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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.
FE&S: Where are immersion blenders most often used?
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.
Here, George Loredo, service manager at PROTEX Restaurant Services Inc. in Corpus Christi, Texas, details the necessary cleaning and maintenance tasks for proofers.
The servo driven RP (Rotary Piston) Depositor provides an efficient solution for portion depositing and spreading layers of soft, self-levelling batters, creams and fillings. It offers high-speed and accurate depositing into single cavities, round pans or sheet pans. The machine also provides gentle portioning for delicate ingredients.
A variety of foodservice operators — including restaurants, bakeries and pizzerias — use countertop mixers to prepare dressing, sauce, batter, dough and other items from scratch.
Although these units’ sealed motors usually require no maintenance, there are simple steps operators can take to keep blenders running smoothly. Jeffery M. Brightly, owner of JMB Repairs Inc., Lake Worth, Fla., provides insight into caring for commercial blenders.