Getting rid of stains is not always an easy task; sometimes it requires a lot of strenuous work, and even chemicals, but wait, you cannot use toxic chemicals around food and utensils, so what do you do? How about some organic approaches to clean your commercial kitchen of stains?
Tea & Coffee Stains
For any chef or cook, coffee and tea stains leave unwanted brown and round, ring like marks which are just unbearable. These stubborn stains are hard and stubborn to get rid of especially if they are old. Luckily, there is an easier way to get rid of them, a natural and organic way that is.
Squeeze lemon juice from half a lemon onto the stained area. Then, use a damp cloth to scrub the stain; this may require a bit of muscle work. The acid, present in the lemon will help you work your way through the stains. If the stain is on a table cloth, soak it in hot water with vinegar and baking soda overnight. Another method which you can use is placing about 1 tablespoon of sugar on a stained mug to make the stains go away; after doing so, take a damp cloth or use a sponge to get rid of the stains while running the stained cup or mug under hot water. The fastest and labor-free method is to add vinegar to your dishwasher and wash the dishes from there.
Food stains are no less when it comes to annoying; they also are very stubborn, and seem impossible to get rid of, especially those red colored ones. But, like any problem, there is a solution. All you need is a solution of water, and vinegar, soak the dishes in the solution and leave them over night. Vinegar plays an important role in keeping white dishes clean and stain-free. If you want more power, add some baking soda in vinegar; you will get a powerful cleaning agent then. Sunlight is also a bleaching agent that works really well; leave the dishes out in the sunlight for a couple of hours, maximum of 5. The best part about the method is that it also eliminates any bad odor which is coming from the dish.
Water spots can be hard, and very bad looking too, which is why getting rid of these water stains from your commercial kitchen is important. Need help? Here is a simple solution, in order to remove these water stains from dishes and glasses, soak them for a few hours in vinegar and water. Another thing which you can do is squeeze lemon juice on the marks, leave them for a couple of minutes, and then rinse them thoroughly. In order to prevent water stains, you can add a bit of vinegar to each dishwasher cycle; this will help you get rid of water stains.
Stains and blotches can make any surface seem unsightly but the above mentioned tips can help you tackle them with ease.
Getting rid of stains is not always an easy task; sometimes it requires a lot of strenuous work, and even chemicals, but wait, you cannot use toxic chemicals around food and utensils, so what do you do? How about some organic approaches to clean your commercial kitchen of stains?
There are a couple of things which all commercial kitchen owners have to take into consideration, before they decide to make their kitchen, or before they decide to re-model. With a specifically limited budget, you have to be a little more careful and conscious on where and how you spend your money. Here are the things all owners, with a limited budget, and big kitchen should know.
Know your Investment Amount
The first thing you need to do is divide the investment into different sections, so that you can keep your actual budget in mind. Lets us assume you have $100,000 only. Divide this amount into sections, such as, equipment, cutlery and utensils, fixtures and work, orders, etc.
This will give you a precise amount of money, which you can manage on wards. Remember, your main purpose is to save as much as possible, while getting what is best for your commercial kitchen. Making compromises will only be detrimental, which is why you must manage everything within certain limitations.
Your Location & Kitchen Size
The location of your kitchen matters, as well as its size. If you decide to change locations, or if you settle into a big one, you will have to work accordingly. You will need to manage the budget with a tighter grip, especially if you are already low on it. The location will also have its effects on the lighting and the plumbing of your kitchen. If you are located in a place where the lights and plumbing are already good, and need no extra fixtures, you can use the money for that department in another, like ordering more supply items.
If your kitchen is located underground, you will need to have your pipes looked at regularly and make sure they are maintained. Pipe clogs can cause unwanted floods after all. Plus, if you are near or in a unhygienic building, you and your kitchen staff will be open to various health hazards. Your kitchen may even be shut down. To prevent this from happening, you need to get a proper inspection done to receive a certificate of approval by the Department Of Health.
Design & Materials
A lot depends on the design you go with, and the materials you use. Keeping your kitchen simple, will give you an average cost, and will remain your budget. Making a kitchen using unique designs, will cost you more, and adding new features, like an extra island, wall fixtures, etc, will add more to your list of expenses. Buying the best for your kitchen will obviously be expensive and buying designer materials and using expensive designer fixtures will also cost a bit more than you can allow.
Your contractor plays a huge role in all of this; whether you are re-modeling, or shifting, the contractor can get you the best deals and the most expensive ones as well. This is why you need a good one. The contractor will help you cut back on extra money as much as possible by letting you avail the most you can with extra work space. Using storage solutions will save you money and space as well. So, choose the contractor you decide to work with wisely.
With already so much going on in your commercial kitchen, there is hardly any time on hand in order to do anything else. This means that you will have to get things done with thrice the speed, as cleanliness is the top most priority in a kitchen. You will also need to find everything without going on a scavenger hunt. Here are some tricks and hacks which will help make sure not even a second gets wasted.
A fork is not just eating utensil, or to hold the meant in one place so that you may cut through it. As a matter of fact, a fork can be used for many reasons. Here are some tricks you can do with your fork:
• Use a fork as a Decoration tool.
• Use the teeth of the fork when you do not have a knife nearby.
• Use a fork to make ridges on gnocchi, russet potatoes, and many more.
• Separate rice grains for more puffiness using a fork.
• Use a fork as a shredder for meat and pork.
Cooking & Baking
Here are some cool tricks and hacks for cooking and baking:
• Poached Egg- To make a perfect poached egg, use a metal strainer.
• Over Boiling- Overboiling water is inevitable in a busy commercial kitchen. The best way to prevent this is to know when the water is too hot. You can do this by simply placing a wooden spoon across the pot. Since wood cannot conduct heat, the hot water will keep its distance from the handle.
• Grease it Up- Baking requires a lot of dedication, and time. Imagine all that hard work crumbling apart into crumbs as you try your best to make the perfect cuts. Grease your tray to prevent the bottom part of the pastry from sticking to the bottom of the pan. This will prevent it from crumbling up.
• Replace Muffin Liners- You are out of muffin liners, but you do not have time to send someone to grab some. Your customers are waiting for fresh delicious muffins; you do not know what to do. Now you do actually, instead of panicking about how to get the muffins out, you can simply use parchment paper as a substitute for muffin liners.
Cleaning while you are cooking is important; here are some cool tricks to help you:
• Fruits- Clean fruits with baking soda to make them look as good as new.
• Coffee Grinder- Need a fix for your dirty coffee grinder? Throw in some stale bread chunks and let it rip. The coffee will actually stick to the stale bread, making it easier to clean your grinder.
• Coca Cola Trick- Use a can of coke to say bye to your blackened pots and your pans. Wash your tools normally, once done, leave some coke behind for a while. Wash it again, and the stains should easily come out now.
• Drain Clogs- Got drainage issues? Use salt! Pour about ½ a cup of salt with a quart of water, hot water, down the pipe to open it up.
Tired of the same, old, and boring kitchen? Do not feel motivated, and inspired to come to work? We have the right solution for you, a kitchen makeover. In other words, just add a bit of life in to your working space.
The best way to add a bit of spice and flavor into the kitchen is by replacing the old, with the new, and that to with the better new. Storage hacks are not boring at all; you will actually enjoy what these hacks have in store for you. You can add more equipment in your kitchen without having them hogging up space. The best part about this is that one does not have limited options; there are hacks available for all kinds of equipment and spaces. You can even buy a stove which comes with mounted racks to keep your handy tools right in front of you for when you need them.
Normal lights can be boring, and they do not add charm to your kitchen. You want your kitchen to be a fun, yet productive place to work in after all. In order to achieve that, you will have to change the tone of your current lightings. Add a small chandelier and add charm to your lighting. Instead of using old bulbs and lights, use fancier options.
Do not leave the walls blank, that’s just BORING! Add color and life into your kitchen. Buy fancy holders and fixtures and spice up the place, all within your budget too. The best part about such fixtures is that they do not waste important space in your kitchen at all.
Your accessories and tools do not have to be boring like your walls. Accessorize things up by going for attractive utensils. Use attractive trays while serving, colorful knives and tools. Do not leave them behind.
Go for the things you can move around like an island on wheels. This is a great way to open up space, and get things done quickly and if any counter or isle is in your way, you can simply remove it with a single push.
Floors & Tiling
You can go for the best flooring and the best tiling options as well. You have two choices for your flooring, either go with floor tiles, or stick with the carpet. You will be able to easily find reusable and washable carpets, and tiles which can also be cleaned with a single wipe. Tiles for walls are also available in many elegant designs, beautiful colors, and they can also be easily cleaned, washed, and wiped to perfection. You can even opt for wallpapers too, but can come loose under too much heat so be careful what you pick.
Vents & Fans
The heat in the kitchens can be unbearable at times, which is why you need proper ventilation, and cooling fans to keep the temperature normal. Instead of having a huge fan sitting on the floor, or hanging from the ceiling, and instead of having a huge vent taking up space, why not get them wall mounted? Not only will you save space, you will also ensure your commercial kitchen remains well ventilated.
Food trucks are not as big as regular commercial kitchens; they have a limited size, which means that the equipment in food trucks is markedly different from the ones we see in regular kitchens, and in commercial kitchens.
Food trucks focus on fast food as they don’t take time to cook, and since the trucks have a limited space, they cannot have all kinds of varieties, so they focus on one. Most food trucks focus on fries, burgers, nachos, and the easier stuff as the equipment for such food can be stored in the small space.
In order to prepare meat, a small stove a necessity in these trucks; the stove can also be used to lightly fry the buns of the burgers and the bread for the hot dogs. This makes it more convenient for the person cooking to handle more tasks at once. There is enough space in the truck for a small deep fryer as well for French fries, and other dishes.
The size is not an issue as the commercial equipment can be customized, which is the best thing about them. The entire menu then rotates around the equipment. It is based on the equipment available, and then is specialized accordingly. This prevents any unwanted situations, like the food taking too long to be cooked, or not having the right equipment to work with.
The size or the volume determines the capacity of the equipment which is required. The basic appliances which are needed are a refrigerator, sink, stove, and more. There is equipment, however, which is not good for food trucks, like an ice machine which can break down in the small, hot and confined space easily.
The equipment seen in food trucks is bolted down for obvious reasons. This is to prevent any hazards, while the truck is moving from place to place. This even makes it easier for the person who cooks to keep the place clean, as he or she will not have to go to the hard to reach areas, keeping the truck and the food free from any health hazards. Make sure you clean the equipment properly after use; a clean food truck is a successful one.
The placement of the equipment will also depend on the kitchen design, but you must remember that once the equipment has been bolted in according to your satisfaction, un-bolting it will be difficult. This is why you must plan everything out, even the location. The truck can only feed a limited number of people, so you have to watch out for what location you sell at. You do not want hungry customers who had been waiting only to find out there is no food left for them. Be sure not to rush yourself so first target a small area so that you can get used to the kitchen, and the small space; this will make things easier and allows you to handle more customers easily.
Having so many things in just a small space can make things very hectic. It is sort of like trying to fit an elephant into a kangaroo’s pocket. Now, you do not have to worry anymore. Here are smart storage hacks which will make your worries disappear within instants.
Wall Mounted Racks
Why waste all the good, and very much needed counter top space when you have wall racks? There is no need to use extra space for everyday use cutlery and tools, including plates as well. Wall mounts can help you utilize the extra space on your walls, so that you have a larger work space available to you.
There are many kinds of mount racks available for different needs; this includes racks for cutlery, dishes, cups, pans, and many more. Now it is time to make some use out of the walls.
Just like the racks, these holders save you a lot of space. Imagine your sink; there are already lots going on around it, and there is no space left for you to put soaps, scrubs, etc on the top. Why not use mounted holders? Mounted holders allow you to keep your required items where you want them; the only difference will be that, instead of occupying your counter top space, the holder will be placed on the wall.
Tired of stacking one pan on another? What if you needed the pan which is located on the bottom? Here is a solution for you. Instead of stacking pans and pots on the side of the counter tops or non small racks, why not make a tableau out of them? All you need are some hooks and a wall. You can decorate your wall and will not have to dig to the center to find the right pan. This is a great way to add life in your kitchen as well; now you can be inspired and motivated by looking at your kitchen wall.
It is hard to do what you need to do when you have so many extra things on the table, like knife blocks. Unfortunately, you need it, so you cannot throw it away, but there is a solution to this.
Why not get the knife blocks integrated into your countertop, or on a small counter to save the space? Instead of playing pass the knife block, all you will need to do is take the knife out of the cemented block whenever you need it, without having it bother you ever again.
Need an extra table in the kitchen? Have limited space? No worries, why not get yourself a pullout table? Pullout features are the most convenient features when it comes to commercial kitchens. Pullouts can provide you with the things you need at the right time, like an extra table, and when you are done, you can simply push them back inside like they were never there. Commercial kitchen lives just got so much easier.
Not many know the difference between the appliances and equipment which are used in regular kitchens, and the ones used in commercial kitchens. There is a difference in the equipment which is used in both; here are some of them listed below.
The equipment, such as the oven, are the same because in both kitchens, the oven is used for baking purposes, but, the oven of a commercial kitchen may be bigger than a regular oven which is found in a regular kitchen. Just like the oven, there are other appliances, which are the same when it comes to their characteristics and properties, but they vary in size.
It is very rare to see households have professional butcher knives and appliances, for mainly two reasons. One of the reasons is that because those appliances were especially made for commercial kitchens and not regular ones and they are more expensive as well. The voltage the appliance needs is different from the regular household voltage, the same goes for some of the features. The oven, for example can be set exactly to the perfect degree, whereas regular ovens, and even microwave are not specific but give an estimated degree and time.
Secondly, the equipment found in commercial kitchens are very expensive than those found in regular kitchens. Those equipment and appliances are more durable, long lasting, bigger in size, and they are used by professional chefs. Many other appliances are also made just for their use. A professional chef will have no use for a regular kitchen knife after all.
As mentioned above, the power which the commercial equipment requires is way more than those which regular kitchens need. If you decide to plug in a commercial appliance in your home, which is just too heavy, most likely it will cause an electrical problem in your residence, making your fuse go bust. The same goes the other way around, if you plug a normal microwave or any other regular equipment in the socket of a commercial kitchen, the chances are high that the equipment will short circuit due to the high voltage it receives.
Quality & Durability
The equipment found in a commercial kitchen is set to a different voltage than the ones in a regular one, that you know by now, but, the quality and the durability of these equipment are higher and better than the regular ones. Let us take a blender for example; the one present in your household is a simple blender with a couple of options, whereas the one in a commercial kitchen can be set at particular settings and is not made from regular but more durable plastic to ensure that it lasts longer and can blend harder or complex ingredients.
As you can see, the equipment used in a commercial kitchen is more powerful, durable, professional, and gives more power, which is why it is so expensive. It can inflate your gas and electricity bills too since they require a lot of power.
Your commercial kitchen is not like your residential kitchen; though you may think it is only the size which differs, that is not completely true. Your commercial kitchen is not just different in size, but it needs to be managed well in order to remain fully functional and to reduce mishaps. Here is how you can improve the efficiency in your commercial kitchen.
Commercial Convention Oven
There are just so many customers walking in and out of your restaurant, and more so on the weekends we bet. The kitchen is in chaos at the time but the thing that worries the chef or cook the most at that time is will they be able to get all of the food out on time or not? This is why the most feasible thing to do is use a commercial convention oven.
The oven cooks meals, which tend to take a lot of time, much faster, keeping food hot when being served, and the best part is that it can help the cook serve more people at the same time. This saves time, effort, and leaves you with a very happy customer.
The best part about commercial appliances is that the chef is in control of them. Regular kitchen appliances are on a neutral setting, whereas in the kitchen, a chef has the crown. Setting the ovens and stoves to the perfect temperature is not possible in regular kitchens, whereas they are in commercial kitchens.
Prep work takes a lot of time if you are at home, but not in the professional’s kitchen. This work gets done even faster with modern appliances. Unlike old can openers, electrical openers make things much easier, and faster.
Keeping the Food Hot
The food has to be hot by the time it reaches the diner. This seems hard to do while you are preparing food for hundreds of them. Since there is no time and a lot of work, there is too much dancing, running, and panicking in the kitchen, but, there is also a solution to it. Stick to the standard system. The reason why appetizers go out is not just to whet the diners’ appetite but also so you will have enough time to focus on the main course which is very much time consuming. This is where appliances like food warmers come in. Food warmers keep the food hot while the chef prepares everything else, so that by the time the extra work and preparations are done, they food is still hot and ready to be served.
There is not time to waste, which means there is no time to wash those dishes piling up. Well, commercial dishwashers can help you with those. Commercial dishwashers can wash a large number of dishes at the same time, unlike regular dishwashers, and that too rather quickly. This gives a huge boost to the chef, and all the workers who are playing their parts in the kitchen.
Keeping a business blooming everyday is not necessarily a difficult task. Most people who start a food business are the ones who have a passion for food and have wonderful recipes.
Generally what happens is that you love food and your family and friends admire your cooking and recipe invention skills when you share some of your masterpieces with them and this sends you on a ‘foodpreneurial’ expedition.
Most of the times people are really excited about starting their food business from home but when they reach a certain level, they run out of ideas as to how they should increase earnings and profit. Here we have listed a few steps that you can take to make more money from your commercial kitchen.
1. Make your commercial kitchen energy efficient
A reasonable amount of the business profit usually goes to electricity and fuel costs, which automatically reduces the amount of profit. By making your commercial kitchen energy efficient, you will get the benefit of saving more revenue for yourself since you will be spending less energy.
Cutting idle work, regular maintenance and repairing and purchasing energy efficient equipment are some ways you can make more money by being energy efficient.
2. Form a continuous marketing plan
A continuous marketing plan is very crucial for the constant success of your business. Marketing is not throwing your product details out there. You need to know your customers’ needs and expectations. Keep an eye on the changing trends, customer preferences and your competitors’ products will help you to understand your audience better. Keep updating your marketing strategy and plans because it will help a lot in attracting customers and increasing the profit of your existing commercial kitchen.
3. Benefit from your profile
You can either choose to glamorize your profile by making people believe that you are a safer and more reliable option. Since you are a home-based chef, you can either prefer to conceal this fact, or you can take advantage of it. Make people feel like you understand their needs and offer a homely service.
This will give you a leg up over the non-home based businesses since most people do not know what ingredients the restaurant chefs are using to prepare the food. Homemade food is generally more reliable and you can attract more customers by making them believe that you will provide them the best quality service.
4. Offer tastings
Offering tastings is a great way to find out what your customer likes and dislikes and what he is not interested in trying at all. This is also a great way to market your products because if a customer tries your product and likes it, chances are he is going to come back for more or tell other people about it.
5. Customer Feedback
Do not make the mistake of ignoring your customers and their feedback. Customer feedback is a great way to further improve your business and give your customers what they expect of you. Do not let negative feedback disappoint you. Take it as an opportunity to be able to know what your customers want from you. Paying attention to feedback will earn you loyal customers; this will help you in increasing your profit.
Passion is the main motivator. Do not let the bumps in the road discourage you from taking that next step that you are willing to take to succeed.
It is said that since food is a basic human necessity, food business has a lower risk of failure. If you are good at what you do and you’re passionate about cooking, a commercial kitchen business is the best option for you.
After reaching a certain point in the entrepreneurial journey, some people lose hope because they can’t seem to find a way to increase the revenue of their commercial kitchen. This article provides a list of steps you can take to easily increase the revenue of your commercial kitchen.
1. Targeting your customer
Finding your audience and targeting them is the best way to attract more customers thus generating more revenues. What you should keep in mind is that your business is running perfectly and you know the kind of people who would be interested in your products. What you will need to do now is put yourself out there and to physically and emotionally approach those people. This will save extra energy and will earn you more customers that are genuine.
2. Comparison with your competitors
Even if you’re certain that your product or service is exclusive, it’s possible that your prospective customers are already able to find a similar product in the market. Constantly comparing your business to your competitors with a positive energy is a great way to fix your mistakes. Don’t let this disappoint you; rather, take it as a learning opportunity.
Observe and note what your competitors are doing that you are not doing and what they offer to their customers. This is essential because if your products and your competitors’ products are the same, customers tend to gravitate towards the sellers who have more to offer than just the core product. This can range from your attitude, service, and product quality, to the taste, packaging, and cost.
3. Online Marketing
Gone are the days when people exclusively used to look for advertisements in the newspapers and magazines. Since everything is shifting to digital these days, if you haven’t already tried online marketing, now is the time. You will be amazed by the amount of response you will receive. Social Media is a great tool to advertise your brand and your products.
Whether it is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or it is your personal website or blog, online marketing will boost your revenues immensely as it will target a large audience in a very short amount of time.
4. Expanding your business
If you do not have anything new to offer, chances are that your customers might get bored. Keeping your customers excited and engaged is the key to boosting your revenue. Not only can you do that by introducing new products but you can also initiate seasonal sales and attractive deals to attract your potential customers and keep your existing customers coming back for more.
Always remember, success in the commercial food business calls for realistic passion because you are your own boss and your only motivation is your fervor and drive.