Posts tagged commercial kitchen

Finding the Right Restaurant Equipment for Cooking

chefWhen you set out to buy restaurant equipment in St Louis near Ladue for your recently opened restaurant, you will want to do a bit of research first.  Whether you were looking for used or new cooking supplies for your restaurant, having the right information is essential in making the right buying decision.

“Apart from having the right information, it is equally crucial to find the right store from which to buy. Ideally, with the right cooking tools, a restaurant should be a place ready to serve food for any number of customers at any given time.” So how do you go about choosing the best commercial cooking equipment for your restaurant?

It is of the utmost importance to choose the right cooking essentials.  After all, the tools you choose need to be suited for the specific needs of your restaurant, including the exact food you offer for sale there.  “For instance, if your restaurant makes pizzas, then it is certain that you will need ovens and grills for preparing pizzas. Therefore, it is important to choose cooking equipment based on your restaurant offerings. On the other hand, if your restaurant is the buffet type, then cook and hold ovens will be ideal.”  When it comes to restaurant equipment in St Louis near Ladue, we know that one of the most important aspects in cooling equipment is in the ventilation department.  We will spend time in the next post going over all of the details surrounding ventilation.  For now, just know that your restaurant equipment service and sales in St Louis is available to help you find all that your new commercial kitchen needs in the way of cooking equipment and other restaurant equipment for the kitchen you are building.  Getting experts involved in the process is essential to the success of your restaurant.

Restaurant Equipment Take Two

Take twoToday, we plan to look closer at your St Louis Restaurant Equipment needs and hone in on some of the less obvious things you will need that are not all actual appliances per say, some are smaller thing, too, that may go by the wayside if you are opening your first restaurant in St Louis near St Charles MO.

Prep tables, counters, and cutting surfaces are essential to any commercial kitchen and come in various sizes so we thought we would elaborate to some extent here. It is recommended that you choose preparation surfaces made of stainless steel. According to experts’ advice we read in our research on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Service near St Charles, “Stainless steel is sturdy against corrosion, resists attack from food and meat juices, and can withstand the harsh cleaning products used in commercial kitchens.”  When it comes to cutting, you will want to have plenty of either plastic or wooden cutting boards at your fingertips. Plastic boards are easier to sanitize but can develop deep grooves that can hide bacteria. Wooden boards are generally tougher than plastic ones and don’t develop grooves as easily, but can be slightly trickier to sanitize fully.

Let’s move on to slicers for your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near St Charles, shall we?  “Slicers are often tasked with cutting meat, cheese, or other foods with speed and precision. If you need to purchase a slicer, consider how often you’ll need to use it. If your slicing is low volume or infrequent, a manual food slicer is a better, less expensive option. However, for larger amounts of food or foods that need to be cut to specific proportions, choose an electric slicer instead. Electric slicers are automatic, which can save you time and labor. Moreover, most electric slicers allow you to turn off the automatic function and operate the machine manually.”

Commercial Refrigeration Selection

refrigerationWe set out recently, yet not for the first time, to research the subject of Refrigeration for your commercial kitchen in St Louis near Chesterfield MO.  A necessity in the food industry, a commercial refrigerator can have many different facets attached, all of which worth consideration.  “Commercial refrigerators are a necessity in the food industry. They keep diners safe from harmful bacteria growth, and they keep your ingredients fresh. Every restaurant can increase the quality of their food and maintain safe food temperatures with a proper refrigeration solution.”

There exist several common guidelines for your consideration regardless of your kitchen.  We wanted to research some of them to help you in the search on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales and Service near Chesterfield MO.  Where will the refrigerator go?  This is a great first question to ask.  “The original design of your facility should determine where refrigeration should be located in your kitchen.”   What you’re your chef be creating in your St Louis Restaurant kitchen?  How much space can you offer for a refrigerator?  Are there any menu items that require freezer space?  If so, how much?  Then, the same question for the refrigeration space must be asked as well.  “The quantity of storage for uncooked and pre-cooked menu items” must also be determined before buying your next St Louis Refrigeration near Chesterfield MO.  The quantity of food is a question to ask.  Also, from your Refrigeration sales and service in St Louis, the questions regarding food quantities over set amounts of time, were all deemed pertinent.

Also important to examine before deciding upon your next St Louis Refrigeration near Chesterfield MO is the planning portion of ingredient distribution and movement.  “Planning: How ingredients move from refrigeration to service, or how they move from refrigeration to the prep or cook line. How are they returned to refrigerated storage?  Will the refrigerator be near a cook line or grilling station? How accessible are the unprepared foods to the line?”  These and many more questions are all applicable to the final decision making process when you set out for your next St Louis Refrigeration Sale near Chesterfield MO.

From Dishes to Commercial Restaurant Equipment

dishesBuying restaurant equipment for your commercial kitchen in St Louis near St Peters is a pretty huge undertaking and can be overwhelming for many first time restaurant equipment buyers.  The list will encompass everything from commercial ovens to dining tables, restaurant dishes to ice machines and deciding amongst several options can be downright daunting. Fortunately, we have set out to find tips on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment sales near St Peters in order to make the job more doable for you.

First, we found in our reading and research that you may be able to save significant money if you consider used restaurant equipment.  “A new restaurant doesn’t necessarily require all new equipment. You can purchase quality used restaurant equipment for pennies on the dollar.”  Everything from tables, chairs, dishes, utensils, all the way down to the bigger things on your restaurant equipment list such as stoves, ovens, refrigeration units can often be found for good deals, used.  Did you know that you can also lease St Louis Restaurant Equipment near St Peters?  Here is some info we found online about the subject, on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Service near St Peters, “Many companies offer leased restaurant equipment, which can save you a lot of money as you get ready to open a new restaurant. Equipment with short life spans, like ice machines, are perfect for a monthly lease. Vendors also offer leased equipment, like coffee makers and coolers, for free, so long as you buy their products.”

Dishes can be a purchase worth taking a little time to discern as well.  Though these don’t fall under the restaurant equipment category that you may envision for a commercial kitchen, in terms of big industrial pieces, the need is obvious and real.  “Restaurant dishes aren’t cheap, compared to those you can buy at Wal-Mart or Target. But that is because they are made to withstand the rigors of a busy restaurant kitchen dishwasher.”  You will want to invest in good dishes for the success of your restaurant in St Louis MO near St Peters.

The Door Details of Your Cooling Equipment

detailsLooking at coolers for your restaurant equipment and sales in St Louis, we know that there are several models and styles from which to choose. At your St Louis Cooling Sales near Overland MO, we are into HVAC and commercial restaurant equipment, along with the servicing of any and all of these things.  We want to talk further about the specific details of importance when you are looking for a new walk-in cooler for your commercial restaurant or business.

A very important element of any walk-in, the door must provide access while still preventing cold air from escaping. Plus, the door is the most abused and used part of the walk-in refrigeration system and needs to be able to stand up to frequent use by you and all others who work in your commercial kitchen. Here are a few things that are recommended by experts online that we encountered in our pursuit of valid information on behalf of your St Louis Cooling installation near Overland MO, “Purchasing a unit with a self-closing door mechanism, high quality door hinges and latches, along with well-fitting gaskets can help it last longer and prevent loss of cold air for greater energy efficiency. Other options that you may see include a small window in the door for viewing or door locks to keep your food secure after hours.”

Also, because it may matter to your commercial kitchen layout and your cooling needs, you will want to look at door configuration and location.  “The door location is different from one model to another. Check out the diagram on each product page to see exactly where the door will be located on that particular unit.”  Stay tuned for the next post when we talk about a purchasing check list that may help in your pursuit of cooling equipment for your commercial restaurant needs in St Louis MO.

The Floor of Your Prefabricated Walk in Refrigeration

walk in refrigeratorPrefabricated Walk in Freezers are the way to go for some who are looking for the right walk-in freezer to mark off of their commercial refrigeration shopping list.  We have discussed that the parts consist of the following: panels, floor, door, and refrigeration system.  We already looked at great length at the panels in a walk in refrigerator or freezer system for your St Louis Refrigeration Sales and Service near Sunset Hills and how many things to watch for when buying one for your restaurant or commercial kitchen.  Next, we proceed to the floor of your next walk in refrigeration product.

Depending on the space you have, models with and without floors are available to help fit your commercial kitchen needs. Floor materials differ between manufacturers, but many will be made of smooth aluminum. Depending on the amount of traffic your cooler will see in a given day, you may need to look into upgrading to a more durable floor, and so they are offered this way as well, with the option of upgrading the flooring of your walk in refrigeration in St Louis near Sunset Hills MO.

Aluminum floors can prove to be very impractical, depending upon what you have in your walk in freezer, or refrigerator.  “For applications where fully-loaded transport carts or heavy shelving units will be used, an aluminum floor may not be practical. In cases like this, it might be better for your business to purchase a floorless model since this type must be installed on a ground-contact concrete floor. A concrete pad is more durable so that it can stand up to heavier use; just be aware that it may take additional planning and construction before the unit can be set up.”  In the next post on this subject for the sake of your Refrigeration Repair and Service in St Louis near Sunset Hills, we will focus on the actual refrigeration system that is present in a walk in system.

Gain Control of Food Waste in Your Commercial Kitchen

food wasteWe have been discussing food waste lately, on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration install and repair since we represent so many commercial kitchens in the St Louis area and since it is a topic that restaurant consumers have most definitely proved passionate over.  We finished the previous post just before going into details about a food waste audit.  What is a Food Waste Audit?

“The first step to reducing waste is to find out how much you’re wasting to begin with and what kind of waste your establishment is producing. The primary goal of a waste audit is to identify where your operation’s waste comes from, so you can then find ways to reduce it.”  How does one go about counting or tracking the food waste they produce?  We set out to answer this and other questions surrounding the subject of food waste in your St Louis restaurant refrigeration near O Fallon MO. “There are two main factors to take into account as you track your food waste. You need to consider how much food is being wasted and how many people are coming through your restaurant. By gathering data for both of these variables, you can get a better sense of what your biggest source of waste is.”

Start by gathering ways to track or log your food waste.  By providing your staff with a simple sheet of paper where they can keep track of what’s being thrown out, why it’s being thrown out, and how much is wasted, you will be on the right track from the start.  We wanted to dig a little deeper, though, on behalf of your Refrigeration Sales and Service in St Louis near O’Fallon MO, so we read and researched a bit more to find that there is an alternative to what could be unrealistically cumbersome for your staff.   “As an alternative, there are waste tracking systems like LeanPath that use a specially designed scale with touch screen terminal and computer software to track how much food you’re throwing out without the hassle of a pencil and paper.”  Either road you choose, this is the beginning of a food waste audit and ultimately gaining control and making the most of food waste in your St Louis Restaurant near O’Fallon.

Food Waste Management at Your Favorite Restaurant

food wasteWhen you hear something about being wasteful, especially with food, our ears typically perk up.  It’s true, people seem to care about the need to exhibit the proper diligence when it comes to showing good conscience by doing all they can to prevent waste.  On behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration sales and service near Collinsville IL, we are taking time to discuss this in more details, the idea of food waste in a commercial kitchen, that is.

It is good news that we report in terms of modern times.  In fact, 2017 was an especially momentous year of change, with all sorts of innovations in equipment, service, food, and technology that have reverberated all around the world, and we expect that 2018 will also bring a lot of change. After researching all the forecasted developments in restaurant equipment, service, food, and even technology, we look forward to a 2018 filled with delicious cuisines and intelligent creations!”  But, what about the waste associated with the above success?  We set out to answer this question here and in the upcoming posts to follow on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration and Restaurant Equipment sales.

As stated earlier, “This is something your customers care about, as demonstrated by food waste statistics. A study by Unilever, revealed that 72% of U.S. diners said that they care about how food waste is handled. 47% are concerned enough that they would be willing to spend more money to eat at a place that actively tries to reduce its food waste production. This makes it all the more important to find ways of reducing food waste in America.”  We read about something known as a food waste audit that could help with the issue, according to your Refrigeration installation in St Louis near Collinsville IL.  We look forward to elaborating on this subject in the next post here on your Commercial Refrigeration sales and service behalf.

On a Commercial Range Quest

commercial kitchenWhen on your range quest, in search of the perfect commercial range for your kitchen or restaurant in St Louis near South County, you will want to look at some of the feature options, then determine which ones will best serve you before deciding upon the commercial range you will buy.  On behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Sales and Service near South County MO, we have compiled lists and descriptions to help you with that task.

For starters, we have what are referred to as “Restaurant Ranges”.  They share the following traits and features:  They are designed to stand alone, available in a variety of widths in 12″ increments from 24″ to 72″; they typically have a gas connection that is usually in back.  These commercial ranges are usually lighter duty construction than a heavy duty range would be and yet they are still designed for busy commercial kitchens, just perhaps not best suited for restaurant use.  They are the most prevalent choice in new ranges in the industry, according to stats uncovered on behalf of your St Louis refrigeration sales near South County MO.  These restaurant ranges have burners that provide plenty of BTUs for most cooking tasks, they are less expensive than heavy duty ranges on average.

Heavy Duty ranges, according to the research we have done on behalf of your Commercial Refrigeration Sales in St Louis, are designed, first and foremost, to work with other ranges at the same time.  “Designed to be banked together ‘in battery’ with other ranges or pieces of equipment; gas connection is often on front or side to facilitate this.  These types are designed for heavy, high volume use; often thicker gauges of metal and more welded components exist here too.  You will definitely see even higher energy output per burner than you will on a restaurant range, but with any luck, you will still have low BTU settings for sauces and delicate things of that nature.  These ranges are more expensive that the others, per our research on behalf of your St Louis Refrigeration Installation near South County.

Range Options For Your Restaurant Equipment

commercial rangeWhen it comes to buying restaurant equipment, you will have several different appliances to purchase for your new business venture and knowing just where to start can be a tad bit stressful to say the least.  It is best, probably, to seek out some professional assistance in the form of advice and product reviews before you set out on the venture of St Louis Restaurant Equipment Sales near Fenton MO.

Here is the first bit of information we found on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment near Fenton.  “The range is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a commercial kitchen, with the ability to fry, grill, broil, saute, boil, braise, simmer, warm and even bake! Whether you are opening a new restaurant and are considering the purchase of a range, or looking to replace the one you currently have, this handy guide will walk you through the most important purchasing considerations to help you select the best product for your needs!”  We found this guide to be rather helpful and so we will use it here throughout our writing, on behalf of your St Louis Restaurant Equipment Repair near Fenton.

There are two basic types of ranges in the industry and are usually referred to as “Restaurant Ranges” and “Heavy Duty Ranges”, which may also be called “Master Series” or “Modular” ranges. Restaurant Ranges are the most common type between the two and are focused on ease of use and durability when they are being designed.  On the other end, the heavy duty ranges are more designed for higher volume uses and so, depending on your needs, you may be better off with one of these types in a restaurant environment.  “Heavy Duty ranges are designed for higher volume usage, and boast more durable construction, and often are available with more features and options.”  We will elaborate further in the next post, here, on behalf of your Restaurant equipment sales and service in St Louis MO.