When you have a family of 15, cooking a meal to feed all those hungry mouths can be a real challenge! Whether you’re cooking for the whole family or thinking about opening your own catering business, you’ll need the right tools for the job. Here are a few pieces of kitchen equipment that can help you feed a small army.
- Stock Pot
Soups and sauces are a major part of big-meal planning. If your kitchen’s covered in splashes from a smaller soup pot, it’s time to upgrade to an industrial-sized stock pot. You can spend the weekend making a huge batch of chicken, beef, or vegetable stock and freeze it in ice cube trays or sandwich bags for use throughout the week. And for caterers, homemade stock makes all the difference in flavour and will put you a cut above the competition!
- Crock Pot
Every family needs a crock pot or slow cooker in my opinion, whether you’re cooking for 2 or 20. It’s such a handy piece of equipment to have, and lets you batch cook to save time on meal prepping. There are some great crock pot recipes out there, from slow cooker chilli to pot roast.
- Food Processor
Slicing, grating, and chopping, oh my! You’ll build up some impressive upper body strength cooking for a large crew every night, but save yourself a bit of work with a food processor. As an added bonus, you can make your own peanut butter.
- Working Tables
Does it seem like there’s never enough chopping and prep space? If you find yourself taking over not just the kitchen counter but the dining room table to prep your meal, you might want to invest in a separate work table. Euroceppi has a very high quality range of metal working tables, which you can disassemble when they’re not in use. They even come on wheels so you can move them around when you need them and they’re easy to clean! At the very least, purchase extra chopping boards so you don’t ruin your dining room table.
It’s great for stir-fries, but you can also use a wok as a large frying pan when the regular sizes just won’t cut it. Woks are great because you can carefully control the cooking temperature and get creative with one-pot recipes.