What all equipment is needed in a food truck

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What all equipment is needed in a food truck

 

What equipment is required on a food truck? So in this video, I'm, actually, excited to bring you a list of specific food truck equipment that's required. Now, this is no matter what kind of cuisine, food, or sweets, or baked goods, or whatever it is that you're making. These are gonna be pieces of equipment that are pretty much required across the board. And we're gonna get into that list right now. All right, so welcome back to Marketing Food Online. It's Damien Roberti, founder and CEO of Marketing Food Online. And this video, as I mentioned in the introduction, we're gonna cover a handful of required equipment, not just random equipment that you need for your food truck, but these are pieces of equipment that are across the board gonna be necessary in order for you to get your inspections, get signed off and then get your food truck up and running. What equipment is required on a food truck 

 

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

 

But before we do, I wanna thank our sponsor, clicklease.com. If you are, actually, in the marketplace and you need a food truck equipment list filled, well, clicklease.com will be the place that you wanna go. So who is clicklease? Well, they have approvals for 500 to $20,000 for food truck equipment. All credit scores are welcome at clicklease. And also one of the great features about it is that customers can pick their own lease term agreement. This is actually a monthly payment and then whatever fits your budget best, they are very flexible in those monthly payments. So you definitely wanna check them out. There's also no hard credit pull with clicklease.com and the one thing that's really amazing about clicklease that I really excited to tell you about, is that they have no time and business requirement. When I started my food business quite a few years ago, I can give you and attest to this, that nobody wanted to touch me unless I had two or three years minimum experience in the food industry. A lot of financing companies require a business to have a certain amount of years, and basically, they won't even go near you. Well, they don't do that. Clicklease.com is a place to go to if you're looking to lease any type of food truck equipment that you need to get up and running. They're gonna work very, very flexible with you and get you in some terms that best fits your budget, but more importantly, get you the money you need for the specific equipment to get your food truck business going.

 

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

So definitely worth at least checking them out. I would say go down in the description section, click on that link that we have set up and then go to the website and see what they can, actually, do to help you get your food truck business up and running. So What equipment is required on a food truck? The biggest expense, second to only a food truck itself, is the equipment purchase. So this is definitely something that's worth looking into. And I highly recommend you take a look at that. And, of course, you can touch base with them, reach out to them if you've got questions you're not very familiar with, the process, if it's all new to you, and they'll definitely help you get you on the way. So let's dive into this list of required food truck equipment. All right, so number one, when you're starting your food truck business, you are going to need a three compartment sink. Now these are, and they come in different sizes, they come in different shapes, because every food truck is physically structured in different ways, of course, that's easy to understand. You may have to figure out which one is best for you. They come in three compartments because that is, specifically, set up for a reason. Number one, the first part of your three compartment sink is for washing. The second one is for rinsing. And then the last one is for, I'm sorry, the second one is for sanitizing. And then the last one is for rinsing. So that three compartment is actually set up for a process.

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

 

Of course your health department will tell you more, specifically, about that. So when you're washing and cleaning any of your utensils or any of the cookware, anything that you've got that has to be washed, rinsed and sanitized, that is the whole method behind having a three compartment sink. Now, the next thing that you're gonna need to have, and this is a must, and this is actually something that we have, even in our commercial bakery and candy business, the Department of Agriculture required us to have a three compartment sink, a hand washing sink and a mop sink. Now, most food trucks won't necessarily have a requirement for the mop sink, per se. Many times they'll have a different types of sanitizing, apparatus and accessories that you'll have, because it's different type that's configured differently on a food truck. But the hand washing sink is a requirement. That's gonna be a separate sink that has nothing to do with the three compartment sink in order for you and your employees, of course, to wash and sanitize and clean their hands.

 

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

 

And then of course, some type of paper towel dispenser or something where they can dry their hands off as well. So, number one, it's gonna be that three departments sink. Number two is gonna be your hand washing sink. Next up, shelves for storage. Well, of course, no matter what kind of food product you're actually going to make or produce or sell, you've gotta have shelves, right? You've gotta have shelves for any type of smallwares, any type of ingredients that may not need refrigeration or freezer, any type of pots and pans. If you're gonna go that route, one little tip though, keep in mind that if you're utilizing shelving for some of your equipment, make sure that you have them secured. It's not something that's easy to do to drive around in a truck all day and you have a stainless steel shelf that's very slippery and has pots and pants and you make a left or right turn, I can guarantee you they're gonna be on the floor. So securing them safely on those shelves is a must. You've gotta make sure that you have them secured because otherwise every time you go to an event, you're gonna spend an hour picking up everything off the floor, which obviously you can't do that. So make sure that your shelving that you have is secured enough to keep all of the smallwares and things that you've got in them, not from going onto the floor. So next up, work tables and prep tables. Now again, these are a must and required because no matter what you make, if you're making gelato or if you're making hot dogs or tacos, you need to have some form of prep table. Now, depending upon the amount of space that you have, you need to check the marketplace. And by the way, I'll have a ton of links down below this video as well for all of these different types of pieces of equipment. So at least you can begin your search and your hunt for some of this equipment and find out where you can get it from. But you need to also have those prep tables. So depending upon, again, the space you have available, because if you have something that requires cooking and you have a gas grill or gas range, and those are really big, big units, even for food trucks, and you've got a three compartment sink, a hand wash sink, and maybe some refrigerators or freezers, your space begins to dwindle down.

 

 

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

So make sure that you get the right size and the right fit for those type of prep tables. But no matter what you make, I guarantee you, you'll need to have some type of prep service, a prep storage space on the top of those shelves as well. Next up is a boiler system. Now this is for hot and cold running water, okay? So if you've got any system set up where you've gotta have fresh running water, which you will, and, obviously, in a food truck, it is an entire restaurant kitchen inside of your truck, you've gotta have hot and cold boiling water. So those boiler units you need to have and make sure that a functioning properly, that's something that's where your three compartment sink and hand washing sink, all of that water that obviously comes up through there. You need to have that boiler system in place as well. Now, no matter what you make or sell too, you're going to pretty much need either a fridge or a freezer or a refrigerated freezer unit. Now, in some cases, these can be together in a much smaller size or an apparatus, but if you've got ingredients that need to maintain their temperature and be frozen, if you need something that needs to be refrigerated before you use it and tap into it, if it's an ingredient, a refrigerator and freezer is a must.

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

 

So definitely take a look at that. And of course, depending on the size and how much of a volume of business you think you're gonna do, the size of those units will be dependent upon that, okay? But the idea to have a fridge and a freezer is something that is definitely a must. Now the most important aspect of a food truck is to have power, obviously. So where do food trucks get their power from? They get from generators. Now these types of generators can be powered though, in a multitude of different ways. And I actually did a little research. There was a friend of ours who contacted us that, actually, transitioned his food truck to solar power panels, which was quite interesting. He lives in a state that's actually quite inundated with sun, but he uses solar panels and it has actually worked quite well and saved him a lot of money Upfront, though, they're a little more expensive than getting a generator, but you can get a gas powered generator, which is a must or a propane generator. Now, the other thing is of course, solar paneling. If you wanna go that route, again, check down below in the descriptions, I've got a few links to help you get started with the search on that as well.

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

We put a few links for different solar panel generators as well, which get their energy from that. So, the food truck is very easy as far as when it comes to figuring out what type of energy you need. It's just depending on your budget and figuring out what works best, but you can definitely get a gas powered generator or a propane or even a solar panel one. Now those are required. Now next up, let's talk a little bit about some of the equipment that may or may not be needed. Now, when I mentioned earlier about the gas range, some may not, actually, need that. If you're a ice cream truck or if you're doing baked goods, or if you're not doing anything that's required cooking and you're allowed to prep on your food truck itself. A lot of, also by the way, a lot of food trucks in certain cities and counties are required to do all of the prepping in a commissary or commercial kitchen prior to going out for the day for their business. Now, with that being said, you may or may not need a gas range if you're doing desserts or ice cream or if your food truck is selling prepackaged foods, which you can do as well.

 

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

Those are items that you don't even make or even prepare on the food truck. So you may or may not need a gas range, the type of cooking pans and sauce pans, and things of that sort, those are also may be needed, but are not required based upon the type of cuisine. And let's dive a little bit more into it. You may also need, of course, your menu boards. Those are the boards that sit out in front of the food truck itself. You're gonna need, obviously, a water pump as well, which needs to tie into your boiler system. So you can actually push the water up in from your water tanks in through the sinks and such for you to use it. And any other type of smallwares that you would need to prepare your food, such as napkins, saucers, plates, or any type of utensils Those are things also that are dependent upon the type of food that you're making. So, going through the list of what is equipment required for a food truck, those first few things are a must, no matter what, definitely check with your health department, if they also require anything additional because every local city or county's health department will require certain things for you to get past for inspections. And also, as I mentioned before, check out clicklease, definitely give them a try, look down below for that link. They are able to get you up and running with those large purchases of food truck equipment. And that is what they do. They specialize, specifically, in doing those large equipment purchases, but remember it is a lease, which is something that's great, it's not a loan. So definitely check them out and then let us know what you think about any of the things that you've got in this video here. Questions about it, give us a holler down below, let us know, give us a comment and we'll definitely help you out as soon as possible. So, we'll see you guys in our next video.

What all equipment is needed in a food truck

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