Stainless Steel Benches for Your Commercial Kitchen
Setting up your commercial kitchen is a substantial investment, and regardless of the type of catering business and size, you will come across the need to install stainless steel benches for the efficient running of your commercial kitchen.
Unlike the kitchen in your home, the harsher condition in a commercial kitchen requires selecting the right kind of equipment due to heavy traffic and usage by much different personnel. Stainless steel equipment is considered the standard for commercial usage for its durability, practicality, and relative ease of maintenance.
Let’s explore why having stainless steel benches will ensure the efficient running of your commercial kitchen:
Cleaning and Hygiene
Stainless steel benches have nonporous surfaces which makes them ideal for the commercial kitchen condition which is often greasy, with many types of raw and cooked food handling, preparation, and spillages. The nonporous material means that grease and liquids cannot soak through or habour harmful bacteria which compromises food safety.
It is also easy to keep clean by wiping with a cleaning agent as required, thus helping you to maintain hygiene standards and meet WHS requirements.
High-quality stainless-steel benches are strong, sturdy, and durable. Ensure that your benches are made from the proper grade of steel for commercial kitchen purposes. Unlike other materials such as timber, laminate, or Formica bench surfaces, stainless steel doesn’t crack, burn, or come apart. Commercial grade stainless steel benches are stronger than aluminium, and can handle high temperatures, resist scratches, and will not peel or bubble when pots and pans of high heat come into contact.
Handling extreme temperatures
Apart from being able to withstand high heat, stainless steel is also well suited to the commercial kitchen which often involves preparing and processing foods that come from the other end of the temperature spectrum. While other materials may become brittle, break, or crack when transferring from the intense cold freezer out into the heat, stainless steel holds well and will not warp under extreme temperatures, ranging from hot fryer baskets to cold frozen meats.
Safe Food Standards
The Australia Food Standards Code (Standard 3.2.3) specifies requirements for food premises and equipment. It outlines that preparation and processing surfaces must be finished with materials that are impervious and unable to absorb grease, food particles, or water. Stainless steel benches of the proper grade are often the best choice to meet these standards.
Depending on your setup and investment budget, there are several options of stainless-steel benches of the commercial grade that may suit your needs, such as 18-, 16-, or 14-gauge stainless steel, and type 430 or 304 stainless steel.
Not sure where to start? ACE can assist. We can help you determine the right type of stainless-steel benches ad other commercial kitchen equipment for your commercial kitchen depending on usage, size, and specifications. It is important to select and install the correct type to ensure that your investment will last and maximise efficiency.
With 40 years of industry experience, we help you make the right decision from the start. Get in touch for an obligation-free chat today.