How to Select the Right Commercial Kitchen Equipment |
May 10, 2011
Written by: Janes Taylors
Choosing the right commercial kitchen equipment will prepare your restaurant for any cooking situation and help
your restaurant to succeed. High quality equipment is required because you cannot afford one of your key equipment
pieces failing on you.
Every kitchen set requires different and even specialized tools in their kitchen, depending upon their
specialties, yet there is a standard list of kitchen supplies that should be included in your kitchen.
Remember, your restaurant cannot operate without the right commercial kitchen equipment.
What do You Need in Your Kitchen?
Some of the key supplies you will need to have in your kitchen are refrigerators, frying cookers, mixing bowls,
ovens, pizza servers, table articles, cooking equipment, bar ware, cutlery set, bake ware, broilers, pans,
roasters, griddles, toasters, hotplates, steamers and any specialized items. Do not forget the funnels, cheese
graters, can openers, timers, tongs and whisks for your top chef.
It is important that all of these cooking supplies are in tip top shape for multiple reasons. If the
refrigerator dies, then all of your produce will go bad and you will be in trouble. If you do not have pizza
servers and pizza is on the menu, how will the pizza be presented? Remember, restaurants deal a lot with the
presentation of food. Without proper presentation, you may lose clients.
Renting or Second Hand Kitchen Equipment
Many restaurants that are opening up have many issues with the budget. Opening up a restaurant is not cheap so
there need to be some cut backs. So the question is, should these cutbacks be made to the commercial kitchen
equipment? This depends greatly on the supplies. Owners who are making the decision should always see what
second hand items are available. Many pots and pans, peelers, pizza servers etc. can be an excellent second
hand buy. You can review the status of the equipment and once the restaurant begins to turn a profit, you will
be able to replace these items if necessary.
However, renting is a better option for electronic kitchen items. Renting a refrigerator is a much safer option
than buying a second hand refrigerator. Companies will offer guarantees which mean they will fix any guaranteed
piece of equipment, whereas you will have to pay and wait for someone to repair a second hand item. These types
of wait times will lose your restaurant big bucks. Do not make this rookie mistake.
A good tip for restaurant owners is to constantly check the status of their kitchen supplies. Make daily
routines to make sure all of the kitchen equipment is working properly. If you feel that something is about to
go, then you can easily call someone in or avoid a disaster by replacing the item before it creates a real
problem for your business. Also, have a backup plan. Sometimes purchasing a cheap second hand item or renting
the same item can be beneficial in case of emergencies.