Common Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Monday, August 24th, 2015

There is a lot more that goes into running a successful restaurant than preparing delicious food. From creating a business plan to familiarizing yourself with food sanitation practices, you must be prepared to handle all aspects of restaurant ownership. One important aspect of opening a new restaurant is purchasing the right commercial kitchen equipment. Common commercial kitchen equipment found in restaurants includes ranges, convection ovens, deep fryers, refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, and icemakers.

Commercial ranges

In any commercial kitchen, you are guaranteed to find either a gas or induction range stove. While gas has been the most popular kitchen equipment choice for decades, induction has gained popularity in recent years. An induction range allows a chef to cook with nearly flawless temperature consistency and control. Induction technology also enables cooking at lower temperatures. This control gives chefs the ability to prepare a wider selection of dishes than they could prepare with a gas range.

Commercial convection ovens

There is nothing wrong with a standard or conventional oven. However, convection ovens cook food more quickly and more evenly, which saves you both time and energy. You can use convection ovens to prepare many foods including biscuits, roast beef, and apple pie, offering endless options for virtually every type of cuisine.

Commercial deep fryers

You will be hard pressed to find a commercial kitchen that does not feature one, if not two, deep fryers. While fried food is not as healthy as grilled or baked alternatives, there is no denying that it is delicious. If you are thinking about having fried food options on your menu, a high quality deep fryer will be a solid investment for your commercial kitchen.

Commercial refrigerators and freezers

One of the keys to having a successful restaurant is using the freshest ingredients available. Having the right freezer or refrigerator in your commercial kitchen allows you to keep ingredients fresh. A freezer is also important because it allows you to make some food in advance without compromising quality. Many types of meat, fish, herbs, dough, and desserts keep well in the freezer. There are a variety of reach-in and walk-in refrigerators and freezers on the market, allowing you to choose the best equipment for your kitchen.

Commercial dishwashers

Washing dishes by hand is time consuming and uses more water than a dishwasher. You can find every size and type of dishwasher from a small model that fits under a sink to a large conveyor dishwasher. For most commercial kitchens, a high temperature sanitizing dishwasher is optimal. There are also chemical sanitizing commercial kitchen dishwashers available.

Commercial ice makers

A restaurant’s kitchen cannot operate without a fresh batch of ice at all times. There are many uses for ice in food preparation and storage. Of course you cannot serve cold beverages without ice, particularly during the warmer months of the year. Even if you do not use a lot of ice for cooking and storage, an ice maker will still be beneficial to your commercial kitchen.

Commercial kitchen equipment is expensive. Doing your research ahead of time ensures that you will purchase equipment that you will be happy with for years to come. If you ever have questions about a certain type of commercial kitchen equipment, talk to an equipment retailer or a fellow restaurant owner. Reputable, experienced salesmen can provide detailed information about the kitchen equipment that they sell. Other restaurant owners can also offer tips about commercial kitchen equipment based on their personal experience.

Since 1946, Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical, Inc. has been offering residential and commercial mechanical services. We have extensive knowledge of and experience with both home and commercial equipment. If you ever have kitchen equipment that is not functioning properly, we are here to help. Our team will provide an accurate estimate for the work and get the job done in a timely fashion. Give us a call today at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us via email. Our office is located at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo, Texas.