Common Questions About Cutlery Bins
Why do I need a utensil container?
Cutlery bins are a necessity in most kitchens because they keep your flatware and other utensils organized. These items are small and easily lost, so keeping them in a designated container ensures you can find them and won't have to constantly replace them. Depending on if you have an open or closed bin, they can either encourage air circulation to prevent dust buildup on flatware or protect the stored items from contaminants.
What configuration is best for my cutlery bin?
The most common type of silverware holder is a flat, rectangular design. These cutlery holders typically have multiple compartments, keeping different types of flatware and other utensils separate and organized. Because they are flat, they can fit into bus boxes and be carried around the front of the house while staff members clean off tables.
Some of these units are tiered – meaning there are multiple bins in a vertical lineup – and they are often cylindrical. This design saves space compared to flat holders, but they must be left on the countertop and can't be taken around during bussing. Often coming in styles that elevate the presentation of flatware for front-of-house use, options are available for back-of-house applications, as well.
Single-section utensil containers have the same cylindrical shape as bins in tiered units, but they are just one single unit. This type of utensil holder is best for low-volume applications or in a line-up with multiple containers holding different types of flatware and utensils. These bins can be solid or perforated, with solid units providing more protection from contaminants on the outside. Perforated bins encourage air to flow around the flatware and prevent dust from accumulating.
How many compartments should my cutlery holder have?
The number of compartments a silverware holder needs to have depends on your application. Typically, operators like to have different compartments for various types of flatware, such as spoons, forks, knives, and other utensils. Four-compartment flat utensil holders are common because they account for these different items, but configurations with one to eight sections are available.
Some cutlery containers have additional compartments sized to accommodate items such as napkins, sugar packets, and condiment packets. These units are typically quite a bit larger than standard flatware holders and can be used in front-of-house, self-serve applications.