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  • Food Safety in Correctional Facilities
    May 12th, 2023

    Maintaining a healthy and safe environment is crucial for the well-being of inmates and staff. Today, we will explore essential food safety tips and best practices to ensure proper food handling...

    Ensuring Compliance Standards and Regulations for Correctional Food Service Equipment and Supplies
    May 5th, 2023

    As with any food service operation, correctional facilities must follow strict standards and regulations to...

    8 essential food service products for correctional facilities
    April 28th, 2023

    Providing nutritious and safe meals to inmates while maintaining security and adhering to budget constraints requires...

    The Benefits of Durable Shelving for Commercial Foodservice, and Top Manufacturers to Consider
    April 21st, 2023

    Durable shelving is essential for any commercial foodservice operation...

    Improving Security with Cook's Brand Tool Lockers
    April 14th, 2023

    Today we'll explore the advantages of having a Cooks Brand tool locker in correctional kitchens and how it can improve safety and security...

    The Rite Way to Control Portions in Prisons
    March 31st, 2023

    Portion control is an essential part of any food service operation, and it becomes even more critical in prisons...

    Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Correctional Equipment
    March 24th, 2023

    Correctional facilities depend on a wide range of equipment to maintain order and ensure the safety of inmates and staff...

    Challenges of Meeting Dietary Needs of Inmates in Correctional Facilities
    March 17th, 2023

    When it comes to meeting the dietary needs of inmates in correctional facilities, there are a number of challenges that need to be addressed...

    How are food portions and serving sizes determined in correctional facility meal planning?
    February 24th, 2023

    In correctional facilities, meal planning is a crucial aspect of ensuring that inmates receive adequate nutrition while also adhering to budget constraints...

    Key factors to consider when choosing equipment for the prison kitchen
    February 17th, 2023

    When it comes to running a jail or prison kitchen, having the right equipment is essential...

    Managing Food Allergies and Special Diets in Jail and Prison Foodservice Operations
    February 10th, 2023

    Feeding a large, diverse population in a jail or prison setting can present many challenges, one of which is accommodating the dietary needs of inmates with food allergies or special diets...

    Maximizing Efficiency in Jails and Prisons with the Cook's Brand Tray Drying Rack
    February 3rd, 2023

    When it comes to drying, storing, and transporting trays in jails and prisons, it is important to have the right equipment on hand to efficiently do so...

    On the Road Again: Cook’s Team Heads To the 2023 ACA Conference
    January 27th, 2023

    The Cook's Corrections Team is excited to announce our attendance at the American Correctional Association's Winter Conference...

    Sharpening Safety: The Importance of Knife Safety in Jails and Prisons
    January 18th, 2023

    Knife safety and security is of the utmost importance in any setting, but it takes on a heightened level of importance in the high-stress and high-security environment of jails and prisons...

    Importance of Refrigeration Maintenance in Jails & Prisons
    January 13th, 2023

    Commercial refrigeration maintenance is important in jails and prisons for several reasons...

    Importance of Proper Correctional Maintenance
    January 2nd, 2023

    Knowing how to maintain a clean correctional facility is crucial when it comes to public health and safety...

    Importance of Cleaning Ice Machines in Correctional Facilities
    December 30th, 2022

    Regularly cleaning your ice machine is not only ideal for safety, but also keeps your equipment running smoothly...

    Correctional Food & Beverage Transport Solutions
    December 23rd, 2022

    When it comes to transporting food and beverages within jails and prisons, you will want to make sure you choose equipment that is not only safe for corrections, but that has maximum heat retention...

    Key Considerations When Ordering Correctional Cleaning Supplies
    December 16th, 2022

    When it comes to workplace safety in correctional facilities, it is much more complex than your average facility...

    Common Equipment in Correctional Kitchens
    December 9th, 2022

    Jails and Prisons need to be able to feed thousands of inmates at a time, in order to do so it is important to have all of the necessary equipment...

    Year-End Disposables Promo
    November 29th, 2022

    It is that time of year again! We are running our Annual Year-End Disposables Sale...

    How to Properly Clean a Slicer
    November 18th, 2022

    Meat slicers are a commonly used item amongst delis, grocery stores, and other foodservice operations...

    Commercial Floor Maintenance
    November 11th, 2022

    Maintaining clean floors is crucial to prevent slips, trips, and falls...

    Always In Stock Cooking Equipment
    November 4th, 2022

    At Cook’s we have a variety of kitchen and cooking equipment we keep in stock at all times...

    What is a Steam Kettle?
    October 28th, 2022

    Whether you manage the operation of a kitchen within a university, restaurant or correctional facility, time is money...

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    Need It Now? In-Stock Equipment
    October 21st, 2022

    At Cook’s we have a large selection of both equipment and kitchen supplies in-stock and ready for immediate shipment at all times...

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    Cook’s Brand Kettle Tools
    October 7th, 2022

    As you may already know, correctional facilities face unique difficulties compared to other operations, which requires products to be re-designed in order to meet safety and security standards...

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    Correctional Meal Serving Materials: What's the Difference?
    September 30th, 2022

    Correctional Meal Serving products come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Each with different benefits and safety features...

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    Importance of Keeping a Correctional Facility Clean
    September 23rd, 2022

    For the sake of public health, correctional facilities must be kept clean and maintained. Correctional facilities face challenges that are comparable to those of any other densely populated facility...

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    Top 5 High Security Items for Corrections
    September 16th, 2022

    Today we are going to cover a few of our top high security items. It is important to make sure your facility has the right equipment and supplies in order to maintain a safe environment...

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    Correctional Foodservice Solutions
    September 9th, 2022

    The foodservice industry in prisons faces unique difficulties, many of which can be overcome with the right equipment...

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    Correctional Meal Delivery Systems
    September 2nd, 2022

    Today we are going to take a look at the best way to deliver meals to housing units in correctional facilities...

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    Silicone 101
    August 24th, 2022

    Silicone is a synthetic "rubber" made of chemically bound silicon, oxygen, and occasionally carbon. Silicone cookware also can contain a wide range...

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    Cleaning Supplies for High-Risk Environments
    August 19th, 2022

    It is just as important to maintain a clean environment in correctional facilities as it is in restaurants, hotels, and other operations...

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    Cook’s Brand: Flex Line
    August 12th, 2022

    Cook’s Correctional has Designed the Flex Line with high security environments in mind. These trays are sturdy...

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    Cook’s Brand: Tray Sale!
    August 1st, 2022

    Who doesn’t love a sale? Cook’s is currently running a promotion on trays, through the end of September...

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    Cleveland Range KDL40: The Perfect Correctional Steam Kettle
    July 29th, 2022

    A steam kettle, like a steamer, makes use of steam's high heat energy transfer...

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    Choosing The Right Dough Cutter for High-Risk Environments
    July 21st, 2022

    You can use dough cutters for many food items, in many different settings...

    convection ovens
    The Globe Whip: Safety and Durability by Design
    July 15th, 2022

    The primary driver behind the Cook’s Brand product line is to offer correctional foodservice operators product options that are safe and durable...

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    What Convection Oven Has The Most BTU's?
    June 30th, 2022

    Convection ovens are nothing short of amazing. There aren’t many pieces of equipment in today’s commercial kitchen that can hold a candle to their versatility...

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    The Gorilla Tray
    June 22nd, 2022

    The Cook’s Brand Gorilla Tray is one of our larger insulated meal trays that is used in many jails and prisons across the country...

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    Why Choose the EcoSecurity™ Utensil?
    June 17th, 2022

    First and foremost, the EcoSecurity Utensil is a safer option. One of the largest concerns in Jails and Prisons with plastic utensils is the potential for inmates to turn them into deadly weapons...

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    Annual Summer Disposables Sale
    June 10th, 2022

    It’s that time again! The Annual Summer Disposables Sale for 2022 has begun...

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    Our Overstock Sale is On!
    June 1st, 2022

    Like every retail business, we sometimes have too many products on hand. While the majority of the products we offer are products that we already have on order from a customer...

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    Need it now? Look for the In-Stock Button
    May 24th, 2022

    Have you noticed something different on the Cook’s website? We’ve added a new feature that we feel is quite timely, and yes, that was a pun...

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    Check out the New Cook’s Brand Catalog
    May 20th, 2022

    Our new 2022 Cook’s Brand Catalog is in the mail! Customers can expect to receive their catalog beginning next week...

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    Tray Transport Options
    May 9th, 2022

    Over the past two and a half years we have seen a lot of changes resulting from the pandemic. Foodservice in all industries has had to make a wide variety of changes with much of the focus on how meals are delivered to customers...

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    Steam Kettle Efficiency Tips
    May 5th, 2022

    Commercial steam kettles are the ideal piece of equipment for quickly heating up soups, stews, sauces or pasta. Depending on the amount of people you’re cooking for, a kettle is often the most efficient and effective way to cook or to retherm extremely large batches of these types of foods...

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    In-Stock Equipment Update
    May 2nd, 2022

    It’s the beginning of May, and for many of our correctional foodservice customers, a sense of urgency is starting to creep into their decision making...

    How Many People Will That Feed?
    April 20th, 2022

    Portion control is a critical skill to have in foodservice and particularly when you are serving large populations...

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    Cook’s Choice: Cleveland Kettles
    April 8, 2022

    Because we’ve had the experience of working with jails and prisons across the US, we have developed preferences in manufactures for...

    knife care
    How to Care for Knives so They Last Longer
    April 5, 2022

    Professional chefs know that there are four areas of cutlery maintenance that you need to pay attention to in order to keep your professional knives in top shape.

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    Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel Cookware
    March 25, 2022

    Most commercial cookware found in institutional or foodservice operations is either stainless steel or aluminum.

    insulated tray tips
    Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Insulated Tray
    March 16, 2022

    Whether you’re serving meals in four compartment insulated Gator Trays or the six compartment Extra Deep Marathon Trays, you want to be sure that...

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    Cook's Counsel for March
    March 9, 2022

    With 25 years’ experience in the correctional foodservice, we’ve seen a lot of things that you don’t see in a restaurant kitchen.

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    Six Reasons to Use a Commercial Microwave
    March 3, 2022

    If someone were to ask what is one of the most important pieces of equipment for the correctional kitchen, it’s unlikely that the microwave would make the list.

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    Only at Cook’s: The Dead Man Box
    February 25, 2022

    If you’ve been in foodservice at a jail or prison for any amount of time, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with Cook’s...

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    A Tray For the Long Haul: Marathon
    February 15, 2022

    One of the most important components of a jail meal serving operation is the tray used for serving. Many of the other...

    Commercial freezer shopping
    Commercial Freezer Shopping? Top Five Key Considerations
    February 3, 2022

    Cold storage is critical in the foodservice business, from walk-in coolers, undercounter refrigerators to reach-in freezers.

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    Cook’s Counsel for January
    January 27, 2022

    We’ve been working in the correctional foodservice industry for over 25 years...

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    Commercial Steamer Maintenance
    January 17, 2022

    The most common cause of commercial steamer break downs is scale, lime and other mineral deposit build up.

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    Equipment Ready for Immediate Shipment
    January 13, 2022

    Supply chain issues are all over the news and we are hearing it from our customers on a daily basis.

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    Making Meal Serving Safe
    January 12, 2022

    This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cook’s Buyers Guide for Corrections. Many of our customers know Cook’s best from the catalog...

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    Cook’s is at the 2022 ACA Winter Conference
    January 7, 2022

    Our Correctional Team is on the road again! To kick off 2022, we are attending the American Correctional Associations Winter Conference in Phoenix, Az.

    The 2022 Buyers Guide for Corrections is Now Online
    The 2022 Buyers Guide for Corrections is Now Online
    December 29, 2021

    Be sure to check out the online catalog, available on CooksCorrectional.com and look for your Buyers Guide for Corrections in your mailbox, after the New Year.

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    Dishwasher Rack Basics
    December 23, 2021

    Open racks, glass racks, flatware racks and more, dishwasher racks are available to hold a variety of items ranging from specific sizes...

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    Giving Back to the Community
    December 3, 2021

    For many people across America, the long weekend after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holidays and the anticipated march toward Christmas day.

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    Thanksgiving - A Cook’s Tradition
    November 24, 2021

    Let’s start by saying Thank You to you, our customer. At this time of Thanksgiving, we reflect on the blessings and beauty that life offers us...

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    In-Stock Equipment
    November 19, 2021

    Long lead times on equipment a problem? You hear it on the news, you see it in images of container ships that are backed up at the ports, lead times on goods...

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    How Long Can You Keep Frozen Meat & Poultry?
    November 16, 2021

    The operating temperature of a commercial freezer is typically about -10 degrees Fahrenheit with a holding temperature that will range between -10 and zero degrees Fahrenheit.

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    We've Finaly Gone Virtual
    November 10, 2021

    This week Cook’s participated in our first virtual conference and product expo. We’ve had opportunities to participate in virtual trade shows several times...

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    Important Routine Maintenance for Refrigeration Units
    November 3, 2021

    Keeping your commercial refrigeration units running is critical. A breakdown can be expensive in repairs and loss of inventory...

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    What Makes Silicone Ideal for Correctional Meal Trays?
    October 29, 2021

    First, we should cover what silicone actually is because there is a lot of confusion regarding the material. Technically, silicone could be considered within...

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    The ROI of Reusable Flatware
    October 20, 2021

    One of the first changes that the pandemic brought about was an increased demand in disposable meal packaging, flatware and drinkware that created shortages...

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    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.

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    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
    April 2, 2021

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

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    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.

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    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
    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
    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...