Buying catering equipment for a commercial kitchen requires a big budget and a lot of planning. The equipment you need to buy will depend on a number of different factors including the budget you have to spend, the operations you plan to carry out, the layout of the space you have and the number of staff you plan to employee. That said; there are a few basics that you’ll definitely need to invest in. These are just some of them.
Do you plan to bake fresh breads and pastries? Check out the different sized bakery ovens on the market and choose the one(s) that best suit your requirements and your budget. Are you planning on including pizzas on your menu? You might want to consider getting a wood fired oven to get that authentic Italian taste. Maybe you just want an all-round oven that will cook meats, veg and other foods? A regular commercial oven might be the best option.
If you have a small area that you want to maximize, why not utilize every inch of your space with under-counter refrigeration? You can install it under counters and your prep areas. Upright fridges are also necessary and you may even need a cold room if you have a lot of fresh produce to store. When choosing how many fridges to buy, think about how much space you need for incoming deliveries and leftovers.
Freezers are a must for any commercial kitchen. If you have a lot of frozen food to store, you may need to invest in a freezer room. There are lots of sizes and styles available so take some time to think about how much produce you need to store and choose accordingly. Other types of freezers include chest freezers, drawer freezers and upright freezers.
There are strict rules and regulations when it comes to extraction units in commercial kitchens. Make sure your set up complies with all regulations or you’ll end up having to pay a hefty fine. Consult with an expert to determine what kind of set up you need. Most kitchens need an interlocking system that features adequate ventilation and a gas cut-off in the event that the ventilation hood malfunctions.
Will you be cooking fries and other fast foods? If yes, you’ll need to invest in a commercial fryer. You have the option of choosing a countertop or free-standing fryer. It’s best to choose a free-standing model if you have the space as they are more durable and you can cook a large amount of food at the same time.
And there you have it – these are just some of the essential pieces of equipment that you’ll need to invest in if you’re kitting out a commercial kitchen. They’re not cheap but choosing commercial grade equipment over household appliances is a no-brainer if you want to maximize efficiency and output. It’s best to consult with a professional kitchen designer to determine the best layout for the space and the workflow that you intend to use the space for.