Keep in mind; your kitchen needs to be efficient and functional at all times, morning through dinner hours. To ensure that your kitchen functions well, you need several essential types of kitchen equipment. Freezers and refrigerators are necessary in all commercial kitchens. There are two types of coolers and refrigerators available; reach-in and walk-in units. Before purchasing one of these, think about the size of your business. If your restaurant is small, you may not need a walk-in cooler or you may want a cooler that is custom built.
Food preparation counters are another necessity of a quality restaurant. Counters, prep tables and cutting surfaces are useful and needed and they come in a variety of sizes. Stainless steel is the best choice because it is resistant to corrosion, meat and food juices and is not compromised when cleaning products are used to clean them.
Slicers are another important food preparation tool for restaurants. Slicers are necessary and come in handy when slicing cheese, meat and other foods; however, before purchasing one, think about how often you will use it. Most commercial restaurants also need mixers, especially when making breads and other baking products such as cakes, puddings and other baking needs like biscuits. Again, think about how much food you will need for the mixer and how often it will be used.
In addition, most restaurants need food processors. Types of food processors are batch bowl, continuous feed, buffalo chopper and combination. The continuous feed food processors are used the most because they allow you to constantly add food to the processing unit. In addition, food processors slices and cops fruits and vegetables, grinds nuts, bread, seed and dried fruit. You can also puree steamed or boil vegetables and fruits in a food processor and you can blend all sorts of ingredients together.
Every kitchen needs a range. When choosing a range, it is important to select one that meets your cooking and appearance needs. Ranges can be gas or electric. With a gas range you are able to judge the heat easier; however, electric ranges have an elegant and easy-to clean design and come in three sub-categories. Of course, every kitchen needs an oven. Most ranges come with an oven. If your restaurant focuses on baked goods like pies, cakes and cookies, it would be better to purchase a range with a convection oven setting. Convection ovens work well when toasting, roasting, dehydrating or when making pies and cookies. An undercounter ice machine is very important for the restaurants.
Most importantly, sinks are a must for any restaurant. Sinks are necessary when washing dishes and cleaning food and they are also a necessary piece of equipment, required by your local health department. Shelving is also necessary for storing appliances in your kitchen as well as for storing perishable and nonperishable foods. Shelving is also necessary to keep you kitchen organized, neat and clean.