Small wares are an important part of any commercial kitchen or restaurant. These items can be anything from cutlery and cookware to baking supplies and cooking utensils. Three types of small wares that you do not want to skimp on are cutlery, cookware, and food storage.
The first area where you do not want to skimp on is cutlery. One issue with cheap cutlery is that it can make your kitchen less efficient. Cheap cutlery will dull much quicker, or break, which means that the cooks will have to spend time sharpening the blade or finding a new one. This can be a huge problem in a restaurant if you are in the middle of a lunch or dinner rush and need your staff to be focused on cooking, not worrying about their tools.
Another reason to buy high quality cutlery is that cheap cutlery will not cut meat as well. For example, it is possible to completely mangle a fish during the fileting process if your knife is of poor quality or is simply not sharp enough. A mangled filet is not going to look nice when it is cooked, and it certainly won’t look appetizing to a customer who just paid money for a nice fish filet.
You will also want to make sure that you spend money on high quality cookware. Buying cheap small wares in the form of cookware can lead to issues with unevenly cooked food. In addition, cheap cookware can more easily burn than higher quality pots and pans, which can cause the food your restaurant is serving to taste off.
Also, cheap cookware can also have issues when it comes to any non-stick coatings on the pan. Cheaper pans will have non-stick coating that can begin to flake off while you are cooking. This coating can begin to get mixed into the food and cause the food to taste strange, and it could even cause people to become sick.
Finally, you are going to want to make sure that you get high quality food storage containers. Since ingredients are going to be one of the most expensive recurring expenses a restaurant will have, you do not want the food to go to waste. By choosing to avoid cheap food storage solutions, you can get containers that are completely airtight, which will cause the food to last longer and taste fresher when they are cooked.
Contact a local kitchen supply store, such as Chef’s Warehouse, to see the wide variety of small wares that are available to you. Make sure that you do not skimp on cutlery, cookware, and food storage as high quality items in those categories can save you money in the end, while also providing high quality food to your customers.