When you go out and search the market, you will realize that there is a variety of equipment needed on a daily basis for commercial kitchens. So buying the right items depends on your requirements. For instance, if you are planning to start a fast food outlet, you may need meat mincers, various types of knives, food processors, fryers, drink dispensers, and char grills. And this is just the very basic equipment. As your menu expands, so will your equipment needs. On the other hand, while opening a Chinese restaurant, things may be different as you may need woks, large pots and pans, and so on. Nevertheless, the basic requirements remain the same.
There is a long list of items included in cutlery, as there is no fixed formula for what to have. Large, sturdy spatulas are handy as they can handle large amounts of food in one go. Meanwhile, big strainers are helpful for straining French fries, wontons or dumplings whereas fine mesh strainers are used to remove fine bits and pieces from the oil and so on.
Along with plates, knives, spoons, glasses, and forks needed within the kitchen for the use of the staff or for your customers; there are many small but very handy accessories include knife sharpeners, cutting boards, digital scales, garlic pressers, graters, rolling pins etc which you might need every day. For this, you need to review your menu and recipes to determine the equipment that is a must have.
Blenders are usually used for mixing soft foods and liquids. Commercial blenders mostly have a narrow shape with a sharp blade. These blades are strong enough to crush ice to combine it with frozen drinks too. But blenders have two categories; ones that can puree food items and others that are multi- functional over-the-counter blenders which are mainly used for blending, grinding, whipping or preparing smoothies.
This is the most essential requirement for any commercial kitchen so that raw food as well as chilled desserts, remain fresh and at the right temperature. There are different sizes and options available. These may include blast freezers, ice machines, or under-the-counter refrigerators.
Plan to invest in high quality dishwashers, which are cost effective as well as big enough to wash a big load of dishes together. Be sure that you have ample space to place it near your coking area. In this way, it will be helpful for the cooks to access the dishes easily.
Commercial ovens consume a lot of space but they are a blessing in disguise as food can be cooked in minutes. You can choose between convection ovens or conveyor ovens according to your needs but mostly, ovens are required for roasting, barbeque, pizzas or grills. They have become a necessity, although it depends on your budget as to whether you buy a gas-powered oven or an electric one.
While choosing cooking utensils, make sure they are large enough to cater to the food quantities your chefs will be cooking. They should also be durable to last you for longer while the cooking continues throughout the day.
Depending on your menu, rice cookers can enable you to serve rice within minutes. They are available in different sizes with various options.
Commercial kitchen equipment is not cheap, so if you have already set up a kitchen, then you need to make sure that routine maintenance is conducted on the equipment. In this case, manuals can be very helpful or online help is also available if necessary. The small appliances along with the large equipment should all be kept with care. All appliances should also be inspected or replaced when required. On the whole, consider your budget and your kitchen space before buying the equipment you need for your commercial kitchen.