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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:

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!

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

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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.

When it Comes to Disposable Flatware, You Have Many Choices

When it comes to disposable flatware, you can either settle for flimsy, substandard plastic flatware that will snap the second pressure is applied, or sturdy, appealing flatware that functions properly and offers some additional benefits at the same time. If you have ever been on the receiving end of plastic ware that delivers headaches and not much more, then you know just how important making the right choice is. Throw security considerations into the mix and you are faced with one huge challenge. We found three of the most innovative and economical disposable flatware on the market.

FSE disposable flatware is a top performer because of its durability and cost-effectiveness. You can get teaspoons, forks, knives, soup spoons and even flatware kits to really make things easy.

Ecotensil has moved to the top of the market particularly for high security applications. This large, silky-smooth, spoon is easy to use and recyclable-plus, it comes in a variety of different sizes and made in the USA. The best part is, they remove worry from situations where safety is important and crucial.

With the strength to stand up to everyday dining tasks like cutting foods and piercing meats, and offering great looks in the bargain, Hoffmaster flatware is the clear winner. This flatware is also biodegradable and 100% compostable. Their spoons, forks and knives will hold up well in the dining room and is surprisingly economical. An all-around outstanding choice.

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How to Choose the Right Material for Meal Serving Products

One of the questions we frequently hear from our customers is ‘how do I know what material is the right choice for my trays and other meal serving products?’ To best answer that question, we put together this video that reviews the different materials and shows you the properties of each. There are four different types of materials that we use in meal serving products:

  • silicone
  • soft hybrid plastic
  • copolymer
  • polycarbonate.

The Flex Line and Sentry Series both have security benefits while copolymer and polycarbonate are all about durability and great value. You’ll see demonstrations of all these products in the following video.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-956-5571 and we’ll be happy to help you!. And be sure to check out our other videos on the Cook’s Correctional YouTube Channel.

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Cook’s Kitchen Equipment Sizing Guide

Year-end spend deadlines are looming and many of our customers use this as an opportunity to replace equipment that’s nearing the end of its life. If you are considering a new piece of equipment for your facility or replacing an existing piece, it’s a good idea to review the Cook’s Equipment Sizing Guide to be sure that whatever you purchase has the capacity to meet your production needs. The equipment sizing guide will help you find the right sized pieces for your population. Read from left to right for the number of inmates. If you need any assistance, our sales reps are always happy to help you.

Equipment Sizing Guide

Introducing The Rhino Cart

I want to introduce you to our latest Cook’s Brand product:  The Rhino Cart

  • The Rhino Cart is an extremely durable, one-piece insulated tray delivery cart.
  • Made from FDA approved high impact polyethylene and fully insulated for strength and superior heat retention.
  • The Rhino Cart is only 29 ¾” Deep so it fits through narrow 30” doorways – going where many other carts can’t go.
  • Rugged molded-in hinge pin doors open 260o giving you unobstructed access to the interior for easy loading, unloading and cleaning.
  • Quick delivery time of approximately 2-weeks from order date (excludes shipping time).

But while a picture is worth a thousand words – a video is even better! Take a look at our Rhino Cart demonstration video featuring Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s.