When you are in the middle of starting up any new business, it is easy to assume that cutting corners in the beginning will be okay. This is especially true in the food service industry where you are fully capable of preparing the food you want to share with customers with equipment that can be found in just about any kitchen. However, a commercial bakery is a bit different. You could cut corners, but doing so could make your job a lot more difficult in the long run. There are three pieces of equipment you should make sure you pick up from a restaurant equipment supply store before you even consider opening your new bakery doors for business.
Commercial Purpose Stand Mixer
A good mixer is crucial in a bakery setting. From mixing heavy cookie and bread doughs to making stiff frosting worthy of decorating, a regular mixer will likely fail miserably after just a few weeks of heavy use. A commercial stand mixer is designed with sturdy components and is large enough to provide you with the mixing capabilities you need to get all of your mixing jobs accomplished fast and easy.
High-Quality Steam Table
A double-boiler may do the trick to keep icing warm temporarily, but when you are constantly dipping donuts and other sweet confections, you will want a piece of equipment that can cater to your needs several hours out of the day and maintain a constant temperature. A steam table is a steel-constructed, hollow table that holds water inside and remains heated to the temperature of your choosing.
High-Capacity Commercial Ovens
You may be thinking that you could bake all of your cakes, cupcakes, pies, and cookies in regular ovens designed for home use in the beginning and do fine. However, what you do not know is these ovens are not designed to be used around the clock and will burn out quickly. Furthermore, residential ovens do not have enough capacity to allow you to bake more than a few items at a time without compromising the quality of the end result. A commercial oven may seem like a costly investment, but you will reap the reward of being able to bake massive quantities of food at once and the oven will pay for itself very fast.
Sometimes, it is fine to cut corners and do what you have to in order to get your product in the hands of consumers. However, with a good plan of action, great product, and especially the right equipment, you can rest assured that your bakery will soon be emitting the aroma of not just fresh-baked goods, but sweet success as well. Contact an equipment retailer such as Avante Naples to get started.