Building a mobile catering business is exciting. Your mind will be running away with menu ideas and ways to get your new business off the ground. While the fun part is cooking, it’s important the food truck parts and accessories on your custom food truck will support your menu.
Even if you’re familiar with kitchen equipment, food truck kitchens have to take things like vibration and space constraints that brick and mortar kitchens don’t. Luckily you don’t have to know what you need. Firefly is an expert in food truck manufacturing and will advise on all aspects of your food truck design parts and accessories, layout, and equipment.
Food Truck Parts
It’s also handy to keep spare parts for small things that break or need replacement often like hood filters, teflon plumbing tape and electrical breakers. There’s nothing worse than having to shut down a profitable food truck service because you don’t have what you need on hand.
Make sure your food truck is ready to go with every accessory that you may need to prepare your food such as pots, pans, spoons, knives, cooking bowls, rolling pins, etc. A well designed food truck will keep items near where you use them most.
If you have specially sized items, make sure to provide those dimensions to your food truck manufacturer so they can build shelves or cabinets to suit.
Food Truck Cooking Equipment
First, let’s look at the larger pieces of cooking equipment. Food truck kitchens are small. Which means you only have a limited amount of space for equipment.
Deep fryers, flat top grills, tilt skillets, ovens, and charbroilers are some favorites to put in mobile kitchens. This food truck equipment is versatile and has the ability to cook large batches of food at once.
But there won’t be room for all of these unless you have a gigantic catering trailer. If you can’t fit all of the kitchen equipment your want, limit your menu or think of new ways to cook the same items.
Food Truck Holding and Refrigeration Equipment
Like any restaurant, you will want to prep as much food in advance and then hold it. This will help you assemble and plate dishes quickly during service. Planning for ways to store all of these prepared ingredients is key.
Some examples are toppings and dressings in a sandwich prep fridge, a whole BBQ tri-tip kept warm under a heat lamp, or handmade ice cream held in a Nelson freezer.
You may also have some raw ingredients like marinated chicken to store that requires a large upright fridge.
Food Containers for Serving
You will also need plates, bowls, or containers to serve your food. Choose a storage location for these items that starts at the beginning of your kitchen assembly line. Since many customers take food to go, make sure to provide lids too.
Do you want a custom food truck layout that fits your food truck menu perfectly? Contact Firefly today at (323) 524-0078 for a free consultation and custom food truck quote with your exact needs in mind.