Are you planning to start a new bakery business? Are you considering a new piece of equipment to enhance the production capabilities of your hotel, restaurant or public institution cooking lab? The choice of equipment for a bakery goes well beyond that of the oven. There’s an assortment of machines that are deemed to be just as important for the efficient production of bread! We’ve come up with a list of major pieces of equipment which make the difference between functional bakeries and high-performing ones.
Spiral Mixers: Dough Kneading Made Easy
The production of the dough is the first operation in the bread-making process. To this end, spiral mixers combine the raw materials. Professional-grade spiral mixers can typically knead up to 200 kg of dough in one sitting.
The quality and robustness of the oven are major factors to take into account, as it will be an investment that is expected to last for years, maybe even more than a decade!
Dough Dividers: For the Production of Equal Dough Pieces
Once the dough has been kneaded, it will have to be divided into dough pieces, before they are baked into loaves. Several models are available:
- Hydraulic dividers, that ensure an even distribution of dough and weight regularity for dough pieces
- Bun dividers, that cut and shape the dough into similar-sized balls during one work cycle
- Volumetric dividers, used for heavy-duty, sustained production of dough pieces
Proofing Chambers & Cabinets
The proofing process is a crucial step necessary to make the dough rise, before the breads can be baked. Depending on the preparation stage, the proofing can be slowed down or accelerated with the right type of equipment, which provide the right temperature for the proceedings. Proofers come in various sizes and can house racks of different dimensions.
The Oven: The Heart of the Bakery
Because the oven will be the centrepiece of your bakery lab, you will have to think carefully about the type of oven you wish to have, depending on your activity. The bread loaves will be of what size? Will you be producing pastries? How many loaves do you expect to bake in a day?
Among the various types of ovens available on the market, you may go for rotating rack, fixed rack, fixed deck or convection ovens. However, you also have to take into consideration the power source of the ovens, which can come in electric, fuel or gas models. Obviously, the quality and robustness of the oven are major factors to take into account, as it will be an investment that is expected to last for years, maybe even more than a decade!
And Many More Machines
The machines listed above represent only the essential equipment needed for bread making. There are many others that can greatly improve the process, such as moulders, dough supporters, water coolers and dispensers for bakers, as well as pastry sheeters and planetary mixers for pastry makers!