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.