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compartment vs cafeteria trays
Compartment Trays vs. Cafeteria Trays
January 14, 2022

Who’s looking at this title and thinking to themselves ‘aren’t compartment trays and cafeteria trays the same thing’?

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Food Safety and Ice
January 11, 2022

Ice comes in a wide variety of forms, including flaked ice, nugget ice, crushed ice, cubed ice and now the popular craft ice.

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What is a Commercial Conveyor Toaster
January 10, 2022

A conveyor toaster is a common commercial countertop kitchen appliance that is ideal for restaurants or foodservice operations...

does bpa free matter
When does BPA-Free Matter?
January 6, 2022

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 to-go containers
Where to Use Reusable Food Containers?
January 5, 2022

Reusable food containers are a great way to improve your non-food waste and have a positive impact on the environment.

what you need to know about beverage servers
Five Things To Know About Beverage Servers
January 4, 2022

Beverage servers come in a variety of sizes and brands and are used for both hot and cold drinks.

what can you make with an immersion blenders
Ten Menu Ideas For Immersion Blenders
January 3, 2022

Commercial immersion blenders are a great equipment choice for the busy foodservice operation or restaurant kitchen.

Steam Kettles 101
Steam Kettles 101
December 29, 2021

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
Managing Allergens with Purple
December 29, 2021

Here are some tips to manage allergens.

What Makes a Microwave Commercial Grade?
What Makes a Microwave Commercial Grade?
December 29, 2021

The difference between a residential microwave and a commercial microwave may not be obvious at first glance, but there is a difference.

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Material Options for Plastic Tumblers
December 29, 2021

Durable, break resistant plastic tumblers are a staple of school cafeterias, family restaurants, outdoor areas, and many other foodservice venues...

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What is a Holding Cabinet/Proofer Used For?
December 23, 2021

Holding cabinets, also known as heated holding cabinets, are an essential part of many small to large foodservice operations.

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Choose Your Griddle Surface
December 23, 2021

One of the most important considerations when shopping for broilers, griddles and grills is the material used for the cooking surface.

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Common Questions About Commercial Dishwashing Gloves
December 22, 2021

Commercial dishwashing gloves have more variety and function than you realize.

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2021 TOP COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION TIPS
December 18, 2021

This year we have written many pieces highlighting ways to really optimize your use of your commercial refrigerator, freezer, walk-in, etc.

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MyGo Containers™ 2021 Good Design Award Winner
December 18, 2021

We are excited to announce that MyGo Containers™ has won a 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award.

stock pot questions
Commonly Asked Questions about Commercial Stock Pots
December 17, 2021

The stock pot is an indispensable piece of commercial cookware in the foodservice kitchen. Stock pots are generally quite large, with...

cookie sheet vs sheet pan
The Difference Between a Sheet Pan and Cookie Sheet
December 17, 2021

A common question from young bakers and aspiring confectionary makers is what is the difference between a sheet pan and a cookie sheet?

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What Can You Cook with a Countertop Griddle?
December 16, 2021

Commercial griddles and countertop griddles can offer a wide expansion to your foodservice menu. It’s a major reason they are growing in popularity.

stop falls in the kitchen
How to Stop Falls On The Job
December 15, 2021

We can't completely reduce the risk of falls but the need to take it seriously and take preemptive measures is obvious.

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State of Heated Shelving
December 10, 2021

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.

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Advantages of Overhead Track Shelving
December 9, 2021

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%...

pizza paddle vs pizza peel
Important Dimensions for Faucet Installations
December 7, 2021

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 paddle vs pizza peel
Pizza Peel or Pizza Paddle?
December 3, 2021

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.

best steam table
Tips For Selecting the Right Steam Table
December 3, 2021

If you are researching commercial steam tables, you’ll realize there are a variety of options and variations that you need to consider.

best utility cart material
Best Material Options for Utility Carts
December 2, 2021

Nearly all facilities can benefit from having a utility cart of some type, from foodservice to retail to manufacturing.

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Change Up Your Table Scape with a Beverage Dispenser
December 1, 2021

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.

thanksgiving
Must Have Kitchen Gifts This Black Friday
November 24, 2021

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...

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10 FUN FACTS ABOUT THANKSGIVING FROM COOK’S
November 24, 2021

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.

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MyGo Containers™ Now NSF
November 23, 2021

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.

cooking and heat transfer
Measuring Cups for Dry Ingredients vs. Liquids
November 23, 2021

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...

cooking and heat transfer
Common Questions About Commercial Mixers
November 19, 2021

Holiday time is also baking time, not only for home makers, but in restaurants, cafes and other foodservice outlets.

cooking and heat transfer
The Science of Cooking: Heat Transfer
November 16, 2021

Cooking means heating food; meats, vegetables, fruits. Dishes that do not require any heat are prepared, but typically are not considered cooked.

optimal refrigerator storage
How to Best Organize Commercial Refrigerated Storage
November 15, 2021

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
What is a Stock Pot Range?
November 12, 2021

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
Food Processors VS Blenders
November 12, 2021

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
Commercial Slicers 101
November 11, 2021

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 VS Residential Refrigeration
November 10, 2021

Commercial refrigerators, like other types of foodservice kitchen equipment, is constructed to withstand heavier demands of institutional or restaurant usage.

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Important Routine Maintenance for Ranges, Griddles & Grills
November 5, 2021

Let’s face it, there’s never a good time to have a piece of cooking equipment to unexpectedly break down and need repairs.

fryer maintenance
Important Routine Maintenance for Fryers
November 4, 2021

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.

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10 Simple Routine Maintenance Tasks You Should Be Doing
November 3, 2021

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.

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When to Use a Santoku Knife
October 23, 2021

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
Dishwashing: High Temp vs Low Temp
October 22, 2021

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 holding cabinets
What to Look For In a Holding Cabinet
October 21, 2021

Heated and Holding Cabinets are designed to keep food fresh and safe during the time between cooking and serving.

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Training & Education at Cook's
October 17, 2021

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.

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Does the Glove Fit the Task?
October 13, 2021

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?

meal serving in the classroom
Serving Meals In The Classroom
October 12, 2021

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.

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Be Prepared Before Shopping For Heated Cabinets
October 11, 2021

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.

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200+ Years in the Culinary Industry Matfer Bourgeat
October 1, 2021

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

Aprons from Cook's
Apron Options From Cook's
October 1, 2021

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...

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Descaling Coffee Urns
October 1, 2021

Hard water or mineral rich water can wreak havoc in the institutional or commercial kitchen. From plumbing and water pressure problems to inefficient equipment...

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Which Whip? French or Piano?
September 30, 2021

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
Proper Griddle Cleaning Techniques
September 25, 2021

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
Choosing a Milk Cooler for Your School Cafeteria
September 23, 2021

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
Round vs. Square Food Storage Containers
September 23, 2021

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
What to Look for When Shopping for a Commercial Blender
September 22, 2021

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
Money Saving Tips for Efficient Griddle Use
September 17, 2021

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
Four Simple Rules For Safe Fryer Use
September 15, 2021

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
How To Season Your Cast Iron Skillet
September 15, 2021

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
Thinking Outside the Box
September 14, 2021

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
Stock Pot Ranges – Big Power in a Small Footprint
September 12, 2021

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?
How Do You Know If You Need A Griddle?
September 10, 2021

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?
What is Different From One Fryer Type To Another?
September 9, 2021

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
New Gas Appliances from FSE
September 7, 2021

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!
Happy Labor Day!
September 3, 2021

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
This is What You Should Know Before Buying A Carbon Steel Pan
September 1, 2021

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
Making the Perfect To-Go Cheese Plate
August 31, 2021

To keep your cheese plate safe and easy to transport to your destination we recommend you follow these tips...

Best Practices for Serving in Foodservicer
Best Practices for Serving in Foodservice
August 26, 2021

Here are some tips to manage your staff’s interaction with food to keep customers and employees safe.

Choosing the Right Commercial Toaster
Choosing the Right Commercial Toaster
August 25, 2021

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
The Latest Pizza Trends for Fall 2021
August 21, 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
The Growing Bakeries Best Friend
August 19, 2021

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
6 Summer Food Safety Tips
August 17, 2021

Keep your food and family safe by following these 6 simple food safety tips.

Drive Impulse Sales and Profits in Your C-Store
Drive Impulse Sales and Profits in Your C-Store
August 13, 2021

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
Ask these Questions Before Buying Restaurant Equipment
August 13, 2021

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?
Cookware Metals 101: Which One to Choose?
August 12, 2021

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?
Need Help Finding the Right Dish Caddy?
August 12, 2021

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
Reduce Dirt and Grime With The 15 Foot Rule
August 6, 2021

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
Back To School: Classroom Daily Sanitation Checklist
August 6, 2021

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™
Back-to-School Sale MyGo Containers™
August 5, 2021

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
Sheet Pan Buying Guide
August 3, 2021

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
What To Look For In A Food Delivery Bag
July 30, 2021

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?
What are Cafeteria Trays Made Out of?
July 28, 2021

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
What to Know Before Shopping for Refrigerated Merchandisers
July 23, 2021

Here is a quick list that will get you started.

Create Pizza in Any Outdoor Setting
Create Pizza in Any Outdoor Setting
July 23, 2021

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
School Cafeteria Tray Buyer Guide
July 22, 2021

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?
Questions To Ask Before Shopping For Commercial Faucets?
July 21, 2021

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?
What is Portion Control in Foodservice?
July 16, 2021

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
K-12 Update: Benefits of Using a Milk Dispenser
July 15, 2021

Are you looking for an alternative to individual milk cartons? A Bulk Milk System might be the answer.

Steam Table Pans 101: Sizing Guide
Steam Table Pans 101: Sizing Guide
July 13, 2021

Here is a list explaining the different names and sizes of the most popular steam table food pans

New!  Laundry Carts from Meese
New! Laundry Carts from Meese
July 9, 2021

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
Value Priced Food Warming Solutions for the Buffet
July 8, 2021

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
Expand Your Menu with a Grilling Station
July 8, 2021

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
Preserving Your Outdoor Food Equipment
July 6, 2021

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
Go Mess Free With PanSaver Liners
July 2, 2021

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
Tips for Choosing a Commercial Charbroiler
June 30, 2021

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
For Better Flavor Serve Freshly Ground Pepper
June 29, 2021

It is really true that you will get better flavor from freshly ground pepper.

Six Questions to Ask Before Shopping For Carts
Six Questions to Ask Before Shopping For Carts
June 29, 2021

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
Events Are Back! Tips For Using Chafers
June 25, 2021

Here a few easy tips to make sure your chafers are being utilized correctly.

Cook’s Warehouse Clearance Sale
Cook’s Warehouse Clearance Sale
June 25, 2021

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
Steps For Cleaning Your Commercial Coffee Machine
June 23, 2021

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
Event Planning 101 – Portion Sizes
June 22, 2021

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
10 Easy Energy Saving Steps for Your Foodservice Kitchen
June 16, 2021

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
Choosing a Deck Oven or Conveyor Oven for Your Pizza Place
June 15, 2021

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
Extending the Lifespan of Your Commercial Laundry Cart
June 14, 2021

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
Why You Need a Countertop Convection Oven
June 10, 2021

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
Things to Consider Before Buying a Pizza Oven
June 10, 2021

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
Looking at Glass Merchandisers? 5 Reasons to Invest
June 9, 2021

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
Commercial Dishmachine Tips
June 4, 2021

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™
Northern Illinois University & MyGo Containers™
June 4, 2021

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
Portion Control is Profit Control
June 3, 2021

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
Self-Serve Stations are Coming Back
June 3, 2021

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
Closing the Loop with MyGo Containers™ for Campus Dining
May 28, 2021

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
Celebrating Memorial Day
May 28, 2021

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!
National Hamburger Day is Here!
May 27, 2021

Hamburgers are cherished by many Americans that every year on May 28th, we celebrate National Hamburger Day.

Commercial Grills from Crown Verity
Commercial Grills from Crown Verity
May 26, 2021

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!
The Many Uses of a Panini Press!
May 21, 2021

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
The BigRig™ Immersion Blenders from Hamilton Beach
May 21, 2021

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
Prepare for Full Capacity: Clean and Sanitize Your Foodservice Operation
May 19, 2021

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
Creating a Preventative Maintenance Program for Foodservice
May 18, 2021

One of the most significant investments a dining establishment will make is the foodservice equipment...

Commonly Asked Questions About Refrigerated Prep Tables
Commonly Asked Questions About Refrigerated Prep Tables
May 14, 2021

We can assist you in determining the best refrigerated prep table for your foodservice operation.

National Apple Pie Day
Happy National Apple Pie Day
May 13, 2021

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
What You Need for a Concession Stand
May 12, 2021

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
The Immersion Blender in a Commercial Kitchen
May 12, 2021

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
Serve Up Refreshment with Iced Tea
May 7, 2021

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
Get the Most Out of Your Steam Table
May 7, 2021

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
Improving Your Customer Catering Experience
May 6, 2021

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
Managing Food Safety Risks with a HACCP
April 30, 2021

Food safety compromises can be eliminated with a HACCP plan, starting with these steps...

Managing Your Ice Maker Output
Managing Your Ice Maker Output
April 30, 2021

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
What You Need To Know To Buy Commercial Hot Dog Equipment
April 27, 2021

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
Designing for A Better Meal Experience
April 23, 2021

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.
MyGo Containers™ - Sustainability without sacrifices for a greener tomorrow.
April 22, 2021

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
The ROI of Reuse
April 21, 2021

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™
Celebrate Earth Day with MyGo Containers™
April 21, 2021

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
10 Easy Ways to Honor Earth Day
April 20, 2021

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
Do You Really Need a Food Processor? Calculate the Savings
April 16, 2021

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
Tips for Cleaning Your Commercial Reach-In Freezer or Refrigerator
April 15, 2021

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
These Three Knives Are Essential For A Well-Prepared Kitchen
April 14, 2021

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
Easy Tips to Keep Your Commercial Blender Clean and Ready
April 12, 2021

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.

Action Steps For Better Refrigeration
Finding the Best Sheet Pans for Your Business
April 9, 2021

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
Action Steps For Better Refrigeration
April 8, 2021

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
How To Tell When Your Ice Machine Needs Cleaning
April 8, 2021

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
Refrigeration Tips: Cleaning The Condenser
April 2, 2021

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
Meet the Reusable To-Go MyGo™ Containers
March 26, 2021

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
Perks of Buying a KitchenAid® Commercial Stand Mixer
March 23, 2021

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...

Prep Tables:  Six Facts You Should Know
Know Before You Buy: Energy Star Approval
March 17, 2021

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
Prep Tables: Six Facts You Should Know
March 15, 2021

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 Cause Challenges for Refrigeration & More
March 11, 2021

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
8 Questions to Ask Before Upgrading Commercial Kitchen Equipment
March 9, 2021

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
Top Energy Savings Tips For Cooking With Your Steamer
March 5, 2021

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?
How Does Steam Cooking Work?
March 5, 2021

Steam is a highly efficient heat transfer medium. It carries a great deal of energy that is easily transfers directly to food in commercial...

Commercial Cookware Guide
Improve Fryer Performance By Taking Care of The Oil
March 5, 2021

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.

Commercial Cookware Guide
Six Tips to Get the Best from Your Commercial Blender
March 4, 2021

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.

Commercial Cookware Guide
Cook’s Guide to Commercial Kitchen Faucet Types
February 22, 2021

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...

Commercial Cookware Guide
Top 3 Reasons to Use a Flexible Gas Equipment Connector
February 18, 2021

Flexible gas connectors and hoses are ideal to connect any piece of gas kitchen equipment that is caster mounted for movement to utility source...

Commercial Cookware Guide
QUICK GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL COOKWARE
February 16, 2021

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...

Food Disposer FAQs
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMERCIAL FOOD WASTE DISPOSERS
February 10, 2021

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.

Food Disposer Savings
SEE LABOR & TIME SAVINGS THROUGH FOOD WASTE MANAGEMENT WITH A FOOD WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
February 9, 2021

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 Reusable To-Go Containers
MyGo Containers™ - New Reusable To-Go Container
February 8, 2021

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..

Thanksgiving fun facts from Cooks
10 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving from Cook's
November 24, 2020

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

New Cook's Direct Website
Why Is the Vollrath 68085 Cookie Sheet So Popular?
November 16, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
Stock Up on Durable Bakeware Essentials from Cook's
October 30, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
Food Safety Is Within Your Reach with Color-Coded Cutting Boards from San Jamar
October 30, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
Versatile and Compact, Globe Countertop Planetary Mixers Are a Great Addition to Your Commercial Kitchen
October 15, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
Promote Safety and Health with Social Compliance Signage from Tablecraft
October 15, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
Cutlery Goes Personal and Portable from Cuisipro
September 25, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
HANDS-FREE CONDIMENT DISPENSING FROM LAKESIDE
September 22, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
MOBILE MEAL SERVICE MADE EASY FROM CAMBRO
September 21, 2020

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.

New Cook's Direct Website
Welcome to the New Cook's Direct
September 16, 2020

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.

Chowbotics Salad Robot
Fresh Food Goes High-Tech On Campus
September 11, 2020

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.

Edlund sterilizer cabinet
Organizations using Edlund’s Helios™ UV-C Sterilizer Cabinet in the Battle Against Coronavirus
August 11, 2020

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 griddles
VULCAN RAPID RECOVERY™ ELECTRIC GRIDDLES
August 10, 2020

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.

top mount vs bottom mount
COMPARING TOP MOUNTED VS BOTTOM MOUNTED COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATORS
August 06, 2020

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.

top professional knives
OUR CUSTOMERS FIVE FAVORITE KNIVES AND WHY YOU WANT THEM
August 05, 2020

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.

Five White Plates With Different Kinds of Dishes
COMMERCIAL MIXERS – THREE COMMON BELIEFS THAT JUST AREN’T TRUE
August 05, 2020

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.

Five White Plates With Different Kinds of Dishes
CAMBRO’S NEW HIGH HEAT MEASURING CUP
August 04, 2020

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.

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