Saving on core ingredients

How tastiness and cost effectiveness go hand-in-hand

Serving the best dish is a bit like buying a new car: it’s what’s under the bonnet that determines if it’s a reliable motor or a duff choice that’s going to cost you dear. With your core ingredients it’s no different, as they determine your consistent quality and profits. As your partner in potatoes, we know it can be quite a challenge to sort the wheat from the chaff when selecting the right product. That’s why we’re here to help you by sharing effective tips and tricks to make saving money on core ingredients fun again!

Saving made fun?

Yes really. Every day, you work with numerous ingredients to create the tastiest food. Choosing the right core ingredients can be a challenge, as finding the right one that saves you money and time isn’t easy. So how do you make sure you get the best ingredients for the most attractive price, without it being a hassle? Well, that’s easy, because saving on core ingredients is fun. Honest!

"These four tips ensure you always choose a reliable, efficient and consistent core product"

Four tips on money saving

For example, let’s look at a specific core ingredient, like your tasty fries. They have to be easy to prepare and the best quality to impress your customers and keep them beating a path to your door. But how do you make sure it’s the cost-saving choice? Simple: when your new fries check all four boxes, you have a winner!

  • Always check the product yield. The higher it is, the more portions you’ll get from a single bag of fries – which is an easy way to reduce purchasing costs and increase servings.
  • Choose fries that absorb as little oil as possible. This makes them crunchier (yum!) and saves money on your frying oil at the same time. A win-win, if you ask us!
  • Make sure you choose a (frozen) product with a consistent cut and unique shape. Why? Because it enhances your restaurant concept (as the fries look original and authentic!)  without having to make huge investments or spend hours struggling to cut fries by hand so they have individual shapes.
  • Go for product consistency, as frozen products are fresh and therefore always have the same quality, before and after cooking.

The proof is in the potato!

Not only can we reveal these secrets, but we can also demonstrate to you how our four top tips can make all the difference. Here’s what we did at Patata Shop and we are proud of the results:



Buy yourself some piece of mind

As you can see, saving money is as easy as one, two, three – or, well, four actually. By keeping these four tips in mind you can make sure you always choose a reliable, efficient and consistent core product, which not only results in great taste but also in mega savings in time, costs and manpower. Just imagine how much extra time this will leave to focus on other (more important) things – like creating the most delicious and mouth-watering dishes that let your new core ingredients shine out. Angelo Shirone from Timeout can tell you all about that, as his choice for reliable, quality fries provides him with additional time to drive business for his restaurant: 


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