COVID-19 – Resources for Corrections

We’ve heard from our customers that it can be difficult to find the best resources and expertise to support you, your staff and your operation during this uncertain time. To help you stay informed, Cook’s has compiled a list of reliable resources with information to clearly understand the situation and take relevant action to protect yourself and others. 

We are also here for you to be a resource in any way that we can, as we all navigate the changing landscape. Feel free to give us a call or send an email, our team is working remotely – but we are connected to each other with the goal of providing you the high level of service you expect. All of us at Cook’s are ready to support you in meeting your day-to-day needs and coming up with solutions to new challenges created with the pandemic.

Again, be sure to reach out if we can be of service in any way.  Cook’s is ready to assist you, 800-956-5571.

Made For Corrections Mondays – Extra Deep Marathon Tray

One of the best things about Monday is that the latest edition of Made for Corrections Monday is posted! 

Today we’re going to review the Cook’s Brand Extra Deep Marathon Tray.  The Extra Deep Marathon Tray is essentially the same tray as our regular Marathon Tray but deeper.  It is made from an ultra-rugged plastic that is virtually impossible to break, features six compartments that have smooth interior surfaces and coved corners that are easy to clean. If you look at this tray compared to a regular Marathon Tray, you’ll see that it is much, much deeper than a traditional Marathon Tray.  The reason that we made it deeper is so that the entire amount of food would sit down into the compartment and would not touch the tray above it as they are stacked one on top of the other for meal transport and delivery in your jail or prison foodservice operation.  If sanitation is a super important concern in your correctional foodservice operation, then this is a correctional insulated meal tray that you’ll want to check out. 

The Extra Deep Marathon Tray, like other Cook’s Brand products, was developed with input from our customers; correctional foodservice professionals, to develop solutions to the unique challenges they are facing in feeding inmates daily. Remember if you have a problem in your correctional foodservice operation that you can’t solve, give us a call at 800-956-5571 or visit us at cookscorrectional.com and we’ll do our best to solve it. Until next week, stay safe.

A Message To Our Customers

As we adjust to the current environment together, I want you to feel confident working with Cook’s and to let you know that we remain committed to continuing to provide you with excellent customer service.  Cook’s has been closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation.  Currently, we have not experienced any disruptions in our workforce and do not expect any.   We began planning for this a few weeks ago and initiated “social distancing” today.  Much of our team is working from home with full access to their computers, phones and other team members.  Our warehouse team and a small crew, including me, are in the office.  You can continue to contact us in the same ways you always have (same phone #, same extension #, same email)  We are ready to help you in any way we can. 

Below are some common questions that we have been receiving from our customers:

Q:  Should we expect any overseas supply chain interruptions from Cook’s?
A:  I don’t think so.  All of Cook’s overseas suppliers are operational and shipping product.  We are currently adding additional inventory (safety stock) if the virus pop up again overseas. 

Q:  How’s your inventory? 
A:  Cook’s is fully stocked and has not experienced any “out of stocks” due to Covid-19.

Q:  Are you still shipping?
A:  Yes, in stock items are still shipping 100% on the same day. 

Q:  Is everyone healthy there?
A:  Yes, we are taking aggressive action by asking many people to work from home and practicing “social distancing” in the office. 

The health and safety of our customers, our team members, and our respective families is my highest priority.    

Regards,
Jeff

Jeff Breeden CEO | Cook’s

Made for Corrections Mondays – Five Star Tray

Don’t miss our latest edition of Made For Corrections Mondays. This week we’re reviewing the Five Star Tray; an insulated tray that is made for meal serving in jails or prisons. This tray features a unique design that is more user friendly than most insulated meal trays that are used in corrections. It has six compartments plus a small compartment for condiments located on the top of tray. Flatware is stored at the top of the tray also, rather than on the side and the remainder of the tray has more of a plate like feel than other meal trays on the market. You have a large compartment for your entree, a 4″ x 4″ compartment for your bread, and then three compartments on the top for your sides, with one of these compartments being deeper than the others to accommodate soup or other menu items with liquid in them. Each compartment is smooth surfaced with cove corners for easy cleaning and the back is concave so that if stacked, the food from the tray below won’t stick top the bottom of the tray above it. If you’re looking for a unique tray with a different design that will make your menu look better, the Five Star Tray is a great choice for you. For more information about the Cook’s Brand Five Star Tray or our other correctional meal trays that are made for corrections, give us a call at 800-956-5571 or visit us online at http://www.cookscorrectional.com.

Made for Corrections Mondays – Cake Marker

Made for Corrections Mondays – Cook’s Brand Cake Marker

Welcome to another edition of Made for Corrections Mondays with Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s. This week we’re talking about the Cook’s Brand Cake Marker. The Cake Marker was designed to address the inevitability that when sheet cakes are cut by hand, the pieces will be a variety of different sizes. We’ve all seen it, you start cutting on one side of the cake and the pieces are fine, maybe even a little generous, but by the time you get to the end, what’s left over is too small to serve so it goes in the trash. That’s a lot of wasted cake if you’re serving a few hundred or even thousands of inmates. It’s also an issue that portion sizes are different from one tray to another and can cause problems when meals are distributed.

The Cake Marker can solve that problem for you. Just like the name says – you use it to mark a sheet cake giving you a guide for slicing even pieces ensuring the whole cake can be served. To mark a cake, you simply hold the Cake Marker straight above the frosted cake and slightly press it into the frosting. This marks the top so that you can evenly cut the pieces. If you’re using a plain cake, you place the Cake Marker on top and put a light dusting of powdered sugar on top, once you remove the Cake Marker you’ll be able to see where to cut. Occasionally, we have had customers request a cake cutter from us. This isn’t a cake cutter and we don’t make one of those. We have looked into the idea, but we haven’t made one because if you were to use it with a frosted cake, once you used it the blades would have frosting and cake on them and wouldn’t be usable for a second. Too much cake and frosting would gunk up the blade to be useful for more than one use. But we feel that you can accomplish the goal of evenly cut cakes time after time with the Cook’s Brand Cake Marker.

This product comes in a variety models to give you many options in the size of your cake pieces. When you use the CKE101SS you will end up with (54) 3″ x 3″ cake slices from one full size sheet cake (18″ x 26″). If you want larger or smaller pieces, we have a Cake Marker to accommodate you. For more information about our Cake Marker or other Cook’s Brand products, you can reach us at 800.956.5571 or visit www.cookscorrectional.com.

Made For Corrections Mondays – Cook’s Brand Mugs

Welcome to another edition of Made For Corrections Mondays. This week Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s, will show you the four different types of mugs offered by Cook’s Brand and how each of them is designed to fulfill a need in correctional meal service.

Cook’s Brand offers correctional food-service operators coffee mugs that are designed to be durable, safe and functional in correctional environments. All the mugs are designed with a large handle that will fit bigger hands. Additionally, there are indentations on the bottom of all the mugs so that water will run off when they come out of the dish machine rather than pool on top so they dry faster. There are four different material options so that you get the right mug to match the security level of your facility. Our most popular mugs are the co-polymer which are a good fit in minimum or medium security facilities and appropriate for the general population in most correctional facilities. If you are looking for longer wear, the poly-carbonate mugs are nearly unbreakable, but it is important to know that poly-carbonate is a harder plastic and if it does get broken, any shards from the mug can be sharpened into a weapon. If you have any concerns about this, the co-polymer mug is a better choice as it is a softer material. For environments where safety is a concern, the Sentry Series mug or the Flex mug are your best choices. The Sentry Series mug is an FDA approved pliable material that bends without breaking and returns to it’s original shape. For seg or maximum security areas, the Flex Mug is the best option. Flex Mugs are made of FDA approved silicone. These mugs are pliant and flexible so inmates cannot shatter, chip or break off part of the mug to use as a weapon. All Cook’s Brand mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe.

For further information about Cook’s Brand mugs or other meal service products, give us a call at 800-956-5571 and our customer service team will be happy to assist you. Until next week – Stay Safe!

Made For Corrections Mondays – Raised Compartment Gorilla Tray

Today’s edition of Made For Corrections Mondays is all about the Raised Compartment Gorilla Tray.  In this short video Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s, introduces you to the Raised Compartment Gorilla Tray, an insulated correctional meal tray with raised food compartments.  Elevating the food in the compartments of the Raised Compartment Gorilla Tray makes portions appear bigger and more appealing.  We’ve raised the bottom  of the tray compartments to make them shallower than the original Gorilla Tray. We’ve also made these trays 2-3/8″deep allowing the underside of the compartments to be raised as well so food won’t stick to the bottom tray above when stacked for transport.  The result is a much more appealing meal presentation for the inmate and a much more sanitary meal service because food from one tray isn’t all over the bottom of the tray that was stacked on top of it.   

If you have any questions about our Raised Compartment Gorilla Tray, or other Cook’s Brand products, give us a call at 800-956-5571 or visit us online at cookscorrectional.com. We can also assist you in finding the best insulated correctional meal trays and supplies for the correctional kitchen.

New for 2020: The Cambro High Heat Measuring Cup

Adding a new measuring cup to a correctional foodservice equipment and supplies catalog doesn’t seem like news, but the Cambro High Heat Measuring Cup is an innovative new product that we think will be a good fit to correctional foodservice operations.  Once you learn more about it, you’ll see that this high heat measuring cup is made to take the heat in the kitchen! 

There are two sizes, a 2QT and a 4QT, plus there is a universal lid that fits both cups.  The high heat cups are designed with a BPA-free heat-tolerant plastic that gives them a temperature range from -40o F to 375o F.  That makes them ideal to use in microwaves, ovens, or with kettles even hot water dispensers.  Applications for the correctional kitchen include filling steam tables with hot water, draining liquids from a tilt skillet or kettle, or filling beverage servers with hot coffee.  Add the universal splatter-proof cover, which is sold separately, and the high heat measuring cup is a great solution for retherming soups, sauces or broth in the microwave. It can also be used to rehydrate dried ingredients.

These measuring cups are translucent amber color allowing you to easily see the contents and they feature Metric and American Standard Graduation marks so you can tell how much product is in the cup with a glance.  To keep things safe, the integrated handle won’t break off and will stay cool to the touch, and the optional self-venting splatter-proof cover protects the user and surfaces from any boiling liquid splashing outside.  The splatter-proof lid is also re-usable, reducing the use of plastic wrap in your correctional foodservice operation.

One of the highlights to these measuring cups is that they are 75% lighter than glass making them significantly easier to handle when filled.  And because they are made of plastic, they won’t bend or dent like an aluminum or stainless steel measuring cup and won’t crack, break or shatter if dropped like a glass measuring cup can. These cups are also NSF listed. 

The 2QT measuring cup is 9”W x 6-3/8”H with a bottom diameter of 4-3/8” and a top diameter of 7-1/2”.  The 4QT measuring cup is 9-1/8”W x 10-3/8”H with a bottom diameter of 4-3/8” and a top diameter of 7-1/2”.  The Splatter-proof Cover fits on both cups and is 7-1/2”w x 1”H.  The 1”lip on the cover fits over the measuring cups to ensure the lids don’t easily slip off. 

You can look for the new Cambro High Heat Measuring Cups in the New Product Section of the 2020 Buyers Guide for Corrections.  If you’re interested in purchasing, you can find these online here (2QT or 4QT) or give us a call at 1-800-956-5571 and our customer service team would be happy to help you.

ACA Winter Conference 2020

We’re rolling out the new Rhino Cart; 630-G-84, at this year’s American Correctional Association’s Winter Conference in San Diego. The conference began last week with the exhibit hall opening last night. Jeff Breeden, John Yaeger and Linda Stock from Cook’s are at the show ready to meet new people and catch up with friends.

Along with the new Rhino Cart 630-G-84, Cook’s has the new Marathon and Gorilla Insulated Tray models and other new products plus we’re giving away copies of our 2020 Correctional Buyers Guide. If you’re attending the conference, stop by booth #837 to see us.

NEW in 2020: Design, Installation and Construction Services

Cook’s Correctional Kitchen Equipment and Supplies Project Showcase

While we’ve frequently assisted clients with construction projects, 2020 is our breakout year for offering Design, Installation and Construction Services to the correctional industry.  After all, with over 20 years of experience helping jail and prison foodservice operators, no one understands correctional foodservice equipment better than Cook’s!

No matter the size of the project, Cook’s has you covered.  There are three different ways that we can help:

  1. Already have a project in progress?  Cook’s can provide you with a Consult.  We will audit a proposed design and equipment specification, where we:
    • Review your current design / CAD and provide recommendations with an eye for corrections.
    • All proposed equipment will be assessed for size, durability and security and we will recommend alternatives where needed.
    • You will have the option to stop at this point or continue with Cook’s as your design & equipment partner ensuring you get the best results for corrections.
  2. Considering a renovation?  Cook’s can assist you with location specific projects like a dishroom, ODR, cooking line or walk-in solution.
    • Cook’s will initiate a conference call to all stakeholders to discuss the scope and goals of your renovation.
    • We will follow up with an on-site evaluation leading to CAD drawings, an equipment package and submittals.
    • We finish the renovation with installation, equipment start-up and training.
  3. Looking for a turn-key solution?  Cook’s can provide you with full consultation, design, equipment specification, construction documents, installation, start-up and training.  
    • Cook’s will be there every step of the way from doing a site review with an operations analysis through start-up and training.
    • We will be immersed in all stages during the project as a single point of contact for all stake holders.
    • You can count on Cook’s after completion to be there to assist you with equipment start-up, training and warranty issues.

Download our flyer or call us at 800-956-5571 to get started and put our expertise to work for you in 2020.