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rite-size portion servers
The Cook's Brand Five Star Tray
October 7, 2021

The Cook’s Brand Five Star Tray is truly unique when it comes to insulated meal trays for corrections. This innovative tray is shaped differently than other insulated trays.

rite-size portion servers
Consistent Portions with Rite-Size Portion Servers
October 1, 2021

The Rite-size Servers from Cook’s Brand are designed to make managing your serving line easier and getting the same amount of food served on each tray.

Cook’s is Showing Up in the Show Me State
Cook’s is Showing Up in the Show Me State
September 24, 2021

Cook’s is excited to have participated in the Missouri Corrections Association & Missouri Probation & Parole Officers Association 2021 Joint Fall Conference in Lake Ozark, MO this week.

Four Choices In Materials for Meal Serving
Four Choices In Materials for Meal Serving
September 17, 2021

With meal serving products in four different materials, you can find the trays, drinkware and utensils for the different environments within your correctional facility in Cook’s Brand products.

The Gator Tray
The Gator Tray
September 10, 2021

The first jail meal serving tray introduced by Cook’s is the Gator Tray, a four compartment insulated tray. It debuted on the cover of the 2005 Correctional Buyers Guide.

Cart Handling Safety Tips
Cart Handling Safety Tips
September 3, 2021

Here are four easy-to-implement ergonomic practices that every worker who pushes any type of cart should implement to prevent injuries and back pain from cart handling

Why Is The Right Caster So Important?
Why Is The Right Caster So Important?
September 2, 2021

Here are some of the things we learned when we were looking for the right caster for correctional meal delivery carts.

Food Safety Tips – Storage & Receiving
Food Safety Tips – Storage & Receiving
August 26, 2021

Review these easy to follow tips and share with staff to help everyone in your operation maintain a more sanitary and safer foodservice operation.

The Grizzly Tray
The Grizzly Tray
August 20, 2021

Serving meals to inmates on insulated trays is one of the most common meal delivery methods in the country for local jails. It’s simple and requires only the tray and the meal delivery cart.

What We Learned at the ACA Conference
What We Learned at the ACA Conference
August 18, 2021

Our team was thrilled with the chance to connect in person with old friends and to see some new faces too.

Cook’s Correctional Going to ACA
Cook’s Correctional Going to ACA
August 6, 2021

If you or someone from your facility will be attending, you should stop by and say hello to the Cook’s Team in booth #825.

Cook’s Brand to Introduce a New Longer Knife Leash
Cook’s Brand to Introduce a New Longer Knife Leash
July 30, 2021

To continue to meet the needs of our customers, we will be introducing a new 8 foot long knife leash in late August 2021.

Look Out for These Top Five Service Indicators for Refrigeration
Look Out for These Top Five Service Indicators for Refrigeration
July 23, 2021

Proper care and preventative maintenance are critically important to keep your commercial refrigeration equipment functioning well at all times.

Flatware Options for High Security Areas
Flatware Options for High Security Areas
July 9, 2021

Serving meals in jails and prisons requires a different set of priorities than serving in any other type of environments.

Our Most Popular Correctional Kitchen Supplies
Our Most Popular Correctional Kitchen Supplies
July 2, 2021

Here are our five most popular kitchen supply items that you’ll find in a jail or prison kitchen, and not in other institutional or commercial kitchens

Why Look for NSF on Food Prep & Food Storage Equipment
Why Look for NSF on Food Prep & Food Storage Equipment
June 18, 2021

NSF International is an independent organization that tests equipment from all different manufacturers to measure it against a set of standards that were created to ensure public safety.

Which Floor Brush is Best on Your Floor Type?
Which Floor Brush is Best on Your Floor Type?
June 18, 2021

If you have a variety of flooring types or surfaces in your facility, you should review your inventory of floor cleaning equipment and supplies.

Improve the Efficiency of Your Refrigerator
Improve the Efficiency of Your Refrigerator
June 8, 2021

Here are some easy to follow hints that will boost efficiency for your commercial refrigerators and worktop refrigerators.

Speed is Key with Food Storage
Speed is Key with Food Storage
June 4, 2021

Keeping food fresh and safe are critical to any foodservice operation. One of the most important factors in receiving and storing fresh foods is timing

Shopping for Pan Racks?  Start with These Questions
Shopping for Pan Racks? Start with These Questions
May 28, 2021

Make sure to consider the questions before making a purchase to ensure that you get the best pan rack for your correctional kitchen.

The Fast Four to Maintaining Your Refrigeration Equipment
The Fast Four to Maintaining Your Refrigeration Equipment
May 18, 2021

Refrigeration equipment is a valuable part of your correctional foodservice operation and the risk of delayed or overlooked maintenance can be costly.

What Can You Cook With A Tilt Skillet?
What Can You Cook With A Tilt Skillet?
May 14, 2021

Tilt Skillets are one of the most versatile pieces of cooking equipment available, so much so that they are often called the work horse of the commercial kitchen

The Best Flatware Choices for High Security Environments
The Best Flatware Choices for High Security Environments
May 7, 2021

Here are some of the best flatware options for the maximum security environments that you won’t find anywhere but Cook’s

Knife Storage Solutions for Corrections
Knife Storage Solutions for Corrections
May 7, 2021

The Cook’s Brand High Security Tool Locker is available to provide foodservice personal a safe and secure storage solution for their jail or prison kitchen.

Why is the Rest Time Important When Cooking Meat?
Why is the Rest Time Important When Cooking Meat?
April 30, 2021

After you remove meat from the oven, grill or other heat source, you should allow it to rest for the amount of time specified for that type of meat.

Meet Our Newly Redesigned Vented Drying Racks
Meet Our Newly Redesigned Vented Drying Racks
April 29, 2021

Their new design will assist with the maximization of your drying capacity and increase your commercial or correctional kitchen productivity.

5 Quick Tips to Save Energy When Operating Your Oven
5 Quick Tips to Save Energy When Operating Your Oven
April 16, 2021

The easiest way to save money in your foodservice operation is to create habits that reduce energy consumption for equipment. Small activities, when accumulated all day, every day, can add up to significant savings that you will continue to benefit.

Did You Wash Your Hands?
Did You Wash Your Hands?
April 9, 2021

Regular hand washing is critically important to the prevention of cross-contamination and the spread of germs.

Cook’s Quick Guide on Cleaning Your Commercial Ice Machine
Cook’s Quick Guide on Cleaning Your Commercial Ice Machine
April 8, 2021

Cleaning your ice machine is easy, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s recommended processes. This quick guide can get you started and lead you through the process.

safety and sanitation tips for kitchens
HOW LONG IS LONG ENOUGH? A GUIDE FOR THE RECOMMENDED STORAGE OF REFRIGERATED & FROZEN FOODS
April 2, 2021

This guide can help you to plan ahead with your food inventory, reducing waste and maintaining food safety.

safety and sanitation tips for kitchens
Safety Tips for Holding Equipment Use
March 17, 2021

For correctional foodservice operations, the ability to prepare and hold food until it is time for tray assembly or meal service is a necessity.

safety and sanitation tips for kitchens
Simple Steps to Improve Safety and Sanitation
March 13, 2021

Keeping things clean in the kitchen is important to reduce the risk of foodborne illness but it will also improve safety in your foodservice operation.

Cook’s Compares Commercial Microwaves vs. Residential Microwaves
Cook’s Compares Commercial Microwaves vs. Residential Microwaves
March 12, 2021

When you buy a residential microwave, instead of a commercial model but there’s a good chance you would lose out in the long run.

Top Five Benefits of Cooking with Steam
Top Five Benefits of Cooking with Steam
March 5, 2021

Steam is a highly efficient method of cooking that has several benefits and with all the variety available in commercial steamers, there is sure to be...

Commercial Walk-In refrigerator energy consumption
BEST PRACTICES FOR WALK-INS TO REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
February 16, 2021

Anyone in the foodservice industry knows that the operation of an institutional kitchen is responsible for a great deal of energy consumption within the facility.

2021 Correctional Buyer's Guide
THE MYGO REUSABLE TO-GO CONTAINER™ FOR CORRECTIONS
February 12, 2021

There were changes in every area of life in 2020 that were brought about from the Covid Pandemic. Daily routines are now very different than they were just one year ago.

2021 Correctional Buyer's Guide
Welcome to our New & Improved Website Experience
February 9, 2021

We have upgraded the Cook’s Correctional website (www.cookscorrectional.com) in January 2021. The site improvements are designed to provide a better user experience and gives our customers much better functionality

2021 Correctional Buyer's Guide
The 2021 Buyers Guide for Corrections is Here!
February 8, 2021

The beginning of the year is marked by the distribution of our annual catalog, the Cook’s Buyers Guide for Corrections. The 2021 Buyers Guide for Corrections mailed out..

Why Cook's Brand?
Why Cook's Brand?
February 4, 2021

If you’ve seen us at a trade show, taken a look at our YouTube channel or had a conversation with any of the territory managers at Cook’s, you’ve heard about Cook’s Brand...

Cook's Vented Tray Drying Rack
New Vented Sheet Pan & Tray Drying Rack from Cook’s Brand
February 3, 2021

Our Vented Tray Drying Rack has a new name – it’s now the Cook’s Brand Vented Sheet Pan & Tray Drying Rack because we’ve added a new sheet pan insert to our offering...

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