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A Look at Meat Preparation in the Restaurant Kitchen

Last updated 1 year ago

For many people, meat is the preferred source of protein, a nutrient that supports brain and muscle development. There is a seemingly endless variety of dishes that feature meat prepared in different ways. Continue reading to learn about some of the ways that your restaurant can store, prep and cook meat, and the kitchen equipment required to keep diners safe and satisfied.


Cold storage keeps meat fresh until it’s ready to prep and serve. It’s also where you should keep meat while it is marinating. Walk-in coolers, commercial refrigerators and freezers keep meat cold until it is ready to cook. Different types of meat can be kept for various amounts of time in 40° F storage.


Meat preparation often starts with cutting. Most restaurants use color-coded cutting boards to minimize the chances of cross-contamination between cutting boards for uncooked meats and those for other foods. In fact, color-coding your cutting boards may be mandatory, depending on the state where your restaurant is located. Generally, raw meat is prepped on a red cutting board, raw poultry on a yellow board, and raw fish on a tan board. White, blue, and green cutting boards are reserved for prepping dairy, cooked food, and produce.

Other Preparation

There are several meat preparation tools that your restaurant may use. For example, meat slicers are useful for quickly cutting rounds of meat into uniform slices and are popular in delis and restaurants alike. You may also wish to use a sausage stuffer, which will allow your cooks to pack their own sausage casings. Other kitchen tools that you should consider for your restaurant include meat grinders, meat hand saws, and meat tenderizers.


Meat can be cooked in a number of ways. It may be fried, boiled, simmered, braised, oven-cooked, or fricasseed, depending on the dish. Each of these cooking methods requires particular restaurant appliances.

You can get the right meat preparation equipment for your restaurant from Klinger’s Trading. We offer Hobart meat slicer replacement parts and other kitchen tools, including meat tenderizers and sausage stuffers. We provide kitchen equipment to restaurants in Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and other Southern and East Coast cities. For more information, call (678) 894-7126. 


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