The food truck industry is now worth roughly $1.5 billion, and it’s clear that mobile eateries of all kinds are here to stay. But even with the many opportunities available as a new food truck owner, your business can’t truly thrive without the right equipment. Outside of the common necessites like cookware, storage, and cleaning supplies, we’ve suggested 3 oddly specific types of equipment that you might not think to get for your food truck.
It goes without saying that every food truck needs a sink — but what you might not know is the importance of having a three-compartment sink. Instead of using one for all cleaning purposes, a three-compartment sink has separate areas for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing to ensure safe handling of food and drinks. Just like any food-related business, it’s extremely important to follow proper safety guidelines, so it’s worth going the extra mile and investing in this piece of equipment.
Under-Counter Fridge and Freezer
You’ll need a refrigerator and freezer to store ingredients and keep food from going to waste. But in a food truck, one of your most valuable assets is space, and putting in a full size refrigerator and freezer is going to take up a lot of available real estate. The solution: installing the appliances under the counter. They’ll be just as functional and accessible while giving you more space to run your operation efficiently.
Stainless Steel Tables
Every food truck requires plenty of table space for preparing orders, but it’s important to make sure your tables are stainless steel rather than aluminum, copper, or iron. These other metals can potentially discolor your food with brown, black, and grey pigments. They can even affect the taste, often giving food a slightly metallic flavor. Fortunately, stainless steel equipment won’t negatively affect your orders at all. It’s a good idea to also invest in stainless steel cookware and utensils for this same purpose.
It’s essential to avoid cross-contaminations and accidentally combining ingredients while preparing orders. Even a small amount of the wrong ingredient can potentially interfere with a customer’s dietary restrictions, or even cause a serious allergic reaction. A good way to avoid this is to have color-coded items like utensils, pots, pans, cutting boards, and storage containers to separate ingredients that shouldn’t be mixed together. As a bonus, color coding your equipment will make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Pay Attention to the Details
The above examples may seem oddly specific, but they’re important if you want to make the most of your food truck business. Stocking your truck with the right equipment will help you maintain the quality of your meals, and paying attention to specific details will put your brand ahead of the competition. If you’d like more insight on the essential equipment to include for your food truck, check our free Food Truck Equipment Checklist.
At Legion Food Trucks, we can help you build your dream custom food truck that matches your exact specifications. If you’re ready to learn more and start the process, be sure to contact our experts today.