They may not be the first thing you think of when asked what is the most important piece of equipment in your kitchen, but saladette counters are essential for any professional who intends to provide fresh dishes using fresh ingredients. This means you should research the range of saladette counters available and consider the features you require so you can choose the appropriate model for your kitchen.

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Saladette counters can be used to store fresh ingredients, such a vegetables, in a refrigerated environment. These ingredients can be used in a variety of dishes. As well as keeping food at an optimum freshness (thereby meeting health and safety regulations as well as improving quality), a glass door or lid can allow ingredients to be displayed to the customers in an attractive manner. Saladette counters also give the chef more time and freedom to prepare meals and refine their technique, whilst allowing swift access to ingredients when the kitchen is busy.

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Saladette counters can have two, three or four doors, depending on your size requirements. They are available in four different sizes to suit kitchens from the smallest caf├ęs to the largest restaurants and canteens. Rounded corners prevent dirt being trapped, whilst stainless steel both inside and out makes them easy to clean.

Other features can include height-adjustable legs, ergonomic handles and easy access to the compartment storing the motor, for maintenance purposes. Popular saladette counters can be seen at specialist sites such as The safety of saladette counters can be guaranteed through Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) compliance.

The temperature of your saladette counter can be adjusted digitally with an electronic control, whilst it can self-regulate to control evaporation of condensation and defrosting. Magnetic seals on the doors will ensure they close completely and heat cannot escape. Units are isolated with high-pressure injections of CFC-free polyurethane into the 40 millimetre thick casing. This will ensure the unit is energy efficient, which can save money and make your kitchen more environmentally friendly, as well as protecting the quality of your food.

By considering the range of features available alongside the requirements for your own kitchen, you should be able to choose a piece of equipment that allows you to maximise the performance of your business.