Home Blog Catering Equipment

Target Catering Equipment Blog

catering equipment news, advice and much more

Catering Equipment

Subcategories from this category: Combination Ovens, Wood Fired Ovens, Cooking Equipment

What Is A Plancha?

Posted by targetadmin
targetadmin
targetadmin has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Wednesday, 26 February 2014
in Cooking Equipment

What Is A Plancha?

Being similar in appearance to a griddle, a plancha has a direct cooking surface which is perfect for cooking all sorts of foods including meat, fish and vegetables.

The difference between a plancha and a griddle is that the plancha is designed with the heat concentrated in the middle of the cooking plate, radiating out to the edges.  This allows you to sear or brown product in the middle of the plancha plate and then slide towards the edges, and the cooler part of the plancha, to finish cooking.


The plancha also has a grease channel around the outside of the cooking plates, this can be filled with water enabling easy cleaning.  Any grease, residue and juices can be scaped into the channel and are then easily collected in the removeable drain tray.

The Target commercial plancha is available in either a single or double, table top or built into a commercial induction cooking range.

For further information please call 01452 410447.

Professional Kitchen Equipment Essentials

Posted by targetadmin
targetadmin
targetadmin has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, 06 August 2013
in Catering Equipment

Professional Kitchen Equipment Essentials

Whether you're starting a catering business and fitting a kitchen from scratch or just updating your existing restaurant kitchen there are several key pieces of equipment that are guaranteed to make life a lot easier for your kitchen staff!

  • A Stove Top - Every professional kitchen needs a stove top, ideally an induction one as these are much more energy efficient, cook food a lot faster and don't radiate as much heat as traditional gas hobs.
  • A Combi Oven - An oven that has several functions is a great space-saver in a professional kitchen.  Rational ovens are a popular choice for many restaurants and gastro-pubs as they are fairly compact and have the capability to cook, bake and steam a variety of different foods.
  • A Deep Fat Fryer - Ideally a kitchen should have two deep fat fryers as a minimum so that fish products can be fried separately to avoid cross-contamination with other foods for customers that may have a fish allergy.
  • Microwaves - Several microwaves are always handy in a commercial kitchen as they're the easiest way to reheat pre-pared food for quick service.
  • A Griddle - If your restaurant serves any steak or burgers then a flat or ribbed griddle is essential to achieve the best flavour for your customers.  A water vapour chargrill is another great piece of kit for griddling without producing unnessary smoke and will produce moist and tender results.  Recently the French style plancha grill has become a popular way of producing succulent results for all types of griddled food.
  • A Panini Press - If you plan on serving lunches or light meals then a Panini press is a must.  Paninis are incredibly popular so they're a good addition to most menus.
  • A Grill - They are usually found on wall mounted shelves above ovens or can be sited on a special built in stainless steel shelf unit attached to an induction cooking suite, so they don't take up unnecessary space.  A grill, or salamader grill is essential in a commercial kitchen as it's the quickest way of finishing the tops of dishes such as lasagne, deserts and pies along with toasting bread and heating up garlic ciabatta bread.
  • Hot Cabinet - A hot holding cupboard and a bain-marie are essential in fast paced kitchens where food is prepared and kept warm ready for serving.  This allows for much quicker service usually.
  • Commercial Dishwasher - Busy restaurants use a lot of crockery and cutlery on a daily basis so it's important to have a dishwasher that can handle near constant running during service.
  • Fridges/Freezers - It's important to have an adequate amount of chilled and frozen storage within the food preparation area for items that are needed regularly throughout service.  It's also vital to have plenty of back-up storage as well in a separate area.
  • Pans/Utensils - It's vital to have a good variety of pots, pans and utensils for all purposes.  Make sure they're stored safely and within easy reach of the food preparation area; there's nothing more annoying for a chef than needing a spoon and not having one immediately to hand!
  • Extraction Canopy - A commercial kitchen creates a lot of steam and fumes with all of the different equipment running and cooking food releasing grease into the air so it's important to have an adequate ventilation system.  An extraction canopy sucks the greasy air and gases out of the kitchen and an air input system or air make up system provides fresh air back in.
Posted by targetadmin
targetadmin
targetadmin has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, 13 December 2012
in Catering Equipment

Sustainable Catering Equipment - Kit For Energy Efficient Kitchens

Sustainable catering equipment: products that are made locally, use renewable energy, reduce energy consumption and can be recycled after use.  Selecting sustainable catering equipment can provide significant savings as well as improving working conditions in the commercial kitchen.  Catering kitchens expend large amounts of energy with 23% of energy consumption in a typical catering business being used for cooking.  Here are 5 pieces of energy efficient catering equipment that will help you cut costs.  

  • Combination ovens and programmable cooking centres - cooking control at the push of a button optimising energy use with measured cooking hours and the ability to cook several dishes at the same time.

  • Commercial dishwashers - insulated dishwashers keep heat in where it is required, coupled with integrated water softeners ensuring water boilers work efficiently.  Choose dishwashers that have been developed to enhance water and electrical saving efficiency as well as detergent and water softener consumption and labour saving capability.  Drain water heat recovery systems can also help reduce energy bills.

 

  • Induction hobs and commercial induction range cookers offer the greatest energy savings for commercial kitchens.  With limited residual heat, as heat is generated in the pan, this produces an energy saving and also when the magnetic field is broken on removal of the pan, the hob switches off, allowing for further energy savings.  Reducing the amount of heat being generated in the kitchen also means ventilation systems can be run on minimum settings, this will allow for further energy savings.

  • Hot Cupboards - all Target Catering Equipment's hot food holding cabinets are fully insulated, maximising use of heat generated within and ensuring energy efficiency along with safe, cool surfaces.  Thermostatic control and humidity features guarantee food contents are held in perfect condition. Target's heated gantries can also be manufactured to include individually switched lamps, reducing the need for all lamps to be left on when not in use and therefore producing additional energy savings in the kitchen.

  • Eco Grills - the workhorse of so many kitchens, the salamander grill is usually left on and ready for use.  Energy saving electric ribbed elements offer an alternative to the traditional gas salamander grill.  With plate and rack sensors switching the grill on and off when required and the addition of a simple timer and individual element switches, you can start saving energy and controlling food production effortlessly with this piece of equipment.

Take some of the waste heat and energy out of your kitchen; incorporate energy saving products into your new commercial kitchen design or replace old equipment with sustainable, energy efficient catering equipment and start saving today.

For further information and advice about Target's sustainable catering equipment please call 01452 410447.