Running a food truck is exciting and challenging. You’re on the move most of the time, and you have to manage the limited space on your truck and make it profitable. Here are some things to keep in mind to get the most out of your food truck’s limited space.
If it’s too big, don’t buy it
Because space is such a precious commodity in food trucks, don’t go buying overly large kitchen equipment that might not fit. Make a list of all the things you need for your mobile kitchen – for example, stovetops and freezers – and try to find exactly the right dimensions to fit into your kitchen.
Find multipurpose items
If you visit a furniture exhibition, you’ll find many simple yet effective appliances that can fit to small room. Look for multifunctional items that help you cut down on your kitchen clutter. For example, get an oven that can not just bake, but grill and steam food as well.
Have an area for frequently used items
There are some things that you use in your kitchen more heavily than others. Group these items in an area that’s easy to access. For instance, if you sell coffee and baked goods, put your toaster and coffee machine near your sugar and jam. This small change will make so much more convenient to prepare and serve your customers.
Corners are sometimes the key to make your small kitchen look tidy. Placed fixed equipment – such as a microwave or oven toaster – in that area, away from the high-traffic centre of the food truck.
Vertical spaces? Use it!
There’s bound to be some empty wall space above your counter in the kitchen. Make it useful by placing some wall-mounted shelves to put some of your stuff. You can also place tall stainless steel cubbyholes above the stove to store your condiments and seasonings.