The term “speed rack” just might conjure all sorts of bizarre and unsavory images in the civilian mind. But this vital piece of equipment for use in restaurants and convenience stores helps make food-service operations run smoothly and efficiently. It is an essential part of the modern commercial kitchen.
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Speed Racks on the Roll
Speed racks are essentially rolling shelves for use in different parts of the kitchen depending on culinary demands and particular needs. They allow for quick and efficient movement of food products and, when properly stocked with sheet trays, shorten production time significantly, keeping customers happy and employees productive.
The best way to load speed trays is to consider what the top items are. Place these items within the easiest reach for workers with the first-use products on the outside. That’s probably at the 5-foot height level.
Group food products in similar categories: meats with meats or vegetable with vegetables. This helps eliminate confusion during food preparation times as cooks and servers search for certain products.
Finding Room for Speed Racks
Prior to buying speed racks, restaurant and convenience store managers should examine the size of their service areas. Speed racks typically use sheet pans, which are 18 inches by 26 inches. Consider placement of your speed racks in relation to your ovens and refrigerators.
Speed racks will fit into most commercial refrigerators and ovens, but managers should double check first. Speed racks make the transfer of food from ovens to refrigerators considerably more efficient, which means managers should ensure their food areas can accommodate the movement of speed trays to storage areas. One example: Cooks remove rolls or other baked goods from ovens, and place them on speed trays to cool before being stored in refrigerators. While this eliminates the need for additional counter or kitchen space, areas should remain open and clear for movement of the speed racks.
For smaller operations, managers can buy half-sized speed racks, which can hold up to 20 half-sheet pans. Speed racks may also be used for storage and may replace permanent shelving, making for more dynamic and more easily reconfigurable kitchens.
Managers may also want to consider using speed trays for storing food products, especially if they expect to undergo expansion of their business in the near future. Speed racks are more manageable for kitchens and restaurants during times of renovation.
Cleaning and Organizing
Cleaning speed racks involves utilizing the same amount of care and consideration as for other storage and food-preparation equipment. Items should be removed carefully and completely, and tracks should be wiped down, washed and sanitized.
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