Any foodservice establishment that prepares pizza can improve the speed and consistency of their operation with a pizza prep table. A pizza prep table, sometimes known as a makeline has a refrigerated cabinet base, raised ingredient rail, and pizza-wide cutting board. When selecting a unit, take into account the overall width, compressor location, and number of 1/3 pans it will hold. The standard size pan used in ingredient rails is 12 ¾” long and 6 7/8” wide; depths can range from two to six inches. This allows for several different toppings to be placed in the ingredient rail, and each pizza prep table usually comes with a full complement of third pans. Food pan divider bars are also available if you need to use smaller size pans.
Be sure to check the overall width of the pizza prep table to ensure it will properly fit into the space you have available. Also, the compressor unit is either located on one of the sides or in the back of the table. It is important to make sure that the compressor air vents are given sufficient clearance to allow for proper air flow. If the vents become blocked, the compressor motor can burn out, resulting in lost product and revenue.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pizza Prep Tables:
Are pizza prep tables just for making pizzas?
Certainly not, pizza prep tables are ideal for pizzerias, but can be applied to other applications such as sandwich and sub making. In all senses, a pizza prep table is a refrigerated work table with the capability to store ingredients at your fingertips.
Do I need a pizza prep table with a high pan configuration?
That depends on the amount of ingredients you are offering or using as well as the quantities of said ingredients. The more variety that you have, the more pans you should have. Look for pizza prep tables that have easy pan configuration or allow you to use the sizes that you need.
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