Cooking Equipment For Home Camp And Restaurant

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Stove Anchors Your Kitchen. The major piece of cooking equipment in any kitchen is the free-standing range or countertop cooktop. If you are remodeling or planning a new kitchen, then deciding on your cooking equipment, whether gas, LP, or electric is key to anchoring your kitchen remodel.

Types of Cooking Equipment:

Are you looking for smaller size convenience suitable for travel? If so, then look into the camp and outdoor cooking equipment lines made by well known firms such as Lodge.

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Most other cooking equipment is portable. This includes:

  • Countertop or under-cabinet appliances such as a toaster oven/broiler, a microwave ove , a kitchen mixer, a food processor, and a blender

  • Small appliances more likely to be stored in a cupboard or closet, such as a slow cooker, a deep fryer, and a griddle

  • Smallwares (kitchenware) such as pots and pans, bakeware, a pressure cooker, a stockpot, a roaster, cutlery, gadgets, and tools

  • Outdoor cooking equipment such as a gas-, wood-, or charcoal-fired grill or barbecue; and a turkey fryer

What Kind of Cooking Equipment You'll Need

In an apartment or condo, there may be restrictions on the type of cooktop you can install. Otherwise, your choices are:

  • Gas. Gas is the traditional first choice. Modern gas stoves feature a flat ceramic top with the burners mounted on it, making it easy to clean up spills (use a cleaner specifically recommended for the surface material). Heavy enameled iron grates sit over the surface, making a flat top that supports any size of pot. Standard stoves have two 12,000 BTU per hour burners and two 9,000 BTU per hour burners, and this is enough for most cooking. If you do home canning or cook in large quantities, though, or do a lot of stir-frying, this really isn't adequate. If you want to get a 20- or 30-quart pot of water boiling, you should be looking for 15,000 BTU per hour or larger burners.

  • Electric. Electric coil tops are what most apartment landlords install. They're economical to buy, but they're harder to cook with than gas. When it's time to reduce the heat under a pot, you have to plan for the lag time as the burner cools down. Electric stoves don't work well with thin-bottomed cookware, as the direct contact between the coil and the pan bottom can result in scorching of food and of the pan itself.

  • Solid disk electric elements provide a smooth surface that's easy to clean. They use more energy than electric coils and they heat more slowly.

  • Radiant elements, mounted under a ceramic top, provide easy cleanup; and they use less energy than solid disks or coils. They are intermediate between disks and coils in terms of the speed at which you can adjust the temperature.

  • Halogen elements, mounted under a glass top, heat and cool more quickly than radiant elements, but the cost quite a bit more.

Energy Efficient Induction Ranges. Induction ranges are by far the safest and most energy-efficient of the electric cooking equipment options. An induction element uses a rapidly oscillating magnetic field to heat the metal in the pan. The cooktop itself does not heat up, except to the extent that the hot pan warms the surface beneath it. This makes induction ranges ideal for homes with small children or infirm or impaired people of any age. A bonus is that an induction range uses about half as much energy as an electric coil range.

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