When starting or outfitting a food truck
, there are a lot of things to think about and a lot of decisions to make. The first step--after deciding on what food you will serve and creating a budget--is figuring out what equipment you will need. This will largely depend on what type of cuisine you will be serving and whether or not the food truck you purchased came with some equipment already installed. If there is equipment included with the truck, it's always a good idea to check the state of each piece to determine whether repairs or an upgrade are needed before you place an order for other equipment.
In general, most food trucks regardless of the type of food, need a refrigerator
or washing station, grill or range, exhaust hood
, fire suppression system, and some sort of warming unit
. A few of these items may be switched out for others or additional equipment may be deemed necessary that better suits your specific needs. For example, a grill
will cover most cooking needs for several types of food but if your food truck will be featuring deep fried treats, then a fryer
would most likely replace this. If your food truck focuses on sandwiches and paninis or breakfast foods and coffee, adding a panini press
, coffee brewers
, and a microwave
may be needed in addition to the larger equipment.
Layout is extremely important when outfitting a food truck because the available space is so limited. For this reason, space-saving unit like undercounter refrigerator
are popular as they are smaller than traditional units and can double as extra countertop space. Other equipment like grills and ranges also come in a variety of sizes, making it easier to choose units that will better fit your cooking needs and space restrictions.
Having the equipment necessary to prepare the food and drink you plan to offer is the first big step in starting a food truck but when setting your budget, don't forget that there are a number of small wares also needed. Pots
, mixing bowls
, storage containers, gloves, aprons
, trash bins
, disposable cups
, plates, and utensils, and menu boards
are all smaller items but no less important for your business. Offer made to order sandwiches or a host of topping for tacos? Storage containers
not only separate each ingredient and keep everything clean but also allow for a uniform (and stackable) appearance. Make your own slaw or special sauce? Mixing bowls make it easy for you to whip up a new batch when you run out mid-lunch rush. Other items, like the disposable plates
, and gloves
, are necessary to maintain proper sanitation when serving customers and handling food.
There is a lot that goes into starting and outfitting a food truck but considering which equipment and smaller items will best suit your business is a good place to start.