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A well-equipped kitchen is an efficient kitchen. While you already have your major restaurant equipment such as ovens and refrigerators, you may need a set of countertop equipment that will help streamline the preparation process and also enable you to offer specific menu items.

Here’s the lowdown of wholesale restaurant equipment you may need for your restaurant business:

Blenders and mixers. Tabletop blenders are versatile tools in making soups and smoothies. When getting a blender, make sure to choose a commercial blender with plenty of space to accommodate the volume demands of your kitchen. There are also handheld blenders that you can use directly onto the contents of a cooking pot. Meanwhile, planetary mixers are mixers where the bowl rotates around the mixing apparatus and ensure thorough mixing of ingredients.

Cutters and slicers. Produce uniform cuts and slices in no time. There are tools that are designed for a specific function (such as chopping a large volume of onions or garlic or producing wedges or fries). There are also “cutting systems” that are versatile and can produce a wide variety of cuts that you need for garnishes and side dishes.

Coffee and tea-making equipment. Cap your customer’s meal with a warm, aromatic cup of coffee or tea. Get a coffee percolator and tea brewer that allow you to serve your customers during rush hour. You can also consider getting an espresso machine to serve more coffee drinks such as lattes and café americanos. Other accessories you need will be a coffee grinder, coffee or tea dispensers, teapots, as well as creamer and sugar containers.

Food scales. You will need a receiving scale to weigh deliveries that come to your storage area. In addition, you can equip prep tables in the kitchen with food scales so that your serving sizes are consistent. There are also scales that weigh the ingredients prior to cooking for portion control purposes. When using food scales, be sure that there are policies and procedures in place that ensure that raw ingredients and cooked ingredients are weighed in their respective scales so as to prevent cross-contamination.

Pancake, crepe and waffle makers. For breakfast and dessert menu items, equip your kitchen with countertop machines that help you prepare and cook pancakes, crepes and waffles. There are double waffle units for faster waffle-making for those who are caught in the breakfast rush. You will also need a pancake dispenser.

Condiment stand and dispensers. This allows customers to add condiments such as ketchup, pepper and mustard. You can organize ketchup or sugar packets as well as salt and pepper shakers. You can also have a condiment stand in the kitchen or sandwich preparation areas.

Meat grinder and slicer. For hamburgers and sausages, you need a meat grinder to evenly and thoroughly grind meat. For sandwiches dishes that need thin slices of meat, you need a meat slicer.

Rice cooker. Rice cookers are very versatile cooking tools. Aside from plain rice, you can prepare special rice for sushi and beans. These can also serve as a steamer since some units come with an attachable pan for steaming purposes.

Vacuum pack machine. During downtimes, kitchen staff can already weigh and cut ingredients into portion sizes and pack these using a vacuum pack machine prior to putting into the freezer. This cuts down on serving time, since the smaller portions are easier to thaw and prepare. You can also vacuum pack extra ingredients to lengthen the shelf life of the ingredients.

These are just some of the countertop equipment you can get for your restaurant kitchen, depending on your menu, preparation processes and countertop space.

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. However, with Lionsdeal.com, you can still order special gifts for your foodie dad and have it delivered before Father’s Day. You have a wide range of choices of cooking tools and gadgets that will keep your father puttering in the kitchen.

Here are some gift ideas for this special man in your life:

-          High quality chef knife. Get your dad chopping, slicing and mincing his time away. A chef knife is a great kitchen tool because it makes cutting jobs oh, so easy and effortless. A good-quality chef knife makes precise cuts. Go for a knife that is durable and hefty, made of high-grade steel or ceramic. If you have the budget, you can also get him a complete knife set.

-          Home beer brewer kit. If your father is a beer enthusiast, why not give him the chance to make his very own beer? The brewer kit comes with a step-by-step guide and recipe, as well as the ingredients, fermenters and bottling bucket.

-          Barbecue master set. If your dad loves spending time at his backyard barbecue grill, why not give him the works? Some of the items you can put in your set would be: a meat thermometer, leather or safety cooking gloves, some bottles of barbecue sauce, meat grinder, burger press and hamburger patty paper. You can also throw in some humorous or personalized items such as aprons, monogrammed barbecue tools (spatula and tongs) or a chef’s hat.

-          Pizza oven. Look for a pizza oven that produces authentic wood-fired pizzas. This can be an excellent opportunity for you and your dad to bond over pizza-making activities as you make pizzas in the flavors and toppings you prefer. You can also add some pizza-themed accessories such as pizza peels and pizza cutters.

-          French fry cutter. If your dad loves fries with his steaks, burgers or just about anything, then a French fry cutter will be a great gift as it allows him to make perfectly-cut fries any time the mood takes him.

-          Heavy-duty garlic press. Garlic is a staple for foodies so your dad must have the best garlic press. Choose a garlic press that works without having to peel the cloves. This way, your dad can simply press and add garlic to breads, pasta sauces and other favorites.

-          Portable grill. For the inveterate grill enthusiast, give him a grill that he can take along during your trips together. You can take the portable grill during your camping trips, vacations by the beach and when you go tailgating together.

-          Ice cream maker or yogurt maker. Have your dad indulge his sweet tooth and give him the ability to do it the healthy way. With an ice cream or yogurt maker, he can use healthier ingredients or go easy on the sugar. Get one that is fuss-free and easy to use.

-          Rice cooker and sushi-making set. Is your dad a fan of Japanese food? This is a fun way for him to get his fill of sushi. It can also be a great opportunity for him to learn a new cooking skill. The rice cooker is also great for creating rice toppings and steamed food as the rice cooker can also double as a steamer.

-          A set of bamboo cutting boards. Go organic and sustainable with a set of bamboo cutting boards. Bamboo, which is considered a grass, is easy to grow without the need for fertilizers and chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. Bamboo is harder than wood so it resists scarring and scratching. However, you have to remind you father to regularly oil the chopping boards’ surface to prevent them from splintering.

 

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