Whether you’re upgrading a small store or building a massive dining room from scratch, working without a commercial level, high-quality equipment is inefficient and dangerous.
What items will you need in the first place?
No school can do without the following basic elements: oven and stove, large microwave, refrigerator, freezer, warm cabinet / drawer, water heater, slicer, mixer and large toaster. A fire extinguisher is also required.
Once you sort these large pieces, you will want to order the smaller items needed for your kitchen. This will allow you to maintain a high level of cooking and hygiene, whatever your needs. These include utensils, kitchen knives, cutting boards, utensils, protective clothing and safety signs, as well as a first aid kit.
Kitchen storage solutions
The above items will allow you to cook delicious meals and snacks hygienically. But you also need to keep it. In addition to a spacious refrigerator, you will need a refrigerator or pantry to keep food fresh. It should be well organized with storage containers and systematically labeled for safety as well as convenience.
Refrigerators and refrigerators
Ensuring the right temperature is vital to health and safety, so a refrigerator with sufficient capacity and layout is crucial. Traditional single-door refrigerators, larger double-door units, high-tech touchscreen outfits and dispenser refrigerators are all options to consider depending on space, needs and budget.
Refrigerated or refrigerated cabinets ensure that food remains chilled before serving or for self-service. They can also provide overflow of refrigerators for ingredients if space in the refrigerator is inexpensive, but these devices will mostly be used to store cooked cold foods before eating.
As with all equipment, cleaning and maintenance should not be neglected, and refrigerators and refrigerators should maintain a high level of cleanliness. They need to be serviced regularly to ensure that the seals remain effective and all parts are in good working order to avoid bacterial buildup, temperature loss or electrical safety risks.
Equipment for heating food and keeping food
Many ovens contain a “warm box”, but this will not be enough space for school catering. Cabinets with hot food allow you to present food and maintain the temperature for both the kitchen and for self-service.
Cabinets for storage and proofing can be separate or combined systems. They are used to leaven the dough and keep food at the ideal feed temperature and start at about $ 1,200 for the base model.
Steam tables are the perfect solution for storing food for large volumes. The food lies in metal trays heated from below by steam that work well for serving and serving. They are available in the form of tables with liquid propane vapor or electrical versions and can be mobile or static. Depending on your requirements, open well tables and airtight wells are available that start at about $ 600 per table with two open well pans with a bottom shelf.
Stainless steel hot food wells start with a single-tray electrical unit that can be purchased new for about $ 500. However, you’ll most likely need multiple trays, and a device with multiple trays typically costs about $ 2,000 for three tray options and $ 3,000 for four. They can be placed on an existing counter and used for serving.
Commercial slicers and mixers
A manual gravitational meat grinder will cost your school about $ 400 for a 12-inch model of stainless steel slicing plate. Adjustable rotary slicing for fruits / vegetables is a convenient purchase that allows your chefs to quickly and safely and efficiently produce a variety of sliced fruits and vegetables. They sell new ones from $ 120.
Desktop bread slicers cost you about $ 1,200 and can be customized to a variety of slice size settings – perfect if you bake your bread on the spot.
Commercial faucets are a find in the school kitchen and should be the main subject. Prices vary, but for about $ 1,000 you can get a substantial, durable model that will handle most of your mixing needs. Similarly with food processors $ 1,000 will usually be well spent.
Oven cabinets are a science in themselves. It is impossible to buy a brand new one for $ 1,500 and they can cost over $ 7,000 for all the frills. Gas, ceramic or electric hobs, countertop, freestanding, built-in, two-story, convention, stove … the solution will be a project in itself! Most chefs will know what they prefer and what will best meet the needs of their kitchen if not always the school budget.
Commercial dishwashers that stand under the counter start at $ 3,000. Tall freestanding dishwashers are a convenient option to load, so you don’t need to bend over regularly to add dirty dishes. They tend to cost more, costing $ 5,000 to $ 10,000. There are also special models with high and low temperatures, versions with a countertop and those that are especially suitable for heavy pots and pans.
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