Here's a rundown of everything you'll need for cooking in a food truck:
Griddle or Flat Top Grill: Pancakes, burgers, eggs, and veggies may all be cooked on a griddle or flat top grill. You can pan fry, sauté, boil, and simmer everything from meats to sauces on a range. Charbroilers help you get grill marks on poultry, steaks, and vegetables, as well as the trademark "grilled" flavor. Microwaves may be used to reheat sides or even steam veggies. Toaster: With a toaster, you can toast bread for sandwiches or breakfast dishes like waffles, English muffins, and bagels to the exact texture. Salamanders (also known as Cheese Melters) brown the tops of dishes such as open-face sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. In addition, you can easily melt cheese in casseroles. A Fryer: For many food trucks, a fryer is a must-have tool, allowing you to prepare popular menu items like french fries, chicken tenders, and onion rings. Food Truck Exhaust Hood: To eliminate harmful oil vapors created by your other equipment, you'll need a food truck exhaust hood.
For warming and holding your meal, we propose the following:
A countertop food warmer is a useful addition to your kitchen, since it can keep items like pasta, veggies, and casseroles warm. Once your fries have come out of the fryer, use a fry dump station to keep them warm. Soup Warmer or Kettle: Soup kettles keep your soups warm until you're ready to serve them.
Here are some basic meal preparation supplies to get you started:
Stainless Steel Work Table: Depending on the layout of your food truck's counter, a stainless steel work table may be necessary for additional processing area. Cutting Boards: Cutting boards are necessary in any kitchen, whether you're dicing, chopping, or slicing. Investing in high-quality knives will save you money in the long term, and having a rack or roll to properly store them is great for a small kitchen. Use skillets or frying pans to pan fry, sauté, or steam your menu items. Sauce pans assist in the reduction, simmering, and boiling of sauces and broths. Turners: Another multipurpose utensil that may be used for everything from burgers to veggies is the Turner. Thermometers: Use thermometers to check that all of your food products are completely cooked in order to keep your consumers safe. Blender or food processor: A blender or food processor may be used to produce smoothies, salsa, sauces, and soups. A French Fry Cutter: If your food truck serves fries, a French fry cutter will save you a lot of time.