No matter how much one bakes at home, the baking tools that they use can not compare to the speed and efficiency of the bakery equipment that is used by real bakeries. No matter what type of bakery one owns, they will find that they need some basic bakery equipment to do anything, along with a lot of bakery supplies. Bakery display cases are filled with treats that could not be produced in mass quantity if not for the bakery supplies and equipment that is used. Baking equipment is able to perform in seconds what people would take several minutes to do. Although there are different baked goods that are cooked with different baking procedures, most bakeries use the same standard bakery equipment.
• Before an individual can even think about bakery equipment, they must know that they need to keep certain bakery supplies stocked at all times. Customers will not be happy if the bakery runs out of items. One should always keep a large amount of all of the necessary bakery supplies. The size of the bakery and the average number of customers each day will determine the amount of the particular bakery supplies needed. Besides the obvious perishables such as dough, eggs, flour, milk and butter, common bakery supplies that will be needed are cake pans, muffin tins and cake decorating supplies. Due to the high production volume, bakeries must use commercial-sized pans, since they are able to produce a higher number of baked goods per batch. Other bakery supplies may include items like decorating stands and pastry bags.
• There are several basic pieces of bakery equipment that an individual must have when operating a bakery. The first consideration with bakery equipment is the ovens. Bakeries use four different kinds of ovens. These ovens are the revolving oven, convection oven, deck oven and a rack oven. Each oven serves a different purpose. Revolving ovens are able to bake bagels and croissants better than any other piece of bakery equipment. This is because the surface of the oven revolves in a circle, allowing everything to bake evenly. Convection ovens are similar to one’s home oven. However, this piece of bakery equipment is much bigger than the home sized version. The deck ovens are good for baking loaves of bread. Rack ovens are an essential piece of bakery equipment since they are able to accommodate ready to bake goods to be wheeled in. As a result, employees do not have to load or unload the oven, which saves time.
• Bakery supplies work better with certain types of bakery equipment. In fact, another important piece of bakery equipment is a mixer. Bakery supplies like cake batters, dough, icing, cake fillings, fruit and whipped cream are properly blended using mixers. Some bakery supplies in particular, like dough can take hours to proof in a home oven. Bakeries need dough proofed very quickly. Proof boxes are pieces of bakery equipment that heat quickly and add humidity, which allows for the dough to proof in minutes instead of hours. They also keep the dough moister than a regular oven.
While this is not a complete list of the bakery equipment or bakery supplies needed to run a successful bakery, they are a good starting point. Without these products, no bakery would be able to produce the goods that they currently do.