The Food Truck Equipment and Supplies Checklist

The Food Truck Equipment and Supplies Checklist


Ready to Take Your Food Truck to the Next Level? Check This Equipment Off Your List!

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Whether you've been in the food truck business for years, or you're looking to get started, this list of food truck equipment and supplies will help take your business to the next level. 

Preparation Supplies

You can't cook great food if you don't prepare it, right? Make sure your food truck is stocked up with:

  • Kitchen Cutlery, Knife Racks, Holders
  • Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Cutters
  • Commercial French Fry Cutters
  • Aprons
  • Thermometers 
  • Sandwich Spreaders
  • Turners
  • Cutting Boards

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Countertop Cooking Equipment

A top priority for food trucks is to invest in high quality countertop cooking equipment. Cooking food quickly is necessary to keep things rolling (no pun intended) when the line starts to grow during the lunch hour rush. Depending on the type of food you plan to serve, you may want to invest in:

  • Electric or Gas Countertop Charbroilers
  • Electric or Gas Griddles
  • Flat Top Grills
  • Tortilla Presses and Tortilla Grills
  • Commercial Panini Grills
  • Gyro Machines
  • Food Truck Hoods and Systems
  • Electric Hot Plates and Ranges

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Deep Frying Equipment

One of the best things about food trucks is the delicious, deep fried food they serve. Having the a quality fryer, frying oil, and frying oil filtration system will take your food to the next level. We recommend:

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Countertop Ovens and Steamers

Utilize great food truck equipment to steam veggies or bake delicious desserts. Add these items to your list:

  • Commercial Microwaves
  • Countertop Pizza Ovens
  • Countertop Convection Ovens
  • Portion Steamers
  • Fast Steamers

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Food Truck Foods & Beverages

You can't have a successful food truck without service delicious food! Be sure to make the quality of your food your number one priority and find a distributor that meets all of your needs. First decide on your cuisine, then create a menu that's right for you:

  • American: Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, Chicken Wings, Chicken Tenders, Mac & Cheese
  • BBQ: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Ribs, Brisket, Burnt Ends, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Green Beans, Cornbread
  • Seafood: Crab Cakes, Fish Sandwiches, Crab Legs, Lobster Rolls, Po'boys, Rice, Veggies
  • Mexican: Tacos, Street Corn, Chips,  Queso, Salsa, Guacamole, Nachos, Burritos, Beans and Rice, Fajitas, Enchiladas, Plantains
  • Italian: Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad, Pizza, Cannoli's, Risotto, Lasagna, Ravioli, Alfredo, Charcuterie, Parmigiana, Tiramisu
  • Middle Eastern: Hummus, Falafels, Fattoush, Manakeesh, Grilled halloumi, Tabouleh, Foul Meddamas, Moutabal/Baba Ghanoush, Shawarma, Dolma, Baklava
  • Breakfast Food: Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Eggs, Potatoes, Syrup, Waffles, English Muffins, Biscuits, Oatmeal, Toast, Butter & Jelly
  • Asian: Sushi, Dumplings, General Tao's Chicken, Sweet & Sour Sauce, Tempura, Stir-Fried Tofu, Spring Rolls, Egg Drop Soup, Low Mein/Chow Mein
  • Beverages: Sodas, Coffee & Tea, Alcohol, Water Bottles, Energy Drinks

Warming and Holding Equipment

It makes things much easier and smoother if some food is prepared ahead of time in anticipation of the 12 o'clock rush. Utilize warming and holding equipment:

  • Counter Top Food Warmers
  • Counter Top Bulb Warmers and Heat Lamps
  • Soup Warmers and Kettles
  • Fry Dump Stations
  • Insulated Food Carriers and Beverage Containers

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Serving Supplies & Disposables

Great food must be paired with great services! Utilize these food truck serving supplies and disposables: 

  • Serving Utensils
  • Squeeze Bottles
  • Cheese Shakers/Spice Shakers
  • Napkin Dispensers
  • Pump Condiment Dispensers
  • Condiment Bars
  • Disposable Dinnerware, Food Trays, Cups, and Utensils
  • Styrofoam or cardboard take-home containers

Food Truck Refrigeration Equipment

Quality food should never go to waste! Choose the right refrigeration system for your food truck:

  • Blast Chillers
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Prep Refrigeration
  • Dipping Cabinets

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Janitorial Supplies

Cleaning after a long hard day is crucial to the success and health of your food truck. Make sure you have: 

  • Cleaning and Sanitization Chemicals
  • Gloves
  • Sponges and Scrubbers
  • Trash Cans, Liners, Garbage Bags
  • Brooms and Dustpans
  • Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Mats
  • Wet Floor Mats
  • Soap/Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
  • Towels and Wipes 
  • Bottles and Sprayers
  • Hand Sinks and Accessories

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Food Truck Advertising Supplies

Let customers know you're open for business and what you're serving with these advertising supplies:

  • Menu Boards
  • A-Frame Sign Boards
  • Window, Door, & LED Signs

Misc. Food Truck Equipment & Supplies

And last but not least, other supplies that are easy to forget, but necessary for a great food truck: 

  • Disposable gloves
  • Guest Checks and Receipts
  • Napkins and Dispensers
  • Cling Wrap/Foil
  • Grill Scrapers
  • Grill Press
  • Spatulas

There you have it folks! A big ole' checklist for food truck equipment and supplies. If you're interested in reducing oil and labor costs, extending or optimizing the quality of your cooking oil, or want a safer option for filtering your oil, we're here to help. Click here to chat with one of our team members about adding FreshFry Pods to your list of food truck supplies. 

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