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Kitchen Carts: The Organizational Instruments Of The Choreographed Cafeteria Chaos

Mar 28, 2008
Anyone in food service knows the choreographed chaos that happens behind the scenes in the kitchen. There are waiters and busboys going about there jobs while dodging kitchen carts loaded with trays of hot food. There is no exception to the madness in hospital cafeterias. In fact, compared to a hospital kitchen, that of an ordinary restaurant on its busiest night might be dull. Not only do hospital food service facilities have to fix and serve food to those who patronize the cafeteria, but they also have to be able to run a full catering business, taking specially prepared meals to patients in their rooms at the proper times. In order for the kitchen to run most efficiently, the equipment must be tough and reliable. There can be no chance of a kitchen cart breaking when it is loaded with trays of hot food. The durability of all kitchen equipment is vital to the safety, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the hospital cafeteria kitchen.

As a purchaser for a hospital's food service facilities, you know how important adhering to your budget is. Spending too much for quality kitchen carts and other equipment is out of the question, but you still will need pieces that are built to last. Knowing what differentiates well built from poorly built carts will help to guide your decisions as you make allotments from your spending budget to supply the needs of the hospital's kitchen.

High caliber kitchen carts should be made of stainless steel. This material will not rust. That makes it the perfect choice for kitchens where water on all surfaces is as common a sight as food. Stainless steel is also ideal since it is easy to clean and disinfect. This is crucial to any surface which might come in contact with food or eating utensils. The ability to disinfect the surface will help to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria which are already common to hospitals. Bacteria could easily move from the dirty surface of a poorly cleaned kitchen cart to a fork placed atop it. If someone then eats with that same fork before it is washed, they could be exposed to that bacterium. Patients and cafeteria patrons could be so suppressed in their immune systems that any cross contamination in this manner from a non-sterile surface could lead to a fatal illness.

Stainless steel is also durable and will last throughout the years. This makes kitchen carts crafted from it a good investment, since they will offer many years of returns in their use. Stainless steel is one of the hardest working metals, but you should also look for reinforced corners or bumpered edges on the kitchen carts. These will add to the strength of the design of the carts, ensuring that they will not fail, no matter how much they are required to carry. Bumpers on the edges can help to prevent damage to the cart itself in case of an accidental collision, which is common in the hustle and bustle of a hospital's kitchen or cafeteria.

Kitchen carts will only be a good addition for your facility if they are of the highest quality. This will ensure that you get the longest life possible from them, no matter what sorts of abuses they are put through. The longer the life of the carts, the more money is saved by not having to make needlessly frequent replacements.
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