Posted: Aug 30, 2007
Kitchen Applications: Toasters can be used in all sizes of kitchens to toast food such as bread, English muffins, rolls, buns, and bagels, or reheat food such as frozen waffles, pastries, cookies, and blanched pizza.
Types: Depending on the volume of your commercial kitchen, the two common commercial toasters are: Pop-Up Toasters with either 2 or 4 slots suit low-volume operations; Conveyor Toasters suit high volume operations and can also be used for heating food.
Unique Features: Some conveyor toasters pair infrared technology with convection air. This element focuses heat on the food as opposed to its surroundings, saving on energy usage and reducing kitchen heat. Products like sandwiches, pizza, cookies and pretzels can be prepared quickly because the heat is focused on the food.
Capacity: Conveyor units provide a greater capacity than pop-ups. Depending on the number of slots, a pop-up toaster can produce 150 to 300 slices of bread per hour. Conveyor models can toaster 300 up to 1,400 bread slices per hour.
Energy Source: Toasters require single phase electricity, ranging from 110 to 240 volts. The heating elements are either metal coils or quartz.
Temperature Range: Bread is toasted with infrared radiation from heating elements. Browning time is controlled with either manual knobs or electronic buttons.
Construction: Stainless-steel construction adds durability and reduces rust. Conveyor toasters have a heavy-duty motor, drive chain and conveyor speed control for reliable, customized cooking. A factory-installed cord and NEMA-standard plug are usually included. Some toasters are available in chrome-plated steel construction.
Maintenance: Emptying the crumb tray and thorough, regular cleaning will ensure toasters remain sanitary. Some manufacturers insist that operators bring units in for service (more common for pop ups), while others will arrange work on toasters where they are installed (more common for larger conveyor models).
Manufacturers: ACityDiscount offers a wide range of pop-up and conveyor toasters to suit various food preparation capacity requirements, from some of the leading manufacturers: Waring, Cadco Ltd, OMCAN / Food Machinery of America, Merco-Savory, Toastmaster, Star Manufacturing, A.J. Antunes – Roundup, Frymaster, and APW / Wyott,