If you’re starting a restaurant or looking to enhance your current foodservice establishment, you might be wondering which commercial kitchen supplies your restaurant needs.
On a specific level, and depending on your restaurant’s specialty, you’ll need to acquire the equipment and supplies that best serve your industry—for example, if you own a café that serves coffee, tea, and baked goods, you might invest in a good espresso machine and bakery case, whereas a restaurant that specializes in homemade ice cream and shakes might need a commercial mixer and blender in addition to larger refrigeration and freezer cases.
However, if you want to know what industrial kitchen supplies restaurants need in a general sense, we list the most commonly purchased items below:
Choose well-made shelving and storage systems for your restaurant to keep your cooking supplies and ingredients clean, organized, and easily accessible. Commercial shelving can be found in an assortment of finishes and can also be portable or stationary. Look for shelving systems that are rust- and corrosion- proof, bacteria-resistant, vented, and, above all, durable. You’ll also want to ensure they can hold the weight of your food storage items, so be sure to check the capacity listed (which can typically range from 500 to over 2,000 pounds).
Most restaurants will need some type of commercial-grade refrigeration equipment, whether it’s a reach- or walk-in freezer, chilled prep table, open-air cooler, or deli case. It’s important to source industrial refrigeration that ensures proper food-safe temperatures are being met and that you have the room for storing your food. Some even have tiered shelving for displaying your chilled products, and they should also be easy to clean and properly insulated to keep ready-to-eat foods and beverages at the right serving temperature.
Industrial ranges and cooking equipment
Look for ranges that are made with commercial use in mind; these will feature more durable parts and improved cooking capabilities. You can find commercial ranges and cooktops in gas or electric and in different sizes and conductivities, and they should be easily cleaned and sanitized to ensure your commercial kitchen is compliant with local food and health codes. If your restaurant needs to churn out food for larger crowds, finding high-quality cooking equipment should be a priority as this type of equipment will be the workhorse of your commercial kitchen.
Commercial ice machines
You would have a difficult time finding restaurants without some type of commercial ice maker. They churn out freshly made ice cubes in minutes, keeping a steady flow of ice for your restaurant’s bar or kitchen throughout the day. When you’re looking for ice machines, have a sense of the type of water filtration, ice shape, and dispensing speed you’re looking for. Also keep in mind commercial ice machines can be on or under the counter, self-cleaning, large or small capacity, and energy efficient.
When setting up your commercial kitchen, some of the most important are janitorial supplies, which will help keep your restaurant clean, sanitary, and to code. You want everything on hand your staff needs to properly dispose of trash, sanitize surfaces, wash hands, and prevent foodborne illness and cross-contamination, such as brooms, microfiber cloths, soaps, oils, and degreasers.
Food-safe storage and containers
Whether you need to keep ingredients stored properly until they’re cooked, salad bar items chilled until service, or dry ingredients, like flour and sugar, free from debris, food-safe storage bins and containers will not only help your commercial kitchen stay organized, but will also ensure the proper measures are taken to keep your guests from acquiring foodborne illness. From stainless steel containers and lids to plastic ingredient binds and scoops, keeping your ingredients and prepared foods safely separated and easy to access is easier with an assortment of containers, lids, and bins.
Cookware and utensils
Your commercial kitchen should have a wide assortment of high-quality, commercial-grade cookware and utensils. Look for frying pans, cast-iron skillets, stock pots, roasting pans, and steamer baskets that will hold larger mounts of food and stand up to the everyday wear and tear of a commercial kitchen. Also, don’t overlook items like serving spoons, ladles, strainers, and mashers, etc., which will help your kitchen staff cook more efficiently.
Can BHS Foodservice Solutions Help?
BHS Foodservice Solutions has over 80 years’ experience helping restaurants like yours find the best equipment and supplies for their kitchens. If you have any questions, contact us, and one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will help you find the equipment and services you need to increase kitchen productivity and maximize your food-industry investment with a solution that’s right for you.