Preparation Equipment

Browse our articles on preparation equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more.

Specifying Standard Mixers

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

FE&S: What are the cleaning requirements for standard mixers?

Product Knowledge Guide: Immersion Blenders

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.

Consultant Q&A on Immersion Blenders

Q&A with Andy D’Amico, founding chef/partner of 5 Napkin Burger, with locations in New York City and Boston

What to Consider When Purchasing Immersion Blenders

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.

Product Knowledge Guide: Proofer Cabinets

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.

Consultant Q&A on Proofer Cabinets

Consultant Q&A with Tracy Taraski, manager of design services, The Bigelow Cos. Inc., Kansas City, Mo. 

Cleaning and Maintaining Proofer Cabinets

Here, George Loredo, service manager at PROTEX Restaurant Services Inc. in Corpus Christi, Texas, details the necessary cleaning and maintenance tasks for proofers.

Rotary Piston Depositor

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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. 

Countertop Mixers: Features and Capabilities

A variety of foodservice operators — including restaurants, bakeries and pizzerias — use countertop mixers to prepare dressing, sauce, batter, dough and other items from scratch.

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Countertop Mixers

Service Agent Q&A with Jim Mucher, service agent, Commercial Appliance Service Inc., Sacramento, Calif.

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