The ever-changing trends and demands of consumers always creates an extremely difficult challenge for kitchen operators to continually be able to meet the expectation of their diners. If one thing is for certain, you must be equipped with the proper tools that will allow you to be light on your feet and enable you to keep up with your consumers’ demands. After all, your kitchen should be as clever and creative as your culinary mind.
Let's kick things off with a little word association exercise: when we say a word or phrase we want you to shout out the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?...Blast chilling. Now, we're sure about 95% of you said some form of the term "leftovers." We only know this because that is the most common correlation people think of when they think about blast chilling. And you're not wrong! This is a major benefit of utilizing blast chilling technology. But, that's just scratching the surface of what a commercial blast chiller can provide.
High speed ovens are still a relatively new concept in commercial foodservice as they are beginning to find their niche in various types of operations within the industry. Our goal with this month’s immersive speed oven topic featuring Amana® Commercial is to get you as well-versed as possible in not just this brand of speed ovens, but in all things speed ovens to help you find the right match for your operation.
By now, you may have heard of speed oven technology and its mind-blowing efficiencies — like exponentially faster cook times compared to traditional methods, or footprints so small you’ll be struggling to find fillers for all the extra space in your kitchen. But, what exactly is it?...
Steam: the gaseous state of water that occurs once it reaches 212°F and begins to boil. When it comes to the world of food, most people associate steam with vegetables. However, in many kitchens steaming has become more popular than ever. This is due in large part because the technology and its applications are booming with benefits that reach far beyond cooking vegetables. Commercial steamers make steaming a no-brainer. And you'll be blown away by what it can bring to the table in high-volume foodservice operations.
Sally the Salad Robot might be our industry's first view into robotics, however, other aspects of our industry are crawling with automated technology to help combat our industry's changing labor landscape. Last week, we covered why automated technology and machines are inching their way towards becoming the industry standard due to rising wages, keeping food costs to a minimum and maintaining quality.
Now, we're taking a deeper dive into other solutions that are making major strides towards bringing automation and breakthrough innovations to the forefront.
Rising wages. Keeping prices low. Maintaining quality. Seeing real ROI. These are all prime reasons why automated technology and machines have become such a competing force in the commercial foodservice industry. Operators are turning to technology for nearly every aspect of the foodservice process - from the back of the house to the front.
Whether we’re talking about trendy craft cocktails at the hippest downtown bar, your local coffee shop pouring nitro-infused cold brew on tap, or blending up the freshest health smoothies and juices - it’s no secret that beverages are the real moneymakers in your operation. And don’t think that the profits are only seen in alcoholic beverages. David Henkes, senior principal at Technomic, revealed in a recently published article by the company that non-alcoholic beverages “…account for $1 out of every $5 consumers spend away from home.” The proof is in the pudding (or the glass in this case). But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put any thought into your beverage offerings with the mindset that people will buy them no matter what.
As with any industry in existence, times change and the need to evolve becomes inevitable. We have seen and experienced so much evolution in the foodservice and commercial kitchen equipment industry recently; whether it be the equipment and technology itself or how users are utilizing and interacting with their equipment, here at Apex, we take a deep appreciation of the consumer experience by paying attention to what is being talked about, not only in the industry as a whole, but out in the field. The biggest advantage sales reps have in helping to provide the right solutions for our customers is being out in the field and asking questions.
Speed. Precision. Performance. Find out how Alto-Shaam's newest combi ovens can deliver all three in your commercial foodservice operation.