If you are moving into a new home or just renovating your existing home, then you will so be thinking of fitting the kitchen with the right equipment. And if you are unsure as to which equipment to choose and which to avoid, then this post is for you. Below, we list out five tips that will help you pick out the perfect kitchen equipment.
Burner Heating Capacity
When looking to buy a burner, many people have a tendency to go for models that offer the highest heating option. This is not a good way to judge burners. For a restaurant, burners with high heating capacity are required since they will be preparing large quantities of food. But when using burners in a home, you won’t need such high heat. Instead, what you will most likely require is a wider range of heating options. As such, look for burners that can go to a low simmer and those that can go very high. This will allow you to cook all types of food, right from a chicken curry that requires slow cooking over long periods of time, to preparing large quantities of pasta. Ideally, look for burners in the range of 3000 BTU to 12000 BTU.
When picking ovens for the kitchen, make sure that you double check the doors. If the doors are weak and unable to properly hold the heat inside, then the food will take longer to cook. And in some cases, it may not even get cooked properly no matter how long you keep the oven running. Plus, the heat from the oven will also increase the temperature of the kitchen and make it too hot to work. So, when in the showroom to buy an oven, try opening and closing the doors multiple times. And inspect the doors thoroughly to ensure that they close perfectly, leaving no room for heat to escape out of the oven.
Check out the energy efficiency labels on the equipment, and pick the one that consumes the least energy. And if you like any equipment, but find out that it consumes a lot of energy, check whether any alternative models are available that consumes less energy. Even if you have to spend extra money on a highly energy efficient equipment, it will be in your interest to make that extra investment since the equipment will easily recoup that amount in the form of energy savings.
Make sure that any equipment you buy fits in the kitchen very well, without creating a congestion. If the kitchen becomes too congested, then it will become difficult to work in it. And considering that you will be spending a good amount of time daily in the kitchen, being restricted at all times will likely irritate you, and eventually affect the quality of food you cook. So, if you happen to like a large equipment, ask the store for its smaller version.
In addition to the above tips, you can also check out the Helpful Habitat website for more information on selecting the right kitchen equipment for your home.