WHY SPEED SCRATCHING?
Time Efficiency: By utilizing pre-made and partially prepared ingredients, chefs can cut down on prep times during busy service periods or when managing a high volume of orders.
Affordability: It might seem counterintuitive, but buying some products like pre-made sauces or spice blends can be more cost-effective than making them in-house, increasing the profitability of your menu.
Streamline Operations: By reducing the complexity of certain recipes, speed scratching can remove the number of ingredients you need and thus greatly improves inventory management and minimizes waste.
Menu Efficiencies: With pre-made sauces and flavors, speed scratching lets you easily cross-utilize ingredients, letting you simply tweak or diversify multiple menu items with readymade ease.
Consistency: Pre-made products often come with standardized recipes and quality control measures, ensuring a consistent taste and presentation across different batches or locations. This consistency helps in meeting customer expectations and maintaining the reputation of the restaurant.
5 TIMESAVING INGREDIENTS
From soup to dessert, here are some of our favorite ingredients to use in speed scratching.
HOW TO SELECT A SPEED-SCRATCHING PRODUCT
Entrusting your restaurant’s offerings to a third party can be overwhelming. You need to make sure the product you’re using upholds the quality and consistency you’d offer in your restaurant. Here are some tips for finding the right speed-scratching partner.
Brand Reputation: Partner with reputable brands that have a track record of quality and reliability. Ask the advice of other chefs or culinary professionals or read customer reviews to determine their suitability.
Evaluate Taste and Flavor: Request samples or purchase small quantities of the convenience products you are considering. Taste and evaluate them to ensure that the flavors align with your expectations and can be easily enhanced with fresh ingredients.
Cost Considerations: Consider the overall cost of these convenience products and see how it affects your profitability. When auditing the costs, remember that a good portion of speed-scratching is saved in overhead costs, so make sure you factor time and labor into your equation, on top of ingredient costs.