Bakery equipment checklist

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Bakery equipment checklist
Bakeries require a full arsenal of equipment to prepare sweet treats. (cakes in bakery display image by nextrecord from Fotolia.com)

Bakery customers see the sweetest part of the bakery: its long glass display cases lined with artfully frosted and sugary baked treats. But while bakeries may be known for top-notch almond croissants or towering wedding cakes, the truth is that a bakery's equipment checklist can be immense, ranging from large items like commercial mixers to dainty fig grinders.

The National Institution for Occupational Safety and Health maintains a thorough checklist of larger mechanical bakery equipment requirements for bakery owners or managers interested in completing a self-inspection to ensure that requirements are met.

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Ovens

It's just not a bakery without an oven. Invest in large, quality ovens to reduce the risk of consistently spoiling products because of technical flaws. Some bakeries choose to install rack ovens, since it's possible to hold multiple baking pans or tins. Depending on personal preference, a bakery might contain a gas or electric oven.

Dough Preparation Equipment

Bakeries should be stocked with mixers, dough dividers and rounders, dough sheets, and presses. Proof boxes provide warm, moist areas encouraging dough to rise. This bakery equipment should be able to maintain temperatures around 37.8 degrees Celsius with humidity hovering around 85 per cent, according to Practically Edible, an online baking information resource.

Specialised bakery dough equipment can reduce labour-intensive bakery responsibilities but may also clog up counter space, according to Bakery Equipment, a bakery supply resource provider.

Display Cases

The display case is no doubt the most enticing equipment of the bakery. Bakery owners may choose new or pre-owned display cases equipped with lighting and refrigeration, depending on personal preference and product. Display cases sometimes come in partitioned sections so that different types of products can be safely stored within.

Midsize Equipment

Aside from the big-ticket bakery equipment items listed above, bakeries require a variety of midsize equipment options depending on the type of goods prepared. Pan-washing tanks make dishwashing more efficient. Doughnut machines, steam or open fat kettles, pan cooling towers, machines for melting chocolate, and peanut cooling trays are all examples.

Odds and Ends

Baking requires an arsenal of smaller equipment items necessary for culinary success. Examples include grinders for peanuts and figs; pulverizers for crushing sugar and spices; pretzel rolling equipment; mixing bowls; and pans for loaves, muffins and speciality items. Bakeries will also need to be equipped with measuring utensils, whisks, beaters, temperature gauges, cake decorating tools and special plates. Other small items include brushes, rolling pins, sifters, pie crimpers and can openers.

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