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Your Convection Oven Buying Guide

A convection oven is a must-have for every commercial kitchen, from bakeries to restaurants. The machine’s ability to cook large batches faster and with better consistency makes a convection oven an invaluable tool that a commercial kitchen can’t do without.

When it’s time to buy a commercial convection oven, do you know what you’re looking for?

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Find the appliance that will meet your production needs and deliver on quality — an oven that both fits into your kitchen (literally and figuratively!) and your long-term expectations.

Selecting the Size

Size is an important consideration — you must know the dimensions of your kitchen space before you go shopping. You will quickly realize you have three main options:

  • Countertop ovens
  • Half-size ovens
  • Full-size ovens

Countertop and half-size ovens will have a width large enough to accommodate a half-size sheet pan, but only a full-size oven will hold a full-size sheet pan.

Depth matters too — “bakery depth” ovens can fit a full-size sheet pan front to back.

But keep in mind that size doesn’t necessarily mean more power. If you only bake small batches at one time and your kitchen space is limited, countertop convection ovens can deliver the same amount of power but take up much less space.

Gas or Electric?

It’s an age-old debate: What’s a better power source for an oven, gas or electric?

Electric convection ovens are easier to install and less expensive up front, but electricity costs more than gas. Gas ovens may require a professional installation, but over time you may pay less for fuel, depending on prices in your area.

Most countertop convection ovens operate on electricity, while you can choose between gas and electric for half and full-size commercial ovens. But note that all convection ovens require an electrical power source to operate the fan.

Fan Features

A fan is a key feature of every convection oven. It’s what keeps the air circulating and helps the product cook evenly and quickly. Different models offer different types and numbers of fans. Some ovens only have one fan, but other dual-fan ovens have an auto-reverse feature that changes the direction of the fan’s rotation every time the door opens. This helps the fan’s motor wear evenly, and it increases effective airflow.

Temperature Range

Make sure you buy a convection oven that has the right temperature range for the products you bake. Some ovens can only heat up to 500 degrees, while some heat to 550 degrees. Some ovens can be set as low as 140 degrees, but some have a minimum temperature of 200 degrees.

What Does the Warranty Cover?

Reliability is an important factor in any industrial baking equipment you purchase, so buy from a dependable manufacturer with a history of making quality products that last. Also, check on the warranty before you finalize your purchase to make sure you’re receiving the coverage you need.

Trust Stratton Sales to help — we guide you expertly through the commercial convection oven buying process. Get answers to your questions, and product recommendations based on your needs. Call today for more information.

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5 Great Bakery Equipment Maintenance Tips

Your bakery equipment is what keeps production rolling and the kitchen open. When it breaks down, it causes a major interruption in your work flow and a loss in sales. To minimize breakdowns, make bakery equipment maintenance a priority.

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Here are five ways to keep your ovens, mixers and other equipment functioning smoothly:

1. Follow a Regular Cleaning Schedule

Above all else, the most important bakery equipment maintenance tip is to clean your machines regularly. Equipment failure is usually caused by a lack of cleaning. Not only is it unsanitary to leave particles of flour, pieces of dough and baking oils in the machine, it can also cause a buildup that impairs proper function.

Make sure the machines are cleaned after every shift, and institute a weekly or monthly in-depth cleaning schedule.

2. Clean with the Right Products

While some machines only need water for cleaning, some need soap too. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Don’t try out a new cleaning product until you’re sure it can be used with your machine.

Many equipment warranties are conditional, based on whether maintenance instructions were followed correctly. This includes cleaning the machine properly. If it’s proven that the machine’s problems are due to user error, you could lose warranty coverage.

3. Perform Preventive Maintenance

Inspect your machines during the in-depth cleaning sessions and check on all the visible parts. If you see that some pieces are worn, loose or need oiling, take care of it right then. Staying proactive with repairs will also help minimize breakdowns. Taking care of the little issues will help prevent larger problems.

4. Stock Up on Spare Parts

It’s not a bad idea to order backup spare parts for your oven or mixer. Whether it’s a belt or blade, having a stash can help shorten the time your bakery equipment is idle. You won’t have to wait for the part to arrive — you’ll just have to call a repair service and hopefully get same-day results.

5. Follow Manufacturer Usage Instructions

Make sure you fully read the operational manual and closely follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Train each member of your staff to use your bakery equipment the right way. Not only is this important for maintaining the machines, it’s essential for warranty protection.

Invest in bakery equipment that delivers value over the long-term: Call Stratton Sales today. With an impressive range of products, from ovens to mixers and more, we’re confident you’ll see years of dependable service from the bakery equipment we sell.

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Menu Development Tips — How to Add New Items for a Sales Boost

Menu development is one of the toughest jobs for any new bakery. You want to serve your customers items they will love, but you must determine what will have the widest appeal. It’s vital to reserve your creative ideas and your physical resources for items that will stand out and give sales a boost.

Menu Development Tips

Make Your Menu Stand Out

It’s easy to recreate what other bakeries in the area are doing, but it might be harder to do it better than they can. It’s difficult to stand out from the crowd, but that’s exactly what thoughtful menu development helps you do.

By rethinking old favorites or reworking traditional ideas with a modern take, you’re more likely to tempt your customers into taking a bite. Still, you need balance. It’s good to be unique, but it’s also good to offer your customers comforting favorites they know and love.

It’s All in the Presentation

From how you describe your item to what you name it to the font you print it in on your menu —all these factors affect its presentation and your customer’s perception of the product. If you’re working on menu development, why not take a step back and look at your entire physical menu? Could you improve your printed materials? Could you enhance your descriptions of all your items?

Presentation is key to successful selling, and no menu development strategy will work without a thoughtful approach to this.

Professional Photos Are a Must

Will you include photos of your new item in your marketing materials? Don’t settle for subpar! Invest in professional food photography and put your bakery’s best impression forward. Skip the smartphone camera pictures — they don’t show the delectable details, the ones that will truly sell your products.

Accurately Estimate Your Menu Price Range

Part of menu development is figuring out an accurate price tag for your new product. Once you assess all your overhead, you’ll be able to find your “break-even” point. Then consider how much you think your customers will be willing to pay. This is your menu price range, and it’s smart to stick within this dollar amount so you can make sales while still making a profit.

Coordinate the Release of New Items with Your Marketing Strategy

If you’re sending out free coupons as part of a direct mail marketing strategy, coordinate the release of your newest product so first-time visitors get the full experience of everything you can do with your culinary skillset. It will keep them coming back for more!

Stratton Sales provides a wide range of commercial-grade equipment for bakeries of all sizes. You focus on menu development — we’ll focus on outfitting your kitchen with the machines you need to succeed!

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Starting a Bakery: Budget for What’s Important

If starting a bakery has always been your dream, you might be thinking now is the time to make it a reality. The excitement of the early mornings and the flour-covered aprons are your life’s goal coming to fruition.

But you have to be well prepared in order for your project to become a success. Starting a bakery sounds magical, but it’s hard work.

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One of the most important aspects of starting a bakery is budgeting. You need to make sure you’re spending your money wisely, in ways that will pay off.

What Does Your Budget Look Like?

First, think about your bakery budget. How much money do you have for equipment, marketing and day-to-day operations?

Once you know how much capital it will take to get up and running, figure out what your monthly break-even number is; that is, how much you have to earn in order for the bakery to support itself.

When you’re fully aware of all budget realities, it’s easier to forecast how much you have to spend on equipment and how much you should spend on leasing retail space.

Think About Branding … But Don’t Go Overboard

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when starting a bakery is to spend too much money on branding. It’s exciting to choose logos and order branded supplies, but it’s not required for success.

It’s wiser to invest more time and money in producing quality products. Your work will speak for itself. As long as your customers know how, when and where to find you, you can wait to spend money on branding once you start increasing your profit margin.

Get the Locals Involved

An easy way to market that doesn’t involve any sort of advertising is simply getting out in the local community. Offer to cater a local sports event or provide refreshments for a school or community activity. Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth.

You Need Supplies

What will make your daily operations flow smoothly and more productively is having the right supplies on hand. Storage containers, shelving, trays, bins … the list goes on. Supplies are a great investment. They help you stay organized and focused and develop a quality production system.

Quality Equipment Is Paramount to Success

Finally, you need durable, high-quality equipment to support your efforts when starting a bakery. You need ovens that bake exactly to your recipe’s specifications and mixers that can handle demand. Don’t waste money on subpar equipment that will only break down and cause major headaches — purchase right the first time.

How We Can Help

Stratton Sales supports small business owners who are starting a bakery by offering 90-day, no-payment financing, subject to credit approval. We offer loan approval in seconds, allowing you to purchase quality equipment from our wide selection of products and machines. We also offer consulting, setup and installation services. Contact us today for more information and help with this next exciting chapter in your life!

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How to Choose Cookie Production Equipment to Fit Your Bakery

Cookie production equipment helps bakeries take their business to the next level in terms of profit. When you’re able to make more of the customers’ favorites, you make more loyal customers.

Stratton Sales is here to support you in your efforts to fill your kitchen with the ultimate selection of cookie production equipment. Our mixers, depositors and ovens can help can help boost your output.

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Decide on Cookie Type First

When it comes to choosing cookie production equipment like a depositor, the type of machine you purchase will depend on the type of cookie you’re making.

For round cookies, a drop cookie depositor acts like a pastry bag, dropping the dough onto trays. If you have a specific shape you’d like for your cookie, opt for a wire-cut depositor which shapes the dough, then slices it to the desired thickness with a wire. A rotary moulder depositor is best for biscuit-like cookies.

Consider Machines That Offer Flexibility

Since cookie production equipment is a major investment, it’s important to think about the future before making a purchase. Decide on machines that offer flexibility, then you can add those menu items you think will be the next big hit.

For example, find mixers that work well with low-absorption dough for cookies, but can also work with high-absorption batters for bread.

Let Production Volume Make the Final Decision

How many cookies are you trying to produce in one day? Knowing this will help you narrow down which type of cookie production equipment you should purchase, and also help you gain a realistic view of your budget.

It’s important to match up volume and equipment choice to avoid making two mistakes: wasting money and space on machines you don’t need, or wasting money on machines that can’t keep up with demand and sabotage your growth efforts with a major decrease in quality.

If you purchase a machine with a far greater capacity than you need, you are taking up precious square footage you need for additional appliances, work areas and storage. This just makes entering your bakery’s kitchen problematic and working daily in the space even more frustrating.

If you invest in a machine you think will fit your bakery’s needs but falls far short, you’ll put a damaging strain on the appliance and it could result in frequent breakdowns. Paying for repairs will be taxing, but so will watching your bakery’s quality level drop.

Trust Stratton Sales to help you find the cookie production equipment that fits your needs and your long-range vision. Call today to learn more about our products!

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Baking Therapy: It’s Mood-Lifting

Baking therapy is real — you aren’t imagining the pleasant feelings and overall mood enhancement you feel when you take a freshly baked chocolate cake out of the oven. Official scientific studies prove it: baking therapy is beneficial for those with mental health disorders.

Why is baking therapy effective at improving concentration, increasing feelings of self-esteem and building confidence?

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Baking Requires a Slow, Methodical Approach

Mindfulness is a helpful technique for staying consciously in the present. Baking is an exercise in focus and concentration. From measuring to mixing to kneading, you can’t rush through it — you have to take it slow. This keeps you calm and centered throughout the process, reducing stress.

Using Your Hands Keeps You Grounded

More and more, people are staring at screens as they go about their everyday lives. There are screens in the grocery checkout line. There are digital displays everywhere you look. You carry around a small screen in your hand 24/7.

Baking therapy is so effective because you’re forced to work with your hands. It stimulates your brain’s cortex and helps enhance mental health. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Work Together and Strengthen Bonds

When you have a friend, co-worker, spouse or child help you bake, you’re boosting your mood through teamwork. Working together helps strengthen emotional bonds and helps you feel a sense of community and purpose.

Use Your Senses

Baking therapy isn’t all in the mind. It starts in the senses too. You’re touching, tasting and smelling your creation as you go, and this also helps you relax.

Exercise Creativity

When you’re allowed to let your creativity run wild, it can helpfully contribute to your emotional well-being. Being creative is a wonderful way to express your individuality and your ideas, and it instantly puts you in a better mood.

Sharing Gifts with Others

Baking symbolizes selflessness and giving. It’s no fun to create a delicious treat if you aren’t going to share! When you bake to give to others, you’re tapping into a desire for an altruistic purpose. You feel like you’re contributing something positive to the world that has both physical and emotional significance.

Next time you’re asked why you love to bake, you’ll know how to explain why you find such satisfaction in the kitchen, whether it’s your hobby or your profession. Baking therapy may be part of the reason the kitchen is your happy place.

Do you have all the supplies you need to make your next baking therapy session a success? Trust Stratton Sales for mixers, ovens, trays, tables and any other items you need for your in-home or commercial bakery!

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The Revolving Oven: How Modern Baking Evolved

The revolving oven is a staple fixture in bakeries and commercial kitchens everywhere. You may not be able to picture life without it, but over 150 years ago, bakers only had one oven surface to work with at a time!

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The revolving oven is a versatile, effective, dependable appliance that’s a must-have if you regularly produce bread, bagels, pizza and other similar goods. You can keep up with demand and still put out a high-quality, evenly cooked product.

Who Invented It?

Hosea Ball is credited with patenting the initial design of the first mechanical oven. These ovens started showing up in bakeries during the 1850s. The design was adapted and acted as the catalyst for the rapidly growing cracker industry that was taking off during those years.

E.O. Brinckerhoff Ship Bread & Cracker Company in New York and F.A. Kennedy Cracker Company in Massachusetts used adapted versions of the revolving oven to speed up production on a mass scale.

Revolving and Evolving

When compared to the standard oven of the time, the revolving oven offered an immense improvement on the production level bakeries were able to maintain. The initial designs featured eight to 12 iron shelves that were built around a large drum. The drum was mounted on a shaft and powered by an external motor that evenly rotated the shelves above the heat source, located at the bottom of the large chamber. Coal and wood were used at first.

As the years went by, natural gas began to replace of coal and wood. Manufacturers began insulating the chambers of the ovens with steel. External steam boilers were added to integrate steam into the baking process.

Modern Features That Make Baking Easie

Today, the modern revolving oven doesn’t look anything like models of the last century, but the same principles of even, effective baking apply.

Modern ovens are much smaller, but they have the capacity to hold more products than ever. Instead of external boilers, they now feature self-generating steam systems that save energy and use the same power source as the oven itself.

Today’s ovens have stable, controllable heat sources with circulatory systems that direct airflow throughout the chamber and reduce fuel usage. You have maximum control over baking times with programmable timers and presets for specific recipes.

Find the Model That’s Right for You

While it started as simply an idea, the revolving oven has made industry and creativity a possibility for bakers throughout the ages. If you need guidance selecting the model size and configuration that will fit your kitchen, trust Stratton Sales. We can help you choose the right appliance to meet demand.

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6 Reasons to Upgrade Outdated Bakery Equipment

Your trusty bakery equipment has served you well over the years. You’ve created scrumptious products. You’ve built a community of devoted customers. Now you’re looking ahead. How long will your oven or mixer last? Should you start thinking about investing in replacements?

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Commercial bakers upgrade their bakery equipment for six main reasons.

1. You’re Paying Too Much for Repairs

It’s starting to feel like your appliance repair technician is on your payroll. You’re writing a check nearly every month!

If you’re spending money frequently to make repairs, no matter how minor, it’s probably a sign that your bakery equipment’s life span is coming to an end.

2. You’re Paying Too Much in Utility Bills

Your monthly energy bills can also offer insight as to how well your bakery equipment is functioning. If you’ve noticed a slow rise in your monthly expenses (apart from changing utility rates) it could be because your appliances are losing energy efficiency due to age.

3. Your Business Is Growing

If business is booming, that means production needs to rise with demand. Do your older machines have the capability to put out an increased volume? Needing larger pieces of equipment is never a bad reason to upgrade to newer appliances — it means you are on the road to success.

4. Your Product Focus Has Changed

Maybe you invested in a certain type of mixer or oven five to 10 years ago because you thought it was the best option for your type of baking. But now, maybe your business focus has shifted. You thought you’d be baking bread, but everyone loves your pastries. It may be time to invest in new bakery equipment tailored specifically to what you make most every day.

5. You’re Missing Out on Productive Features

Newer machines have features that clearly outshine your older, outdated models. From preset recipes to touch screens to automatic, mechanical rack ovens, investing in the newest model pays off by decreasing your frustration and increasing your productivity.

6. Your Appliances Just Aren’t Performing Well

Your oven isn’t heating evenly. Your mixer is erratic. Even though older machines may still function, it doesn’t mean they are fit to produce for your bakery. There are only so many repairs you can make until it’s time to accept the fact that you need new bakery equipment.

We Can Help

If you haven’t purchased bakery equipment in the past few years, you will be surprised at the advancements in technology. Trust our team at Stratton Sales to guide you in choosing the machines that fit your production needs and offer clear advantages over your current setup.

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What’s Better: A Wood or Stainless Steel Work Table?

Choosing between a wood or stainless steel work table may be easy for a commercial kitchen because of stainless steel’s many versatile, durable features. But for a bakery, the decision isn’t so simple. When your focus is dough-based products, you may want to consider a wood table.

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Before you make your decision on the best type of prep table for your busy bakery, consider the pros and cons of the two most popular options.

Metal Is Cool and Sophisticated (And Easy to Clean)

A stainless steel work table can be used to extend a countertop, add extra countertops between appliances or function as its own station. They’re usually 36 inches tall to match the standard kitchen counter height, but you can get them in different heights.

You will notice a wide range of prices when shopping for a stainless steel work table, and the difference in each product comes down to the metal’s quality. The better the steel, the higher the nickel content. Nickel is what gives the table its corrosion resistance. This is key in a baking setting, since the table will most definitely come into contact with moistures of an acidic nature.

A stainless steel work table could be a smart functional choice for a pastry chef. The cool, smooth surface is ideal for rolling out delicate dough mixes. These tables are also easy to sanitize and keep clean. It gives the whole kitchen a professional look.

Wood Is Warm and Dough-Friendly (And Beautiful)

Solid wood work tables are perfect for the baker who loves to knead dough by hand. No other material compares to the warmth of a butcher block, including granite, stainless steel or poly. If hands-on work is a central part of your day-to-day operations, it’s easier and much more of a pleasure to roll, mix and proportion dough on a wood top.

You can also use your wood work top as a cutting board, chopping fruits and vegetables without worrying that the acids will corrode the surface. Avoid using it to prepare raw meat though — the bacteria could contaminate later food preparation.

Wood work tables are easy to keep clean, but more than that, you can fix any imperfections that may mar its appearance over the years. All you have to do is sand down the surface and re-varnish it. It’s impossible to remove scratches and dents from stainless steel, so wood can easily be considered a longer-lasting, more beautiful option.

Choosing Your Work Table

Find the style and material you want — order from Stratton Sales today. Whether you select a wood or stainless steel work table, or both for different areas of your bakery’s kitchen, we have a large selection of sizes in every price range.

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Making Donuts for Your Menu? Here’s What Your Bakery Needs.

Ask any experienced baker — making donuts is an art. And making hundreds (or thousands) every day? The baker must master this art and be able to reproduce the process without any drop in quality. The general public can be extremely particular about their donuts.

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If you’ve enjoyed making donuts in the past and want to add this product to your growing menu, you’re making a smart decision. Donuts are all the rage, but aren’t they always? It’s time learn how to turn your kitchen into an efficient donut production facility.

Cake vs. Yeast

There are two main types of donuts: cake and yeast. Cake donuts are denser, while yeast-raised are light and fluffy. The batter that goes into cake products can be any flavor, but yeast-raised products usually get most of their taste from the finishing glaze. Typically, everyone has their own personal preference.

That includes your customer base. It’s smart to put a selection of both options on your menu.

Keep in mind that yeast donuts are much easier to fill. If you’re dreaming of a cream or jam-filled center, yeast-raised is your best option.

The Mixing Is Different

You probably won’t need to buy a special mixer for making donuts, but the mixing process will require a different time frame, depending on donut type.

For cake products, the dough should be mixed only until the ingredients are fully combined. Resist over-mixing to avoid a tough final product.

Yeasted dough takes a higher level of mixing power and more time until it’s fully developed. The dough must develop structure to activate the yeast and create the fluffiness donut-lovers crave.

Get to Know the Process

You and your staff should practice making donuts over and over until you’re sure you have a consistent approach. Once the mixing is complete, yeast products must be allowed enough time to rise. The dough must be rolled and cut. Proofing may be necessary for yeast donuts as well.

The frying stage is critical; watch carefully to prevent burning. Once the donuts have cooled for about one minute, glaze them — don’t wait.

Would a Donut Robot Make Life Easier?

Once you’ve gone through the donut-making sequence a few times, you start to realize the labor and time commitment it requires. Consider investing in a donut robot — it’s a machine that automatically fries, turns and dispenses, letting you place the dough then work on other tasks while the donuts are prepared. You’ll use about 50 percent less oil, and you could save significantly on labor costs.

If making donuts for your bakery menu is your new goal, let Stratton Sales help you meet production demands. Call today for pricing on our donut-making equipment.

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Find the Rack Oven That Fits Your Bakery

A rack oven is an essential piece of equipment for bakeries of all sizes. No matter what you bake on a daily basis, a rack oven offers a wide range of possibilities.

Before you invest in this central element of your bakery, explore the range of equipment options and helpful features you can find in this product line.

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Why a Rack Oven?

A rack oven is the most flexible type of oven available, making it the top choice for bakeries of all specialties. From artisan bread to crusty bagels to roasted meats, you can use a rack oven for a range of purposes.

Also, rack ovens cook products consistently. They use convection heat, which incorporates fans to distribute hot air throughout the baking chamber. The racks rotate evenly in the oven, ensuring every part of the food is cooked evenly.

Also, unlike ovens in which you must remove one tray at a time, a rack oven allows you to unload every tray at once, guaranteeing uniformity across each batch.

What’s the Right Size?

Now that you know this type of oven is perfect for you, it’s time to narrow down your options until you find the right size. You can purchase a single rack, double rack or mini rack — the right choice for you will depend on your kitchen’s volume of daily product output.

What’s Your Preferred Power Source?

Choosing between a gas and electric machine is an important decision. Typically, electric-powered ovens are capable of sustaining a more even temperature throughout the baking process.

With gas ovens, a small amount of water vapor is introduced to the baking chamber as the gas combusts. Also, gas ovens require ventilation, or else they will heat up the entire room.

However, energy costs are a major consideration, especially for large-scale commercial operations. It may be much cheaper to use a gas oven than electric, or vice versa. It will depend on your location and the amount of baking you plan to do every day.

Consider These Desirable Features

Many commercial appliances come with added features that help increase baking flexibility and add convenience for you.

For example, a steam system that works in conjunction with the oven’s airflow can help you create high-quality crusts for breads and bagels.

You should also look for an appliance that has programmability. This will allow you to save temperatures and bake times for different recipes.

We’re Here to Help

At Stratton Sales, we’re in the business of outfitting bakeries, no matter how large or small, with the right rack oven. We are here to help you find the right piece of equipment to complete the baking cycle.

Contact us today to learn more about the bakery products we carry, and get the details on the options that pique your interest.

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Horizontal or Spiral Mixer: What’s the Best Choice?

Should you invest in a spiral mixer? Or is a horizontal mixer a more economical choice?

When you’re looking at your dough mixing machine options, it can be difficult to know which is better at first glance. Whether you’re running a commercial bakery or opening a pizza restaurant, research both options carefully before deciding.

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The Horizontal Mixer Delivers on Volume and Speed

How much dough do need to produce on a daily basis? A horizontal mixer gives you a clear advantage when you’re trying to mix thousands of pounds of dough. Medium-to-large-sized bakeries and factories depend on this type of machine because of its sheer size and capability.

Horizontal mixers come with a selection of mixing arms that allow you to customize based on the type of dough you are mixing. They also allow for continuous mixing, meaning once the mixed dough comes out, exiting easily into a trough, the next batch can go into the machine on the other end.

When you need to mix a large volume of dough quickly, choose a horizontal mixer.

The disadvantage to this choice is that heat generation is a concern. The friction from the dough rubbing on the sides of the mixing chamber causes the dough temperature to rise, which can be damaging to some types of dough.

The Spiral Mixer Provides Premium Flexibility

A spiral mixer works differently. The spiral-shaped blade remains stationary and mixes the dough in a rotating bowl that moves it in and out of the blade. It mixes dough more efficiently and also more gently than a horizontal mixer, so heat from friction isn’t as critical of a concern. These characteristics allow bakeries to produce a range of different products with consistent quality.

Because a spiral mixer uses an energy-efficient mixing process, the cost to run it is typically lower than that of a horizontal mixer. It’s also usually a less expensive piece of equipment.

The only downside to a spiral mixer is that it may not be able to mix quite as much dough at once as a horizontal mixer. Still, spiral mixer capacity is large, with the ability to produce hundreds of pounds of dough at one time.

What’s Right for Your Bakery?

If your goal is to produce a large quantity of one type of dough, a horizontal machine is better. If you want to create a range of products with the flexibility to create many different doughs, a spiral mixer is the better investment.

No matter which option is right for you, Stratton Sales has options for you, with a range of bakery products to fit your schematic and your budget. Find either the horizontal or spiral mixer that will be an asset to your business for years to come — shop our catalog today.