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    Monday, 14 November 2016

    What are Shadow Boards and Why Should You Use Them?

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    Food preparation facilities, particularly larger commercial or industrial kitchens, are a busy and often manic place to work. With several chefs darting between countless stations, preparing a multitude of dishes using a seemingly endless number of tools both big and small, just keeping track of what is going on can be troublesome at times. With that in mind, anything you can do to help better organise your facility, staff and equipment is a definite positive step.

    Enter the ‘shadow board’, a simple yet ingenious solution to many common kitchen concerns.

    In terms of organisation, shadow boards are an immensely useful addition to any kitchen setup, allowing you to prominently place equipment for easy access in a location that is clear to all who open their eyes. This will not only help your kitchen to run more efficiently on a day-to-day basis, but it will also reduce the number of items that go ‘missing’ throughout the life of your business. I dread to think how much money is wasted on misplaced equipment…

    The safe storage of kitchen equipment and utensils on a well-constructed shadow board will also increase the life of the tools in question, as accidental damage and premature aging are both offset by proper storage.

    While the above points are undoubtedly important, it’s not all about costs and efficiency. When working with food, there are a number of regulations with which you must comply, and shadow boards will actually assist you in doing just that in a couple of different ways.

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    Firstly, by colour coding; a practice that you should be employing whether you use shadow boards or not. Colour coding has become a standard practice in the industry as it allows you to allocate particular tools to particular jobs and foods, substantially reducing the risk of cross-contamination. As the shadow boards themselves tend to follow this ethos of colour coding, with tools supplied to match, if becomes almost impossible to forget and pick up the wrong utensil. It may not sound like a big deal, but if you toss a salad with the same tongs you just used on raw chicken, chances are you’ll hear about it.

    To properly outline the other major benefit of such boards, I’ll have to start with a well-reported yet startling statistic: over 60% of non-conformance issues arising through audits nationwide (UK) relate to poor housekeeping and care of small manufacturing and hygiene utensils. By not only providing safe storage, but also promoting proper hygiene practices for such small utensils, shadow boards can play a significant role in alleviating this issue, improving your compliance to relevant regulations and helping your business to flourish.

    They may be a small addition, but shadow boards really can make a big difference if used properly.

    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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