Food trucks are basically restaurants on wheels. Whenever you stop and think about it, they need all of the same areas that a typical restaurant does – prep, storage, cook line, service, dishwashing, all in one compact space. Since they are mobile, food trucks must also be self-contained and carry their own supply of water, utilities, and infrastructure. This is why the proper food truck equipment and layout is so essential to ensure a profitable and efficient operation. We have compiled a list of some considerations and recommendations for anyone aspiring to start their own food truck. Read on for some equipment that you will need for your food truck!
Food Truck Equipment Required by Law
Before you make your own food truck equipment, do a little bit of homework to find out which local regulations will be needed first. In a lot of areas, food truck regulations differ a bit from restaurant regulations, so it is vital to be proactive and do close research. Fire code, health code, and other rules will probably require you to have:
- Three-compartment sinks for cleaning dishes
- A separate sink for handwashing
- Exhaust food with a fire suppression system
- Water heater
- Mechanical systems, like plumbing, water tanks, electrical wiring, and gas lines
Plenty of new locations require food truck operators to use a licensed commercial kitchen to store and prepare any ingredients and provide cleaning and sanitation support for your food truck. If this is the case for the food truck, you could need less cooking equipment in your food truck and much more warming and holding equipment, like convection ovens, hot food wells, and hot boxes.
Food Truck Supplies and Equipment
Just like any foodservice operation, the menu dictates which type of equipment you’ll need. Are you selling burgers? You will want a charbroiler or griddle. Selling pizza? Then a pizza oven is definitely needed. Think about your concept and operations procedures carefully before you pick equipment. For example, fryers need special safety measures to prevent grease spills or fires in your mobile kitchens. Canned drinks might be easier to store rather than an ice machine and carbon dioxide tanks for soda fountain beverages too. Keep all of this in mind while looking for food truck equipment.
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