FOOD TRUCKS: the-OPERATIONAL-side

In EATSSENTIALS

Some of the common utensils found in the preparation and cooking of food truck cuisine.

COOKING

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Turners are used to flip flat items like patties or buns / breads as the flat surface allows pressing down of the items to for even cooking and attractive grill lines.

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The scraper is used to remove stuck particles of food on the grill for a clean surface to cook the next batch of food.

Tongs are common sense to have for its flexibility to pick up items from deep pots or high flames. In a hot environment, a fully stainless steel one is recommended as those with nylon tips or silicone grips may not withstand heat in the long run.

PREPARATION

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A box grater typically has four different cutting dimensions on each side to provide fine shavings, slices or coarse shreds of hard vegetables, fruits, cheese; even hard boiled eggs.

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The microplane is space saving and easier to maneuver when you want a small quantity of items without having to bring out the knife.

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For items that require on-the-spot mixing, a stainless steel bowl is a sound option for cleanability and resistance to breakage.

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Advance preparation made easy with simple parchment paper to prevent patties or any other meats from sticking together after you portion it out.

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Gloves are important in any food facility and more so for food trucks where customers are watching their food being prepared.

STORAGE

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The magnet board offers efficient storage of flat steel items like knives, the scraper, hamburger turner for easy reach.

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Ice scoop and ice box

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Store dressings, marinades or sauces in these handy squeezable plastic bottles to quickly dispense when you need them.

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Stackable, clear storage boxes helps keep your inventory in good order and for easy identification.

Image credits
via Flickr –
• Didriks
• Alden Chadwick
• Leslie Seaton
• Jeff Kubina
Denkhenk via Wikimedia Commons Sia Huat (Singapore)

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