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Updated by Alpha Catering on May 15, 2017
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8 Essential Restaurant Equipment & Supplies You Need in Your Kitchen

If you’re setting up to start a restaurant, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is how to put up your kitchen.
The kitchen will be the heart of your business and the place where your menu comes to life. That being the case, you’ll need high-quality equipment that can survive the pressures of daily use.

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Freezers & Refrigerators

Freezers & Refrigerators

All commercial kitchens require a refrigeration unit of some type. Refrigerating food items prevents them from bleak quickly, preserves freshness, and provides cold food storage space.
Industrial grade refrigeration unitsFreezers & Refrigerators are designed to meet the unique needs of the food industry, so they are a key purchase for any food handling operation. There are many varieties of coolers and freezers available, but your purchasing decisions will generally involve two types:
Reach-in or walk-in units.
Before making a decision, consider the size of your operation. Although they have larger cold storage space and can be custom built to fit any kitchen, smaller restaurants may not require a walk-in cooler. There are even outdoor refrigeration and freezing options available if interior space is an issue.
Regardless of the type you choose, your cooling unit will be essential to your business. Seek professional help for installation and make sure you know how to properly maintain your unit as it can be costly to repair.

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Food Preparation Counters

Food Preparation Counters

Prep tables, counters, and cutting surfaces are essential to any commercial kitchen and come in various sizes. Choose preparation surfaces made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is sturdy against corrosion, resists attack from food and meat juices, and can withstand the harsh cleaning products used in commercial kitchens.
As for cutting surfaces, choose either plastic or wooden cutting boards. 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.
Food Preparation Counters

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Slicers

Slicers

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.
Slicers

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Dough Mixers

Dough Mixers

Dough Mixers
If your operation involves baking or bread making, a commercial mixer is a mandatory purchase. Just like slicers, it’s important to choose a mixer based on the volume of food you’ll need and how frequently the mixer will be in use.
If you need to mix dense materials for doughs like that of bagels or pizza, buy a spiral mixer. Spiral mixers are named after the spiral-shaped agitator (the mixing appendage). They mix at fast speeds and are capable of handling fifty to six hundred pounds of dough.
For all other types of mixing, choose a planetary mixer. Planetary mixers offer versatility to your kitchen. 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 various things like whipped cream and mashed potatoes. These mixers come in both countertop and floor types, which can handle up to twenty and two hundred quarts, respectively.

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Food Processors

Food Processors

Food Processors
A food processor is a piece of equipment that can chop, grate, mix, knead, and slice foods in a much shorter amount of time than doing those tasks by hand. Since efficiency is of the utmost importance in a profitable food service facility, it's important to have a commercial food processor that can handle high volumes every day. Many options in our inventory have interchangeable blades for better versatility, plus industrial-strength motors for consistently high performance.

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Crockery

Crockery

Crockery
The most impressive feature of any restaurant table, you’re right! It's the crockery. We leave no stone unturned in presenting the finest crockery for the satisfaction of our customers. The timeless beauty of whiteware equally serves the classic and the modern restaurants whereas the melamine and fine china crockery never lose their finesse and elegance.
Our crockery collection includes a wide range by Australian Fine China, Athena Hotelware, Churchill Whiteware, Kristallon Melamine, Lumina Fine China and Olympia Whiteware. If you're looking for the perfect dinnerware for your restaurant, these brands offer the crockery which is designed and created meeting the international standards of catering.

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Ovens

Ovens

Ovens
Most, if not all, ranges come outfitted with an oven. If your operation centers around baked goods, it may be in your best interest to purchase a range with a convection oven setting. Unlike regular ovens, a convection oven has a fan and exhaust system that blows hot air around the food. They are an excellent appliance for roasting, toasting, making pies and cookies, or dehydrating.

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Chefs Knives

Chefs Knives

Chefs Knives
When it comes to Chef's tools, Alpha Catering has the complete range of professional Chef Knives. We have the most exclusive collection of boning, pairing, fillet, utility, bread, slicing, fork, spatula and many other professional knives. We understand that the performance of a chef depends upon his instruments, and hence we trust only certified brands such as Dick, Hygiplas, Victorinox, Tsuki and global knives.

Not just that, we also provide special purpose knives, knives storage, and protection accessories and knife sharpeners and steels to ensure the safety and sharpness of your knives. All these knives have stainless razors and are hygienically approved for usage.

  • Alpha Catering Equipment Pty Ltd has been a family owned and operated business since 1975 and has built a strong reputation as one of Sydney's top premier shop fitting (fit out) suppliers. Located in Penrith, we have one of the largest commercial kitchen showrooms in Western Sydney, displaying our complete range of stainless steel benches and kitchen equipment from industry-leading suppliers.

    We have supplied equipment to many of Australia's leading restaurants, clubs, cafes, casinos, hotels, take-away food outlets, bakeries’, butchers’ and schools and due to their complete satisfaction we have earn their respect and repeat business.

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