Don’t let the photos fool you; these containers are heavy-duty and much larger than the Tupperware folks use in their residential kitchen. These standard containers are built to withstand tons of abuse and store very large amounts of ingredients or prepared food that is waiting to be used. What does being a foot soldier in a platoon of kitchen tools take? These containers are made of heavy-duty polyethylene which is a very thick plastic designed to endure the rigors of being a container in a commercial kitchen. The durable material can handle numerous falls and countless arduous trips through the dishwasher. The thick walls prevent enemy bacterial combatants from storming the ingredients housed within. Add a lid and you have an impenetrable fortress protecting your restaurant’s most important assets: the menu items. While it’s important to protect the ingredients from what’s outside, it is also important to be contentious of how things are going inside the container. Be sure to clearly mark the date that the food inside was either purchased or made to ensure that you only serve patrons food that is in tip top condition. While some restaurants will seal containers with plastic wrap, if the food is going to be stored for a long period of time, it is best to put a lid on it to prevent taste or smell transfer and keep the food tasting so good it will deserve a salute.
Graduated containers are a great accessory in the commercial kitchen because of the number of uses is has for both storage and measuring. Select from a wide variety of sizes and shapes to ensure that there are sufficient containers in the kitchen for storage at any given time. Graduated containers are exceptionally good for storing ingredients or completed foods that need to be measured out before they are reheated or served. Most restaurants will prepare large batches of soup or sauce in the clear containers and cover them with industrial plastic wrap to prevent contamination. Since the soup or sauce is going to be used up in the next day or two, the need for long term storage is not as great. The graduated markings allow chefs to measure out the appropriate amount of liquid ingredients without needing to dirty up a measuring cup or scoop.