What better way to invest than investing in cooking equipment? The equipment can be used during stokvel gatherings or stokvel events. The equipment can also be hired out to the community, and in that way, the stokvel can make profit. Lucia Bolobedu, a member of Asiphelelanga Society in East London, explains how they have managed to save up to buy good catering equipment.
BUYING QUALITY EQUIPMENT: Lucia says it’s important to keep the stokvel’s equipment up to standard to ensure that they provide their guests and clients with the best possible experience. Therefore, you should buy quality equipment that will last for a long time.
“It’s important to have good cooking equipment. If you cook food on a stove that has problems with temperature control, then you are bound to serve people burnt food. Stokvels should save up money to buy equipment such as gas stoves and their cooking experience will never be the same again,” she advises.
Lucia also adds that presentation is everything when it comes to serving people. No matter how your food is, people will not be pleased if the food is served on old and rusty crockery.
FIND A GOOD SUPPLIER: Take your time to find a good supplier when buying equipment. Always make sure that you buy a known brand at a known retailer.
If you buy at any supplier, you might end up buying low-quality goods that might give you problems overtime. “Relying on word-ofmouth is good but getting feedback from previous customers is even better. You need to buy from a company that is trusted to deliver the equipment it promises on time, and in good working condition,” Lucia says.
“Make sure you get in touch with the company should you need any assistannce with the equipment you bought.” Lucia says the best place to buy catering equipment is from a supplier who stocks a variety of products. This means you will have a variety of brands and equipment to choose from.
BASIC CATERING EQUIPMENT YOU CAN USE:
· Gas stoves
· Tables and chairs
· Pots and pans
· Cutlery and crockery
HEALTH AND SAFETY: To comply with health and safety regulations, you need to keep utensils clean and in good condition. When they start showing signs of being worn out, then they must be replaced. “It’s important to clean your utensils and equipment with warm water and soap after use and store in a dry place.
If you are using electronic appliances, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or website to find out how you can keep it clean without damaging it,” she says