What Kind Of Commercial Equipment Is Needed To Open A Bakery?

Congratulations on deciding to open your very own bakery. One of the best things about walking into a bakery is the smell that you will inhale. You can't get that smell if you don't have the right commercial equipment. Here is a look at the type of preparation, baking and display equipment that you need to get your bakery started:

Preparation Equipment

Although a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon is the cheapest way to go for preparation equipment, you are probably going to want to splurge on some modern equipment that won't have your arms feeling like Jell-O at the end of the day. So, first, you will need a quality commercial mixer. The size of the mixer will vary depending on how much and what you plan to bake each day. For example, a countertop mixer will do the trick if you're making small batches. However, if you plan on baking large amounts of pastries, wedding cakes, etc., you will probably want to get a floor mixer.

In addition the mixer, you will likely need to purchase a proofer. This is especially true if you are going to set dough to the side to rise or plan on baking a significant amount of breads and/or pastries. Proofers are intended to maintain the best possible humidity and temperature for yeast, which will allow it stay moist and rise at a faster speed.

Baking Equipment

When it comes to baking your food items, you have a wide selection of ovens to choose from, including convection ovens, countertop ovens, and full-size ovens. A convection oven will help ensure a consistent bake and finish to your food. A countertop oven (not a toaster oven) is great for smaller bakeries that don't plan on baking more than a pan or two at any given time. A full-size oven is going to be ideal for larger bakeries that will bake several pans at once.

Display Equipment

When all is said and done, you need somewhere that you can display your finished food products. Display cases look professional and will keep your items safe from poking fingers – after all, you don't want children coming in and taking a taste of the icing on your cupcakes. These cases are available in an assortment of sizes. You can even get them with refrigeration if you have finished products that need to remain cool.

If you're unsure exactly what you need, don't hesitate to contact a sales member at a restaurant equipment store.