What Is a Proofer Oven?

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What Is a Proofer Oven?
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Proofers and ovens are two separate pieces of equipment used to assist in the production of baked goods. Proofers can be purchased separately from ovens or with an oven as a one-unit combination. The one-unit combo is considered a proofer/oven.

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Proof Box

Proof boxes, or proofers, offer an environment with the correct amount of humidity and heat needed for dough to rise. The baker sets the working temperature manually. Proof boxes come in a variety of sizes depending on the baker’s needs.


A retarder/proofer is a proofer with an added feature; dough can rest inside it for up to three days. Through proper programming, the proofer will heat and raise the dough so it is ready to bake at the cook’s desired time.

Proofer/Oven Combination

In a proofer/oven combination, the proofer is on top and the oven underneath, like a stacked washer and dryer. A proofer/oven has lighted interiors so the rising and baking can be watched. Though one unit, the proofer and oven have separate controls.

Proofer Uses

Proofers are used most often in bakeries, schools, restaurants, hospitals, delis and supermarkets. Common products calling for the use of a proofer include bread, buns, cinnamon rolls, crescent rolls, pies, brownies, muffins and cookies.

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