Transition Kitchen

This page is the One Community transition kitchen page that shares the details for purchasing, setting up, and operating a kitchen capable of feeding up to 50 people in a remote location. This page discusses this with the following sections:

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WHAT IS TRANSITION KITCHEN DESIGN

transition kitchen, temporary kitchen, eating while building, green living, eco-kitchen design, large-scale temporary food production, One Community, earthbag village pre-kitchen, City Center temporary dining optionA transition kitchen is a temporary kitchen purposed for food preparation until a more permanent commercial kitchen can be established. We believe that, even in a temporary situation, creating meals from whole foods that will provide variety and enjoyment is important to maintaining a happy and productive team. This page and the associated menu and preparation pages share the details of equipment and food needs, cost, setup, and maintenance.

The transition kitchen is designed to feed up to 50 people a day, which includes 3 primary meals and snacks.

 

WHY  CREATE A TRANSITION KITCHEN

transition kitchen, temporary kitchen, eating while building, green living, eco-kitchen design, large-scale temporary food production, One Community, earthbag village pre-kitchen, City Center temporary dining optionHaving an efficient and affordable transition kitchen can save time and money while adding convenience and reducing waste. If created properly, it will also produce better tasting and more nutritious food and ultimately mean a happier and healthier building team. With this in mind, we see establishing a transition kitchen for feeding groups of 30+ people as essential to any remote building project expected to last for any significant period of time.

One Community needs a transition kitchen for both our upcoming crowdfunding campaign and our 7-villages build where the transition kitchen will be used as the primary kitchen until the permanent Duplicable City Center commercial kitchen is operational. Once the City Center kitchen is operational, the transition kitchen will then be used as a secondary food preparation center for setup close to each major building site.

 

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TRANSITION KITCHEN STRUCTURE

transition kitchen, temporary kitchen, eating while building, green living, eco-kitchen design, large-scale temporary food production, One Community, earthbag village pre-kitchen, City Center temporary dining optionThe transition kitchen will be a temporary structure purposed for food preparation and dining for up to 50 people for three meals per day. When not used for cooking or dining, the structure may also serve as additional sleeping space. For this, we will be using a hexayurt design with a total area of ≈ 1,791.54 ft.

 

MATERIALS AND STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

The Hexayurt is a simplified disaster relief shelter design. It is based on a geodesic geometry adapted to construction from standard 4×8 foot sheets of factory made construction material. It resembles a panel yurt, hence the name.

Hexayrut Kitchen Conceptual Design

Hexayurt Kitchen Conceptual Design

The pictures below show the 3D model of the kitchen we are likely to build. The initial cost analysis for this structure shows the total cost will be $21,004.75. Further down this page you will find the pricing and other details for complete replication of the setup.

Transitory Kitchen

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CONSTRUCTION PLANS

The basic construction principle is to use full sheets for the walls. Sheets cut from one corner to the opposite corner provide right triangles, as demonstrated in the image below. Each pair of right triangles can be assembled into an isosceles triangle that is 8 feet wide and 8 feet in height, thus forming a roof panel. For constructions made from light material the panels can be joined by tape.

One Community Hexayurt construction, what is a hexayurt?

One rectangular sheet of metal cut diagonally to create triangles for hexayurt construction

Hexayurts can be made in a variety of sizes using simple tools. They can be made from industry standard 4′ x 8′ (1.2m x 2.4m) sheets with zero waste. Many different materials can be used, such as plywood, OSB, coroplast, composites, hexacomb cardboard or other honeycombs, and polyiso insulation boards, which are the chosen material for One Community’s Transitory Kitchen design. Depending on your choice of materials, a Hexayurt can last for years or even decades.

As part of the upcoming crowdfunding campaign, when we are in construction phase, we will begin to provide the following videos, including a time-lapse video of the kitchen setup:

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CHEAPER OPTIONS

The picture below shows a simpler alternative for a temporary transition kitchen structure, a 30′ diameter dome that costs about $2200 from Shelter-Systems.com.

One Community did not choose this dome for a few reasons. The first reason is that it is not large enough to fit 50 people, which will be the amount of people One Community is aiming to feed in it’s first phase of development. The second reason is that… **

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To fully engage in this action, the following tools and materials are our suggestions. If you find a better substitute, please let us know.

 

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

The Transition Kitchen will have a variety of kitchen equipment available for use on a daily basis. We aimed to include a decent variety of tools so that we could create quite a large variety of different kinds of foods for our pioneer team. Our priorities for choosing the kitchen equipment included cost, customer reviews, and ensuring we have everything we need to consistently create healthy & delicious food.

 

EQUIPMENT DETAILS

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    1. STAINLESS DOUBLE SINKS + DRAINBOARDS
    2. 12″ WALL MOUNTED SWIVEL FAUCET
    3. DRY STORAGE SHELVING – 24” x 36” EQUIPMENT STAND
    4. BUS TUBS FOR DISHES
    5. SINKS FOR DISHES
    6. STAINLESS WORK TABLE, 14 GAUGE
    7. MOBILE WORK TABLE
    8. HEAVY DUTY RANGE + OVEN
    9. ELECTRIC COUNTER-TOP GRIDDLE
    10. REFRIGERATOR
    11. STOCK POT
    12. ELECTRIC KETTLE
    13. COMMERCIAL WORK TABLE, 18 GAUGE
    14. COMMERCIAL WORK TABLE, 16 GAUGE
    15. COMMERCIAL BLENDER
    16. STAINLESS STEEL COLD TABLE
    17. ELECTRIC STEAM TABLE
    18. PRESSURE COOKER
    19. TRASH CAN
    20. ROUND PICNIC TABLE
    21. FOLDING PICNIC TABLE
    22. BUSSING TROLLEY
    23. INSULATION BOARD
    24. HEXAYURT TAPE 6″
    25. HEXAYURT TAPE 3″
    26. ALUMINUM TAPE
    27. TARP
    28. POLYESTER ROPE
    29. ROOF BEAM
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EQUIPMENT IMAGES AND DESCRIPTIONS

Two Compartment Sink, One Community A two compartment prep / pot sink with two drainboards is for large establishments. It has a multipurpose functionality and a durable design.
12-inch Wall Mounted Swivel Faucet, One Community A 12″ long swivel spout faucet is made for use with any commercial pot sink. For optimum versatility, they easily swing from one compartment to the next to ensure proper separation between rinsing, washing, and sanitizing. Its wall-mounted design requires an 8″ center for proper installation.
Dry Storage Shelving, One Community A durable chrome wire construction enables the shelves to hold heavy items like canned goods and small kitchen appliances.

They’re typically used for a variety of dry settings, including pantries, storage closets, and merchandising areas.

Undershelf, One Community Stainless steel equipment stands feature a high weight capacity, and additional undershelf for storing both your equipment and the supplies that come with it.

A long table is capable of holding multiple griddles, mixers, and other essential pieces of cooking equipment.

Gray Bus Tub, One Community Bus boxes are good for soaking flatware and collecting dishes. Polypropylene is typically used for it’s durability.

Most are stackable and great for storage.

Stainless Undershelf, One Community

A stainless steel commercial work table is used for extra surface area for preparing food, drying dishes, or storing small appliances in a commercial kitchen. You can also store equipment and supplies on the under-shelf. Plus, a tabletop includes grooved, roll formed hat channels to provide maximum durability.
Mobile Work Table, One Community Mobile carts’ topmost surface can be used to prepare anything from salads to baked goods. Tubular racks for bun pans allow transportation of large quantities of food at a time.
Heavy Duty Range, One Community This stove has six burners set in split cast iron ergonomic grates, a standard oven with a 38,000 BTU “H” style cast iron burner, and a nickel-plated oven rack with a 3-position removable guide. A porcelain oven interior will help make cleanup easier and fits standard sheet pans in both directions. An oven thermostat with a temperature range from low to 500° Fahrenheit is ideal.
Countertop Griddle, One Community A countertop griddle with a non-stick commercial cooking surface will help to expand the amount of available cooking surface, while making it easier to cook certain kinds of foods. A removable stainless steel splash guard is helpful to ensure the surrounding work area remains tidy and the food easily stays on the cooking surface.
Refrigerator Equipment, One Community A compact worktop refrigerator provides refrigeration and countertop work space simultaneously. A combination of stainless steel drawers and self-closing doors provides options to store a variety of items of different sizes. To provide quick, out of the way access, the upper pull-out drawers can fit pans.

With a 1/4 hp compressor, a CFC-free (R-134a) capillary tube refrigeration system provides high humidity storage, while maintaining temperatures between 35° and 38° Fahrenheit. To further optimize temperature control, each cabinet is insulated with CFC and HCFC-free 2″ thick foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation and a 2 1/2″ thick worktop.

Stock Pot, One Community Stock pots are used for anything from boiling vegetables, to cooking soups, to cooking rice. 40 qt. and larger stockpots are appropriate for preparing foods for larger groups. A heavy-duty steel and layered bottom help for durability and heat distribution.
Electric Kettle, One Community A soup kettle warmer holds soups, gravies, stews, or nacho cheese at food-safe serving temperatures from 105-195° Fahrenheit. A stainless steel interior helps durability and clean up.
Undershelf, One Community A short stainless steel commercial work table provides plenty of room on its work surface as well offering a stainless steel under-shelf to supply much needed space for storing supplies and other tasks.

Stainless Commercial Work Table with Undershelf, One Community

A long all-stainless steel construction and a backsplash offers a durable option for rolling out dough or chopping fruits and vegetables. You can make the most out of limited counterspace by adding a versatile work table.
Commercial Blender, One Community

A commercial blender with a heavy-duty 3.5 hp motor makes blending fast and efficient. This can be used for blending anything from smoothies to soups, as well as a variety of other foods.

Cold Table, One Community

A three-well stationary cold food table is used for creating a cold food buffet. It can keep cold menu items chilled at safe and delicious temperatures. Heavy duty stainless steel legs with bullet feet help with durability and stability. A thick poly board on a stainless steel bracket provides a sturdy surface where people can place their trays or plates and load up their foods. The under-shelf can hold additional trays, dishes, or other items to quickly restock the buffet.

Steam Table, One Community

A three-well electric open-well steam table is used to keep food hot and ready to serve on a hot buffet. Adjustable legs can accommodate different types of floors. The under-shelf can be used for storage. A full-length cutting board provides a little extra work space for changing out food pans or filling plates. For optimum heating versatility and temperature retention, it is handy if each well is warmed by an independently controlled heating element. Fiberglass insulation between the wells allows for better heat retention and different holding temperatures for each well.

Pressure Cooker, One Community

A 23qt aluminum pressure cooker can double as a handy large-capacity pressure cooker or as a boiling-water canner for preserving fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and salsa. Heavy-gauge aluminum can help with fast, even heating and works on regular and smooth-top ranges.

Trash Can, One Community

A 30-Gallon Flip-Door Stackable Recycle Bin can help with sorting recyclables for large groups.

It is helpful to have stickers for individual sorting needs and a hood that snaps securely to the base.

Round Picnic Table, One Community

A 44 in. Round Picnic Table with 3 Benches is helpful for fitting in smaller spaces and is easy to fold up and relocate or store.

This table can accommodate six people.

6 Foot Picnic Table, One Community

A 6 ft. Folding Picnic Table with Benches provides seating for multiple adults or children. This table is also light weight and easy to fold and relocate or store.

Black Utility Cart, One Community

Utility carts are typically used for hauling bus tubs, food pans, plates, flatware, dry ingredients, and more.

A utility cart moves essential items from one room to the next.

Polyiso Foam Insulation Board, One Community

Large sections of foam insulation board are used when building walls to help regulate the temperature inside of the building and help block wind.

6 in x 60 yd Bi-Filament Tape, One Community

6″ Hexayurt Tape covers large sections and the vinyl bifilament tape will not stretch or tear. The reinforced polypropylene with fiberglass threads in both directions provide a 220 lb. tensile strength.

3 in x 60 yd Bi-Filament Tape, One Community

3″ Hexayurt Tape covers small sections and the vinyl bifilament tape will not stretch or tear. The reinforced polypropylene with fiberglass threads in both directions provide a 220 lb. tensile strength.

3 in x 50 yd Aluminum Foil Metallic Tape, One Community

Soft aluminum foil tape with aggressive adhesive offers malleable foil to conform to irregular surfaces. The metallic tape is great for heat dissipation and reflection. Acrylic adhesive stands up to high temperatures (200° F).

20ft x 30ft Silver Tarp, One Community

A heavy duty tarp with woven polyethylene fabric construction helps protect against weather and moisture. A tarp that is silver colored on both sides reflects sunlight, and one that also contains black yarns blocks sunlight from passing through. Rope-reinforced hems, rust-resistant grommets and plastic cap reinforced corners enhance strength and durability. Washable, reusable and recyclable tarps are ideal.

Yellow Rope, One Community

Polypropylene rope that is hollow is flexible, lightweight, rot proof, resists oil, water, gasoline and most chemicals. Warning: Knots reduce the strength of the rope up to 50%, splicing is preferable.

Be sure to read all of the warning and safety instructions for learning what this rope is and is not intended to be used for.

Roof Beam, One Community

Durable steel 10′ length roof beams are used to help support and reinforce Roof Panels for rooms that are larger than 20′ x 10′.

They act as a panel stiffener to increase integrity of roofs.

 

EQUIPMENT SETUP

We will also be creating and including a detailed kitchen setup tour:

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We will also create a follow-up “Modifications” video to share changes we make after using the kitchen for several weeks:

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EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE

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COMPLETE COST ANALYSIS

Highest Good society, fulfilled living, enriched life, enriching life, living to live, how to live an enriched life, keeping it all running, sustainable living, social architecture, fulfilled living, thriving, thrivability, emotional sustainability, the good life, a new way to liveThe image below is a static image of a live Google spreadsheet which was last updated on August 14, 2016 that shows the cost analysis of the equipment above. Click the image to go to the spreadsheet and click on the links that go to the pages for the products to check current pricing.

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FOOD PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

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In order to make the lives of the kitchen staff easier, it is strongly advised that the chef and sous-chef prepare meals and base ingredients for meals days or weeks before using. Soups, stocks, breads and other base ingredients can easily be prepared in advance. These base ingredients will offer plenty of flavor for a meal, but are also the most time-intensive ingredients for the kitchen staff to create. Stocks can take a particularly long time to make, but are vital to creating many delicious and healthy meals.

The majority of the cooking and preparation should be done Monday through Friday, which includes preparing meals in advance for Saturday and Sunday that will require minimal preparation and cleanup. The kitchen will prepare meals to be ready by approximately 8am, 12pm, and 6pm.

It will be important to also offer healthy snacks to the Community throughout the day. Due to the projected hours of heavy manual labor, a higher caloric intake may be needed than can be satisfied solely through the primary meal setting. With this in mind, healthy snacks will be prepared and offered in cold and dry containers that can be accessed by anyone at anytime. Examples of this would be large dry containers offering food items such as granola, snack bars, crackers, and mini-pretzels along with chilled water containers that will provide already prepared vegetables, fruits, and hard-boiled eggs.

For more details on the food plan, see the Food Self-Sufficiency Transition Page.

 

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SUMMARY

transition kitchen, temporary kitchen, eating while building, green living, eco-kitchen design, large-scale temporary food production, One Community, earthbag village pre-kitchen, City Center temporary dining optionIn summary, One Community’s Transition Kitchen aims to enable our pioneer team to create a variety of affordable, delicious, and nutritious foods year around. The Transition Kitchen will be used as our primary food preparation area until we build our main kitchen in the Duplicable City Center. The Transition Kitchen will thereafter be used to create meals and snacks on-site at the building locations of the 7 villages. We hope you can take our design and successfully implement your own Transition Kitchen for your projects.

 

FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Q: How can you be sure this is the best list of appliances?

Although much research has been done, we can not be sure that this is going to be the most versatile and complete list that also does not include unnecessary items until we are on the property and can test the arrangement.

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