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The Go-To Top 5 Commercial Kitchen Equipment List

The Go-To Top 5 Commercial Kitchen Equipment List

Many have a passion for food and love to share their recipes and delight with others. Restauranters are passionate people, it only makes sense that they would want to share that passion with people. For aspiring restaurant owners, this is the dream. While opening a restaurant of any kind – a quaint café or a 100-person-capacity spot – you need to consider more than just the menu. How will you store your ingredients? How will you cook them? What type of prep do you need to consider? Keeping your kitchen organized is the true success indicator for a foodservice business.

If you’re looking to run a successful commercial kitchen, you need these 5 commercial items:

 

1.    Refrigeration:

Whether you’re opening a huge restaurant or a food truck, refrigeration is KEY! Storing your food is saving profit so purchasing a refrigeration unit should be at the top of your to-do list. First off, know your space! Know what kind of business you set out to run so that you can pick the refrigeration unit that will work best in your kitchen. Undercounter Refrigerators, for example, are amazing space savers. While undercounter units are typically smaller than standalone units, you won’t lose out on floor space like with a large refrigeration unit, making undercounter units ideal for smaller kitchens with less square footage. For an open concept and sleeker look, a lot of owners prefer the choice of glass door refrigerators. It serves as an energy saver to see contents inside while keeping a certain aesthetic. Glass door Refrigerators along with open display refrigerators can also be used for merchandising in customer-facing areas.

 

2.       Walk-In Freezer/Cooler Combo

Alongside a great refrigeration unit comes freezers and coolers. Preventing food loss should be a top priority for anyone entering the restaurant biz. Knowing your space and needs of your business is important to choose from walk in freezers to reach in undercounter freezers, or maybe even a walk in cooler freezer combo. Again, you need to not only factor in cost of your unit, but you also have to consider your workspace and what you need to keep your business running smoothly. Your ability to preserve your food supply saves you both time and money in terms of order savings and rotation of goods. Therefore a freezer/cooler should be at the top of your items to purchase before opening.

 

3.    Sandwich Prep Table

Something that often gets forgotten are Sandwich Prep Tables. For example, just because you’re not opening a sandwich shop, doesn’t mean you couldn’t benefit from the purchase of one of these units. Refrigerated sandwich prep tables can also be used for Salad prep or other various cooled dishes. Sandwich prep tables are actually very useful for chefs to create amazing dishes without leaving the comfort of their station. Many foodservice establishments can benefit from this style of table because of the cold storage compartments on top which makes accessing ingredients super easy. Some tables like the Atosa sandwich prep table or the AdCraft Grista are perfect to increase storage capacity in compact areas. Truth be told, this type of unit has been sorely misnamed. In a way, it should be called a universal prep table since the list of benefits far outweighs just sandwich prep and should be at the forethought of your purchase list of your business.

 

4.    Griddle

Griddles are commonly known cooking equipment for the typical breakfast place. With its flat top over burners that give it a large, versatile cooking space, it is commonly used for eggs, pancakes, or burgers. This has been the common use for these units; however, they have immense beneficial potential. Griddles can be seen as the workhorse units of a kitchen because they allow for high volume cooking to happen. A commercial gas range with griddles can produce very high output in a shorter amount of time than a traditional stovetop. Finding the right unit will take more than just searching “commercial griddle for sale”, you’ll need to keep the following in mind: establish your work area to measure for size, shop style, utility type, and plate thickness. Sorry to add to your list of things to consider but one thing is for sure, adding a commercial gas griddle to your kitchen will boost productivity and lower utility cost in your establishment.

 

5.    Fryers

There are a lot of benefits to purchasing a commercial deep fryer. For a commercial kitchen of any size, a fryer could easily help cut down on cook time. When you run a restaurant, you know speed is essential with little time to spare. A commercial fryer creates faster cook times while reducing waste. When you cook in an open fryer, food is super crispy when it first comes out, but can quickly lose that appeal. When you can cook things quickly in a deep fryer, you cut down on the chance of your food losing that delectable crunch. Speaking in addition to reducing waste, a commercial fryer is also cost efficient. Since you can reuse oil when cooking in batches, it cuts down on the cost of that expense. All around, fryers will end up saving your kitchen time and money while improving on your plate output. If you’re looking at an even more cost saving option, you can look into commercial electric fryers. While the cost may not reflect a savings at the beginning, in the long run, you’ll save!

 

 

There are a million things to consider when opening a foodservice establishment for new or seasoned restauranters since no 2 restaurant needs are the same. Every kitchen will operate differently, so it is imperative to do your research on your space and desired output for your business. A restaurant’s equipment will ensure that your team can prep, cook, and deliver the quality meals you’ve always intended when you first dreamt of sharing your passion for food with the world. 

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Tips To Pick The Right Commercial Refrigeration Unit

Tips To Pick The Right Commercial Refrigeration Unit

In this industry, a proper commercial refrigerator and freezer are “make or break”. There really is no room for compromise when choosing a unit to provide safety to your food, ensuring that no contamination occurs, and minimal loss is incurred. We have plenty of freezers and refrigerators available that will keep your perishable food items safe and cool in your restaurant, bar, store, commercial kitchen, cafeteria, or virtually any other location. From reach-in freezers to pass-thru refrigeration, Online Restaurant Supplies has what you need. BUT, you must first figure out what unit will work best for your workspace.

Buying the right unit for your business takes more than searching “commercial refrigerator for sale”. When it comes to finding a refrigerator or freezer that works best for your commercial kitchen, not all options are created equal. While there are plenty of commercial coolers, you want one that has all the capabilities and features — not to mention size — to fit your space and its needs. So, do you need a single or a double? Maybe a Pass-Thru? Let’s break it down:

 

Single Door Commercial Refrigerators


-          Quick access for faster service

-          Store much needed items for quick access (refill from walk ins as needed throughout the day)

-          Usually located in final production line or in the cooking area

 

Double Door Commercial Refrigerators

-          Fewer trips to walk ins throughout the day, saving time and increasing efficiency

-          Store bulk items like seasoned meat or produce / house large packages otherwise too large for single door refrigerators

-          Usually located inside the prep area


Pass-Thru Refrigerators


-          Great for high volume establishments

-          Accessible from both sides of the unit to increase efficiency

-          Usually located between prep area and service

 

Deciding which size unit will work best in your space is paramount! Measure your space and understand your output before picking a size/style for your location. If your space cannot safely house a larger unit, then it makes sense to go for a smaller unit. Conversely, a larger space might only need a smaller unit. Keeping space in mind, measure your output for the day as well. You might have the space for a large unit, but if you only need to make a trip to the walk in once a day, there wouldn’t be much need for excess storage in a reach-in.

 

Compressor Location

Choosing the right commercial reach-in refrigerator isn’t all about space and storage. Compressor location is also a huge deciding factor when making a commercial refrigerator and freezer purchase. Since reach-in’s compressors draw in air to regulate temperatures inside, they must work harder when pulling in warmer air. The fact is, warm air rises, and cold air descends, so different environments mean different necessary compressor location.

 

Manufacturers know the need for different compressor locations which is why units with either bottom or top compressors exist. Why? Well, each has their benefits:

 

Top Mounted Compressors Wins


-          Makes the surrounding environment cooler by pulling in the warmer air found higher

-          Gives you more storage space within the unit itself

-          Less likely to clog like its bottom mounted counterparts

-          Naturally pulls heat from the unit away since they are on top of the unit which results in gains in efficiency

-          Lower shelving which is more easily accessible (especially for shorter individuals)

 

Bottom Mounted Compressors Wins


-          Easier cleaning and servicing without the use of a ladder making it safer to maintain as well

-          Extra stacking space on the top of the unit

-          Bottom Mounted Compressors usually work less to cool temperatures since they are lower to the flow and air that is lower to the floor is typically cooler

-          Less likely to be overworked by strain of cooling warmer air

 

Now, we know that perfection is hard to attain. The same goes for compressor placement. With its benefits, also come challenges for each type of compressor:

 

Top Mounted Compressor Challenges

-          Less convenient to clean and service

-          Cannot stack items on top of the unit (additional storage)

 

Bottom Mounted Compressor Challenges

-          Reduced internal storage space within unit

-          Often gets clogged with dust or other debris

 

Deciding what reach-in is best for you ultimately depends on the environment you must work with. Luckily, you have your pick of convenience and efficiency with a reputable commercial refrigerator supplier here.

 

Much like Compressor Location, Placement Matters

Your refrigerators and freezers need to easily maintain a safe zone for your food. Like previously mentioned, compressor placement is key; however, the placement of your unit itself almost matters even more. Placing your refrigerator or freezer in an excessively hot environment will all but ensure a breakdown of your compressor due to long-term exposure to high heat. This makes your choice of unit for a given environment and where you put it in that environment a critical decision.

 

As a priority when deciding where to place your unit, look for an area that doesn’t experience a lot of temperature fluctuation. This will help your unit regulate temperature without over working itself to adjust. Sometimes, high heat environments cannot be avoided. If this be your situation, you need to pick a heavy-duty unit to keep your food out of the danger zone. You’ll need to do research on what units can handle the heat of your environment. A word to the wise: entry-level models are not suitable to withstand long periods of high heat.

 

Installation

In addition to picking features of your unit, you also need to research how to install your unit. Step one: getting it into your workspace. Smaller units can usually get into most environments, no problem, but you’ll still want to measure the doorways into your space. After all, if you’ve gotten as far as picking the best commercial refrigerator or freezer for your business, you want to make sure it can get in the building for you to put to work!

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, a lot more goes into picking a unit than just how big or small you need it to be. In addition to everything else we’ve discussed, picking an area with good ventilation needs to be on your mind when making a buying decision. Ensuring that your unit can fit in a well-ventilated area is key to reduce inefficient operation and servicing. Take a breath, we’re here to help. Most manufacturers provide specification sheets and manuals that provide clearance guidelines on your units to help with any confusion.

An additional step you can take to cut down on servicing and breakdowns, is to place your unit in an area with low humidity or dust. In a high humid or dusty area, your unit can rust quicker or cause the condenser coil to break down or cause a hazard. When you do have a clean, well-ventilated room with low humidity, install your unit on a level surface away from high heat or moisture-generating equipment.

Like your clearance guidelines, manufacturers will provide guidance on electrical concerns. During installation, make sure that your unit is supplied by the proper voltage as indicated in the manufacturer-provided guides to ensure safety and proper function of the unit. Your equipment manual can be your best friend, no shame in that.


We Hope We Helped!

Understanding what unit works best for you can be tough, but we’re here to help. Our selection of commercial refrigerators makes it easy to find exactly what you need — from commercial display refrigerators to Reach-in Refrigeration,  we have what your workspace needs. In an industry where safety and quality are paramount, we know you can’t afford to use just any restaurant equipment and with so many commercial refrigeration companies out there to choose from, it can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer only the best commercial freezer and refrigerator designs. Shop our selection to find products from top brands, backed by quality, durability, and manufacturer reputation. Browse our products today and buy online anytime!


Have questions about which Commercial Refrigeration unit is best for your business? Contact one of our product specialist here

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Top Ways to Optimize Designated To-Go Stations at Restaurants

Top Ways to Optimize Designated To-Go Stations at Restaurants

It goes without saying that the restaurant industry has drastically changed over the past year and a half. As we’ve seen consumer behaviors shift, restaurants have adapted with the times and focused on serving more to-go, pickup and delivery orders. By making operational adjustments, restaurants have been challenged with reconsidering their appliance choices to best fit the current consumer climate.

 

Off-premise business is here to stay. Delivery and online ordering has grown 300% faster than dine-in traffic. It’s important for restaurants to recognize these trends and capitalize on the increasing demand of delivery and takeout to protect their business. According to Upserve, more than half of U.S. consumers order delivery or takeout once a week. Consumers are inclined to order from restaurants that make it convenient for them to pick up their meal. Additionally, 70% of consumers say they’d rather order directly from a restaurant, preferring that their money goes straight to the restaurant and not a third party.

 

As off-premise orders have skyrocketed, we’ve seen restaurants adapt their spaces to include a designated to-go station to streamline processes and drastically improve the quality control for to-go and delivery orders. And while implementing takeout areas is becoming increasingly common for brands, restaurants have the ability to enhance guests’ to-go experience with a modernized space featuring premium equipment. At Online Restaurant Supplies by Stanford Sonoma, we provide foodservice operations with the essential supplies that optimize their performance, which includes products that upgrade restaurants’ designated takeout areas.

With off-premise business on the rise, here are three ways restaurants can elevate their designated to-go space for a heightened guest experience:

Ensure all food maintains its proper temperature.

Efficiency, safety and quality are the top priorities for any foodservice operator. With to-go areas, it’s imperative that restaurants keep all food properly warmed and/or cooled not just for customer satisfaction, but for the safety of your guests. A mobile heated cabinet or refrigerated display case will guarantee all orders are stored at the perfect temperature until the guest arrives to pick up an order.

 

Invest in permanent custom shelving.

If guests are only going to get a glimpse of your restaurant when they walk in to grab their food, make sure it’s a good one. Now is the time to get rid of the temporary solutions you’ve been using for your designated to-go space. According to PMQ, customers who place an online order with a restaurant will visit that restaurant 67% more frequently than those who don’t. So, investing in permanent fixtures to cater to your online orders will position your business for long-term success. Of course, it's not always easy finding the right equipment for an efficient workplace when you're constrained by the kitchen size and layout. That’s why we construct custom restaurant equipment for challenging spaces to help you maximize performance without compromise. By taking a close look at your unique space, we’re able to design and fully customize a solution that fulfills that specific restaurant’s needs.

 

Present your to-go or delivery order like you would to a dine-in guest.

With consumers spending $769 billion ordering food last year, competition is fierce in the restaurant to-go and delivery space. To make your restaurant’s off-premise process stand out from the rest, ensure your food is just as good at home as it would be for a dine-in customer. Although you may not be serving your food directly to the guest’s table, food presentation is still important because it could be the first time the customer is introduced to your brand. In order to make a great first impression, restaurants’ to-go and delivery orders must transfer well, so guests open them with a clean presentation. With high-quality food and beverage carriers, restaurants can hold a variety of food pan sizes and keep their orders upright and in the freshest condition.

 

To build your brand as a leader in the to-go and delivery space, restaurants have to establish what kind of experience they want to create for their current and future customers. No matter how your fans choose to order, their experience will always be what shapes a successful concept. So, put the guest at the center of your to-go and delivery process with an elevated designated pickup area and your restaurant will be set up for success today and beyond!

 

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When you’re looking for quality commercial kitchen and restaurant equipment, Online Restaurant Supplies is your resource. Replace a system, update appliances or find the full suite of tools needed to keep your operations running efficiently — so you can prep, cook, serve and store food the way it was meant to be done. 


Because we know how much quality, durability and manufacturer reputation matter in the world of food service, we offer only the best brands. Count on us for the highest levels of quality and value.

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Whether you have a restaurant that needs new commercial kitchen appliances or a health care center where you’re building the food-prep space from the ground up, we have what you need.

When it comes to food preparation, good dishes start with quality equipment. Let Online Restaurant Supplies set you up for success. We’re the commercial kitchen equipment supplier that’s a one-stop shop for all your kitchen needs. 

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