I know that waste happens but we seem to be having some issues with too much waste in the kitchen. Some (not all) staff have become very wasteful lately and we have to do something about it.
So, now we're tracking the waste and we made a new policy today (that everyone is expected to read, initial and abide by) that they are not to throw anything out without first getting approval from either the KM or I. There are exceptions to that.. like vegetable peelings, fruit peelings, egg shells etc but that's as far as it goes. Anything edible must be seen and tasted (if necessary) by one of us before it hits the trash can.
Our biggest concern at the moment is with the fruit. Our main fruiter needs to change his ways when he is working on his fruit cups. He wastes bin after bin of diced fruit and while it is too ripe to serve fresh alot of the time it's still edible and can be frozen to use in fruit cocktails. He's going to be the one who has the hardest time with the new policy but we'll work with him on it and help him to see where things can be saved and reused and where others just have to hit the dumpster.
I'm trying to work on a system that will accurately show our waste and I made a waste sheet today and that will work well M-F but the weekends I'm not sure about. Like any breakfast place we do the bulk of our weekly business on Saturdays and Sundays so it's working on waste management durng those days I need so advie on.
How do you guys suggest we track it? The station that has the biggest waste on the weekend is eggs.. yolks break, eggs have blood spots or worse in them, customers change their minds, servers make a mistake, things have to be remade because the pass is backed up and what was once an over easy egg is now over well because it sat a little long under the lamp...it happens. Same stuff different weekend. The other stations have minimal waste except for fruits and as I said we have to work with that station to help them see how they can change and improve.
Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance