A commercial bakery kitchen is different to a commercial kitchen that you would find in a restaurant for instance. But it’s important to remember that even thought you may not be carrying out a service like you would be in a more traditional kitchen, your commercial bakery equipment needs to be up to the job of creating high quality pieces of pastry and pies.
When it comes to creating your commercial bakery kitchen, there are a few key pieces of equipment that you need to make sure your have in your arsenal. Here’s our checklist of bakery equipment you need when first starting up.
Of course the main piece of equipment you will need is an oven! This is something that you will be using day in and day out and it’s worth getting the best quality that you possibly can. Whether that’s first hand or used bakery equipment, try not to scrimp and save on this appliance.
Mixers are another key element of a bakery kitchen. There are a range of mixers that you can choose from, including hand mixers, stand mixers or floor mixers. Depending on the room you have in your kitchen and your budget, you can then choose which mixer would fit. Of course there is nothing stopping you from upgrading your equipment in the future, so don’t think you have to purchase the biggest mixer possible. When starting up, it’s about being sensible with your budget and knowing when to spend a lot and when to hold back.
A food processor is another piece of equipment that is becoming more common in commercial bakery kitchens. There are some bakers who prefer the more traditional method of doing things by hand but when you’re dealing with large quantities of mix it’s easier and more time effective to use bakery equipment such as processors and mixers.
Once you’ve got the larger pieces of equipment covered, you then need to think about the smaller pieces that you’ll be using multiple times a day. This includes things such as mixing bowls, spoons, spatulas as well as baking pans and sheet pans. With smaller bakery essentials like that, it’s better to have more than you need as you don’t want to be wasting valuable time during the day waiting for things to finish baking so you can rewash and reuse the tray or bowl.
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All this bakery equipment can be tailored to your businesses needs, we understand that not all bakeries will be the same, so it’s important to understand the specific needs of your bakery business. Like we mentioned above, you need to take into account many different issues such as the floor space you have available, budget and future growth.
Talking about budget, looking at second hand bakery equipment is a good place to start when first opening up. When looking at second hand equipment, it’s important to look at the current condition, any servicing and maintenance work that it’s had in the past as well as any components that come with it.
If struggling to find good quality second hand bakery equipment and as a start up you don’t want to spend a huge amount of your overall budget on brand new equipment, then it can be worth looking into leasing equipment. Catering companies such as NWCE Foodservice Equipment offering equipment leasing and contracts. Leasing equipment is perfect if you do need to chop and change between equipment and appliances. For example if you’re just starting out and you’re not sure what size oven or mixer you might need, you can lease some equipment then always trade it in for something larger or smaller depending on your usage.
When you lease bakery equipment from NWCE Foodservice Equipment, as well as having the equipment that you lease, the equipment also comes with a set maintenance plan. That means the equipment will be serviced at regular intervals to make sure that it carries on working at the maximum capacity.
It doesn’t matter if you do decide to buy brand new bakery equipment or you decide to go down the second hand route, it’s extremely important that you take out a maintenance plan that fully covers the equipment. Having a maintenance plan means you have that peace of mind that your equipment is in ship shape. And if there is any issues with the equipment, these regular checks can catch these issues and fix them before they turn into a larger problem. The catering engineers based at NWCE Foodservice Equipment not only carry out bakery equipment services, but they’re also available on a 24 hour breakdown call out so if the worst does happen, you know there will be someone on hand to help.
It’s always advised to have some sort of insurance or cover on your larger bakery appliances just in case something does go wrong in the kitchen.
If you are a brand new bakery start up, we know how difficult it can be. There are a huge amount of thing to take into consideration, bakery equipment, menus, staffing, budgets and much more! So it’s important to try and plan as much as possible before hand, but of course not everything can go to plan, and that’s why it’s key to have back up such as a catering company like NWCE Foodservice Equipment.
For more information on how they can be an asset to your bakery, get in touch with the NWCE over on their website at nwce.co.uk or by phone on 0161 764 8688.