Choosing between different models and sizes of steamers should be based on the amount of food you plan to cook within the cavity at once. In addition, you’ll need to consider the space accommodations allotted for your steamer, as one model may consume a footprint within your kitchen while another can sit comfortably on top of a shelving unit.
Like any specialty service, offering catering to your guests requires an extra investment in time and effort in order to ensure that you’re ready to handle the equipment needs and extra business that comes with catering. Catering equipment needs to be versatile, robust, and able to handle your catering menu. Here’s a quick guide to purchasing the right equipment for your catering needs.
Restaurants with catering capabilities especially can benefit from the addition of portable cookware, although brick-and-mortar establishments can also reap the benefits of cooktops that can be stowed away if not used often.
Blenders are used around the commercial kitchen to create a variety of dishes and menu items. From smoothies to sauces, blenders are a great tool for spicing up your menu and improving customer satisfaction. If you’re a veteran, then you know the drill - but if you’re new to using a blender, then it’s important to note that there’s more to it than simply adding ingredients and pushing the ‘blend’ button.
The evolution of pizza ovens has made them ideal for cooking foods in addition to more than just their namesakes! Fortunately, all pizza ovens are not created equal, and different types are designed for different outputs, space constraints, and different products altogether.
Steam kettles heat food indirectly through the use of steam that is inserted and encapsulated in a steam jacket (a secondary wall behind the kettle). The amount of added pressure determines temperature. Benefits include; faster cook times, uniform cooking and less burning.
The key to a successful buffet setup is having the equipment to keep bulk amounts of foods both looking, tasting, and - in essence - being fresh. Small catering companies to large banquet restaurants and even cafeterias will all need to look into investing in specialty buffet equipment in addition to many of the standard pieces of kitchen equipment you’ll already have in back-of-the-house.
The number of compartments you’ll need for your sink will be determined by the tasks that your sink needs to perform. While three compartment sinks are the traditional favorite of many kitchens, there are other options available.
Any restaurant with a dedicated bar will need to invest in additional equipment specifically designed for the bar area. Many of these units tend to take up less space and are specialized for bartending purposes.
You’ll find toasted bread, bagels, and other bakery items in a wide range of restaurants from small cafes to full-service breakfast buffets. Fortunately, there are many different sizes, styles, and setups of commercial toasting equipment that can suit every scenario, if you simply know how to wade through the options.
Before purchasing your unit, ask yourself the following questions: Does one unit need to perform a variety of functions? Combi units are praised for their versatility, but keep in mind that one unit alone cannot perform two tasks simultaneously. If you plan to utilize your combi oven for different functions at the same time, then you may want to opt for two units stacked on top of one another. Otherwise, you can simply purchase one unit with the knowledge that only one function may be in use at any given time. Do you need a boilerless or steam generator unit?
There are three primary types of shelving units, but keep in mind that accessory shelving (like undercounter shelving storage areas for stainless steel tables, for instance) are also available as an accessory to the primary product.
Reason for blast chilling or shock freezing: This guide won’t delve into the reasons to own a blast chiller which is reasonably well addressed here, and more details here. Let’s suffice to say that products that have been rapidly chilled will likely hold 2-3 days longer and taste better when rethermalized. Also, if you wish to refrigerate freshly cooked food, it can get contaminated while cooling down in a cooler. So whether you’re saving labor by cooking items in bulk or preparing for a catering event, Blast chillers can be very effective.
Walk-in coolers tend to be larger than their freezer counterparts and can occupy a space from 15 cubic feet to as large as 400,000 square feet! Keep the following in mind when choosing the size/capacity of your walk-in box.
One of the biggest influencers of which equipment you’ll need to purchase for your concession needs is whether or not your concessions will be stationary or mobile. Thus, this guide is divided to showcase some recommended equipment options based on your concession mobility.
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