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A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Essential Pieces Of Equipment Every Bakery Should Have

The early mornings, the handcrafted dough, the smell of fresh-baked goods filling the air – there’s something universally appealing about starting your own bakery. Running a successful bakery takes more than a passion for baking, though. It also requires skill and the right pieces of restaurant equipment to get the job done right every day.

The food service industry experts at ACityDiscount recommend having these 13 essential pieces of equipment to set up your bakery business for success:

1. Mixers
Mixers are the foundation of a productive bakery. A large dough mixer, an emulsion blender with whisk attachments, and countertop mixers are typically considered necessary.

2. Oven
Different bakeries will have different ovens depending on what they plan to make. Stone deck ovens create amazing hearth breads, and convection ovens are good for cakes and cookies. Call 404-752-6715 to get advice from the ACityDiscount experts regarding which oven is right for your bakery’s menu.

3. Dough proofer
Proofers make the dough-rising process simple by optimizing heat and humidity. Dough is uniformly proofed, which streamlines the production process.

4. Bakeware
Quality bakeware is essential because it is used heavily each day. Cutting costs early may result in bakeware that dents or warps easily. Always look for quality bread pans, muffin tins, cake pans, etc.

5. Smallwares
In addition to necessities like spatulas, spoons and mixing bowls, you’ll also need pastry knives, icing tips and flour sifters. It’s wise to make a list so nothing is forgotten.

6. Dough sheeter
Planning to open a pastry shop? Rolling out dough by hand is time consuming. A dough sheeter can standardize the process and save tons of time.

7. Bread slicer
Planning to offer fresh breads? Many patrons will want the option to have it cut. If bread is your business's focus, a bread slicer is a necessity, as it will allow you to quickly cut uniform slices for easy bagging and sale.

8. Sheet pan racks
All those delicious baked goods you’ll be making need space to cool. Research the wide range of sheet pan racks available to match your space / capacity needs.

9. Dry storage
Dry ingredients are the foundation of many baked goods. Proper storage is essential for ingredients like flour or sugar, but also for the wealth of smallwares found in the kitchen.

10. Refrigeration
Eggs, milk and cream are key ingredients in many baked products. Make sure they are safely stored in the correct refrigeration unit.

11. Doughnut cake fryer
Want to be part of the current designer doughnut / cronut craze? Doughnut and funnel cake fryers are necessary to create those sugary, tasty treats no one can resist.

12. Display case
Visibilty of products is essential for any bakery's FOH. Tantalize customers as they walk in the front door with a quality glass display case to showcase all your baked goods.

13. Wood Top Work Table
A wood top prep table is the best surface for bakers to refine their craft. Ideal for kneading dough, flouring, and other various prep tasks, the wood top can be a baker's best friend when working.

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