Essential Kitchen Equipment for Your Cloud Kitchen? Part-2

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Just to refresh, a cloud kitchen is essentially restaurant kitchen that only accepts incoming orders via online ordering systems, and provides no dining facilities. They have a base kitchen that delivers food to customers ‘doorstep.

Cloud kitchens may have their online ordering website and online ordering app or accept orders through various food delivery platforms. Since the primary source of revenue for these internet restaurants is through various food ordering platforms such as Swiggy, FoodPanda, Zomato, etc., it is important to have a check-in system that keeps track of the deliveries and the volume the company generates from different platforms. This will save you the trouble of adding and measuring orders from various ordering systems at the end of each day.

Kitchen Equipment & Packaging

The kitchen equipment depends on the type of cuisine you serve. The basic equipment required to start a cloud kitchen is – stove and oven, refrigerator, knives, etc. Here is a full list of kitchen equipment to operate a food delivery company.

Here’s our list of essential cooking equipment for restaurants which Mukunda Foods can help you with. Reach out to us for free trials in your restaurant kitchen:

Commercial Microwave Oven:

  • Steam + Microwave Oven: In steam ovens water is placed inside prior to cooking, and as the oven heats up the water turns to steam, which in turn cooks the food. A microwave cooks by passing radio waves quickly through food.

Other essentials Equipment (Refer to part one of this blog on www.mukundafoods.com) :

  • Range: You can choose either electric or gas ranges, depending on your preferences and kitchen setup.
  • Deep Fryer: While deep fryers are ideal for making french fries, chicken tenders, and other customer favorites, you can use them for frying up a variety of foods. You can see more about our Vent less Automatic Fryer on mukundafoods.com
  • Grill: Char broilers and other grills impart a smoky and charred flavor that’s perfect for many different recipes.
  • Griddles: Similar to grills but with a flat metallic surface, griddles are a mainstay in diners and can be used for a variety of different cooking methods.
  • Salamander or Broiler: These products are perfect for finishing dishes, toasting bread, or melting cheese. Also, salamanders have high enough heat output to broil salmon or cook foods.
  • Toaster: If your restaurant is going to be open for breakfast, a commercial toaster is a must for your bread and bagels.
  • Coffee Brewer: Coffee is a popular beverage, and it’s a great addition to your beverage service, even if you’re not opening a cafe or bakery.
  • Microwave: Microwaves are a convenient way to heat up sauces, defrost frozen foods, and re-heat products.

Additionally, with cooking equipment, it’s essential that you choose the right power type for your kitchen. Also, be aware that               you may need additional gas hoses and other components to install your cooking equipment successfully.

Here are the basic points to keep in mind when setting up a Cloud Kitchen company. Without addressing these mentioned requirements, one can face difficulties in sustaining the company.

Location & Property

Place and property are the main differentiators between a conventional restaurant and a cloud kitchen. A cloud kitchen doesn’t need a high footfall and prime property position. Rather, it can easily be set up in a 250-300 Sq Ft room, as there is no house front. This greatly reduces the expense of opening a cloud kitchen.

The cloud kitchen can be in a fairly inaccessible area, but with high customer demand, particularly for a specific kitchen. Residential areas, market backsides, unused parking lots make a perfect cloud kitchen spot. Instead, you can also go for a shared kitchen room, as this helps reduce initial investment.

Licenses

For many reasons, obtaining proper licenses and certification is important to open a cloud kitchen. Second, getting the licenses in order will save you from legal difficulties. Second, because consumers can not visit the outlet themselves to test for sanitation, food safety and preparation, proper licensing gives them a sense of satisfaction. You can promote these on your website and in your marketing campaigns to convince your customers that you prepare high-quality food.

FSSAI: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. FSSAI Licenses are mandatory for food-related business in India and must be obtained on behalf of the company and its owner. The license period can range from 1 year to 5 years and must be renewed before expiry. It’s also nice to mention FSSAI on the packaging and invoice to build confidence in our customers about our offers.

GST: GST registration is mandatory for any business in India and also it is recommended to file all the company related taxes timely. GST must be submitted weekly, quarterly and annually. GST also helps to procure licensed vendors, as it reduces the tax amount if all parties have a GST number. Upon obtaining a bank account, we will apply for a GST number.

Trade License: Every business will require to possess a trade license, and so does the cloud kitchen. This can be obtained from the local municipal office by furnishing all necessary documents. Apart from the cost, we might need some extra money to get the job finished. It is a one-time job and it is kind of mandatory legal action.

Fire and Safety License: Now it’s not mandatory to start with, but it is great to save yourself from future troubles. This is part of law, fire and human health agreements are compulsory for any workplace.

Additional Licenses:

The main licenses to start a cloud kitchen company are FSSAI, Shop & Establishment, GST Registration, Fire Department NOC, etc. Make sure you have these before starting a food delivery company.

Trademark registration is also very relevant for the cloud kitchen company because the idea of this company doesn’t allow the customer to step in, so the brand name of the business is the customer’s HERO. To protect the brand, the business owner must file trademark applications for the logo, name, wordmark consisting of different colors, patterns to create their unique identity on the market.

Conclusion

While cloud kitchens involve low risk and high benefit, one should be alert to the competition ahead to make profits. A cloud kitchen will definitely be the next theme. If you plan to grow your company or start a food channel, the cloud kitchen is the safer and wiser alternative considering that you keep it compliant.