Your dream of finally owning your own bakery is just about to come true. You have selected a location for your bakery and a catchy name. You have hundreds of recipes rolling around in your head that you are eager to try out. But will you be successful? Much of your success will ultimately depend on selecting the right industrial bakery equipment for your bakery. After all, a craftsman is only as good as his tools.
For starters, select which ovens you will need for your business. There are many types of ovens available to meet the varying needs of every baker. The first thing you want to do is comply with your local building and fire codes when buying a commercial oven. It would be a shame to invest money in an oven that you cannot use because it violates safety codes in your area.
There are 4 basic types of commercial ovens to choose from: convection, rack, stone deck, and revolution gelato machine. A convection oven is often the best choice for bread loaves and individual cakes. This type of oven is many times the most affordable and therefore the most popular. It uses internal fans to circulate heat so that your baked goods bake more evenly.
A rack oven is for large-scale cookie and bread baking. If volume is more of a concern, this may be the oven you need. Several racks of goods can be placed inside this oven to be baked at the same time.
A stone deck oven is for artisan bakers who want to produce breads according to an Old-World style method. Just as its name indicates, dough is baked on a stone slab so that the end results are a crispy crust with a deliciously soft inside. The good thing about these ovens is that they require very little maintenance since they have few moving parts.
And finally, a revolution oven bakes goods by means of revolving trays. This allows you to bake a variety of different types of goods at the same time. You can even get some revolution ovens that come with stone shelves so you can bake artisan bread. To check on your goods throughout the baking process, you only have to peek through the window.
Some other industrial bakery equipment you may want to invest in are some products that help with the initial stages of making bread such as a dough mixer, a proofing cabinet, and a retarder. A dough mixer does just what it says: mixes dough. This type of machine will be more of interest to bakeries that produce large amounts of bread.
A proofing cabinet is a machine that provides exactly the environment needed for bread to rise before it is baked. A retarder unit does just the opposite, ensuring that bread does not rise until you need it to.