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Promote sanitation and faster drying of cafeteria and meal trays by using tray drying racks in your institutional foodservice dishroom area. Shop below or get started with New Age tray drying racks.

Take trays from the dishwasher and place them in tray drying racks and you’ll won’t be setting damp meal trays out for customers or patrons at the next service because trays dry faster when they are stored vertically. Tray drying racks are also an efficient storage option for meal trays when they aren’t in use and they have the added benefit of being mobile. We carry many different tray drying racks from brands like New Age, Advance Tabco, and more. We also carry parts and accessories like replacement casters for tray drying racks.

If you need help selecting the right tray drying racks for your institutional kitchen, please give us a call at 866-613-2617 and our customer service team will assist you in finding the best tray drying racks to meet the needs of your institutional foodservice operation.

Selection Help

When selecting the best tray rack or tray drying racks for your institutional kitchen, you will want to take into consideration the following things:

  • What types of trays will I be storing in my tray drying rack?
  • How many trays will I need to store in tray drying racks?
  • Am I changing the style of meal tray I am using and is that requiring me to buy all new tray drying racks to accommodate my new tray?
Expert Advice

Whether you are purchasing a tray drying rack for your corporate cafeteria or your school foodservice operation you will want to consider closely what is the best fit for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call one of our experts.

Consider the size and capacity of the tray drying rack: Correctional foodservice facilities must accommodate a large number of inmates, often with limited space. It's important to choose a rack that can accommodate the volume of trays needed for the facility, while also fitting within the available space. Consider the size of the trays typically used, as well as the number of levels or shelves needed to maximize drying space.

Choose a durable material: Correctional foodservice facilities require durable equipment that can withstand heavy use and potential abuse. Stainless steel or aluminum are sturdy materials that can withstand high-volume use and are easy to clean, making them a good choice for tray drying racks in correctional facilities.

Look for racks with wheels: Tray drying racks with wheels can be easily moved from one area to another as needed, allowing for flexibility in the facility. This is especially useful for cleaning and reorganizing after meal times. Choose racks with locking casters for stability and to prevent unauthorized movement.

Consider the design of the rack: Open wire shelves allow for air circulation and faster drying times, which is important for high-volume settings. However, solid shelves are better for preventing marks on the trays. Consider the type of trays typically used and choose a design that will work well with them.

Look for racks with adjustable shelves: Adjustable shelves allow for customization of spacing between shelves, which is useful for accommodating different tray sizes and other items as needed. This can help maximize the capacity of the rack and improve efficiency in say, a dining hall.

Choose a rack with a drip tray: A drip tray can help prevent spills and reduce the risk of accidents, which is especially important in busy college and university dining facilities. It can also make cleaning up after meal times easier and more efficient.

Check the weight capacity of the rack: It's important to make sure the tray drying rack can safely hold the weight of the trays needed for the dining hall. Overloading the rack can lead to damage or breakage, which can be costly and inconvenient.

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