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How Do You Ensure Good Quality Food In Your Cafe?

If you’re looking at the prospect of running a café, then it’s vital to remember the importance of the food that you serve. That might sound like a no-brainer, but you have a lot to think about when running a café, including the condition of the premises, the marketing, the vibe and branding, and much more. When you’re doing all of that, how do you control for quality? How do you ensure that you’re consistently serving the good food that keeps people coming back? Here are a few ways to do that.

Staff training is vital

For both the safety and the quality of your food, everyone who is handling ingredients in your team should be trained to ensure excellence on their part. Food handling training will ensure that they’re putting the right efforts into their own hygiene, how to handle contamination risks, and keeping work areas clean when moving or handling ingredients. Of course, those responsible for making the food should have plenty of training on how to prepare good food in the first place. If not, you can always encourage them to take cooking classes (and help pay for them.)

Ensure quality storage and catering equipment

Even if you have the right hands on deck, much of the process of how you prepare food is going to be dictated by the equipment that you use. Poor storage can result in ingredients being slightly more aged than they should be, for instance, and quality ovens, fryers, chargrills, and more are vital to ensure that food cooks right. To that end, getting high-quality commercial catering equipment for your business is a must. Just as important is that you clean and maintain the equipment you purchase to keep its standards at the level you demand.

Source your ingredients with care

If you’re cooking with raw or fresh ingredients, then you need to make sure that they truly are fresher. The fresher your ingredients, the richer the flavour and the more nutritious the resulting meal. Grocery bought might work fine for some, but if you want really high-quality food, you will partner up directly with suppliers, even if that just means buying straight from the grocers in town.

Make it all routine

The above steps can make a big difference in helping you assure the quality of your food, but what’s most important is that you are able to keep that quality consistent in the future, as well. To that end, you should start implementing quality control checks in your café. Basically, you should start a routine of checking things like the ingredients, work stations, testing final results, and so on so that you’re able to quickly pick apart issues such as whether your fish is slightly less fresh this time or your refrigerating area isn’t as clean as it should be, and quickly be able to correct it.

Being able to consistently provide good food is what’s going to keep people coming back to your café. If your standards slip once, or twice, that could be a repeat customer loss. Follow the tips above and ensure that doesn’t happen.