Food waste is easily one of the hottest topics of conversation in the foodservice industry. From ways to break down food waste to ideas for eliminating it all together, a lot of collective effort in our industry is geared at solving this problem.
When we reduce food waste, we become more sustainable when there are still people in our country and in the world who do not get enough food. When we reduce food waste, we can make our operations more sanitary and sustainable. And maybe most important of all when it comes to foodservice operations, when we reduce waste, we can become more profitable. After all, we waste between 30 to 40 percent of all foods in this country, which is equivalent to throwing out a third of our money.
As we mentioned above, there are two ways to approach waste. First, we can break it down into other, possibly reusable states. Composting is a big part of this aspect.
The other main way we reduce food waste is by eliminating it all together. That means either using our ingredients, storing our foods, or cooking them in ways where they do not become unusable in the first place. It means monitoring temperatures in the cooking process to reduce the amounts of food ingredients we have to throw away.
Using a Thermocouple to Monitor Cooking Temp
Consider the KwikSwitch Folding Thermocouple Kit from Cooper-Atkins. Convenient and easy to use, this folding thermocouple features a replaceable probe that can measure temperatures to an accuracy of plus or minus 1º F.
This level of accuracy means a couple of things. First of all, food safety is easier to maintain. Because temperatures can be monitored and even recorded with Cooper-Atkins solution, it means operators can more easily report on HACCP requirements.
Accurate temperature control also ensures proteins can be cooked to the exact doneness requested by guests. No more take backs because foods are overdone or overcooked.
The KwikSwitch Folding Thermocouple Kit is NSF-certified. Its easy-to-use design allows it to turn on or off by simply flipping the probe open and closed, and with an automatic shutoff that powers the unit down after 10 minutes, battery conservation is ensured.