Choosing The Best Cambro Food Carrier
Cambro food carriers are an essential part of operating any catering or take-out business. Their durable, lightweight...
Vollrath Microwaves – Reliability that’s Easy
For many foodservice professionals, mention Vollrath and the first thing that comes to mind is steam table pans...
Robot Coupe R2N CLR: Reviews
With Robot Coupe’s R2N CLR Food Processor, you can prepare up to 850 servings in three hours or less...
Reliable Refrigeration: FSE Reach-in Refrigerators
The Domestic Fridge has been around now for about 100 years in one form or another. Reliable refrigeration is not only important in residential settings, but also is a crucial part of running and operating a successful restaurant or business...
When to Sharpen your Commercial Knife
Knowing how and when to sharpen a knife properly can make a world of difference, whether you enjoy cooking at home or run a commercial restaurant and want to carve items quickly and efficiently...
What to Look for in a School Tray
Ask someone what they remember most about grade school and many of the answers you get will involve the school cafeteria...
Basic Hygiene Gear for Foodservice
If you have any experience working in commercial or institutional foodservice, you know the importance of sanitation in the professional kitchen...
R-21LCFS: DEPENDABILITY THAT GOES ABOVE & BEYOND
Sharp has been the leader in microwaves on the market for a long time now and the R-21LCFS is a perfect example of the quality products they produce...
6 Steps to Launching an RTC Program at your College or University
More than 10 million tons of plastic debris are deposited into oceans each year, leaving over 1 million marine animals killed due to plastic pollution, according to Plastic Oceans...
Why Reuse? Choosing the Perfect To-Go Container
Polypropylene (PP) is the safest choice of all plastics, according to the FDA, and is used in MyGo Containers™ which is used to ensure sustainability without sacrifices...
Cook’s not Cooks or Cook’s Essentials
It’s a simple case of mistaken identity. Cooks from JC Penney, Cook’s Essentials from QVC and Cook’s Direct (that’s us) are completely unrelated...
To-Go Containers: It’s a Material Thing
We're still looking for the truth regarding how various kinds of containers impact the environment. When we designed MyGo Containers™, we took everything into consideration to ensure our design was environmentally safe...
Energy Efficiency Tips for Griddles and Tilt Skillets
Big equipment requires big amounts of energy to power up and operate. But just how efficiently you operate that equipment has a lot to do with how you care for...
The Three Essential Knives for Your Kitchen
If you have been through culinary school, you will be accustomed to having a comprehensive set of professional knives at your disposal...
Six Reasons To Use A Commercial Microwave
When it comes to running an operation, using a commercial microwave oven is crucial, in fact using a residential microwave oven puts you at risk with the board of health...
MyGo Summer Vacation Challenge
MyGo Containers™ are launching a social media challenge on Instagram just in time for Memorial Day travel...
When Does Your Kitchen Need a Commercial Can Opener?
Short answer: on day one! You’ve taken that leap to open your foodservice operation and you don’t want to go in halfway...
Can Openers: The Kitchen's Unsung Heroes
A great can opener is like a superhero, you don’t even know how essential they are to a smooth running cooking operation until they’re not there when you most need them...
Three Reasons You Need a KitchenAid Commercial Mixer
In the kitchen is there anything more classic then the KitchenAid mixer? They’ve been the standard for both home and commercial cooks for generations with no signs of slowing down...
Carpet Rake Benefits
Carpets are one of the more pricey and important furnishings in many homes and businesses. A vacuum cleaner and carpet shampoo are commonly used to clean carpets. However, certain dirt requires more attention...
Cutting Through The Clutter
Surprises can be delightful, except in the kitchen where consistency is key. There are few, if any, pieces of commercial kitchen equipment that deliver the exceptional consistency of a slicer...
What You Need to Know About Cleaning Your Slicer
Commercial slicers used in grocery deli departments, restaurants or institutional kitchens to slice meat, cheese or produce can become difficult or nearly impossible to clean and sanitize properly if let go too long before cleaning...
Tips to avoid a Kitchen Nightmare
The heart of the house is the kitchen, but they also house a lot of potentially dangerous culinary equipment...
Making Better Blended Cocktails
With the outdoor temperatures rising, the requests for frozen or blended cocktails are also on the increase...
Outdoor Event Essentials
As we head into Memorial Day and onto graduation season and outdoor weddings, anyone in the catering industry or restaurants offering banquet orders to-go, now is the time to update your food and beverage transport products...
How to Clean a Commercial Toaster
Toaster crumbs and debris are the equivalent of lint buildup in your washing machine. Crumbs and other food waste can dry out inside your toaster over time, causing a fire hazard...
Cooks Direct on Instagram
We are excited to announce that we have finally made our way over to Instagram! We have 22 years of experience supplying equipment in the food industry, and we believe that joining Instagram will be beneficial...
10 Product Reviews: FSE IPDB-6R Insulated Pizza Delivery Bag
When it comes to Insulated delivery bags, the first thing you look at is how much it will hold. Are you going to be transporting boxed pizzas or will you be carrying food pans for a catered event...
10 Commercial Food Safety Tips
The primary goal of food safety is to protect food consumers from foodborne illness and or injuries caused by food consumption....
Safety Tips for Commercial Range Use
Essential to nearly every type of foodservice operation, a commercial range can be used to boil, steam, fry, grill and sauté food...
School Foodservice Industry Insights
The Spring 2022 School Foodservice Flyer covers a on trend topics that are being faced by dining professionals in K-12 and college and universities across the U.S.
Keeping a Commercial Kitchen Clean
While food safety is the most important factor to consider when cleaning a commercial kitchen, there are several other reasons to keep your kitchen clean...
Kettle Cleaning Tips
A commercial kettle is an ideal for any application that needs to prepare large amounts of soups, sauces, or pastas quickly. In institutional cooking, kettles can even be used to prepare large volumes of coffee or to reheat prepared foods...
Tips for Sanitation and Maintenance of Sandwich Prep Tables
In many commercial foodservice operations, refrigerated prep tables see heavy usage on a daily basis. This is one piece of restaurant equipment that is often the work horse of any restaurant or institutional kitchen...
Quick Reference for Disher Capacities
Have you ever worked with a cook or chef who could easily tell you which scoop or disher to use when reading a recipe?...
Celebrating Earth Day 2022
This is the 52nd anniversary of the first Earth Day, considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. While the first Earth Day was in 1970, the environmental movement had begun years earlier...
The Importance of Cleaning a Commercial Ice Machine
Ice machine maintenance is important for the health and safety of customers. If an Ice Machine is not cleaned regularly, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria, scale, mold, and mildew...
Why Cook with Steam?
When it comes to commercial cooking equipment, a commercial steamer is a mainstay in the institutional kitchen, in part because steamers are dependable and easy-to-use. With commercial food steamers, you can quickly and efficiently cook menu items...
What to Look for in a Conveyor Toaster
A commercial toaster can be used in a wide variety of settings from breakfast bars or cafeteria serving lines to back of the house making toast for sandwiches, breakfast plates or toast points for entrees...
Introducing: Dynamic BLENDPRO Line
Commercial Blenders are a very important appliance to have in your kitchen. They are meant to make your work easier, faster, and more efficient. Whether you are you are looking to mix up soup or crush ice to make a smoothie, a commercial blender can do it all...
Questions to Guide Your Reusable To-Go Container(RTC) Program
Reusable To-Go Containers(RTC) have been utilized in college and universities for well over a decade. In fact, they have been in use for such a long time that there are only a handful of manufacturers that are well known and easy to find, with MyGo Containers™ being a relatively new option....
When to use a China Cap Strainer
A China Cap Strainer, which is also referred to as a Chinois, is a metal food strainer that is cone-shaped. These typically have a fine metal mesh that is ideal for straining stocks, sauces, soups and other foods...
What’s Important When Choosing a Roast Pan
In the institutional kitchen, roasting pans are frequently utilized for a wide variety of menu items. From crispy roasted vegetables to tender beef roasts and juicy roast poultry...
Keeping Education Facilities Odor Free
While you can’t see them, you know they are there and so does everyone else! Managing odors in the educational facilities is as important as keeping the bathrooms clean and lunch room tables sanitized...
Spring Sheet Pan Sale!
Everyone loves a sale! This month we have a great promotion running on a variety of sheet pans that’s sure to please the most...
Just Released! School Foodservice Flyer
Our latest edition of the Cook’s School Foodservice Flyer is filled with news and insights that are sure to interest school foodservice professionals.
Quickly Improve the Look of Carpeting with a Carpet Rake
Walk into any commercial space where the carpeting looks a little worn and you’ll have some second thoughts about the company.
Commercial Disposers 101
With the cost of everything going up, including the removal of trash, it’s a great time to invest in a commercial disposer if you don’t have one or to...
Version 5.0 Energy Star for Refrigeration
Final Version 5.0 Energy Star Commercial Refrigerators and Commercial Freezers product specifications have been released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
MyGo Containers™ -- Next Stop Spokane in July
March was a remarkably busy month for MyGo Containers™ with three different NACUFS regional conferences.
Melamine Care Tips
Melamine is a great choice for dinnerware and tabletop accessories products. Lightweight and colorful, you can find melamine dining supplies in...
7 Tips for Better Refrigeration
Nearly all foodservice operations, from the corner restaurant to the school cafeteria, have a variety of refrigeration equipment; including...
One of the most essential, yet overlooked, kitchen supplies is the thermometer. At the very least, a thermometer is necessary to measure the temperature of food...
Protecting the Dishwasher with the Right Apron
Like many other entry level positions, to be a dishwasher in a restaurants or foodservice outlets is a job that often gets first dibs on the tasks that nobody actually...
Last Stop on the NACUFS Regional Expo Trip
Cook’s is on the road one last time for the month of March. This time we’re in Norfolk, VA for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.
Product Reviews: Matfer Black Carbon Steel Frying Pan
Is it time to step up and invest in a professional fry pan so you can take your cooking to the next level?
Fryer Shopping Checklist
Looking to change up your menu and bring some deep fried goodness to your clients? Adding a commercial fryer to your foodservice operation can add...
Research is your best friend when it comes to making a purchasing decision in commercial restaurant equipment in any category...
Ready For a Tomato Slicer?
Do you have a salad bar, sandwich shop or burger joint? If you don’t have a tomato slicer in the back-of-the house, your kitchen staff...
Make a Clean Sweep with the Right Broom
Need to clean up dirt and debris on hard floors? Your best product choice among the many different types of floor cleaning equipment and supplies is a commercial broom.
Warm Weather Readiness for Refrigeration
If you’re in part of the US that has daylight savings time, you are getting ready to spring forward.
Sizing Your Ice Machine Tips
Sizing a commercial ice machine and the corresponding bin seems straight forward, but there some variables that can easily be forgotten.
What to Consider When Looking at Air Movers
If you want to have an area that is frequently damp or humid, like a dish room, then an air mover may be a good investment for your operation.
Wet Floor? Rubber Squeegee to the Rescue
If you need to effectively remove water from an area in your facility, you need to reach for a floor squeegee.
Meet Me In St. Louis
The Cook’s team is traveling quite a bit in the month of March to meet with College and University Foodservice professionals across the country.
Not all Microwave Ovens Are Equal
It’s rare to find a commercial or institutional kitchen without a commercial microwave because they are so incredibly handy.
What is a Salmander?
If you’re new to foodservice, your first thought might be that a salamander is one of those odd looking, colored lizards that go in the water or on land...
Common Questions About Commercial Rice Cookers
If you need to cook large quantities of rice at one time, then a commercial rice cooker is an ideal foodservice equipment investment for your operation.
Choosing a Utility Cart
According to Merriam-Webster, utility is defined as the state of being useful or beneficial or being fit for some purpose to some end.
Portion Control Tools for the Commercial Kitchen
When it comes to managing food costs, there are a few areas that you can focus on to help keep to your budget.
Questions to Ask Before Buying a Commercial Can Opener
A good commercial can opener will make a world of difference to the staff member tasked with opening up all the number 10 cans...
Freezer Installation Tips
During the research process for a new commercial reach-in freezer, it’s a great idea to think through the installation.
The Four Types of Commercial Blenders
From smoothies to soups to crushed ice, commercial blenders are a hardworking component to many commercial and foodservice kitchens.
Important Questions to Consider Before Selecting a Heated Holding Cabinet
Are you considering a proofer or heated cabinet for your foodservice operation? Holding cabinets are designed to keep...
Surface Options for Your Commercial Range
Commercial ranges can be configured in a variety of ways giving the buyer a great deal of flexibility to create...
Product Reviews: MyGo Containers
Are you looking for a reusable to-go container for the school lunch program or as a more sustainable packaging solution for your restaurant take-out program?
Fry Pan Materials Guide
Commercial fry pans, or skillets, are a common item in the professional kitchen. Not only do they vary in size...
Five Questions to Ask Before Buying a Deep Fryer
In the market for a deep fryer? It’s a great way to expand your menu; nacho chips, mozzarella sticks, vegetables...
MyGo Containers™ are Getting Ready To Go!
We’re going to be on the road again and we couldn’t be more excited. This time Cook’s is heading out to the National Association...
Top 3 Things to Look For in a Good Chef’s Knife
The variety of professional cutlery is abundant, so much so that finding a good quality knife is much more challenging then you would imagine.
Cold Weather? Hot Soup!
While soup is good all year, it’s great when the weather gets chilly. Adding soup, stew or chili to your menu...
Google Questions: Reach-In Refrigerators
What’s the first thing you do when you think you may need/want to make a big purchase like a Commercial Reach-in Refrigerator?
Product Reviews: Vollrath Redco 15007 Vegetable Chopper
You may be surprised to know that not all commercial food processors require electricity or some other power source.
Sheet Pan Size Guide
If someone asks you to grab a sheet pan, you immediately know what to fetch...
Anatomy of a Meat Cleaver
Traditional meat cleavers are broad, heavy knives with a large, rectangular blade that are most commonly used for...
Knife Sharpener vs. Sharpening Steel
If you aren’t sending your professional knives out to be sharpened, what is your best option for keeping your edges sharp?
Choosing a Butcher Knife
Having a sharp, strong knives is critical to keep butchering from being overly difficult.
Top 5 Considerations When Buying a Hand Truck
The first things you think about in foodservice are usually recipes, cooking techniques and even food sourcing.
Key Features of Portion Control Scales
While there are many different types of commercial kitchen scales, from receiving scales to bakery scales...
Product Reviews: KitchenAid 8-Quart Stand Mixer
Are you in the market for a commercial countertop mixer? One of the most common starting points...
Steam Cooking Now: Improvements in Efficiency
There are two main types of steamers available for commercial foodservice.
Compartment Trays vs. Cafeteria Trays
Who’s looking at this title and thinking to themselves ‘aren’t compartment trays and cafeteria trays the same thing’?
Food Safety and Ice
Ice comes in a wide variety of forms, including flaked ice, nugget ice, crushed ice, cubed ice and now the popular craft ice.
What is a Commercial Conveyor Toaster
A conveyor toaster is a common commercial countertop kitchen appliance that is ideal for restaurants or foodservice operations...
When does BPA-Free Matter?
When looking at food containers from restaurant supply providers, you will frequently see call outs that say 100% BPA Free or something similar...
Where to Use Reusable Food Containers?
Reusable food containers are a great way to improve your non-food waste and have a positive impact on the environment.
Five Things To Know About Beverage Servers
Beverage servers come in a variety of sizes and brands and are used for both hot and cold drinks.
Ten Menu Ideas For Immersion Blenders
Commercial immersion blenders are a great equipment choice for the busy foodservice operation or restaurant kitchen.
Steam Kettles 101
Let’s review the options available to you to help you in your quest to find the best fitting commercial cooking equipment for your kitchen
Managing Allergens with Purple
Here are some tips to manage allergens.
What Makes a Microwave Commercial Grade?
The difference between a residential microwave and a commercial microwave may not be obvious at first glance, but there is a difference.
Material Options for Plastic Tumblers
Durable, break resistant plastic tumblers are a staple of school cafeterias, family restaurants, outdoor areas, and many other foodservice venues...
What is a Holding Cabinet/Proofer Used For?
Holding cabinets, also known as heated holding cabinets, are an essential part of many small to large foodservice operations.
Choose Your Griddle Surface
One of the most important considerations when shopping for broilers, griddles and grills is the material used for the cooking surface.
Common Questions About Commercial Dishwashing Gloves
Commercial dishwashing gloves have more variety and function than you realize.
2021 TOP COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION TIPS
This year we have written many pieces highlighting ways to really optimize your use of your commercial refrigerator, freezer, walk-in, etc.
MyGo Containers™ 2021 Good Design Award Winner
We are excited to announce that MyGo Containers™ has won a 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award.
Commonly Asked Questions about Commercial Stock Pots
The stock pot is an indispensable piece of commercial cookware in the foodservice kitchen. Stock pots are generally quite large, with...
The Difference Between a Sheet Pan and Cookie Sheet
A common question from young bakers and aspiring confectionary makers is what is the difference between a sheet pan and a cookie sheet?
What Can You Cook with a Countertop Griddle?
Commercial griddles and countertop griddles can offer a wide expansion to your foodservice menu. It’s a major reason they are growing in popularity.
How to Stop Falls On The Job
We can't completely reduce the risk of falls but the need to take it seriously and take preemptive measures is obvious.
State of Heated Shelving
If you have been out to eat recently you have certainly noticed an increase in orders waiting for pickup. The growth of food delivery services has exploded in popularity.
Advantages of Overhead Track Shelving
Tight on storage space? This is a common story for foodservice operators across the globe. Luckily, when utilized properly overhead track shelving can save you up to 50%...
Important Dimensions for Faucet Installations
There are many great new faucet options available that an upgrade is easier than you think and can enhance your restroom, handwashing area and kitchen.
Pizza Peel or Pizza Paddle?
It doesn’t really matter what name you give it; a pizza peel or pizza paddle is designed so that you can easily slide a pizza out of a hot oven.
Tips For Selecting the Right Steam Table
If you are researching commercial steam tables, you’ll realize there are a variety of options and variations that you need to consider.
Best Material Options for Utility Carts
Nearly all facilities can benefit from having a utility cart of some type, from foodservice to retail to manufacturing.
Change Up Your Table Scape with a Beverage Dispenser
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to change the appearance of your buffet or serving line, a beverage dispenser may be your answer.
Must Have Kitchen Gifts This Black Friday
Here at Cook’s we have a large collection of popular holiday kitchen supplies but these top our list. Take a look at the most essential, must-have...
10 FUN FACTS ABOUT THANKSGIVING FROM COOK’S
All of us at Cook’s would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You for your business! We know that without you, we wouldn’t be here.
MyGo Containers™ Now NSF
We’re excited to announce that the MyGo Containers™ line of reusable to-go containers are now NSF approved and can be included in any specification that requires NSF certification.
Measuring Cups for Dry Ingredients vs. Liquids
There are a wide variety of measuring cups available on the market in both design and materials. For the novice cook, it may be difficult...
Common Questions About Commercial Mixers
Holiday time is also baking time, not only for home makers, but in restaurants, cafes and other foodservice outlets.
The Science of Cooking: Heat Transfer
Cooking means heating food; meats, vegetables, fruits. Dishes that do not require any heat are prepared, but typically are not considered cooked.
How to Best Organize Commercial Refrigerated Storage
It’s important for the efficiency of your commercial refrigerator, freezer or walk-in cold storage that it is not overpacked.
What is a Stock Pot Range?
In the commercial kitchen that prepares soups, stews and pastas, a stock pot range can add some additional fire power for busy times.
Food Processors VS Blenders
Most residential kitchens have a blender, but not everyone has a food processor, yet in the commercial foodservice operation you’ll find...
Commercial Slicers 101
Walk into any serious deli or meat market and you’ll see a commercial meat slicer. You may find a basic looking workhorse model or...
Commercial VS Residential Refrigeration
Commercial refrigerators, like other types of foodservice kitchen equipment, is constructed to withstand heavier demands of institutional or restaurant usage.
Important Routine Maintenance for Ranges, Griddles & Grills
Let’s face it, there’s never a good time to have a piece of cooking equipment to unexpectedly break down and need repairs.
Important Routine Maintenance for Fryers
Who doesn’t like a great French fry? Fried foods are a great draw in foodservice and it’s important to keep your commercial fryer running efficiently to avoid breakdown.
10 Simple Routine Maintenance Tasks You Should Be Doing
Do you know the best way to avoid a kitchen catastrophe? It’s making sure you perform routine maintenance on all your commercial kitchen equipment.
When to Use a Santoku Knife
While a Chef’s Knife is often the first choice of many professional chefs, the Santoku Knife has it’s place in the commercial kitchen.
Dishwashing: High Temp vs Low Temp
The difference between a high temp dishwasher and a low temp dishwasher is all about the way a dishmachine sanitizes once the contents are cleaned.
What to Look For In a Holding Cabinet
Heated and Holding Cabinets are designed to keep food fresh and safe during the time between cooking and serving.
Training & Education at Cook's
This week a group of the Cook’s Team is attending product training. The group contains sales representatives, sales support and project management staff, marketing staff and purchasing staff.
Does the Glove Fit the Task?
Looking for gloves that can be worn when working in cold storage? Or do you need something that will protect your staff when they are changing out steam table pans in the serving line?
Serving Meals In The Classroom
Many schools have started the 2021/22 school year with students on premise yet the Delta variant has created an uncertainty of the steps needed to go forward including the challenge of serving meals and maintaining social distance standards.
Be Prepared Before Shopping For Heated Cabinets
Heated Cabinets, or Hot Holding Cabinets, are made to hold food at proper serving temperatures with the proper humidity to keep food fresh in appearance and in taste.
200+ Years in the Culinary Industry Matfer Bourgeat
Cook’s has had great success carrying a limited variety of Matfer Bourgeat culinary products. A few years ago, the Matfer Bourgeat Carbon Steel Fry Pan was rated #1 by Cook’s Illustrated
Apron Options From Cook's
While a kitchen apron seems uncomplicated enough, if you’ve spent any time in foodservice, you realize that there are a variety of apron types...
Descaling Coffee Urns
Hard water or mineral rich water can wreak havoc in the institutional or commercial kitchen. From plumbing and water pressure problems to inefficient equipment...
Which Whip? French or Piano?
The fastest way to mix up some eggs, blend a batter or create a sauce is to use a wire whip or whisk, but which whip should you use?
Proper Griddle Cleaning Techniques
Keeping your griddle clean is key to ensuring optimal efficiency and performance from your griddle. Here are five easy signs that your griddle needs to be cleaned.
Choosing a Milk Cooler for Your School Cafeteria
Once you’ve decided to purchase a milk cooler, you need to choose your milk cooler. Here’s a short list that can help you narrow down your options to make the best decision for your foodservice operation.
Round vs. Square Food Storage Containers
Cook’s has been distributing the square and round food storage containers since inception. One question that is asked quite often is which are better – round or square? Here are our thoughts...
What to Look for When Shopping for a Commercial Blender
To ensure that you’re buying the right commercial blender model to suit your needs, check out this list of things to look for.
Money Saving Tips for Efficient Griddle Use
With griddles being so popular, we have put together a short list of tips that will help you save money in your commercial foodservice operation when you use your commercial griddle.
Four Simple Rules For Safe Fryer Use
Before you start making great fried foods, you need to ensure you’re operating in a safe environment. Here are some very simple rules to follow when operating a fryer.
How To Season Your Cast Iron Skillet
In order to extend the lifespan of you cast iron skillet and continue making delicious meals for many years to come, follow these few steps.
Thinking Outside the Box
Although this container was made in a triangular shape with a pizza slice in mind, this 3-sided container is very versatile as it can be used to store a wide variety of many different foods.
Stock Pot Ranges – Big Power in a Small Footprint
Cook’s can help you identifying which stock pot range would best suit your commercial foodservice operation.
How Do You Know If You Need A Griddle?
A commercial griddle is specialized piece of restaurant equipment that has a flat cooking area that will be a non-stick surface or a carbonized surface.
What is Different From One Fryer Type To Another?
There are three common types of fryers for use in commercial applications. These are the open-pot, tube-type and flat-bottomed fryers.
New Gas Appliances from FSE
Cook’s has recently started offering a line of FSE gas appliances, look at this list to see if one of these affordable items can be the right fit for your Foodservice establishment.
Happy Labor Day!
Summer months are bookended by Holiday weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day, and while saying happy Memorial Day isn’t really appropriate, saying Happy Labor day is.
This is What You Should Know Before Buying A Carbon Steel Pan
Carbon Steel Pans are very well loved by many home cooking enthusiasts and professional chef’s alike, and with good reason.
Making the Perfect To-Go Cheese Plate
To keep your cheese plate safe and easy to transport to your destination we recommend you follow these tips...
Best Practices for Serving in Foodservice
Here are some tips to manage your staff’s interaction with food to keep customers and employees safe.
Choosing the Right Commercial Toaster
Look at the options below to see how they stack up against your needs to narrow down your search.
The Latest Pizza Trends for Fall 2021
Like all foods, pizza has trends too and this year’s Pizza Expo highlighted these five trends for fall 2021. Get your pizza pans ready!
The Growing Bakeries Best Friend
As a food business grows and production increases, the equipment needed to keep up with the increase in production will need to change too.
6 Summer Food Safety Tips
Keep your food and family safe by following these 6 simple food safety tips.
Drive Impulse Sales and Profits in Your C-Store
When a customer comes into your store, adding a small, but profitable, impulse buy to that purchase adds up and it costs you far less to capture.
Ask these Questions Before Buying Restaurant Equipment
Restaurant Equipment and supplies are an area where it may seem like you can reduce your expenses – but it is hard to tell if you’re making a good decision by selecting a product based on cost.
Cookware Metals 101: Which One to Choose?
The different metal materials available for cookware each have a distinctive purpose. Here you can see the most popular metals for cookware in the market.
Need Help Finding the Right Dish Caddy?
The idea of selecting a dish caddy sounds relatively simple, but because there are so many sizes and shapes of dishes, it can be more challenging than you realize.
Reduce Dirt and Grime With The 15 Foot Rule
The use of entrance floor matting can reduce the amount of dirt that is carried inside your dining area so that the majority of dirt that would come in from foot traffic be trapped or removed before patrons come through the entrance.
Back To School: Classroom Daily Sanitation Checklist
Cleaning and disinfecting the classroom has always been a critical part of keeping kids healthy and safe in school.
Back-to-School Sale MyGo Containers™
If you’re interested in implementing a reusable to-go container program in your school or campus, don’t hesitate, order today!
Sheet Pan Buying Guide
How to choose the perfect sheet pan? Take into consideration these points to make the right choice for your foodservice facility.
What To Look For In A Food Delivery Bag
When you’re shopping for insulated delivery bags, there are features that are important to performance that you don’t want to overlook or you’ll be unhappy with your purchase.
What are Cafeteria Trays Made Out of?
There are several different material types you're likely to come across when shopping for trays. Here are a few of the common types and their general benefits.
What to Know Before Shopping for Refrigerated Merchandisers
Here is a quick list that will get you started.
Create Pizza in Any Outdoor Setting
Mobile Series Pizza Ovens and Club Series Pizza Oven while the Table Top Pizza Ovens from Crown Verity are ideal for the build in outdoor kitchen.
School Cafeteria Tray Buyer Guide
Consider these key points and options to select the school lunch cafeteria tray that will best suit your needs.
Questions To Ask Before Shopping For Commercial Faucets?
Cook’s Direct offers a wide variety of faucets and sinks for the commercial kitchen to fit the diverse applications in that environment.
What is Portion Control in Foodservice?
There are a wide variety of tools available to ensure that you can control portion sizes and provide consistent servings with every meal.
K-12 Update: Benefits of Using a Milk Dispenser
Are you looking for an alternative to individual milk cartons? A Bulk Milk System might be the answer.
Steam Table Pans 101: Sizing Guide
Here is a list explaining the different names and sizes of the most popular steam table food pans
New! Laundry Carts from Meese
Cook’s has recently started to offer Laundry Carts from Meese, a leading manufacturing of rotomolded plastic solutions.
Value Priced Food Warming Solutions for the Buffet
If you plan on re-establishing a buffet or thinking of adding one, you will need to do some research on all the necessary foodservice equipment and buffet service supplies.
Expand Your Menu with a Grilling Station
Creating an outdoor grilling station is a great way to expand your menu and can be a great way to reach out to potential new customers.
Preserving Your Outdoor Food Equipment
With the surge of outdoor dining, it is imperative that your outdoor food equipment stays in top shape. Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure your equipment lasts for many years to come.
Go Mess Free With PanSaver Liners
If you’re using hotel pans to hold foods for a serving line or for cooking then PanSaver products may be a labor saving opportunity for your operation.
Tips for Choosing a Commercial Charbroiler
If you are thinking of buying a commercial charbroiler for your foodservice establishment, ask yourself the following question to make an informed purchasing decision.
For Better Flavor Serve Freshly Ground Pepper
It is really true that you will get better flavor from freshly ground pepper.
Six Questions to Ask Before Shopping For Carts
Reconsidering a new utility cart, bussing cart or even a Queen Mary cart or your institution? Initially this seems like a simple enough task until you start looking for a cart.
Events Are Back! Tips For Using Chafers
Here a few easy tips to make sure your chafers are being utilized correctly.
Cook’s Warehouse Clearance Sale
If you see something on this list, give us a call asap at 800-956-5571 and we will be happy to work with you to make it yours.
Steps For Cleaning Your Commercial Coffee Machine
It is essential to regularly clean your commercial coffee maker to ensure you get your investment’s worth out of the unit.
Event Planning 101 – Portion Sizes
Portion control can benefit you by helping to manage your expenses and it can be a great tool for planning your supplies purchases as well as budgeting.
10 Easy Energy Saving Steps for Your Foodservice Kitchen
Here are ten easy steps that you can take to save energy in your commercial kitchen.
Choosing a Deck Oven or Conveyor Oven for Your Pizza Place
If you are starting up a new restaurant and plan to have pizza on your menu, one of the most important equipment investments you make will be your oven.
Extending the Lifespan of Your Commercial Laundry Cart
By following these simple steps, you will be able to preserve the life of your commercial laundry cart and get the most out of your investment.
Why You Need a Countertop Convection Oven
When buying a countertop convection oven, you have a few things to consider, let us help you make an educated decision so you can confidently choose the option that suits your needs.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Pizza Oven
If you are considering making an investment in a new pizza oven, here are some important considerations that you should think about before you start your shopping.
Looking at Glass Merchandisers? 5 Reasons to Invest
A glass merchandiser is a great investment to generate additional income through impulse purchasing and by giving you an attractive place to present your top brands and products to customers.
Commercial Dishmachine Tips
You can ask any customer service or sales person at Cook’s for assistance in selecting the proper dishmachine and racks for your foodservice operation.
Northern Illinois University & MyGo Containers™
The rollout of the MyGo containers went smoothly. They are currently in use at the two dining halls in operation at NIU.
Portion Control is Profit Control
Investing in the proper portion control utensils and equipment for your commercial kitchen will make managing your menu and bottom line much easier in the long run.
Self-Serve Stations are Coming Back
Things are slowly going back to normal and with a few adjustments to your operations, foodservice operators will be able to keep everyone safe.
Closing the Loop with MyGo Containers™ for Campus Dining
With the addition of MyGo reusable to-go containers to your campus dining program, you can create a closed loop system that begins when students register for their meal plan.
Celebrating Memorial Day
All of us at Cook’s wish you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. We remember those who served our country and are no longer with us and honor their service.
National Hamburger Day is Here!
Hamburgers are cherished by many Americans that every year on May 28th, we celebrate National Hamburger Day.
Commercial Grills from Crown Verity
Take a look at the Crown Verity line, we think you’ll find a mobile grilling solution that would be great for your facility.
The Many Uses of a Panini Press!
Adding a Panini press to your countertop equipment inventory is a great way to build up your menu above and beyond the sandwich.
The BigRig™ Immersion Blenders from Hamilton Beach
Created to be the reliable, hardworking go-to appliance for the commercial kitchen, this line of immersion blenders has numerous features that are designed to make big jobs easier.
Prepare for Full Capacity: Clean and Sanitize Your Foodservice Operation
As we all prepare for restaurant dining rooms to soon function at full capacity, restaurant owners have a lot to do to prepare.
Creating a Preventative Maintenance Program for Foodservice
One of the most significant investments a dining establishment will make is the foodservice equipment...
Commonly Asked Questions About Refrigerated Prep Tables
We can assist you in determining the best refrigerated prep table for your foodservice operation.
Happy National Apple Pie Day
It’s National Apple Pie Day which is definitely something to celebrate! We hope you get to enjoy a slice.
What You Need for a Concession Stand
As the weather gets warmer, seasonal concession stands will start reopening for business! Cook’s offers a wide array of equipment and supplies that can help your concession stand reopen.
The Immersion Blender in a Commercial Kitchen
If you’re looking for a kitchen appliance that provides you with great flexibility and functionality, the immersion blender or stick blender is a great choice.
Serve Up Refreshment with Iced Tea
If you anticipate that offering iced tea at your foodservice establishment would be a crowd pleaser, you should consider purchasing a commercial iced tea brewer and dispenser.
Get the Most Out of Your Steam Table
Steam Tables are an efficient and effective way to hold prepared foods at safe temperatures for extended amounts of time. Follow these guidelines to get the most from your steam table...
Improving Your Customer Catering Experience
As we slowly enter the Post-Covid era, we are staring to notice that people have the inclination to gather once again. Give your customers a better catering experience.
Managing Food Safety Risks with a HACCP
Food safety compromises can be eliminated with a HACCP plan, starting with these steps...
Managing Your Ice Maker Output
If you believe that your daily ice output is not what it should be, here are some questions that can help you diagnose the issue...
What You Need To Know To Buy Commercial Hot Dog Equipment
The key features and differences between the three different types of professional hot dog cooking equipment that can help you decide the best fit for your foodservice or concession operation.
Designing for A Better Meal Experience
Reusable to-go containers, like MyGo Containers™, are becoming popular in a wide variety of settings across the US. A good experience for the user is the best way to increase usage of reusable to-go containers.
MyGo Containers™ - Sustainability without sacrifices for a greener tomorrow.
In commemoration of Earth Day, part ways with single use containers, and opt to use a more sustainable alternative with MyGo Containers™.
The ROI of Reuse
Making the switch to reusable to-go carry out containers is usually not driven by the benefit of saving money. And yet, saving money will happen. Look into how quickly you can see a positive return on investment(ROI) when changing to reusable containers.
Celebrate Earth Day with MyGo Containers™
This earth day, do your part by ditching single use plastic and paper containers, and opt to use a greener alternative with the help of MyGo Containers™.
10 Easy Ways to Honor Earth Day
Here are a few easy-to-follow tips that may help you slowly incorporate a greener lifestyle for a better tomorrow and celebrate earth day.
Do You Really Need a Food Processor? Calculate the Savings
If you are pondering “The best way to determine if your commercial foodservice operation will benefit from investing in equipment or upgrades is to calculate the savings that you will gain if you make a purchase.
Tips for Cleaning Your Commercial Reach-In Freezer or Refrigerator
If you are pondering “How to clean a commercial refrigerator?” we have a few tips for you.
These Three Knives Are Essential For A Well-Prepared Kitchen
Versatile knives can perform a variety of tasks making them indispensable for food prep and serving. We’ve found that these three professional knives are essential for a well-prepared kitchen.
Easy Tips to Keep Your Commercial Blender Clean and Ready
Follow these easy tips and your blender will be ready to go when you need it so that you can continue to create a wide variety of culinary delights.
Finding the Best Sheet Pans for Your Business
Whether you own a bakery, restaurant, or café, sheet pans are essential baking supplies. Here are a few things to take into consideration when looking for the most suitable one for you.
Action Steps For Better Refrigeration
Following these easy tips will help you to get the best performance from your commercial refrigeration equipment and prompt staff to pay attention to food safety guidelines for food storage.
How To Tell When Your Ice Machine Needs Cleaning
A dirty ice machine can turn customers off and it can even make them sick. Here are five easy to recognize signs that your ice machine needs cleaning...
Refrigeration Tips: Cleaning The Condenser
Cleaning the condenser on your refrigerated equipment on a routine basis once a month is important. Here are six easy steps to keep your refrigeration equipment running efficiently.
Meet the Reusable To-Go MyGo™ Containers
MyGo™ Containers are attractive, high-performance, reusable to go food containers. With seven different designs offered, they are the ideal reusable takeout boxes for delivery applications.
Perks of Buying a KitchenAid® Commercial Stand Mixer
Whether you are looking for a commercial stand mixer for a restaurant, café, culinary school, or bakery, KitchenAid® makes the perfect commercial mixer to suit your needs...
Know Before You Buy: Energy Star Approval
The Energy Star Symbol can help you identify energy efficient equipment. It is the government-backed symbol for the efficient use of energy, created to help buyers make purchasing choices that save money...
Prep Tables: Six Facts You Should Know
We have a list of six facts about prep tables that are universal and apply to sandwiches, pizzas or general meal assembly.
Winter Storms Cause Challenges for Refrigeration & More
Winter storms caused manufacturers in the southern U.S. to stop production and send workers home as they faced damage and loss of critical supplies necessary for production....
8 Questions to Ask Before Upgrading Commercial Kitchen Equipment
With the approach of spring, in a typical year the commercial foodservice equipment industry starts to look forward to the National Restaurant Show where many foodservice equipment and supply...
Top Energy Savings Tips For Cooking With Your Steamer
The kitchen is one of the top energy consuming operations in many institutions, after all, it’s operating 24/7 even if you’re not cooking all day through.
How Does Steam Cooking Work?
Steam is a highly efficient heat transfer medium. It carries a great deal of energy that is easily transfers directly to food in commercial...
Improve Fryer Performance By Taking Care of The Oil
With a little attention, you can indefinitely prolong the life of your frying oil. Filtering the fat twice daily; or at the end of every shift and then adding 10% new oil will rejuvenate the original oil.
Six Tips to Get the Best from Your Commercial Blender
When it comes to selecting the food prep equipment you need for your professional kitchen, the value and versatility of a good blender is well known among chefs, baristas, mixologists and many other foodservice professionals.
Cook’s Guide to Commercial Kitchen Faucet Types
Are you in the market for a new Commercial Faucet? When you are shopping for commercial sinks and faucets there are several different styles of both to choose from...
Top 3 Reasons to Use a Flexible Gas Equipment Connector
Flexible gas connectors and hoses are ideal to connect any piece of gas kitchen equipment that is caster mounted for movement to utility source...
QUICK GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL COOKWARE
There are obvious differences between a fry pan and a stock pot and most anyone that cooks knows when to use one versus the other, but do you know why you would pick up the straight...
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMERCIAL FOOD WASTE DISPOSERS
One of the greatest benefits of google, aside from being able to find information on absolutely anything in seconds, is that we get to see what people are asking when they do their search.
SEE LABOR & TIME SAVINGS THROUGH FOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT WITH A FOOD WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
While nobody really likes to think about their garbage, how you manage your waste is critical to the overall function of your foodservice operation and a commercial food waste disposer can have a very
MyGo Containers™ - New Reusable To-Go Container
The grab n’ go market has increased exponentially with the pandemic in all types of dinning outlets from college campus dining halls to restaurants, cruise ships and more..
10 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving from Cook's
All of us at Cook’s would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You for your business! We know that without you, we wouldn’t be here. To get you in the holiday spirit and help you wow your friends and associates with Thanksgiving trivia
Why Is the Vollrath 68085 Cookie Sheet So Popular?
It is the holiday season and caterers, grocery stores, college dining halls, restaurants and other commercial and institutional foodservice chefs and bakers are reviewing their recipes for traditional and new seasonal favorites to satisfy customer cravings for baked treats.
Stock Up on Durable Bakeware Essentials from Cook's
Equip your commercial kitchen or bakery with Cook’s selection of economical aluminum sheet pans. Strong and durable and easy to clean, they are ideal for the busy demands of institutional and commercial kitchens that cook a variety of roasts, baked goods and pastries, vegetables, and appetizers.
Food Safety Is Within Your Reach with Color-Coded Cutting Boards from San Jamar
A versatile must-have for any commercial or institutional kitchen, San Jamar cutting boards help safeguard against cross-contamination and foodborne illness by separating raw and cooked foods, thereby minimizing bacteria transfer.
Versatile and Compact, Globe Countertop Planetary Mixers Are a Great Addition to Your Commercial Kitchen
The Globe SP08 Countertop Planetary Mixer is one of the most versatile – and essential – tools for the commercial kitchen. Discover how its heavy-duty construction and multifaceted design make it the ideal tool for any commercial kitchen that wants to maximize efficiency and time spent in food preparation.
Promote Safety and Health with Social Compliance Signage from Tablecraft
Brightly colored social compliance signage from Tablecraft is perfect for reception areas, dining halls, retail spaces, workplaces, or any high-traffic public area. Reduce the spread of germs, viruses, and bacteria by outfitting your dining establishment or institutional foodservice operation with the proper sanitation equipment and supplies.
Cutlery Goes Personal and Portable from Cuisipro
The use of disposable dinnerware has increased exponentially. While there are a variety of available options in single-use flatware, financial costs and environmental waste are beginning to add up. The reusable Personal Cutlery Set from Cuisipro is a cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative to plastic flatware.
HANDS-FREE CONDIMENT DISPENSING FROM LAKESIDE
The new Safe-Serv Hands-Free Condiment Dispensers from Lakeside are a great way to reduce contact, protect against foodborne illness, and improve sanitation in your foodservice operation. They are also a great no-mess alternative to portion packets, and can be placed anywhere that condiments are being dispensed.
MOBILE MEAL SERVICE MADE EASY FROM CAMBRO
Mobile food vending is now ready for the new normal with the CVC75 Vending Cart from Cambro. Designed to be configurable to meet day-to-day menu changes and food safety protocols for professional food service operations, the CVC75 is an excellent solution for mobile meal service as well as catering applications.
Welcome to the New Cook's Direct
We are excited to introduce you to the new Cook’s Direct! We recently launched our updated site on a new platform. Many things about the site have changed to make the shopping experience easier, faster, and better.
Fresh Food Goes High-Tech On Campus
Last year, robots invaded university and college campuses in several states to take on the task of delivering food and drinks to students in their dorm rooms.
Organizations using Edlund’s Helios™ UV-C Sterilizer Cabinet in the Battle Against Coronavirus
We have promoted Edlund’s KSUV-18 to our customers as a solution for knife and utensil sterilization, but in light of Covid-19, this patented Helios UV-C Sterilizer Cabinet has found a new and much needed function as a potential method to sterilize re-usable face masks.
VULCAN RAPID RECOVERY™ ELECTRIC GRIDDLES
Leading the industry with their high performance commercial griddles, Vulcan provides institutional foodservice operators a selection of griddles that delivery reliability, flexibility and speed, all while being easy to operate.
COMPARING TOP MOUNTED VS BOTTOM MOUNTED COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATORS
Choosing the best commercial refrigerator for your commercial kitchen can be a difficult task, there are many different brands that have solid reputations with many happy customers. You’ll be considering the basics; like size, materials, cost.
OUR CUSTOMERS FIVE FAVORITE KNIVES AND WHY YOU WANT THEM
There are so many different knives available, it’s hard to know which ones belong in your professional cutlery inventory. There are the obvious choices like a Chef’s knife, but we wanted to hear from our customers which professional knives were their favorites and why.
COMMERCIAL MIXERS – THREE COMMON BELIEFS THAT JUST AREN’T TRUE
Whether you use your commercial mixer for continuous use or the occasional batch, it’s important to have the right equipment for the job. If your mixer isn’t sized right, it can unfavorably affect your equipment’s performance and increase your costs.
CAMBRO’S NEW HIGH HEAT MEASURING CUP
Adding a new measuring cup to our product offering does not seem like news, but the Cambro High Heat Measuring Cup is an innovative new product that we think will be a good fit to institutional foodservice operations.