There are many ways you can save money within catering or a commercial kitchen environment; from establishing best practices amongst staff, determining training opportunities for employees, getting the right supplies from the right people and so on. There is no right or wrong way to manage a cost-effective commercial kitchen, however, getting the right commercial kitchen appliances can be a huge step in saving your business money.
Energy is one of the biggest overheads in running a commercial kitchen. However, being smart with your appliances and matching your services and menu to your kitchen appliances can help reduce energy consumption and costs.
Refrigeration Storage and Display
Firstly, consider the amount of produce which you use on a daily basis and what must be refrigerated or frozen. This will make a difference in the size of the refrigerator or commercial chest freezers you will need. If you tend to hold products which don’t need chilling, then perhaps you only need a smaller appliance, which could save you money.
Smaller fridges which have multiple uses, such as doubling as a work surface, can save you space and they also cost much less to run.
Make sure that fridges and freezers are located away from a hot environment and that the temperatures are set correctly to ensure maximum efficiency. Keep the doors closed as much as possible, as this can save energy.
Don’t forget to opt for a commercial fridge freezer – never settle for a domestic appliance. Commercial fridges and freezers tend to have a larger capacity and a better energy efficiency rating due to their solid doors and seals.
Small Commercial Kitchen Appliances
When it comes to small kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters you need to think of how much you will be needing them. Would you benefit more from appliances which will do this work on a larger scale?
If you serve plenty of hot drinks or need hot water on a regular basis, a larger water boiler may save you money overall in comparison to a smaller kettle or water urn.
The same goes for toasters. A 6-slot commercial toaster can output 180 slices per hour whereas a 4-slot commercial toaster can only give a maximum of 120 slices per hour. With only a small price difference this could be a step towards maximum efficiency, great customer service and of course saving costs in the long run.
Staff Vs Appliance
Sometimes an appliance can do the job of an otherwise more manual and wage effective task. For example, instead of hiring a pot wash, you can invest in a glasswasher or a dishwasher. Yes, these products also cost money, but with their great efficiency and high capacity, it could be a more cost-efficient and quicker way to do the job, which will save you money in the long run.
Combining Two Appliances
Sometimes an appliance can do more than one task; take the convection oven for example. Instead of having an oven, a microwave and a grill, this appliance can cater to all these needs with great energy efficiency due to their twin fans for air circulation and their double-glazed door. They also can work as a warming plate due to their heat retention. This is essentially 4 appliances in one.
Consider your menu and day to day activities when it comes to combining your appliances. If you have crepes on your menu but you tend to only serve around 5 portions a week, then you could make them on a conventional commercial counter-top.
Other examples include buying a fridge-freezer or even an integrated washing machine and dryer.
Here at Walworth Appliances, we make sure our commercial kitchen appliances are as efficient as possible with low energy outputs and high productivity levels. If you would like any further information about the best commercial appliances for your kitchen, we would love to discuss your requirements.
If you are interested in doing some more research regarding managing a cost-effective commercial kitchen, you can find much more inspiration on our other articles such as “When is the Best Time to Fit a Commercial Kitchen?” or “3 Space-Saving Tips for Your Small Commercial Kitchen”.