Purchasing items in bulk is a great way to cut down on costs, and many restaurants utilize this tactic to try to make the most of their ingredient purchases. While you may have to invest more time and effort into breaking down your bulk into usable portions (freezing extras for later), many find that the savings is worth the effort. Dry ingredients like flours, rice, and other bulk goods can be stored in ingredient bins for easier access while still being protected from contaminants. Here’s what you need to know about ingredient bins.
To help conserve floor space, many rolling ingredient bins are designed with more vertically-inclined capacities. First, you’ll want to understand how much of any given ingredient you use on a regular basis (as you don’t want to store your ingredients in ingredient bins for extended periods of time - remember, these are considered a temporary housing unit for your ingredients).
After you have a better understanding of the capacity that you’ll need for your bins, then it’s time to analyze how the shapes of the bins will fit together with the design of your kitchen. Many can be rolled underneath a stainless steel table or worktop for easy access, and some are shaped to fit in the nooks and crannies of your shelving units as well.
Some ingredient bins are designed so that they can work together with one another, having the ability to stack atop each other for a more customizable storage experience. If you have many dry ingredients that don’t require large capacities (like rolling trashcan bins, for instance), then it may be easier to look into smaller stacking bins for your prep areas.
And if you’re needing your ingredient bins to hold more pounds of goods, then you’re likely starting to look into ingredient bins that come with casters. These are best for rolling under those work surfaces for easy access and simple storage abilities.
At the end of the day, it’s a combination of all of these details that will help determine which ingredient bins work best for your kitchen and your needs. Having bulk ingredients available in easily-accessible bins can improve workplace efficiency and workflow, helping to bring bulk products within grasp of prep cooks.
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