Consider yourself a master of home kitchen? Delight in turning Wednesday night dinner into a Michelin-starred affair? You may be a perfect candidate for the ever-growing movement of discerning cooks looking to sharpen their home-game with restaurant level equipment.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we should point out that this isn’t the right move for everyone. Commercial kitchen equipment is expensive, not just in the up-front costs but also in the considerably higher levels of electricity and/or gas it consumes. If you’re not regularly cooking for large numbers, the cost of going commercial over high-end consumer probably won’t justify it.
But if you’re the type of person who throws a dinner party with the frequency most people put on a dressing gown, stick around. We’re going to take a look at where commercial equipment can be put to the best possible use in the home.
One of the most popular uses for restaurant equipment at home is in creating a next-level outdoor cooking experience. It’s easy to understand why – who wouldn’t want to turn the traditional Aussie barbeque into a fine-dining alfresco experience?
The first step in achieving open-air dinner party perfection is your outdoor refrigeration. After all, nothing says “stay a little longer” on a warm summer’s night than a fully stocked bar fridge with glass doors and easy access. But before you get too excited, there are some things to consider here.
As we mentioned at the top, any commercial equipment is going to need a lot more electricity than its domestic counterpart, and refrigeration is definitely not exception. Power bills and environmental concerns aside, make certain you also ensure your new outdoor fridge is actually designed for being outdoors – weather will very quickly become your worst enemy if you don’t.
Now, onto the star of your outdoor show, because choosing what to cook on is no easy decision.
We could do a whole article of its own on outdoor cooking options (and we may well). The type of outdoor appliance you’ll want will depend on what you’re looking to do – smoking? Grilling? Wood-fire? All of the above? We can’t go too into much detail here, so have a chat with one of our experts about what your options are.
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Outdoor aside, ovens are by far the next most desirable commercial equipment for people looking to take their home cooking to the next level. Whether it’s wood-fire pizzas or patisseries to make the French envious, a restaurant-grade oven can really make a big difference to both the quality and quantity of your home cooking.
A trap for inexperienced players here is that commercial-grade ovens almost always require commercial-grade ventilation. Don’t plan for one without considering the other.
The other core consideration with a restaurant oven in your home is the amount of space it will take up. If you’re building a new kitchen, this is something you’ll want to take into consideration from the very start. If you’re looking to implement one in your existing kitchen, you’re probably going to find that space requirements may restrict your selection considerably.
If it’s not a commercial oven that takes your fancy, then it’s almost certainly a commercial stove-top. Who wouldn’t like the option of having six or seven different pans coming to the boil, simmering away or heat-searing all at once?
Similar to the oven, the range of stoves you can feasibly implement at home is going to depend heavily on the space you’re working with. The best thing you could do if your heart is set on implementing a restaurant-grade stove at home is to seek expert advice to guide you through the process.
And of course, as we mentioned above, you’ll also need to ensure you have an adequate ventilation system in place. Dangerous gasses and heat aside, having your kitchen smell like back-house of a restaurant is one thing – having your whole house smell the same is a very different and much less desirable prospect.
If you'd like a helping hand with any of the above, our experts at DCE are always happy to have a chat. Reach out to us today or pop into one of our Melbourne-based super stores.