Boost Value and Cut Costs with Speed Scratch Menu Items

Boost Value and Cut Costs with Speed Scratch Menu Items

You’ve no doubt heard these industry buzzwords lately: fresh, scratch-made, consistent. But creating an entire menu from scratch daily can be incredibly difficult, not to mention the stress it places on your kitchen and staff. Sourcing, storing, and measuring individual ingredients for each dish takes time and space, costing you money.

So, many businesses fall into the trap of cutting corners thinking it will save them money.

But, if there is anything we can learn from successful business owners like Shake Shack or Lemonade, it’s that cutting corners is a short-term solution. Truly successful businesses take pride in providing truly high-quality food, and revel in the success.

But consider a new buzzword: Speed scratch. Speed scratch dishes are scratch made items that have been aided and possibly enhanced by the addition of pre-measured and tailored seasonings, which allow a scratch-made product to be made quicker than measuring, sourcing and storing a bunch of ingredients.

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Are You Prepared? 3 Ways the Right Prep Equipment Helps Operations

Are You Prepared? 3 Ways the Right Prep Equipment Helps Operations

By Jaclyn Morgan, FCSI, JM Foodservice Consulting, LLC

A kitchen staff without the right preparation equipment is like a DJ showing up to a sold-out Cubs game at Wrigley Field with a mixed tape and a boom box. Not even John Cusack hoisting the stereo over his head can save this disaster on the field. The playlist might be the perfect and well-rounded menu, but the execution will be severely flawed.

Say anything you like, but investing in the appropriate food preparation equipment will help maintain recipe consistency, save labor, and simplify training in a high-turnover environment.

Recipe Consistency

Plates served are beautiful symphonies of flavor and presentation. Executive chefs put extensive time and artistry into their recipes. An excellent kitchen will have a standard recipe book, available either on cards or electronically.  

A modern kitchen will have recipes and cooking times uploaded via jump drive to a willing and waiting combi oven or other piece of cooking equipment. While technology can take away some of the human error involved in setting cooking times, temperatures, and steam percentages, the size and proportion of raw food needs to be accurate if it’s to be cooked as immaculately as envisioned. Enter the prep equipment beyond the knife: manual slicers, food processors, vegetable prep machines, blenders, and more.

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