Correctional Kitchen Equipment from Cook's

Correctional Kitchen Equipment

Our tagline is The leader in correctional kitchen equipment and supplies.  That’s because Cook’s is built on a foundation of correctional operations experience.  Prior to launching Cook’s, our founder spent 20 years as an operator and recognized first-hand the importance of portion control, security and durability in correctional foodservice operations.

We absolutely understand how a kitchen operates in a correctional facility. Whether you are cook/serve, cook/chill, or have bulk transport needs, we provide the best products possible.  Matching your facilities requirements with the right equipment is what we do best.

With Cook’s you’ll get the right equipment for your kitchen, rooted in a deep understanding of how the correctional kitchen works and the demands unique to corrections.

View Cook’s Heavy-duty Correctional Kitchen Equipment Offering

Innovation, Purpose and Pride in Action From Anderson County, TX

This story comes to us from a facility in Anderson County, TX.  Watch the video to learn about the development of a a self-sustaining pilot program, which incorporates hydroponic and aquaponic system to sustainably grow herbs and vegetables all within the prison system.  This program provides both significant community benefits and benefits to the inmates.

About the video:

The Mark W. Michael Unit is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice maximum security men’s prison located in Anderson County, Texas. Spending almost every hour of every day astride a horse, Officer Michael “Mac” McLeon works with Field Force inmates on a program, which won the 2017 State Grand Champion in the “Herb Behind Bars” competition. He assisted in the development of a self-sustaining pilot program, which incorporates hydroponic and aquaponic systems. This new method of developing crops within the prison system demonstrates the value of sustainable agriculture and its significant community benefits. The Mark W. Michael Unit is a Texas Department of Criminal Justice maximum security men’s prison located in Anderson County, Texas. Spending almost every hour of every day astride a horse, Officer McLeon works with Field Force inmates on a program which won the 2017 State Grand Champion in the “Herb Behind Bars” competition. He assisted in the development of a self-sustaining pilot program, which incorporates hydroponic and aquaponic systems. This new method of developing crops within the prison system demonstrates the value of sustainable agriculture and its significant community benefits. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

 

We’re a Social Organization

Did you know that Cook’s Correctional is on social media?  We are on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter.  We are also on Pinterest, although we aren’t very active at the moment, and we have a YouTube channel.  That’s where we keep our Cook’s Brand product demo videos and other educational videos.

If you’re active any of these social media sites, take a moment and check us out.  Here are the links to find us:

We share industry news, interesting posts from our customers or our vendors as well as promotions, product information and company updates.  Take a look and if the posts are of interest why not hit the follow button?

Two NEW Cook’s Brand Marathon Trays

This year we introduced two new versions of the Cook’s Brand Marathon Tray. The Marathon is our most popular insulated meal delivery tray for corrections.  The specially formulated solid material is exceptionally durable to withstand the abuses of correctional foodservice.  The one-piece design is also easy to clean and it has a jail & prison menu-friendly layout with one large entree compartment, a compartment that holds up to 3 slices of bread, a flatware compartment and then three remaining compartments to hold a vegetable/side, a starch and a piece of cake or sweet.

Shown above on the left is the new Cook’s Brand Raised Compartment Marathon Tray with the original Cook’s Brand Marathon Tray, shown on the right for comparison. We introduced the new Raised Compartment Marathon Tray to improve the presentation of meals by elevating food so portions appear heartier. Raising the bottom of the compartments makes them shallower than in the traditional tray and makes portions look larger. We also coved the underside of the compartments so that you won’t have food sticking to the tray above when you stack trays for delivery. This improves meal presentation and sanitation.

Along with the Raised Compartment Marathon, we are introducing the new Cook’s Brand Extra-Deep Marathon Tray. We developed the Extra-Deep Marathon tray for customers that have issues with food sticking on the underside of the tray above when stacked. Some menus in corrections have larger portions that required a compartment with more space so we dropped the marathon compartments down as much as we could giving you more room for a more sanitary and appealing meal delivery. Less mess; more appetizing meals.

To see how these meal delivery trays all compare to each other, watch Jeff Breeden; CEO of Cook’s Correctional, walk you through each of the trays in the 1 minute video posted below:

Need help with a custom serving line?

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Examples of complex custom fabrication jobs that Cook’s completed. 

Custom serving lines and tables can be extremely difficult to replace.  Generally, it requires a site visit to take field measurements, approval of engineered drawings and then installation. Cook’s can help. We routinely make custom serving lines, tables, sinks; even wall coverings, and we guarantee our products are built for corrections.

Our process is simple.

  1. A call to understand the objective
  2. Visit the facility to take measurements and confirm scope
  3. Provide drawings and quote, including turn-key install

Along with replacement of existing customized work, we can create new custom solutions when an off the shelf product won’t meet your needs.

Not sure what we can customize?  Here are some of the custom fabricated solutions we’ve provided to jails and prisons across the country:

Customized Tray Assembly Lines

  • Single or double lines
  • With or without a tray slide/roller
  • Over shelves, sneeze guards, landing shelves
  • With or without drains and individual or manifold
  • Blind Tray Assembly line

Dishroom

  • Clean Tables in any size or configuration
  • Dirty tables with custom troughs, pre-rinse , scrap baskets
  • Custom sinks in any depth
  • With protective bumpers

Work Tables

  • Any length or width
  • With built in sinks
  • With can opener mount
  • Double sided or single
  • With or without undershelves

Custom Enclosures

  • Enclose utilities
  • Protective bumpers
  • Hot beverage wall or table mount

Other custom products

  • Carts
  • Tool lockers or cabinets
  • Protective wall paneling
  • Recessed or elevated floor troughs

If you can imagine it, we can create it. We have the experience and the expertise in custom fabricated solutions to take your idea all the way to install.

If your facility needs custom stainless steel work, give us a call at 800-956-5571 and we can talk about scheduling a site visit.

Check Out Our Newest Meal Tray Delivery Cart For Corrections

Last year we introduced the Rhino M-102 tray delivery cart, a smaller version of our Rhino M-150.  When we introduced the original Rhino in 2015, we had a lot of interest in the cart along with requests for a smaller version.  Customer feedback is great for product development, so we asked more questions and found that there were customers who loved what they saw with the Rhino Cart but needed a smaller version for jails and prisons looking to transport 100 trays or less.  There were also customers who wanted a shorter meal delivery cart that they could easily see over.

These were our top priorities and the Rhino M-102 delivers.  The first thing you’ll notice when you see the two carts side by side is that the Rhino M-102 is a full 14” shorter than the original.  It doesn’t block your view and because it’s shorter, smaller quantities of trays fit better inside.  Fully loaded the Rhino M-102 holds 102 Marathon trays where the original Rhino will hold 150 Marathon trays.  Hence the names; M-102 holds 102 & M-150 holds 150, we want to keep it simple.  For facilities using the Gorilla tray, the smaller Rhino holds 84 trays and the larger Rhino holds 120.

When we designed this cart, we had the benefit of a year’s experience in the field. We kept all the features that our customers loved and we refined anything that we could make better, but why read about it when you can see it?  Watch our video demonstration of the Cook’s Brand Rhino M-102 Meal Tray Delivery Cart presented by Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s. In less than 4 minutes you can learn why the Rhino M-102 is a great tray delivery solution for corrections.

Cook's Brand Rhino M-102 Video

Cook’s Brand Rhino M-102 Video

 

You can also see more online at http://www.cookscorrectional.com/product/cooks-630-m102-gr-rhino-cart-grey.

We also have a Rhino Flyer that you can download and print for future reference: http://ccr.commercev3.com/downloads/Rhino.pdf

 

American Jail Association 38th Annual Conference and Expo

After a hiatus of a few years, Cook’s has decided to re-launch this blog:  Cooking in Corrections.  There’s just so much to say; new product introductions, manufacturer updates, successes that our customers share, we will do our best to keep you up to date on all the latest news that pertains to foodservice in corrections.

Starting back with recent events, today is the last day of the American Jail Association’s 38th Annual Jail Conference and Expo held in Louisville, KY.  We had a great show and were thrilled to see many familiar faces and meet new people.  Thank you AJA!

Kettle tools for food service

Kettle Tools for Food Service Operations

Kettle cooking in corrections is a staple for food production and serving. Obviously, the amount that will need to be prepared is usually in huge proportions. Even in smaller, local jails, food preparation is typically done at large scale. Do you or does your corrections facility use kettles to prepare inmate meals? It probably does, and if you are looking to learn more about correctional quality kettle tools, you have come to the right place.

Minimum Security Correctional Facilities or Restaurant

Kettle tools should be durable enough for your food service operation and you will know by daily use and the level of wear and tear you see on your tools. Minimum security correctional facilities as well as restaurants that only use their kettle once a day or a few times a week can get away with using lighter weight tools like these medium duty kettle tools. Another benefit to the medium duty kettle tools is that they are easier to handle because of the lighter weight which is why we recommend them for juvenile and women’s facilities. These tools come at a lower price point and have enough durability to get the job done consistently, but aren’t suggested for operations where inmates abuse equipment such as breaking up frozen foods with the end of the kettle tool. Check out more information on these and all of our kettle tool grades below:

Heavi-“er” Duty Kettle Tools

Not that the previously mentioned kettle tools are flimsy or anything but our Cook’s brand heavy duty and extra heavy duty kettle tools are what you want if your tools are being used over and over again throughout the day or in an environment where the inmates are hard on the equipment. Are you somewhere in-between? You should be just fine with the heavy duty kettle tools. All of these lines have an oar shaped handle for superior grip when working with extra heavy foods. The main difference between the different lines is going to be the gauge of the 304 stainless steel handle (11 gauge for the extra heavy duty, 16 gauge for the heavy duty and 18 gauge for medium duty), tool length (36 or 48 in.) and in some cases the widths of the heads.

Whether you’re a correctional facility of any size or a restaurant interested in finding the perfect kettle tools for your food service operation, cookscorrectional.com has the perfect set for you.

Your Guide to Disposable Plastic Glassware

Restaurants, bars and caterers often use plastic glasses rather than traditional glass for durability and affordability. However, if you have shopped for plastic glassware you know that there are various types of plastics to choose from. So, what’s the difference?

Each type of plastic has its own characteristics. We’ve put together this simple guide to help you know what you’re getting when you choose one over the other to help you select the type of plastic you require.

Polycarbonate

polycarbonate plastic glassware
This is a very durable, hard-wearing plastic and is used to make riot shields and crash helmets. It is often touted as unbreakable, and it’s close to that. Glasses made from polycarbonate are dishwasher save up to and beyond 500 washes. Because of this, these glasses are the recommended choice for use in nightclubs, bars and pubs. Polycarbonate glasses can also be recycled.

SAN

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SAN, or Styrene Acrylonitrile, is a very hard and long lasting plastic, but it does crack when put under significant pressure. SAN glasses are dishwasher safe and are able to withstand the high temperature and chemicals in commercial dish machines. For this reason, glasses made of SAN are a good fit for restaurants as well as household use. San is also a recyclable material.

Polystyrene

Polystyrene Plastic Cups
Polystyrene (PS) is a hard and somewhat brittle plastic that is used to make reusable, as well as disposable, plastic tumblers and glasses. One of the benefits of polystyrene is that it can be recycled.

Polypropylene

Polypropylene Dinex Plastic-ware

Polypropylene (PP) is used in many different applications beyond food service. A thermoplastic polymer, you will find polypropylene in stationary, packaging, textiles as well as disposable plastic glasses. Polypropylene can be recycled just as polystyrene can be; however, polypropylene glasses are not reusable, where there are reusable polystyrene glasses.

You can find a variety of plastic tumblers and other types of plastic drink ware at Cook’s Direct.