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An increasing number of foodservice operations now take advantage of freshly squeezed juice on its own or as part of a breakfast, specialty beverage, cocktail or smoothie program due to the potentially high profit margins offered by these on-trend products. For this reason, commercial juicers are becoming more commonplace not only in quick- and casual-service restaurants but also in higher-end establishments with upscale bar menus. Operators can choose from various commercial juicing equipment, depending on their needs.
Mixer designs haven’t changed much since this equipment was conceived back in the early 1900s.
The type of mixer that’s best for an operation is mainly dependent on the menu, volume and application. These factors will determine whether a countertop or floor model is best as well as the necessary capacity.
Service Agent Q&A with David Duckworth, director of field operations and training and development, Commercial Kitchen, San Antonio, Texas
For many chefs, immersion blenders represent one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a commercial kitchen. Operators use these units for many of the same applications as standard blenders, but instead of being an all-in-one apparatus with the bowl attached, immersion units feature a stick format. Cooks use these units independently for mixing product in separate, various-sized vessels.
Q&A with Andy D’Amico, founding chef/partner of 5 Napkin Burger, with locations in New York City and Boston
Immersion blenders, or stick mixers, come in several different sizes and types. Keep in mind the longer the shaft, the more stress will be put on the components. That means sizing represents a key consideration with this equipment.
Proofers are essential to any bakery and restaurant that bakes menu items in-house. Unlike open air proofing, the temperature and humidity levels in a proofing cabinet are ideal for allowing dough to rise to perfection.