train your staff. You need to keep track of each order that is received. Your kitchen needs to interpret that information precisely so that they can prepare the correct order. Miscommunication between the customer, the waiter and the kitchen leads to a lot of incorrect orders and losses.
  • Invite more natural light into your restaurant. Sunlight uplifts peoples’ moods so this is beneficial to your customers. To your business, it means that you use less electricity to light up the restaurant.

In the restaurant and catering business, every penny saved is a penny earned.

Catering Equipment for Hospitals and Correctional Services

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Working in the service industry, namely in a hospital or correctional services facility, is quite demanding, especially when you have to serve people who did not necessarily elect to be there. As a result, there is a lot of damaged catering equipment which puts pressure on such institutions when it comes to financing.

Hospitals and correctional services would require reliable and hard-wearing catering equipment in order to be sustainable. Polycarbonate products are tough and virtually unbreakable. Here is a list of polycarbonate catering equipment that could benefit these institutions.

· Dinnerware

Plates and saucers are the most commonly used on a daily basis. It is used for serving lunch and dinner every day. As they are used so often the possibilities of them falling or breaking is quite high. In hospitals, some patients may not be in full control of their limbs and this could lead to plates and saucers falling and breaking. In correctional services institutions, some people may be unruly and deliberately cause breakages. With Polycarbonate Dinnerware if the plates or saucers fall on the floor they won’t break. It will only be the mess caused by the food that needs to be cleaned up.

· Cups and Plastic Glasses

A shaking hand or arm could be the reason why a cup or glass falls and breaks. A patient in a hospital may be recovering from an illness or an accident that has left them weak. This is out of their control, therefore Polycarbonate Cups and Plastic Glasses are ideal. In correctional services institutions glass, in general, can be quite dangerous as the people may use it as a weapon by breaking the cup or glass to expose sharp edges.

· Plate Cover

It is always a good idea to keep food dishes covered whilst taking it to the recipient. A plate cover keeps the heat contained as well as keeps the germs out. As the dish is being transported on the trolley from the kitchen to the recipient’s room, the food could get exposed to different air born germs. Keeping the food covered is hygienic. In addition, it is more practical if the plate cover is made of polycarbonate to prevent any damage to it.

· Caraf with Lid

Usually patients will request water. Serving it in a Polycarbonate Caraf with Lid is practical because it will keep the water contents covered.

Hospitals and correctional service institutions can benefit greatly from using polycarbonate catering equipment because it is tough, virtually unbreakable, and easy to clean.