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Mechanical Scale vs. Digital Scale? Which do I Choose?

Pro-Kitchen: Mechanical Scale or Digital Scale. Which is Better?

Should I buy a mechanical or digital scale for my restaurant kitchen? That is a common question asked by new restaurant owners and managers. Truth be told, it is even asked by experienced owners and managers who are prepping to remodel of open a new restaurant or kitchen. For many years, the mechanical scales have served us well. But, the digital scale is newer and we should always go with the new technology, right? Well, maybe. In some cases, it is a question of personal preference. At other times, there are specific reasons you might go one way or the other.

 

Mechanical Kitchen Scales: Pros & Cons

At one point, if you wanted a countertop scale in your kitchen, this was your only option. The mechanical scale is also known as the spring scale. The reason it is called a spring scale is because that is how it works. The flat and level top sits above a spring and as weight is put upon the scale, the spring is compressed which then pulls on additional springs which pull dials to provide a weight reading. These are relatively simple devices. Mechanical scales such as the Pelouze 832 tend to be less costly than digital scales. The main downside with spring or mechanical kitchen scales is that they are not as accurate as digital scales, but even that is relative as the Pelouze 832 measures at 0.125 ounces and is considered quite accurate. So, their con is only in comparison. The other downside is that mechanical scales typically only have one unit of measurement. So, if you get one for measuring pounds and ounces, that is what it will measure. The unit simply isn’t designed to measure our kilos and grams.

 

Digital Kitchen Scales: Pros & Cons

These types of scales for the kitchen have become much more popular over time. It used to be that digital scales were costly investments. Nowadays, however, digital scales are much more economical, like with . These units work with control boards and sensor chips, so they don’t rely on a series of springs or dials. One of the benefits over mechanical scales is that they have onboard intelligence, so units can measure and convert in several different units—grams, ounces, etc. Digital units cannot be put through the dishwasher and tend to be a bit more sensitive—a mechanical scale can suffer a drop while a digital scale may or may not be able to. The digital scales also require some sort of power whether that means batteries or being plugged up to the wall.

 

So, What Do I Get?

The reality is that both the mechanical scale and digital scale for your kitchen can serve a purpose. You will need to know how you plan on using your scale before you can make this decision. Is the exacting precision of a digital scale necessary? Or, will you need to thoroughly wash your scale to prevent cross-contamination? Of course, we’re always happy to help with your kitchen supply needs by answering questions and directing you toward the best option for your restaurant kitchen.

  • Michael DeSatnik

4 Reasons to Buy Cardinal Dinnerware from Dean Supply

Setting up a restaurant has a lot of costs. Cardinal dinnerware can help you keep those costs down while providing you with a number of additional benefits. If you own or manage a restaurant, you have a lot of choices to make. And, let’s be honest, those choices are going to be based off of the economic principle of opportunity cost. You often have to decide what you want at the cost of something else. With Cardinal dinnerware, though, you’re typically making the right choice for the right reasons and you’re not losing something else you need.

 

The Cost of Cardinal Dinnerware

One of the first things that you are going to look at when it comes to stocking your restaurant with dinnerware is the cost. How many plates, bowls, glasses, and mugs do you need? How many tables do you have and how quickly can you flip them? How quickly can the dishwasher clean dishes in time for the next service? How many do you figure you are going to lose to breakage, mistakes, and theft? You need something that is going to keep your costs down. Cardinal dinnerware can do just that for you. And, when you purchase with the added buying power of Dean Supply, you’re going to end up with an even better deal.

 

What About the Dinnerware Quality?

Okay, so you can get Cardinal dinnerware for a great price from Dean, but what about quality. You certainly don’t want to serve your guests on something just one step above paper plates, do you? Of course not, or you wouldn’t be looking for dinnerware. Cardinal dinnerware has an excellent quality. One of the things that makes it great is its fully tempered material, making it three times stronger than standard ceramic dishes. Here’s why that matters to you. First, it cuts down your breakage, which means you have lower cost. You have less chipping and a heavier dish. This adds to the perceived value of the food that people are being served. If people think the food they are being served is being served on higher quality dishes, then the food itself takes on a higher value which in turn means the food can be sold for more or the overall value for the diner is enhanced.

 

What are My Options?

Dean Supply stocks a large inventory of Cardinal dinnerware. Where other supply companies may provide a few options for your restaurant to choose from, we pride ourselves on our business partnership with Cardinal, always stocking a wide variety of styles and colors for you to choose from. This means we can have it to you quicker than our competitors and don’t have to add extra fees on for ordering something we don’t normally carry and have to order in, because we do carry it and we do have it in stock. Make sure you find the style of dinnerware you want and don’t just settle for what your supplier has in stock. Go with Dean’s and find the style you want already available for delivery.

 

The Uniqueness of Cardinal Dinnerware

One of the great things about the excellent value and large inventory of Cardinal dinnerware here at Dean Supply is that you can have a unique look for your restaurant. You don’t have to have those same boring white plates your competitors do. Stand out and offer your customers something different. We’ll help you do just that. Even with similar dishes being served, serving them on different dishes can have a psychological effect on your customers. If it looks different, it is all the more different. Let us help you find the Cardinal dinnerware that best serves your purposes and matches your branding while being able to deliver in optimal time for a great price.

  • Michael DeSatnik

Lower Costs by Buying Anti-Fatigue Floor Mats for Your Workers

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Let’s face it: part of running any successful business is being knowing how to save money. By the same token, any successful business owner knows the difference between cutting costs and cutting corners. Anti-fatigue floor mats are one of those things that we might think about, but end up wondering if the cost is really worth it. Anyone who works regular or extended shifts in a restaurant can attest to the throbbing pain in their back, feet, and knees by the time they head home for the night. Even OSHA recommends anti-fatigue mats as a part of workplace ergonomics for people who spend the long hours on their feet. Being able to keep turnover low, morale up, and employees working at a more productive pace is certainly a reason to consider investing in these relatively simple devices. When you can combine the ergonomic benefits with the beneficial effects of anti-slip and grease resistant surfaces in the kitchen, it’s really a no-brainer.

Fighting Fatigue in the Workplace

Once upon a time, employer competition was relatively simple. If someone wanted to work somewhere else, there was always “the place down the street.” Time have changed, though, and employers have become a lot more competitive in attracting and retaining valuable employees. Can the right floor mats actually make a difference? The short answer is: yes. A few years back, a study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In that study, it was determined that workplace productivity had a lot to do with workers’ aches and pains. Aches and pains causing workers to move slower, stopping to lean against the wall or rubbing their feet can cost 4 hours of lost productivity per week. As a restaurant owner, this is costing you more than four hours of labor every week. Think about it. People are moving slower, so customers are being served slower, which can lead to a loss of repeat business and—in the age of the internet and social media—a loss of first time business with negative reviews.

How the Anti-Fatigue Mats Help:

  • Lower injury rates
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve product quality and service speed
  • Reduce absences
  • Lower costs related to workers’ compensation
  • Improve worker safety
  • Improve employee comfort and morale

How Do Anti-Fatigue Mats Work?

Professional labor unions have done studies that it takes only 90 minutes of working before fatigue from standing and walking begins to set in. That same fatigue can cause a lack of concentration which can lead to accidents—or, in a restaurant, mistakes like screwed up orders. Quality anti-fatigue mats help prevent joint stiffness by making frequent and natural changes to standing position and stimulating cyclic muscle contractions for better blood circulation. The worker’s energy use is reduced by relieving tension and supporting muscle. It also helps relieve strain in back muscle and reducing strain on the spine. This includes relieving tension in the neck. With textural surfaces, these mats also help to prevent slips.

Choosing the Right Slip Resistant, Anti-Fatigue Floor Mats

As with all things, you often get what you pay for. So, while you want to avoid buying a cheap anti-fatigue floor mat, that’s no reason not to consider an inexpensive version—there is a difference. First, consider the relative hardness and softness of the mats. Softer mats might seem like a good idea, but they tend to offer less support and wear out faster. The mats should also encourage some level of instability. This leads to encouraging postural changes to help the body avoid fatigue. The mat also needs to be thick enough to avoid bottoming out—acting like it’s barely more than stepping directly on the hard floor. The anti-fatigue floor mat must also be thick, compressible, and easy to clean without breaking down.

  • Michael DeSatnik

Saving Money: Ordering Cheap Wine Glasses Online

How to order cheap wine glasses online

Shopping for cheap wine glasses online is not exactly simple.  Sure, price is the first factor, but then other variables do come into play like quality, shipping costs, reviews, and how fast you can get them.  Obviously, you want to make sure that the wine glasses you buy were made to a standard that are safe to drink out of and that will last more than two times.  So, if you are now trying to answer how do you do that, let us help.  

Semantics and Searches

Searching the old World Wide Web to find some heavily discounted stemware will give you more choices than you have time for.  That's why it's imperative that you first narrow your search.  Use, long-tail keywords to drill down the results like cheap wedding wine H0651 Wine Glassglasses or stemless wine glasses cheap.  

Look, the word cheap does not have to equal poor quality.  If you replaced the word “cheap” with discount, inexpensive, low-priced, economical, budget, or bargain they still mean the same thing.  However, many online retailers use the word cheap in their listings to drive the point across that these are wine glasses are priced really low.

Foodservice Quality

When searching for quality, aim high.  Foodservice ready glassware is made to take a beating and last longer than glassware made for the home due to rigorous use and washing.  This doesn’t mean these wine glasses will have a large price tag.  Deals on glassware ready for restaurant tables and bar tops can be found anywhere.

Glassware Brands

Look for the well known foodservice glassware companies when looking for cheap wine glasses.  Besides their relentless efforts to focus on quality, these companies also have the ability to produce a greater supply of stemware at a discounted cost. Some of our favorites are Libbey Glassware, Anchor Hocking, Cardinal, and Oneida.

Free Shipping?

Libbey 0924606No one likes paying for shipping anymore.  Amazon.com has made shipping costs a thing of the past.  However, many smaller online retailers can’t afford to sell inexpensive  wine glasses and absorb the shipping cost as well.  So, they will increase the price of the product to include shipping costs.  With that being said, when comparing glasses, make sure to calculate total delivery costs into your comparison.  

Current Good Cheap Wine Glasses at Dean Supply

Below we have listed many of our cheap wine glasses under the price of $2.00 per glass. We can also say for certain that these glasses are not filled with numerous imperfections or manufacturer seconds. And if you are looking for even more options, check out all of our available wine glasses.

  1. $1.49/Glass 16 Oz Cardinal H0651 Rutherford Balloon Wine Glass 
  2. $1.66/Glass 10 Oz Cardinal E9305 Plastic Wine Glasses 6/Box 
  3. $1.68/Glass 15 Oz Libbey 213 Stemless Wine Glass 
  4. $1.89/ Glass 11.75 Oz Cardinal E6100 Grands Cepages White Wine Glass 
  5. $1.92/Glass 12 Oz Libbey 092486 Gourmet Grand Vina Wine Glasses 12/Case 
  6. $1.99/Glass 13.75 Oz Cardinal U1903 Arom 'Up Oaky Stem Wine Glass 
  7. $1.99/Glass 22 Oz Libbey 7521 Vina Cabernet Wine Glass 
For the last time, there’s no shame in trying to find the cheapest supplies available as long as you do some research. Thus, if you are trying to save some cash for your upcoming wedding, special event, or foodservice operation consider purchasing cheaper wine glasses to keep the costs down.
  • Michael DeSatnik

Go Tropic With Palm Leaf Plates

Go Tropic With Palm Leaf Plates

Coconuts, palm oil, frozen drinks, and tropical beach vacations that tickle our fancy come to mind when we think of palm trees.  For centuries humans have discovered many ways to use the palm plant: shelters, baskets, furniture, religious significance, medicine, wine and now--elegant dinnerware. Maybe not widely known just yet, but with an ever changing food service industry always looking for new ways to enhance food presentation, it’s only a matter of time.  Here’s 4 reasons why you should consider using palm leaf plates in your operation and stay ahead of the culinary trends.   

Organic Material

So, is this one of those things that we [people] completely exploit and chop down every palm tree in the world just to serve another hor d'oeuvre? Not this time.  There is absolutely no damage done to the tree or the environment when sourcing palm leaves.  That is why palm leaf plates are sustainable and support a eco-friendly lifestyle.  

The palm leaves are collected after they have fallen naturally to the earth.  According to Mitti, a supplier of palm leaf dinnerware, “The leaves are collected, washed in clean water, then dried in sunlight.  After that, they are steam pressed into plates, bowls, trays, cups and food containers.” Mitti also makes note that each tree drops about 10 to 15 palm leaves a year.  (It is unclear what type of palm leaf is used but there are 2600 types of Arecaceae, which is the botanical family of the palm plant.)

Compostable Plates

Not only are they made from trees, but palm leaf dinnerware are also compostable.  This means that the product will break down within 90 days in an industrial composting facility that accelerates natural elements to degrade an item without leaving behind any toxic residues.  Composted material becomes a thriving habitat for all types of organisms and is used as an organic nutrient rich plant food.

There are no extra chemicals, glues, dyes, toxins, or other additives that prevent a palm leaf plate from breaking down.  A palm leaf plate is simply formed using water, pressure, and heat and is disposable after use.  

Mitti’s dinnerware is BPI-certified, which means that the products have been rigorously tested and they “will biodegrade completely and safely when composted in a large facility, leaving no residues.”

Products that follow the disposable compostable path, also reduce waste in landfills.  According to One Green Planet, “ Modern waste management methods are environmental tragedies. Waste lies stagnant in landfill sites where the vital oxygen that is needed to facilitate the decaying process cannot reach it. Landfill material also releases greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change: methane gas escapes during the building process. Incineration leaves some toxic ash waste, and the burning process releases a vast amount of carbon dioxide into our precious atmosphere.”

Robust Construction

Mitti’s palm leaf products are quite sturdy. square palm leaf plate The products do not loose shape when hot liquids or hot foods are added unlike bamboo alternatives.  The palm leaf dinnerware can be put in a microwave on high heat for up to 2 minutes.  They can also be put in an oven for up to 45 minutes at 350 degrees, which is contrast to bagasse, plastic, or bamboo that should not be used in the oven.  

Stylishly Unique

“Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.” - Michael Porter

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” - Coco Chanel

Ok so this may be a little deep for an article on palm leaf dinnerware but if you are still undecided it is worth mentioning - be different.  It’s not easy to stand out from the crowd when you are a caterer competing against all of the other small companies, restaurants, grocery stores, and individuals.  Using products that are a bit off of the beaten path may work wonders for you and will get people talking.  

Besides, palm leaf plates have that quality eco-friendly look that will make almost any event appear to have a natural, Earth friendly vibe.

Palm leaf plates are a solid choice if you are in the market for disposable sturdy elegant compostable dinnerware that has a positive impact on the environment.
  • Michael DeSatnik

Free Clorox Disinfecting Wipes With Rebate!

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Clorox is offering a mail-in rebate for disinfecting wipes through Dean Supply! That's right, when you pick up a bucket of these fresh scented wipesfor $59.99, Clorox will send YOU a check for $59.99 when you mail in your rebate!  This offer is only valid on purchases through 5/31, so hurry and get in on this special offer!  Here is the End-User Rebate Form for you to download and fill out.

  • Must mail rebate coupon & copy of invoice to Clorox
  • Federal Tax ID is required
  • Invoices must be dated 2/22/16 - 5/31/16
  • Rebate coupon must be postmarked by 6/15/16
  • Limit 1 per end user/Federal ID
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