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Getting Your New Restaurant Equipped

by kenzie on April 15, 2014

Are you starting a new restaurant? One of the very first things you need to do is to complete your restaurant supplies and equipment checklist. When you are in the market for wholesale restaurant equipment, you should consider the following factors:

-          Your menu. Go through each of the items in your menu to see how you will be storing the ingredients, preparing the dishes and serving them. During your walk-through of the preparation of the items in your menu, you should also determine the volume of the menu items you are expected to prepare. This way, you can look at the specifications of the equipment to see which one will work best for your requirements. Remember, you will need to cook multiple servings of a certain menu item at any one time. You can also check to see how various equipment can multi-task in cooking various ingredients.

-          Kitchen and restaurant space and layout. How much space do you have available in your kitchen? Where are the gas pipe, electrical outlets and water pipe located? How about the available ventilation system? How much space do I have for all the equipment? This will be an important factor as you decide on the specification and layout of your kitchen. Otherwise, you may need to relocate the utility outlets.

-          Compliance with codes and standards. Check to see how the piece of restaurant equipment complies with the local government’s health and safety codes. Imagine the extra cost and delay associated with buying a piece of equipment that does not meet your local codes and standards.

-          Ease of use. How easy would it be for your kitchen staff to use the equipment and clean it? During busy times when everyone in the kitchen is busy and will need to attend to various tasks, the equipment should make it easy for the staff to go about the preparation and cooking process.

-          Budget. Of course, you will also need to have your budget in mind as you are planning your purchases. You will need to balance the type and quality of equipment you want with the finances you have. Sticking to your budget is important, especially since you are just starting your business. You can buy equipment according to your limited budget and upgrade as the business grows.

Here are the major types of equipment in your checklist:

-          Storage equipment. This will safely store your ingredients to ensure that your ingredients are fresh and safe for consumption. This will also prevent future problems connected with food spoilage or food poisoning. Storage equipment includes appliances such as refrigerators, freezers and walk-in coolers.

-          Production and cooking equipment. This is what you will use to prepare and cook the food. This will largely depend on the items on your menu. This includes equipment such as stoves, fryers, ovens, steamers and broilers. This can also include your cookware, kitchen utensils and other food preparation tools.

-          Food service equipment. How will you be presenting and serving the food to your customers? Your checklist for this category will include serving trays, flatware and dinnerware. If you plan to serve your food buffet-style, you will need to invest in buffet supplies such as charger plates and chafers.

-          Restaurant furniture. Aside from the requisite tables and chairs, you will need other furniture such as restaurant décor, high chairs for young children, banquet tables, bar stools, menu displays and waitress stations.

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Is your family passionate about pizza? Of course, you can always put your favorite pizza places on speed dial. However, if you do this often enough, this may make a huge dent on your wallet. Another option is to invest in pizza pans and other pizza-preparing equipment so that your family can enjoy making your very own gourmet pizza at the comfort of your home.

You can transform your passion for pizza and prepare these scrumptious dishes with a little effort and investment. Here are some pizza supplies you will need. Most of these are easily available at LionsDeal.com:

-          Electric mixer with dough hook. You can decide to prepare your pizza dough by hand or you can use a stand mixer to cut down on the pizza dough preparations.

-          Dough box and retarder. This controls the fermentation of the yeast in the dough to ensure your crust is flaky and crispy. This also prevents crusts from forming on the surface of the dough.

-          Rolling pin. The rolling pin will help flatten out the dough evenly and in a circular shape.

-          Pizza pan. This is especially used for deep-dish pizzas and come in various sizes. If you decide to use a pizza pan, you can also think about getting a pizza pan gripper. This allows you to remove a hot pizza pan from the oven safely.

-          Baking stone. If you want your crust to be baked just right, you should get a pizza stone. The pizza stone absorbs the moisture from the dough while it is cooking so that the crust is not soggy. The result is a perfectly baked crisp crust. This is placed into the oven for about an hour before you put the pizza into the oven. The baking stone may also be used for other types of baked goods. Avoid putting any oil on the pizza stone as this may cause the stone to catch fire.

-          Pizza screen. This is an alternative to the baking stone. With the pizza screen, the air can circulate under the crust. This prevents the crust from burning or charring as you wait for the toppings to cook properly. This also makes it easier to load the pizza into the oven and still keep it in shape.

-          Pizza peel. This tool is a flat piece of metal or wood that comes with a long handle. The pizza peel will make it easier to place the pizza in the oven or on the baking stone and remove it after it is cooked. This prevents your toppings from falling out or the pizza crust from being torn apart. This also minimizes burns and injuries on your part.

-          Pizza cutter. This is equipped with a round blade that cuts while you roll. This cuts through the toppings to the crust without damaging them.

-          Pizza oven brushes. Cleaning your oven after your latest gourmet pizza session is a breeze with the oven brush. This has a long handle, the better for you to reach and clean the crevices in the oven.

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