Category: Kitchen Supplies

Cast Iron Cookware for Your Commercial Kitchen

We all know that commercial kitchens take a beating, especially when it’s busy. Delicate cooking tools beware, things can get hectic! That’s why we at ZESCO love using cast iron cookware in rough environments. Cast iron cookware is one of the most durable types of kitchen equipment that can withstand several generations of use if taken care of properly.

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5 Tools for Food Safety

Food safety is always a concern in commercial kitchens. Not only do you want to keep your kitchen staff safe, but you want to make sure that your customers are never put in danger. There are many different tools you can use to make sure that your kitchen and restaurant are taking the necessary safety precautions for an accident-free establishment, and ZESCO carries them both in our showroom and online.

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5 Tips for Using a Knife like a Pro

5 tips for using a knife like a pro

Have you graduated from a block of knives to buying individual, high-quality knives for cooking? Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step to better cutting!

Your first knife should be a versatile chef’s knife with a weight and size that is comfortable for you. You’ll immediately notice the difference when using a chef’s knife in the ease and comfort of your cuts. There isn’t one knife that is a perfect fit for everyone, so make sure to find the knife that is ideal for your chopping, mincing and dicing needs.

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7 Holiday Gifts for the Chef in Your Life

Buying holiday gifts for the chef in your life? Whether your chef works in a commercial kitchen or a home kitchen, having the best gear (at great prices) is important. We know it can be hard to pick out new kitchen equipment, so we wanted to help out with seven gift ideas that are in stock and available online and in our showroom that you can grab just in time for the holidays.

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5 Tips for Bulk Food Storage

It’s no secret that buying food in bulk saves your restaurant money, and usually it’s necessary to buy ingredients in large quantities. It’s important to keep your bulk foods as fresh as possible so that you’re not throwing your money down the drain. By using the proper safety guidelines and some insider tips, you can keep the foods you buy in bulk fresh and prevent foodborne illnesses.

Here are five things to know about bulk food storage, and as always, contact a customer service representative at ZESCO with any questions about bulk food storage containers!

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The Right Tool for the Job: Comparing Food Pans

Food pans are essential kitchen items that your staff uses daily. From prep to cooking to clean up, food pans have multiple functions in the kitchen, but there are differences between the types of food pans available. You have the option of different sizes, thickness, materials and accessories to build your stock, and Zesco has it all. Choose a variety of food pans according to your kitchen needs to be able to run your kitchen as efficiently as possible.

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Patty Presses – Not Just For Hamburgers!

Fresh product is the basis to any dish. When it comes to burgers, fresh product means using fresh, local meat and using raw meat means making your own hamburger patties by hand. Making patties isn’t a hard task but it can be very time consuming; especially if your menu features burgers. Making all burgers the same size and shape can be tricky but a burger patty press is the perfect tool to make a consistently shaped and sized patty every time. Uniform burger patty sizes are important when it comes to cook time, portion control, and ultimately customer satisfaction. Our presses are perfect for making many different burgers, such as hamburgers, veggie burgers, crab cakes and much more. We carry two different brands of patty presses to choose from, ranging from four inch molds to seven inch molds.

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Garnishes to Make Your Presentation Pop

Garnishes should not only be beautiful, but it’s a bonus if they are edible as part of your cocktail or dish. Put down the paper umbrellas and make your own unique, edible garnishes that will wow your guests. The possibilities are endless once you start making your own garnishes and letting your creative juices flow. You can get started with a nine piece garnishing kit that is a must-have for any serious chef.

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Keep Your Kitchen in Crystal Clean Condition

To keep your customers and staff safe, a clean kitchen is a top priority. Not only does a clean kitchen prevent against food poisoning and workplace hazards, it keeps your equipment running longer and in the best condition possible.

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Bulk Food Storage

How does a food service or restaurant operator determine the type of Bulk Food Container to buy? Here are some considerations to think about. When receiving food product, the food service operator should have an idea as to how to store the food in a way that should eliminate steps and that does not cause cross contamination. So the size and material does matter. Another consideration is the cover; does it need to be air tight? There are many names for this type of container, also known as food storage boxes, lexans and food bins.

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