The kitchen is an important part of the firehouse because it is the gathering place for the troop to relax and refuel. My friends at New Jersey Fire Magazine asked me my expert advise on selecting appliances for the Ultimate Firehouse Kitchen.
• Large-capacity refrigerator and freezer.
• High-BTU gas burners for a fast boil and sear and fine simmer for the amazing firehouse chili.
• Large-capacity, convection, self-cleaning oven and fast preheat.
• Convection over-the-range microwave with strong ventilation.
• Efficient and fast dishwasher.
• Deep stainless steel sink at least 30” wide by 19” high and 12” deep to hold big pots.
Refrigerator and Freezer: Go for the Frigidaire FPRU19F8RF 19-cubic-foot refrigerator capacity with the FPFU19F8RF 19-cubic-foot freezer. I love this combination because it gives you 38 cubic feet of capacity at an affordable price. The firehouse needs the largest capacity of refrigeration and freezer to prepare meals that feed a crew of 10 or more, and off-duty firefighters have a place to store their food until their next shift. The Pureair® filtration system helps food last longer, so there is less waste. And it removes up to seven times more odor than baking soda.
Gas Range: The FPGF3077QF provides power, and power is king. The 18,000 BTU burner has a super-fast pre-heat. That saves time because you never know when the next fire emergency is coming. The 2-in-1 griddle and burner offers easy access to make over-the-top pancakes.
Convection microwave hood combo: The FPBM3077RF features a 2-in-1 convection oven or microwave to give a big firehouse the second oven it needs. The Power Sense® cooking technology automatically senses ideal time and power levels for those who need the microwave for a little extra help in the kitchen.
Fire up the grill
Every firehouse could use a grill big enough to cook 24 burgers, 14 racks of ribs or two 20-pound turkeys. And to do that, turn your grilling into an Eggsperience.
I recommends that all firehouses make The Big Green Egg a standard part of their cooking gear. The Big Green Egg is an R2-D2-looking apparatus that provides the ultimate charcoal barbecue cooking experience. It’s a grill, and oven and a smoker.
The Egg can revolutionize firehouse meals because it maintains cooking temperatures even when it’s 30-degrees outside. Nothing like a charcoal burger in January to keep firefighters fueled for the fight: The Big Green Egg facilitates cooking outside year-round.
Widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker, the Big Green Egg was derived from an ancient clay cooking device known as a “kamado.” Originally a clay vessel with a lid, today’s Egg is a modern ceramic marvel.
There are seven sizes of Eggs, though I suggest the Extra Large with a 24-inch diameter. The Egg is simple to start, safe to use, easy to clean up, and it can handle up to 24 steaks or 11 whole chickens.
With all these amazing appliances, the kitchen will sure to remain the heart of the firehouse!