So, you’ve decided to do it. You’ve decided to take your hobbyist passion and turn it into a side hustle. For those intrepid cooks among you, that can be a very worthwhile step up. Perhaps you’re putting together the most delicious sauce that will sure be a best seller one day, or maybe you’re fermenting kimchi which isn’t that available in your local area. No matter what it is, taking a beautiful product and making it into a more tangible object you can sell, even from your home at first, is key.
Of course, we’ll assume that you have all of the permits set up, your sole trading business registered, and a system assigned to take care of the bookkeeping. Now comes the fun part – investing in your home kitchen for commercial capabilities, no matter how modest.
But where should you start? Sure, certain parallel investments like a car you can deliver from, sourced by Edmunds, could be a great start. But what then? Well, in this post, we’ll discuss that and more. Let’s get started:
Efficient Refrigeration Systems
When you’re working with more ingredients and stock than you’ve ever handled before, using the family refrigerator won’t always do. It’s important to invest in units that can be precisely controlled on a temperature basis, that display the exact reading and any changes, and that have shelves in which you can actively keep your goods apart. No matter if that’s for the setting of baked goods, the aging of meat, or the preservation of sandwiches before you deliver them, having a few refrigeration units will help you avoid overstuffing your storage areas, and also help you adhere to food hygiene regulations.
Invest in Ventilation Systems
No matter if it’s a huge amount of steam arising from your large batches of baked bread, or if it’s smoke created by your delicious concoctions and fried goods, what matters is being able to offset this moisture or smoke correctly. You may need to install a larger ventilation hood in your kitchen, and also make sure to clean it correctly at least every other day because otherwise built-up grease can turn into a fire hazard. The state of extractor fans is often the mark of any good kitchen, no matter if that’s at home or in a private space.
If you have more than one person working in your kitchen, you may need to invest in a stronger flooring. Some used textured epoxy, resin, natural stone, vinyl, and more depending on use and need. Couple this with gripped soles on shoes, and this can prevent slippages, stainings, damage and water runoff in kitchens where many smells, liquids, and temperatures are handled throughout the day. Moreover, in an environment where sharp knives and other utilities are used, having strong flooring is key. Sure, it might not look as regal as you’d like, but function is always more important in a production environment, especially where safety and utility is concerned.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily invest in that wonderful home commercial kitchen. Good luck with your initiative!