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Commercial Catering Equipment Suppliers-what not to buy

CATERING EQUIPMENT TIPS

Having spent many years of my life in a commercial kitchen environment, I learned a thing or two about how to find commercial catering equipment suppliers and what to consider when purchasing essential equipment.

Points to consider

  • Measure out the available space and identify equipment installation points.
  • Leave enough space around equipment and ensure you can work comfortably.
  • Have it installed professionally and ensure you have the necessary safety   certificates.
  • When you are starting out in business and purchasing equipment, be very careful about how your cash-flow is managed. I have seen many start-ups trying to kit themselves out fully early on by making impulsive purchases which they may not need. This kind of complacency can have a detrimental effect on the cash-flow which will affect the well being of the business later on.

Commercial Catering equipment Suppliers to Get You Started!

HOME-(delivery business

Cooker with built in Oven-(Start out with what you have till you see growth)

Extractor Fan-(Pay particular attention to ensure your extractor can handle the output and change  if need be)

Large Sink-(Use what you have till change is required. It might be a case of moving to more suitable premises)

Food processor-(A good processor will cut down prep time and allow you to focus more on running the business)

Fridge- Freezer / Combi-(look for equipment that will fit within the current setup of your kitchen)

Pestle & Mortar-(An extremely useful tool to do the small jobs like grinding and pasting quickly and easy to clean)

Weighing Scale-(Keep both small and a large one handy and if used religiously, they will ensure your dishes maintain consistency.)

Other-(Knives, Chopping Boards, Pots & Pans, Spoons, Sieves, ingredient storage containers, disposables.)


CAFÉ(limited seats & takeaway)

6-Burner Cooker-Oven-(Have it installed professionally and ensure you have the necessary safety certificates.)

Commercial Extractor Fan-(The right ventilation will keep odours away, is good for customers and your health)

Large Double Sink-(Having a hose attachment can dramatically cut your cleaning time) 

Coffee Machine-(This is one piece of kit that must be fully thought out to fulfil your need)

Panini Grill-(Ensure the plates are ribbed)

Griddle-(look to get a cast iron griddle as this is has a heavy plate which will retain heat and will reduce food sticking)

Microwave-(Don’t invest too much on this at the start, you can always upgrade later)

Ern-(20ltr is adequate and anything bigger will waste energy at this level of business)

Multi Slice Toaster-(4-6pcs)

Freezer-(Don’t invest on large freezer as you will only need space for some pastries)

Fridge-(Getting one with a worktop will save space and allow you to do preparation)

Fire Extinguisher-(It’s essential to have these installed and maintained, especially in high risk areas)

Other-(Knives, Chopping Boards, Pots & Pans, Spoons, Sieves, ingredient storage containers, disposables)


CAFÉ(front of shop equipment)


Display Counter-(Only display packed dry snacks)

Food Display Chiller-(Go for full glass front)

Hot food Cabinet-(Equipment with a timer will be a bonus)

Coffee Machine-(This is one piece of kit that must be fully thought out to fulfil your need.)

Cold Drinks Fridge-(Approach drink suppliers like Coke or Pepsi and you might get one Free.)

Till-(invest a good till that allows integration with other tools to save you valuable time, process orders, invoice correctly and keep your records for accounting and record keeping.)

Card payment facility-There are many providers out there so don’t tie into long term deals. Don’t just look for debit card and credit card rates but look out for PCI and credit card charges and other miscellaneous costs which are hidden.)

Kitchen Roll Dispenser-(The right dispenser can save you a fortune on paper.)


RESTAURANT-(seating-delivery-takeaway)

6-Burner Cooker-Oven-(This will just be used to cook small batches and also to finish orders)

Burners-(This will allow you to bulk prepare for parties and outdoor catering)

Extractor Fan-(Don’t take shortcuts when investing in an extractor. Don’t buy second-hand since Safety is paramount)  

Onion Slicer-(This machine is as good as helper and is versatile enough to handle other jobs)

Large Double Sink-(Having a spray hose attachment can dramatically cut your cleaning time)

Hand wash Sink-(Having a hand wash sink in the kitchen is a requirement and will ensure better hygiene without interrupting main sink)

Food processor-(A good processor will cut down prep time and allow you to focus more on running the business)

Freezer-(Invest in a freezer that’s easy to manage and this will ensure a degree of freshness as long as it’s not cluttered)

Fridge-(Invest in a walk-in Fridge and it will pay for itself by reducing waste and saving you time. Take time to consider shelving options.)

Pestle & Mortar-(An extremely useful tool to do the small jobs like grinding and pasting quickly and easy to clean)

Weighing Scale-(Keep both small and a large one handy and if used religiously, they will ensure your dishes maintain consistency.)

Fire Extinguisher-(It’s essential to have these installed and maintained, especially in high risk areas.)

Other-(Knives, Chopping Boards, Pots & Pans, Spoons, Sieves, ingredient storage containers, disposables.)

Kitchen Roll Dispenser-(The right dispenser can save you a fortune on paper.)

RESTAURANT-(front of shop equipment)

Front Counter & Bar

Coffee Machine-(Invest your time in finding the right machine and lookout for suppliers who provide Free machines)

Cold Drinks Fridge-(Approach drink suppliers like Coke or Pepsi and you might get one Free)

Till-(invest a good till that allows integration with other tools to save you valuable time, process orders, invoice correctly and keep your records for accounting and record keeping)

Card payment facility-There are many providers out there so don’t tie into long term deals. Don’t just look for debit card and credit card rates but look out for PCI charges, credit charges and other miscellaneous costs which are hidden.)

Hand-wash Sink-(look for one with a bin attached.)

Paper Towl Dispenser-(The right dispenser can save you a fortune on paper.)

CATERING

6-Burner Cooker-Oven-(This will just be used to cook small batches and also to finish orders)

Burners-(This will allow you to bulk prepare for parties and outdoor catering)

Extractor Fan-(Don’t take shortcuts when investing in an extractor. Don’t buy second-hand since Safety is paramount)

Large Double Sink-(Having a spray hose attachment can dramatically cut your cleaning time)

Large deep Pot washing Sink-(Definitely worth installing in a catering environment)

Food processor-(Having a good processor will cut down prep time and allow you to focus more on running the business)

Freezer-(Invest in a small Walk-in Freezer as this will ensure a degree of freshness since it won’t be cluttered)

Fridge-(Invest in a walk-in Fridge and it will pay for itself by reducing waste and saving you time)

Pestle & Mortar-(An extremely useful tool to do the small jobs like grinding and pasting quickly and easy to clean)

Weighing Scale-(Keep both small and a large one handy and if used religiously, they will ensure your dishes maintain consistency.)

Hand wash Sink-(Having a hand wash sink in the kitchen is a requirement and will ensure better hygiene without interrupting main sink)

Kitchen Roll Dispenser-(The right dispenser can save you a fortune on paper.)

Fire Extinguisher-(It’s essential to have these installed and maintained, especially in high risk areas)

Other-(Knives, Chopping Boards, Pots & Pans, Spoons, Sieves, ingredient storage containers, disposables)


Conclusion

This list has been put together to give you some help to save time and money on your food business journey. This blog was created in particular for everyday folks looking to start a small food business without all the jargon associated with corporate language.

I sincerely hope your visit here will help you in some way to decide what essential industrial kitchen appliances you need to start your operation. Wishing you every success on your journey.

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