Common Questions About Silverware Caddies
How are flatware caddies used?
These units are used to neatly store and sometimes display flatware in front of customers. They can stand alone on countertops, but they also fit into carriers, display organizers, and carts. Because of this versatility, they can hold silverware in any foodservice application.
If you're going to use your cutlery caddy in front-of-the-house displays, you'll want to consider the size of the holders in the organizer. Figuring out the diameter of the display organizer will help you determine what the diameter of the caddies should be. You can display more than just silverware in these holders; it's common for operators to provide condiments and straws, as well.
What kind of utensil holders are available?
Most of these caddies are solid, which prevents contaminants from reaching the stored flatware without staff having to store it in drawers and other compartments that are completely enclosed.
Perforated silverware caddies have holes around the exterior that may enable contaminants to get inside, but they encourage air to circulate around the cutlery. When air moves through the unit, it dries the flatware quickly and prevents dust from accumulating.
What are cutlery caddies made of?
Plastic caddies are most common due to the material's affordability compared to stainless steel. Even though plastic is economical, it won't shatter when it's dropped. These holders are typically white, but black options are also available.
Melamine is more durable than typical plastics, suiting high-volume commercial applications. It's dishwasher safe and resistant to breaking and cracking if dropped. Melamine comes in more colors than other plastics, so if you want colorful caddies, melamine is your best option.
Popular in commercial settings, stainless steel flatware caddies are stronger than plastic options, but they can be more expensive. They also have a look that works well in the back of the house, away from customers. Like plastic holders, these units can have solid and perforated styles to fit best in your application.
Why do utensil holders come in different colors?
Most of these caddies are stainless steel or made of white or black materials, but some come in bright colors. Yellow, orange, red, green, and other colorful holders can be used in display organizers in the front of the house. These colors also come in handy if you want to color code specific applications or types of flatware.