The Latest In Kitchen Tools and Kitchen Tabletoppers
Turn to Foodservice Equipment Reports’ annual Smallwares & Tabletop Competition to find a variety of innovative, new and problem-solving products. The competition took place at the Boelter Cos. SuperStore in Milwaukee in July. Judges gave top honors to seven smallwares entries from a field of 28 finalists, and 11 tabletop entries from a group of 52 finalists. (Manufacturers submitted actual items for judging.) The October issue of the magazine covered the winners’ circle while the following pages spotlight the 62 finalists. Anne McCabe, V.P. of National Accounts for Boelter Cos., Felipe Medina, Event and Facilities Manager for the Tuscan Banquet Hall, George Papp, Sales Representative/National Foodservice Smallwares Division at Wasserstrom Co., and Kim Zohfeld, Category Manager/Smallwares for Edward Don & Co., made up the team of judges.
FINALISTS OF THE 2017 SMALLWARES COMPETITION
The CAREmometer, made by CAREmometer, consists of a tubular thermometer case that opens for easy cleaning. The dishmachine-safe case replaces traditional tubular thermometer cases, of which inner depths can capture and grow bacteria if the user fails to clean the thermometer before inserting it into its holder. Thermometer-borne cross-contamination, begone!
The ProAccurate Digital Portion Control Scale by CDN earned praise from judges for its “sleek look” and “simple interface.” The scales, available in 3 sizes and 6 weighing capacities ranging from 5 lb. to 55 lb., feature 304 stainless platforms and heavy-duty, food and water-resistant ABS casing. Field calibration, tare and data-hold functions, and large, easy-to-read LCD displays, make the line a top pick for all kitchen areas.
NO RIDDLES ON GRIDDLES
Is the griddle hot enough? End guessing games by using Thermocouple Surface Grill Thermometer by CDN. The folding digi-thermometer comes with a 5½-in. stalk ending in a .-in. sensor disc. The digital display gives a read-out in 3 to 6 sec., measuring from -58°F to 572°F with ease. The sturdy unit is water resistant, shatterproof and coated with an antimicrobial agent.
STAYS FLAT LIKE THAT
Chicago Metallic Bakeware’s full-size StayFlat Sheet Pan resists warping and bowing. The pan’s durability comes from its NSF-certified enclosed pan rim, stronger sidewalls and a 16- or 18-ga. aluminum body. Made in the U.S., the pans come with an optional DuraShield Non-Stick coating.
STACK ’EM HIGH PIZZA PANS
Exact Stack Pizza Pans from Chicago Metallic stack securely and release easily. The deep-dish pans’ sidewalls feature a slight flare, allowing pans to separate readily even when proofing dough. A rib along the sidewall enables even stacking with no danger of tip-overs. The aluminum pans’ anodized surface resists peeling, chipping and rust. Choose from 12-in. and 14-in. diameters, plain or pre-seasoned.
3 CUTTING EDGES
The bright yellow Viper Pro Multi-Purpose Safety Cutter by CrewSafe serves as a 3-in-1 cutting tool. Workers can open bags (made of foil, glassine, paper, plastic), boxes, pallet straps, shrink wrap and even Tyvek. The hand-held tool sports 3 enclosed stainless blades that take the place of box cutters and scissors. Best of all, the Viper Pro’s safety-first design can reduce work-place laceration injuries.
SAY NO TO HOT SPLASHES
The Oil Guard by Dagda Industries fits onto fryer baskets of most OEM brands to shield fry station workers from painful hot-oil splatters. And by blocking oil splashing, floors in front of fryer banks will stay cleaner, reducing slip-and-fall incidents.
A REAL (BAKING) DISH
Ultime Ovenware by Emile Henry blurs boundaries between ceramic bakeware and table-ready servingware. The dishes are deep—ideal for generous portions, with large, slightly up-tilted handles that make hot-handling easier. Ultime comes in 5 sizes, in square and rectangular shapes, and in 5 color choices: Burgundy, Blue Flame, Oak, Flour and Charcoal.
The 6-in.W x 10-in.D Ritz Skillet Buddy, introduced by the John Ritzenthaler Co., combines a pot holder and handle cover into 1 handy item. Skillet Buddy can handle temps up to 450°F and is made from flame-resistant Pyrotex fabric. The hot pad can be wiped down or tossed into the washing machine.
John Ritzenthaler Co.
WOK THIS WAY
New from Lodge comes a cast-iron 9-in. wok. The woks come pre-seasoned with oil, giving them an easy-release surface that improves with use, the company says. A flat base and double handles make the wok user-friendly for tableside presentations.
SKILLET O’ MY DREAMS
A 12-ga. carbon-steel skillet with welded handles makes the Seasoned Steel Skillet by Lodge a must-have in the kitchen. Pre-seasoned with oil, the skillet boasts a natural nonstick finish that improves with use, the company says. Heavy-duty construction retains heat longer and distributes heat evenly.
M’Elite with Glass Lid cookware series by Mauviel will grace any buffet with elegance. Each piece features a glass lid with a stylish but sturdy handle, multi-ply hammered, 2 5/8-mm-thick stainless construction, stay-cool handles and a polished finish. Shapes include Cocettes and Rondeaus. M’Elite is oven-safe up to 680°F.
ITALY-APPROVED PASTA SHAPER
The Cavatelli Maker by Paderno is a time-saving tool ready to help you turn out large batches of cavatelli pasta in a fraction of the time. “I like how it can be clamped onto the table edge [rather than require a hole to be drilled],” operator judge Felipe Medina notes of the hand-cranked pasta-shaper. Its construction rollers are made of sturdy ABS plastic, and the unit’s non-stick finish makes it easy to clean. Molto bene!
Paderno World Cuisine
Rubbermaid’s Color-Coded Foodservice System promotes good back-of-house work habits to keep customers safe. Seven color options help users quickly ID which items to use for prepping and storing raw meat, poultry, dairy, etc. The line includes cutting boards, tongs, spatulas, square and round containers with lids, and a cutting board rack.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products
THE SIMPLE, STYLISH WEIGH
The Slimline Digital Scale combines high capacity (33 lb.) and weighing surface of large scales with the featherweight sensitivity of small scales. The scale stands 1-in.H and judges admired the unit’s “clean, beautiful look” and easy-read display.
IT’S A WRAP
Rapid Wrap Film Dispenser by TableCraft makes it easy to load-and-go bulk rolls of plastic film or aluminum foil. The holder can handle 12-in. rolls up to 3,000-ft. long or 5½-in. diameter. The dishmachine-safe ABS unit features a sliding cutter that reduces the cut hazards associated with serrated cutters. Stays put with wall mounting or suction feet.
TINY TEMPERATURE TAKER
The Mini-Infrared Non-Contact Thermometer, introduced by Taylor, is a pocket-sized wonder that uses an infrared beam to accurately measure temps ranging from -27°F-390°F. A speedy response time boosts efficiency, while the unit’s auto-off function saves battery life.
Taylor Precision Products
The Continuous Ring Timer by Taylor will Not. Be. Ignored. For starters, there’s that 95-decibel alarm sound that won’t stop until you push the button. Then there’s its flexibility: the timer counts up or down, for intervals of up to 25 hr.-minus-1-sec.
Taylor Precision Products
YES, 2 WAYS ABOUT IT
The Chef’n Switchit Spatula from Taylor sports 2 work heads in 1 tool: a large end for big scraping jobs, and a small end for fine work. The tool’s silicone construction makes it heat-resistant up to 400°F, and stain-resistant as well. Choose 12-in. or 8-in. version.
Taylor Precision Products
LOOK MA, NO WIRE!
The WPS Wireless Platform Scale, released by Yamato, lets you mount the wire-free display in a convenient spot (the wall above the prep table, for example), keeping the 14-in. x 14-in. removable stainless platform on the table for food product. Touch-free tare is done with the wave of a hand.
DISPENSING WITH PANACHE
The Thermal Gravity Pot Beverage Dispenser holds 1½ gal. in a style suitable for front-of-house. A stainless vacuum liner retains heat like a boss, while its black plastic exterior resists dents and defies corrosion. The dispense lever is easy to depress, at a low operating height, too. At the base, a 17-oz. drip tray locks in place to capture any spills.
Zojirushi America Corp.
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