It's generally a given that a sandwich or submarine shop will utilize equipment such as slicers and food preparation tables. But have you ever wondered what basic supplies are needed to operate a sandwich shop? Basic items such as the handheld tomato corer will most likely be used at a sandwich shop, as well as essentials such as a panini press, knife sharpener, cutting boards and cut resistant gloves. Here is more information about 5 of these commonly used sandwich shop supplies:
1. Tomato Corer
Tomatoes will be used in just about every sandwich shop. This handheld tool is quite small and lightweight, yet it is an invaluable time saver. As the name implies, the handheld device enables the user to remove the core and stem from a tomato or other soft fruits. These are relatively inexpensive and easily replaced. They may be purchased at most restaurant supply stores. Often constructed of durable plastic with steel "teeth" for twisting off tomato cores, they are easy to grip and use.
2. Commercial Panini Press
Used for preparing grilled cheese and toasted sandwiches, a commercial panini press is a must-have for a sandwich shop. They can also be used to make burritos and quesadillas. A panini press will have a two-sided grilling surface, with cast iron heating plates for even heat distribution. Most will also feature an adjustable heating range. A high-end unit will include a splash guard to contain grease or oil.
3. Knife Sharpener
Any sandwich shop will be utilizing kitchen knives of various types. It is important to keep knives sharp, as a dull knife may become a safety hazard. Knife sharpeners for commercial use include the handheld models, as well as the tabletop variety. Some sandwich shops simply use a sharpening stone in place of a traditional knife sharpener. A sharpening stone is efficient and can file and smooth out the rough edges from a sandwich knife.
4. Cutting Boards
When preparing sandwiches in a sandwich shop kitchen, cutting boards are a must-have. You will find kitchen cutting boards made of wood, silicone, rubber, glass, composite and plastic. Wood cutting boards cannot be used in a dishwasher, as plastic materials can. For this reason, many sandwich shop owners prefer not to use wood. Also, glass and plastic cutting boards can easily be sanitized in a commercial dishwasher, while wood boards need to be hand cleaned and sanitized after each use.
5. Cut Resistant Gloves
Every worker making sandwiches or slicing deli meats need to use cut resistant gloves. In many cases, it is a requirement. Cut resistant gloves are available in various sizes and a range of materials, including polyethylene, stainless steel mesh, and polyester. Many feature antimicrobial coatings or strips for sanitary purposes.