Absorbent pads are a staple in many industries, from grocery and medical settings to packaging and shipping companies. However, the innovative use of these pads in foodservice is something that is relatively new and exciting.
Back-of-house operations are important to the success of the restaurant and quality of the food delivered to the customer. Foodservices prep before service is an important element that allows the kitchen staff to run more efficiently and keep the product consistent.
Novipax, a leader in absorbent pad solutions, has developed a new product called Prep Pads. As chefs chop and slice food for prep, they typically use metal or plastic containers for storage. Placing the pad on the bottom before the food is put into the containers allows excess moisture to be absorbed, limiting the impact on the quality of the produce or protein and overall freshness of the meal.
Eliminating prepped product from sitting in standing juices slows down the degradation process. This revolutionary use of pads in foodservice has the potential to transform the industry by improving the quality and safety of prepared foods.
Traditionally, restaurant staff have used paper towels to absorb excess moisture in containers of cut produce. This method can be messy, time-consuming, and unreliable, and it also creates a lot of waste. Novipax’s Prep Pads are a game changer in this regard, as they are specifically designed for this application and are much more effective than other options.
One of the key benefits of Prep Pads is their ability to absorb a significant amount of liquid quickly. This is particularly important in back-of-house settings, where time is of the essence and efficiency is key. Keeping produce fresher for longer by reducing the amount of moisture in the container helps to prevent bacterial growth and food spoilage.
Prep Pads are also incredibly easy to use. They come in a variety of sizes to fit different containers and are simply placed at the bottom of the container before the produce or protein is added. Once the product is in the container, the pads will begin to absorb any excess moisture, leaving the product fresh.
What are the top 3 benefits of using absorbent pads in foodservice preparation?
Using absorbent pads in foodservice preparation can provide several benefits, including:
- Longer shelf life: Absorbent pads can help extend the shelf life of cut fruits and vegetables by absorbing excess moisture that can cause the produce to spoil faster. This means that retailers can keep their produce on the shelves for longer periods of time, reducing waste and maximizing profits.
- Improved appearance: Moisture can cause cut fruits and vegetables to become soft and unappetizing, which can turn off customers. By using an absorbent pad, the produce maintains its freshness and appearance, making it more visually appealing to shoppers.
- Preservation of sensorial characteristics: Absorbent pads can be used in the food industry to preserve the sensorial characteristics of packaged fresh or refrigerated food products. This can help maintain the quality of the food and ensure that it is appealing to customers.
Overall, using absorbent pads in foodservice preparation can help reduce waste, maximize profits, and maintain the quality and appearance of food products.
Improved quality. Fresher ingredients. Less food waste. Cleaner workspace.
Not only are the prep pads a game changer, but they are a no-brainer when it comes to organizing your back-of-house food prep process. Contact us to learn more about how you can introduce prep pads to your own kitchens.