Correctional Tray Meal Assembly & Delivery

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.

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 Cam GoBox Milk Crate

New CamGoBox Milk Crate Box available in the 2020 Cook’s Correctional Buyes Guide

We first included the Cambro GoBox in the 2019 Correctional Buyers Guide. These super lightweight, durable insulated carriers are innovative because of their construction material. GoBoxes are made from expanded Polypropylene (EPP), a closed-cell bead foam that provides thermal insulation and is impact and chemical resistant all while being very lightweight. EPP is lightweight like the old Styrofoam coolers, but significantly stronger. So strong, that during training one of our sales reps stood on an end loader to demonstrate its durability.

When we first saw the New Milk Crate Box, we knew it would be a great product for corrections. This box us designed to hold one 13″ x 13″ x 11″ crate with up to 50 half pint milk cartons. We could see our customers using the Cambro GoBox Milk Crate for any application that that requires holding the milk at temperature for an extended period of time such as transport to camps or off site programs.

Like the other pieces in the collection, this GoBox is resistant to most oil, grease and chemicals. It’s also dishwasher safe and 100% recyclable. The Cam GoBox Milk Crate Box will provide 4+ hours of safe temperature retention. The EPP material is incredibly lightweight yet super durable. And for easy handling, the crate carrier also has an adjustable web strap and molded in handles.

You can look for the new Cam GoBox Milk Crate Box in the New Product Section of the 2020 Buyers Guide for Corrections. It will also be available on Cookscorrectional.com after the first of the year. To learn more, give us a call at 1-800-956-5571.

New Rhino-G-84 The Best Transport Solution for Gator and Grizzly Trays

There’s a new Rhino Cart coming to corrections.  This new cart is designed to transport Cook’s Brand Gator and Grizzly Trays, or any correctional meal tray that’s 15” x 13-1/2”.  While the cart will hold other sized trays, it best accommodates Gator or Grizzly Meal Trays and was developed at the request of our customers who use these trays.  The cart capacity is 84 trays; six stacks of 14 trays each.  With trays placed in six stacks, the Rhino-G-84 Cart is optimally loaded.  Trays fit inside easily but don’t have excess room and won’t be jostled around during transport keeping trays and meals intact.

To fit the Gator and Grizzly Trays, the Rhino 630-G-84 is a little wider than the other Rhino Carts.  The Rhino-G-84 is 34”deep overall, including the new built-in bumper feature which is there to protect walls and doorways as well as the cart.  At 58-1/4” H, a taller person can see over the cart to push it, using the integrated handles that are on both sides of the cart.  The Rhino Cart is 60” wide, a size that can easily manage most corners and tight spaces.  With exterior dimensions of 58-1/4”H x 60”W x 34”D, the interior dimensions are 37”H x 45-1/2”W x 27-1/2”D. 

Like the original Rhino Cart; the 630-M-150, and its smaller sibling, the 630-M-102, the new Rhino 630-G-84 is double walled polyethylene construction and fully insulated, adding rigidity and strength to the cart and doors.  Correctional facilities that switched to the Rhino Cart from stainless steel carts appreciate that the Rhino doesn’t get dented the way their old stainless carts did.  Additionally, being made of highly durable plastic, the Rhino is built with molded in door handles and molded in hinge pins for the doors.  Because they are molded in, the door handles cannot be broken off and they don’t stick out, getting in your way when going through narrow doorways or passages. 

The molded in door hinges are one of the best features on the cart.  These allow the doors to swing out 270O to be flush with the sides of the cart making access to the interior easier in tight spaces.  Being molded in, the hinge pins cannot be removed – not even by the most ingenious of inmates – so the doors never fail and they don’t present a security risk.  Because the doors are hinged, the Rhino doesn’t have a channel on the bottom that collects food waste creating a sanitation risk.  Additionally, customers can open booth doors fully to have unobstructed access to the interior without a center support in the way so loading, unloading and cleaning are easy and fast. 

Just as the doors are designed to open wide for quick loading and unloading, they stay shut during transport by design.  All three Rhino Carts have a lockable transport latch that holds doors closed even without a lock because there is a heavy-duty hasp that comes down over the doors and pin that you can slide into place to keep the latch in position. The doors are designed with a step joint closure which ensures a tight seal, keeping outside air from entering the cabinet helping to retain heat inside the cart.  For added security or if transporting off site, you can easily add a lock to ensure there won’t be any tampering with the contents.

Like the other members of the Rhino family, the Rhino 630-G-84 has a reinforced metal base to stabilize the cart.  There are competitor carts that have a 5th caster placed in the center of the base to compensate for possible sagging when carts are fully loaded.  You won’t have that concern with any of the Rhino Carts because of the reinforced metal base.  And more importantly, having a metal base provides the Rhino Cart with a metal to metal caster mount that won’t get stripped or loosen over time. 

Having a solid caster mount is critical because the Rhino caster is one of the most important features to these meal delivery carts.  During product development, we heard loud and clear from customers that caster issues cause a lot of pain.  We talked with many of our customers to understand why and looked for the best caster we could for the Rhino, one that would meet the requirements crucial to correctional foodservice. We chose the Colson Series 4 Performa® Caster, a stainless steel caster with a maintenance free sealed precision bearing and hard rubber tread.  We selected this because a main cause of caster failure is that the interior componentry gets wet and eventually locks up. While the carts are used to transport trays out of the kitchen, they often end up back in wet environments like the dish room.  Along with the maintenance free sealed bearing; these are a large 8” x 2” hard rubber caster made to travel over a variety of terrains.  Correctional carts move over outdoor pavement as often as they are pushed though concrete corridors.  The large size and hard grey non-marking tread travel smoothly over different surfaces.  With over 700 Rhino Carts in the field, the Colsen Performa® Caster has proven that it meets the performance requirements of corrections.  These casters, which are secured in a metal to metal caster mount, are what you’ll find on the new Rhino 630-G-84. 

The original Rhino Cart set a new standard for durability, innovation and functionality when it was introduced in 2015.  The New Rhino 630-G-84 continues that tradition with all the great features that are part of the Rhino family and new features like the built-in bumper, and is ideally sized for the Cook’s Brand Gator or Grizzly Trays or any 15” x 13-1/2” meal delivery tray.  Look for the cart in the 2020 Cook’s Correctional Buyers Guide.  If you want images and cart information today, we have a downloadable flyer or you can get details and quotes with a quick call to Cook’s at 800-956-5571.  We’ll be happy to assist you. 

Made For Corrections Mondays – Sentry Series Spork

Today’s edition of Made For Corrections Mondays is all about the Sentry Series Spork. This is a truly unique piece of flatware that offers a safer way for inmates to eat. The Sentry Series Spork is made from a soft plastic that can be bent without breaking and it will return to it’s original shape. Because it cannot be broken, inmates cannot sharpen the Sentry Series Spork into a weapon.

If you have any questions about our Sentry Series Spork, 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 heavy-duty kitchen equipment and supplies for the correctional kitchen.

Made For Corrections Mondays – Rite-Size Servers

Happy first day of Autumn and another Made For Corrections Mondays. This week’s edition features our Rite-Size Servers. These portion control serving utensils come in seven sizes to accommodate most anything on your correctional menu. We have 2,3,4,6,8,10 & 12 oz servers. Each Cook’s Brand Rite-size Server is a different color to make it easy to visually identify if the right size is being used on the tray assembly line and the capacity is marked clearly on the handle. In this video Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s, tells you how these servers are Made for Corrections.

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Made for Corrections Mondays is a video series featuring a variety of foodservice kitchen equipment and supplies and highlights how they are Made for Corrections. All the videos are short and informative.

Be sure to check back next Monday to learn the unique challenges facing jail and prison foodservice operations and the corresponding Cook’s Brand product solutions that are Made For Corrections.

Designed for Tray Make-Up in Corrections

The Correctional Tray Assembly Line from Cook’s is one of the earliest Cook’s Brand Products. In this video, Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s, demonstrates many of the features that make this heavy-duty tray assembly line unique from other similar equipment solutions and how it is designed and engineered for corrections.

We introduced the Cook’s Brand Correctional Tray Assembly Line because the tray lines available on the general market aren’t built to be operated by staff that wants to break the legs, punch out the controls, turn over the tray line or destroy the rollers so they can make a weapon from the parts. And in a hospital cafeteria, that’s okay; but in a jail, you need corner braces, cross channel supports and welded leg gussets to keep things intact. You need a recessed control panel with a locking cover and a wide base so the line is too big to turn over easily. You also need one-piece rollers that are easy to clean, but don’t come apart so an inmate can use the shaft as a weapon and you get all this with the Cook’s Brand Correctional Tray Assembly Line. Plus your time to deliver meals will be faster because this line is designed to place inmates at optimal distance apart and from the food for efficient tray make-up. The gravity conveyor will also keep trays moving at the ideal speed; 17 to 20 trays per minute, providing an hourly production of about 1,000 + trays.

If you want to learn more about the correctional tray assembly line – watch the video and give us a call at 1-800-956-5571. Because it’s a Cook’s Brand product, we have standard models that can be fitted for your operation or customized to meet your specific needs.