Disposable gloves are useful in many different industries to provide a barrier of protection between hands and sensitive materials. People who work in the food and beverage industry use disposable gloves on a regular basis to prevent the spread of germs and keep consumables from becoming contaminated. But what many food service workers don’t realize is that some types of disposable gloves are more suited to their line of work than others.
So to address the specific needs of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, food trucks, and caterers, here’s a disposable glove buying guide to help you make the best decision for your business.
1. Uses for Disposable Gloves in the Kitchen
The most commonly cited use for disposable gloves in the kitchen is to provide protection from foodborne illnesses. Hundreds of foodborne illnesses exist and cause people to get sick from eating contaminated food. Fortunately, this is a preventable problem with the right kind of disposable gloves.
In addition to preventing the spread of bacteria, disposable gloves also help protect your hands from burning when cutting spicy foods, such as jalapeno peppers. They keep acidic juices out of cuts on your hands and protect your nails too. It’s easier to separate an egg yolk from the egg white while wearing disposable gloves. Also, tossing a salad is a lot less messy and safer if you’re wearing a pair of them. Strong food odors, such as garlic and fish, won’t get stuck on your hands as badly when wearing gloves. And they also come in handy when trying to unscrew the lids of over-tightened jars and containers.
2. What to Look for in Food Prep Gloves
Overall, food prep disposable gloves are designed for short-term use and frequent changes. It’s best to change your gloves regularly, rather than reusing them with food and cooking surfaces day after day. Common and affordable multi-purpose gloves are great options to choose from for this purpose.
3. Materials for Food Prep Gloves
Polyethylene, latex, vinyl, and nitrile are all appropriate materials for food prep gloves. This is good to know because these are the most popular glove materials on the market, so they should be pretty easy to find for your online order.
Poly is a good material if you need to change gloves often and for food prep tasks that don’t require a high level of dexterity. Meanwhile, vinyl is ideal for tasks that require more fingertip sensitivity and overall durability. Some latex gloves are made up of mostly renewable resources, making them an eco-friendly choice.
Especially about Poly Gloves from HANPAK JSC:
Made from quality polyethylene and perfect for lighter duty tasks and generally have a looser fit to allow for the easy removal and replacement of gloves in busy kitchens or food service locations. Poly gloves are made from either CPE or HDPE or LDPE materials. Cost effective, HANPAK’s poly gloves are food service grade, latex-free, and available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit any food service need.
- HDPE and LDPE Gloves: Powder-free, these gloves feature a poly embossed design and are clear in color. They are perfect for use by restaurant or deli workers prepping food items for service. They are approved for food service applications and made from high density polyethylene.
- CPE Gloves: Similar to HDPE and LDPE gloves, CPE gloves are powder-free, poly embossed, and clear or blue in color. They are ideal for use in restaurants during food prep or in grocery stores. They are made from cast polyethylene which gives them a tighter fitting texture and makes them ideal for dealing with wet objects or surfaces as they help prevent slipping or a loose grip.
4. Benefits of Buying in Bulk
Since most food prep work requires single-use disposable gloves, busy food industry businesses will go through many of these each week. It’s common for restaurants to spend thousands of dollars on gloves each year by going through a case or two per week. This is where buying in bulk can help.
It is highly recommended to buy food prep gloves in bulk so that you always have enough on hand. Without enough gloves to use, you could be unsafely cutting corners and putting your customers at risk of foodborne illnesses. Buying in bulk is also a great way to reduce business costs for the year.
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