Dear East Side Soup Kitchen Friend,
The ESSK needs your help! We need to purchase a Tilt Skillet. We are finding it much more difficult to feed the 1800 and up weekly guests with our current kitchen stove which lacks both the capacity and the versatility of a Tilt Skillet. A Tilt Skillet would allow our cooks to prepare food in a more efficient and safer manner.
The Tilt Skillet is a stand-alone, commercial unit with its own heat source that has a large, rectangular 10” deep pan and is easy for cooks of all heights to operate safely. This multipurpose unit can be used to grill, roast, braise, steam, simmer, and even fry. Not only does it cook food more evenly it also cooks it faster. A 30-gallon tilting skillet can produce as many as 350 meals per hour. The tilt skillet would allow the ESSK to cook 75 pounds of ground beef at once, which feeds an average of 290 people, or to make 27 gallons of soup at a time.
This description from Food Service Equipment & Supplies summarizes the Tilt Skillet’s advantages succinctly: “These versatile units can serve as a kettle for cooking soups, stews, chili, rice, pasta and sauces. Operators can use a skillet to pan-fry such menu items as donuts, fried chicken, fish, and french-fries. When used for braising, tilting skillets quickly brown food and simmer products. When used as an oven, this equipment can bake or roast all types of meat and poultry. Tilting skillets can serve as a griddle for preparing bacon, burgers, grilled sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, eggs and sausage as well as stir-fry dishes. When used in conjunction with a steam pan insert, these units can steam vegetables, seafood and other items. Tilting skillets can serve as both a warmer to thaw frozen items, or as a chilling station in conjunction with ice to cool steamed product. The cost of a Tilt Skillet is around $18,000 – $20,000. I have found a supplier that has offered to purchase the Tilt Skillet at cost for us.
The ESSK’s current kitchen stove does not lend itself to ease of use, versatility or safety. For the large quantity of food that we need to prepare on a daily basis, we have to use four to six burners at once, just for one huge pan of food. The stove is limited to basically boiling and simmering; we have no grill. For frying the large quantities of food we need, we resort to the deep fryer and gallons of hot oil. All of this leads to inconsistencies in the quality of the final product. It puts a severe limit on how quickly large quantities can be prepared at once, and unsafe practices for cooks (particularly short individuals) as they often must stand on step stools to tend to the food and to lift heavy pans from the burners with the risk of catching their clothing or aprons on fire. At times, pans can weigh over 70lbs. We are not proposing getting rid of our stove, but we have a great need to add the Tilt Skillet to our kitchen to make feeding 1,800 plus people weekly an easier task for the staff.
You are invited to join us for breakfast on Saturday July 31st. 2021. Please see the enclosed flyer for additional information. Your contribution will help feed thousands of people who are suffering from food insecurity.
If I can answer any questions for you, or if you would like a tour of our kitchen, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone (989.755.3663) or by email [email protected].
Executive Director ESSK