Rubbermaid Ingredient Bins
Having been around since the 1930s, it's no surprise that Rubbermaid has perfected bulk food storage. The company's ProSave® storage bins boast features that can boost productivity significantly while making the best possible use of the space you have to work with. Whether you need modular-style bins to stack on shelves or large bins on wheels, Rubbermaid has an ingredient management system to help improve the workflow of your commercial kitchen.
Rubbermaid ProSave bins are designed to stack with each other, allowing you to mix and match sizes to make the best use of your space while still having enough containers to hold all of your supplies. Even more importantly, the design of these containers lets you easily access the contents of each container without removing them from the stack. Where many storage bins have a flat top, meaning nothing can be set on top of it if you want it to open it, the Rubbermaid ProSave shelf ingredient bins have a flat section for stable stacking and an angled-down front portion, so you can open a bin even while it's on the bottom of the stack.
Another benefit of the modular design of Rubbermaid ingredient bins is how the sizes coordinate with each other. Many of the smaller sizes are half the size of the next size up, meaning you can stack two smaller bins and end up with the same height as the larger bins. This makes organizing your kitchen simple, and allows you to store more than one bin size on a shelf without wasting space due to clearance differences.
One of the major factors that sets Rubbermaid ingredient bins apart from the competition is the design that permits easy one-handed access. ProSave ingredient bins feature a sliding door that is easy to open with one hand, so your employees do less running back and forth when retrieving ingredients. The rectangular storage bins have a lid that slides down to open, while the round Brute containers have lids that slide in a circular motion around the top. The Brute models can be slid open in degrees, or can be fully open with half the top exposed, offering easy access to the ingredients inside.
Rubbermaid has estimated that this easily-opened design can result in a productivity boost of as much as 55 percent, a significant improvement for such a small change. One-handed access also has the potential to help you streamline the workflow in your kitchen. Less back-and-forth between work surfaces and ingredient bins means your employees have more time to focus on their cooking and spend less time retrieving ingredients.
Every Rubbermaid ingredient bin includes built-in scoop storage. While this is a convenient feature that can speed up ingredient retrieval, it is actually far more important than you may realize. The FDA has regulations on how food scoops and utensils should be stored, and having them stored properly can increase your inspection score.
FDA Food Code: 3-304.12 In-Use Utensils, Between-Use Storage.
During pauses in FOOD preparation or dispensing, FOOD preparation and dispensing UTENSILS shall be stored:
(A) Except as specified under (B) of this section, in the FOOD with their handles above the top of the FOOD and the container;
(B) In FOOD that is not POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS (TIME/TEMPERATURE CONTROL FOR SAFETY FOOD) with their handles above the top of the FOOD within containers or EQUIPMENT that can be closed, such as bins of sugar, flour, or cinnamon;1
Rubbermaid's ProSave scoop storage is internal to help keep the scoop sanitary, but the hook is positioned to keep the handle well above the ingredient level. This also puts the handle in a very easy position to grab once the lid is slid open, once again contributing to increased productivity. Better yet, the scoops are included with your bin purchase, so you can be sure you have the right size for the hook the bin comes with.
First In First Out
First In First Out (FIFO) is a food rotation system suggested by the FDA to help you serve the freshest food possible to your customers while reducing food waste. The idea behind the system is that the oldest ingredients are used before the newer ones, maintaining a constant cycle. This system is often difficult to utilize when storing ingredients in bulk, but the Rubbermaid shelf ingredient bins have a feature to help you maintain this system.
When you purchase a Rubbermaid ingredient bin with that shelf design, it will come with a FIFO barrier. The barrier is suspended from the top of the unit but does not go all the way to the bottom. This design allows you to pour new ingredients into the back half of the storage unit, while allowing the older ingredients to pass through underneath to the front of the storage bin. As you draw ingredients out of the front, more of the new product can shift forward from underneath the barrier, ensuring that you are keeping your ingredient rotation as fresh as possible.
The Rubbermaid ProSave line is available in a variety of sizes to fit the needs of any commercial kitchen. The shelf ingredient bins are available in sizes ranging from 40 cups to 200 cups. Floor-model rectangular ingredient bins come in 400-, 500-, and 600-cup sizes. The Brute models are available in 150-, 300-, and 500-cup sizes. All food storage bins are also NSF certified and BPA free.
1. FDA Food Code 2009:Chapter 3 – Food U.S Food and Drug Administration. Accessed November 2015.