|Re: Kitchen Equipment-long||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Stevenson/Bitner (lilbertconcentric.net)|
|Date: Thu, 19 Nov 1998 22:41:08 -0600|
>What cooking equipment are you using? (make/model, #of burners, BTU of >burners, griddle?, grill?, wok burner?, #of ovens, size of ovens, >convection, warming drawers? - and so on). Also, what type of dishwasher >are you using? > >How is this equipment working out? What would you like to change? > >To put this information in context: How many people attend your meals, >typically? > >Right now, the $1,500 question is this: Will we often need to have more >than four burners going at the same time? We feed 30-50 people per meal. We have two stoves, and one dishwasher, and are putting in another dishwasher and deeper sinks next week. Yes, you will absolutely use more than four burners at one time, and often enough to have two stoves. For that matter, we use both ovens at many meals as well, so it's a must. I don't know that make and model are as important as the features. We occasionally use the griddle, but could live without it. A wok burner takes up lots of space, and you'll need to have more than one wok going at a time anyway, so get the highest BTU stove you can get your hands on, and use the woks on the stove. Don't get a commercial stove; they get way too hot for safety. There are some new ones that have the safety features of a home unit and the btus of a commercial unit. I'd recommend looking into them. Also, you will be using big pots, and residential stoves have burners close together. We can't use all the burners on the stove at the same time, so the savings in getting residential stoves was a false economy. You'll get lots of conflicting advice on dishwashers. There are basically two camps, commercial or residential. Commercial dishwashers are counter-level and are finished with a cycle in a few minutes. People say they love them, but I don't. You need a stainless steel countertop, and they are VERY noisy. Also, that's wasted counter space. On the other hand, residential washers take a long time. We opted for residential, but I think that one depends very much on your individual kitchen and people's needs. My opinion on warming drawers, convection ovens, and grills is that these are frills, and will probably be taken out of the plans when the budget gets tight anyway! If I were to pick one that would be useful, though, I'd go with the convection oven. They make cooking faster and more foolproof. Good luck! Liz Stevenson Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento, CA
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