2 Door Pizza Prep Tables

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Pizzerias of all sizes can benefit from including a 2 door pizza prep table in their kitchen lineup.

Two section pizza prep tables are available in a variety of styles, including different pan configurations and doors and/or drawer access to the refrigerated storage. These units are compact but still feature wide cutting boards to assemble full-sized pizzas. These pizza prep tables generally hold around nine 1/3 size food pans.

Our selection of 2 door pizza prep tables offer ample refrigeration storage and a variety of pan configurations. A pizza prep table, also known as a makeline, has a cutting board that is wide enough to accommodate a pizza, a raised ingredient rail, and a refrigerated base. When selecting a unit, take into account the overall width, compressor location, and number of 1/3 size food pans it will hold.

Verify the overall width of the pizza prep table to make sure it will fit in the space. The compressor unit is located either on the side of the table or at the back, so checking that the compressor air vents have enough room to allow for proper airflow is essential. If the vents become blocked, the compressor motor could burn out, losing both product and revenue. With a 2 door pizza prep table from top brands like True Manufacturing, Turbo-Air, and Delfield, you can keep your ingredients cool, crisp, and within easy reach for assembling pizzas quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions About 2 Door Pizza Prep Tables

What's the difference between a pizza prep table and a sandwich prep table?

Due to the larger width of assembled pizzas than that of typical sandwiches, pizza prep tables are made with a wider cutting board than sandwich or salad prep tables. In order to prevent unintentionally dropping unwanted toppings onto food items as they are being prepared, pizza prep tables also feature raised rail designs. Pizza prep tables typically accommodate 1/3 sized food pans and are equipped to cool a much denser and larger amount of food products. Sandwich prep tables generally are designed to hold 1/6 sized food pans and hold veggie toppings or condiments that have a lower density than the cheeses and meats held in pizza prep tables.

What kind of refrigeration is best?

There are a few common cooling techniques used to keep ingredients properly chilled in pizza prep tables. Each option has its own benefits whether it's initial cost, efficiency, or effectiveness.

  • Air cooled - Due to its ease of use and generally low maintenance requirements, this is one of the most popular refrigeration techniques. Because air cooling depends so heavily on moving cooled air throughout the unit, it can be less effective than other techniques. The refrigeration system must work harder to maintain temperatures that are safe for food when the top lid of the rail is left open for extended periods of time.
  • Cold wall - Some units use forced air cooling for the refrigerated storage space, and a cold wall system to cool the pans of ingredients in the rail. To keep temperatures in the rail constant, cold wall cooling utilizes refrigerant lines and conductive aluminum plates in the rail's walls. Since the rail temperature in these units is controlled independently from the rest of the unit, the rail can be shut off and defrosted at night for more efficient cooling the next day.
  • Glycol - This type of cooling system is similar to cold wall cooling, but instead of using aluminum plates, this system runs cold fluid through the divider rails. Refrigerant and glycol are run through separate sides of an evaporator plate to transfer temperature from one to the other. The chilled glycol is then pumped into the rail walls and effectively chills food pans. Glycol is a specific type of liquid that has been altered to ensure it won't freeze with the cold temperatures. This type of system is beneficial because it doesn't need to defrost, and also since no fans are used, there is no need for air vents around the pans. Commercial pizza prep tables that use this cooling system can accommodate deeper food pans as well since there's no need for a recess to maintain cold food temperatures.

What size food pan is used in a pizza prep table?

Pans measuring 12-3/4" long by 6-7/8" wide are frequently used for ingredient rails. There is a two to six inch depth range. Each pizza prep table typically comes with a full set of food pans, allowing a variety of toppings to be arranged easily in the ingredient rail. Food pan divider bars are also available if you need to use smaller size pans.

Other Refrigeration Options

Burkett has a wide variety of other refrigerated products to fit the unique needs of your commercial space. We offer different sizes of pizza prep tables along with our two door units, including 1 door, 3 door, and even 4 door models. Sandwich prep tables are similar to pizza prep tables, but are designed for making subs and sandwiches. Reach-in refrigerators, worktop refrigerators, and walk-in coolers are also common choices in many restaurants.