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The Essential Restaurant Kitchen Equipment Checklist

If you are planning to open a restaurant,one of the most important decisions you’ll make is how to set up and stock your kitchen.

A restaurant kitchen is where your menu comes to life, and it needs to run like a well-oiled machine. There are so many moving parts to a perfect dinner service, and if one crucial piece stops working, the whole evening can go off-course. Because of that, it's important to make sure your kitchen is well-stocked with all the tools you need, and that your equipment is up to par and maintained regularly. 

1. Storage Containers

There’s little that back of house workers love more than a new shipment of storage containers. Plastic liter containers, Cam bros, and hotel pans of all shapes and sizes are the bedrock of every prep and line cook’s operation. You’ll also need lots of good tape – make sure it stays sticky even if it gets a little wet and Sharpies for labeling containers over and over again. 

2. Serving ware

If there’s nothing to serve the food on, there’s no restaurant. You’ll need tons of cutlery, plate ware, bowls, ramekins, cups, and glasses. Consider the number of tables you can fit in your restaurant and how many guests you hope to serve every night when factoring in how much to buy. Also consider breakage – in the chaotic environment of restaurant kitchens, it’s not uncommon to lose a plate or glass every few shifts, even more likely in high-volume operations. 

3. Cooking Equipment

Consider what tools you’d need to execute your entire menu in one shift. Pots of all sizes, saute pans, tasting spoons, mixing spoons, sheet pans, whisks, fish spatulas, ladles, bowls of all sizes, squeeze bottles, bench scrapers – the list goes on and varies widely depending on the type of food you want to make. You’ll also need more of each item than you expect. While your dishwasher may be the most efficient one around, there will still be times when all the saute pans are dirty, even if just for just a few minutes. 

4. Storage Racks and Shelving

Properly-installed shelving can be a great solution for storing various appliances in your kitchen, as well as perishable and nonperishable foods. Having an organized storage system will also help streamline your kitchen operation – keep the most-used equipment within arm’s reach, and the stuff that’s used less frequently on the top and bottom shelves. 
Mobile storage racks are also endlessly useful – they’re usually sized to fit 20 standard sheet pans and can be used for storing and transporting food. 

5. Safety Equipment

Make sure your kitchen has proper safety equipment. A well-stocked first aid or medical emergency kit is crucial in a workplace that runs on fire and knives, but you’ll also need things like fire extinguishers and domed safety mirrors that let people know when someone is rounding a corner. Check your local fire department guidelines before purchasing fire, safety, or sanitation equipment, and avoid potential complications by always keeping your kitchen up to fire code standards.
Ensuring your staff wear non-slip shoes and providing rubber floor mats to prevent injury from standing for long hours also play a big part in keeping your kitchen safe. 

6. Freezers and Refrigerators 

All commercial kitchens require a refrigeration system of some type. Without a fridge, you can't keep ingredients and prepared foods fresh. 

Industrial-grade refrigeration units are designed to meet the unique needs of the food industry. For example, they have the ability to cool large pots of sauce to a safe temperature in record time, so they're a key purchase for any food handling operation. You’ll have to decide between reach-in units and walk-in units.
Although walk-in fridges and freezers have more storage space – and they can be custom built to fit any kitchen – smaller restaurants may not need a walk-in unit. There are even outdoor refrigeration and freezing options available if interior space is an issue.

7. Slicers

Slicers are often used to cut meat and cheese with speed and precision. 
If your menu is heavy on sandwiches, for example, you’ll want to purchase an electric slicer. If your slicing needs are low-volume or infrequent, a manual food slicer is a better, less expensive option. Electric slicers are automatic, which can save you time and labor. Most electric slicers also allow you to turn off the automatic function and operate the machine manually.

8. Mixtures 

If you need to mix dense dough's like that of bagels or pizza, buy a spiral mixer. Spiral mixers are named after the spiral-shaped agitator and they mix at high speeds and are capable of handling fifty to six hundred pounds of dough.
For all other types of mixing, choose a versatile planetary mixer. Named after the way the mixing bowl rotates around the agitator, planetary mixers have lower mixing speeds than their spiral counterparts but allow you to make many different foods, from dough's to whipped cream to mashed potatoes. These mixers come in both counter top and floor types, which can handle up to twenty and two hundred quarts, respectively.
The above are some kitchen equipment's which you must need for your restaurants. Also some extra equipment's you might need as per your requirement.
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