The holiday season brings increased traffic to a commercial kitchen, and the holiday rush has the potential to interfere with an otherwise well-run operation. What every professional chef needs, especially when the season gets busy, is a seamless way to move food from storage to prep to a beautiful table presentation. Good planning and purchasing in the area of Transport and Storage is the key to accomplishing this. Whether it’s a space-saving device, such as the Winco Dunnage Rack or an apparatus for transport, there are many kitchen accessories that will help in organizing, making use of valuable space, and easily transporting food and supplies. This holiday season is a good time to give yourself a gift of new kitchen accessories—perhaps some extra shelving, racks, or a new utility cart.
Increasing Kitchen Storage
Let’s talk about kitchen storage first. Every part of the kitchen needs lots of storage and shelving. Food, cutlery, utensils, and kitchen accessories all need their own place. The ideal solution is to locate storage and shelving as close as possible to where you will use the items stored.
Walls are often an untapped resource for storage space. Exploit them by using wall shelving above your prep and cooking areas to save space on counters. In addition to shelving, hangars and hooks are great for hanging cookware and utensils. Wall shelving is ideal when you have limited floor space.
The space under work tables can be overlooked or misused. For convenient access, try using low, strong shelves underneath the utility table to hold heavy objects. These shelves keep bulk items at least 12 inches from the floor. Every kitchen needs a storage area to hold back-up inventory. This important area also needs good shelving and racks to organize the food storage area and save time in accessing supplies.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Sturdy Utility Cart
Now for transport. Don’t overlook your mobile options. Utility carts are great for transferring supplies, foods, and equipment. When you need to transfer large quantities of baked items, a regular mobile utility rack or a roll-in refrigerator rack are indispensable.
With a little advance planning in the area of storage and transport needs, every professional chef can move smoothly through the holiday season and its incumbent rush.