Equipping a brand new commercial bakery with all the right bakery equipment might be tricky, especially if you have no experience in the industry, and no knowledge regarding the equipment. In fact, even if you do have experience in the baking industry, you might not be up-to-date with all the new technologies that are incorporated in the equipment. In order to get the most value out of the bakery equipment, you need to do some homework. Whatever the case is, let’s start with the basic pieces of equipment that every bakery should include.
It all starts with the dough. Having a properly mixed dough is essential to the texture and quality of the end product. While a smaller bakery may prefer to mix their bread dough on a wood-topped table by hand, most commercial bakeries will require a dough mixer. Mixers are available in multiple sizes, and most mid to large size bakeries are typically equipped by at least a few large floor units.
Next, you need a dough divider and sheeter. These are specialised pieces of equipment that portion a large batch of dough into smaller, equally sized and weighted balls of dough, so that you can get consistent results when baking bread, pies and pizza crust. The sheeters, on the other hand, take the ball of dough and stretch and roll it to a specified size. These pieces of equipment improve the consistency of your products.
Furthermore, you need a proover. You can easily find a bakery prover for sale online in specialised stores. These pieces of equipment allow the bread dough to rise before baking it. The prover basically lets you control the heat and humidity in a confined area, allowing for consistent results. It goes without saying that there are many types of bakery prover for sale you’ll come across, so you should consider a few factors when buying one. Namely, the size, door configurations and interior configurations.
Lastly, the heart of the bakery – an oven. You can usually choose between a few types of commercial ovens, most notably – convection ovens, deck ovens, revolving ovens and roll-in rack ovens. So depending on the type of products you intend to make, and how much of them you’re going to produce will heavily influence the ideal oven for your needs. Regardless which type of oven you end up buying, you’ll almost always have to put it under a ventilation hood.