Mixing bowls are an important part of any commercial kitchen, so taking the time to pick the right ones is vital. The material is your most important concern – here are just five reasons why you should opt for stainless steel over glass.
Regardless of material, mixing bowls can be found in a wide range of prices. However, stainless steel mixing bowls tend to be much cheaper than those made of glass. This isn’t such an important factor if you only need one or two, but commercial kitchens generally require quite a few. The difference in cost is really going to start adding up.
Glass mixing bowls are quite thick, so they are also quite heavy. Stainless steel mixing bowls are a lot lighter, making them much easier to handle. If someone is going to be mixing sauces all day or beating lots of eggs, the lighter mixing bowl is going to be the better choice. Just try holding a mixing bowl in one hand while you whisk with the other – don’t you want the bowl to be as light as possible?
Glass can crack or chip. Chips are particularly problematic since there’s a slim chance a piece of glass could slip into whatever you’re preparing. Tempered glass is an option, but even tempered glass can shatter when dropped – that’s going to mean shutting off part of the kitchen until all the glass is picked up. Stainless steel cannot be cracked or chipped – slight dents are the worst you can expect if one is ever dropped.
- Stays Cool
Even if you’re beating or whisking, a stainless steel mixing bowl is going to stay cool. That’s vital during warmer times of year since you’ll want to prevent separating or curdling. Glass bowls will heat up.
- Can Be Warmed
Stainless steel bowls will stay cool, but they can be warmed on the hob if you need to melt a sauce or keep a mixture warm. Even though glass will warm up by itself, it cannot actually be heated on a hob.