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2017 Back to School Kitchen Equipment Guide

Is your school’s kitchen prepared for another year? From elementary up to universities, we rounded up a few of the most important pieces for a successful year! For additional helpful information, visit Central’s School Homeroom page.

True TMC-58 Forced Air Milk Cooler

A staple for the lunch line, keep milk cartons within reach for kids of all ages! The oversized refrigeration system provides better tasting milk and increased sales.  Plus, show your school pride with 26 color options! Trust the reliability of True products!


True T-49 Reach-In Refrigerator

The True T-49 reach-in refrigerator is one of the best in the industry, and has a five star rating on our website! It’s spacious 49 cubic foot interior is ideal for storing anything you need for your school’s cafeteria. With a temperature range of 33°F to 38°F, you will get the best possible food preservation and safety.


Metro C539 Holding and Transport Cabinet

Often times in school foodservice operations, food is prepared in advanced and has to be stored for the various lunch periods. The Metro C539 holding and transport cabinet is the perfect solution to hold food. It comes with the choice of Lexan (clear) or solid doors that are insulated to keep in heat. The adjustable digital thermostat is easy to use with recessed controls for safety. It also includes 17 slide pairs and can hold 34 full-size sheet pans.


Flatware Holders and Cylinders

Central has stainless steel and plastic flatware holders and cylinders, which allows flatware to dry in the vertical position.

Leaving flatware on it’s side doesn’t make for a very sanitary situation as lipids, acids and chemicals are laying on each other.

The stainless steel holders have a stainless steel construction with rubber feed for stabilization.  They’re also dishwasher safe. Plastic flatware holders and cylinders are heavy duty and long wearing.


Compartment Trays

Styrofoam trays cause cafeterias to throw away money on a monthly basis, plus have several negative effects to the environment too.

There many types of non-disposable trays out there constructed of a variety of materials. Read our compartment tray buying guide to see which trays excel in certain areas to find the perfect one for your foodservice. You can also look into ENERGY STAR® rated dishwashers to save on your water costs as well.


Need Help?

Central hand-picked all the items in our School Homeroom section of our website! Feel free to contact us at 800-215-9293 with any questions for your school foodservice needs. Working on a grant or bid? We can help with that too! We work with schools to get you the total amount or quote needed so you can finalize your application. Call or live chat with us now for details.


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Prepping Your School Kitchen

It seems as if the school year is starting earlier and earlier every year, giving you less time to prep your kitchen for the next school year. Whether you will have elementary, middle school or high school students about to flood the halls, we have outlined the top equipment and supplies your school kitchen needs in order to be prepared for this school year!


230-034Convection Ovens

Why are convection ovens necessary? They boast faster cooking, more even cooking, better browning and energy savings! Convection oven’s versatility simplifies cooking, especially when cooking for such a large crowd! With models that roast, bake, warm and rethermalize, convection ovens will be one of your most utilized pieces of equipment in the kitchen.




Steamers, as you would guess, utilize steam to cook foods! With this equipment, steam transfers heat, opposed to the pan in other methods of cooking, giving your product a more even finish. These units make it very difficult to overcook your food and even give the product a much moister dish. An additional major benefit to steam cooking is that vitamins are retained throughout the cooking process – a big deal to parents of little ones! Utilize a steamer to cook poultry, rice, breads, seafood, steaks and vegetables!



570-049Tilt Skillet Braising Pan

Tilt skillets are hardworking machines that multitask for you! Tilt skillets combine features of a skillet and a kettle so that you are able to braise, simmer, boil, cook and more! No more guessing if you will have a good match of macaroni and cheese – the tilt skillet heats evenly and give you predictable results every time.




692-009  Ranges

For everyday cooking, commercial ranges are a staple! Electric ranges are recommended for school applications because of their ease of use. Temperature is easy to control on electric ranges which creates a more evenly finished product. Central offers a wide variety of set ups that allows you to have a unit that has burners and a griddle!





When you are cleaning up after potentially thousands of students on a daily basis, having an appropriate level of dishwasher is essential to the cafeteria running smoothly. Properly sizing a dishwasher depends on several factors – determine what size your school needs from our dishwashers buying guide.




664-091_2    Floor Matting

Going hand-in-hand with your dishwasher, put safety first and ensure that you have proper floor matting!




Your kitchen is not complete yet! Aside from these main pieces of equipment, you will also need milk coolers, reach-ins and walk-ins, ice machines, open air merchandisers, glass door merchandisers, hot food tables and food prep supplies. Browse our School Homeroom page to see all of the top school equipment and supplies. Call one of our helpful product consultants at 1-800-215-9293 with any questions or live chat with them now!


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