Starting your own catering or restaurant business is no easy feat. You need to be a hard worker, creative, and (of course) know your way around a kitchen. One of the challenges you will face will be to choose the right catering equipment for your business.  This can be difficult when there are so many options available. 

When you are looking for catering equipment there are several considerations to remember. You will need to think about the size of your kitchen, the type of food you will be cooking and serving. Your budget also needs to be taken into consideration. Using residential or non-commercial equipment is not suitable for a commercial kitchen.  Especially if you are going to be catering or cooking for numerous people. 

If you are not sure where to start, below are some tips on how to choose the right catering equipment for your business. 

Consider Commercial Equipment

One of the most important factors when shopping for catering equipment for a restaurant or catering kitchen is to ensure that it is made for a commercial kitchen. For example, a gas stove made for a catering kitchen will have more burners on it.  And will likely have a larger oven for cooking in. 

Not using catering equipment in a restaurant or catering company could lead to delayed cooking times.  Or it could cause you to run into problems when cooking for a large crowd. You will need to look specifically for commercial catering equipment or kitchen equipment in order for your business to be a success. 

Buy New When Possible

Buying used catering equipment might seem like an eco-friendly solution for your business.  But second-hand catering equipment has been used daily by numerous people.  This in turn could mean that it has underlying issues that can cause problems when you use it in your own kitchen. It is better to buy new equipment when possible to avoid this. 

Another advantage of buying new catering equipment is that the manufacturer and supplier will provide you with a full guarantee or warranty, usually for six to twelve months. This will ensure that any damages or breaks in your equipment will be covered. Then you can have it fixed easily. The new equipment will also work properly for a longer period of time. 

Will Your Equipment Fit Your Kitchen?

When you are looking for catering equipment, it is important to consider whether or not it will fit into your kitchen. You should always measure your kitchen space before you make any decisions about catering equipment. As you will need to ascertain whether the larger appliances will fit comfortable or not. 

You should look for multi-functional items such as urns that can be used for making hot water for drinks and for cooking.  Spiral potato chip cutters can be used for fruits too. For smaller kitchens, modular catering equipment can help to save space and keep the kitchen running smoothly. If you have a larger restaurant kitchen to fill, be sure to keep measurements and layout in mind when choosing large equipment. 

Relish Your Catering Business

When choosing catering equipment, you will need to think carefully about whether your options are commercial or not?  What new options are on offer, and you will need to keep the size of your kitchen in mind. Another important aspect to consider is your budget, especially if you are a small catering business or a start-up company. 

By combining all of these factors together, you will be able to choose the right catering equipment to suit your needs. If you are still unsure about where to start looking, you can speak to Caterwize today to find out how we can help you.