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Exploring the World of Commercial Waffle Makers

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Waffles are typically associated with breakfast, but waffle makers can be used to make lunches, dinners and desserts. From pizza crusts and brownies to quesadillas and burgers, waffle makers can cook almost any type of food. Shopping for a new waffle maker shouldn’t be overwhelming. Use this checklist below to learn the facts before making a purchase.

Types of Waffle Makers

Waffle bakers are available with round, square and rectangular shaped grids. They can produce waffles ranging from ½” to 1⅛” thick.

Single Waffle Makers
If you plan to use your waffle baker only occasionally or don’t need to cook in volume, choose a single waffle maker. This type of waffle maker can produce between 20 and 35 waffles per hour.

Dual Waffle Makers
Pick a dual model if you need to use your waffle maker constantly and/or require a higher output. Dual waffle makers can cook between 40 and 60 waffles per hour.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing 

Grid Material
When shopping for a waffle maker, pay close attention to grid construction. Although  grids can be made of a number of different substances, most are constructed from aluminum or nonstick materials. If you need to produce items quickly, choose aluminum grids. This type of grid heats up and bakes fast, but is prone to scratching. If you are looking for easy cleanup, pick a nonstick grid waffle maker. Nonstick grids are easy to clean and release waffles easily (reducing the number of broken waffles) but their coating is prone to chipping and scratching. Both aluminum and nonstick grids must be washed by hand.

Electrical Requirements
Think about where you will place your waffle baker before you buy and check the power source nearby. Any unit above 120 volts cannot be plugged into a standard outlet.

 

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Exploring the World of Juicers

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Shopping for a juicer can be an intimidating task, but we have created a simple guide to help you choose the best machine for your needs. Here are a few things you should know before making a purchase.

There are 4 basic types of juicers:

Manual Juicers

Manual juicers are designed with a reamer that sits atop a metal base. The reamer extracts juice by twisting the fruit. Operators must push a lever to activate the reamer and squeeze the juice into a container placed below the juicer. This type of juicer can accommodate 24 to 36 pieces of fruit per hour, making it a good choice for low to medium volume applications like squeezing juice for a few drinks.

Electric Reamers

Electric reamers use the same twisting motion as manual juicers but do not require as much manual labor. An electric motor takes the place of the lever, making it easier to extract juice from fruit. Electric reamers are good for juicing citrus fruits in moderate to high volume applications.

Centrifugal Juicers

Unlike manual juicers and electric reamers, centrifugal juicers chop fruit and spin it quickly against a sieve, using centrifugal motion to produce juice. Although these types are very fast, they produce a lot of air, which shortens the shelf life of the juice and reduces some of its nutrients. Centrifugal juicers are best suited for establishments that need to produce medium to large quantities of juice that will be served immediately.

Masticating Juicers

As its name implies, a masticating juicer uses an auger to “chew” fruits and vegetables and separate juice from pulp. This type of juicer is able to create more juice from the same amount of product as centrifugal juicers, but at a substantially slower pace. If you choose a masticating juicer, make sure you consider labor costs – to work effectively, masticating juicers require smaller pieces of fruits and vegetables, increasing manual prep time.

What do you want to juice?

Manual juicers and electric reamers cannot juice greens and other vegetables. Centrifugal juicers can handle most vegetables but cannot juice greens. Masticating juicers can accommodate both greens and vegetables.

How fast do you need to produce juice?

The speed of every type of juicer varies. Centrifugal juicers are the fastest, followed by masticating juicers, manual juicers and electric reamers.

Does noise level matter to you?

The amount of noise created varies depending on the type of juicer. Because they do not have an electric motor, manual juicers produce the least amount of noise, making them perfect for front of the house applications where noise could be a nuisance to guests. Electric reamers and masticating juicers produce some noise during operation but not as much as centrifugal juicers.

Exploring the World of Commercial Toasters

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Shopping for a commercial toaster may seem like an intimidating task, but we have created a simple guide to help you choose the best machine for your needs. Here are a few things to thing about before you make a purchase.

There are four basic types of toasters:

Slot Pop-Up Toasters

  • Toast in batches (usually 2 to 4 slices at a time)
  • 60 second or longer cycle time
  • Great for low volume operations or self-service applications like hotel breakfast buffets
  • Available in regular and wide slot options
  • Some models offer the ability switch between one-sided and two-sided toasting

Contact Toasters

  • Used to toast hamburger and other sandwich buns
  • Bun is inserted at the top of the toaster, makes contact with the heated plate inside and is pulled downward by gravity and a motor assist
  • Good for caramelizing the surface of breads with higher sugar content
  • Available with butter wheels to butter buns before the come into contact with the heated plate
  • Designed for high volume QSR operations

Batch Bagel/Muffin Toasters

  • Similar to small countertop broilers, these types of toasters usually have heating elements located on top
  • Place product onto a tray that is inserted into the toasting compartment
  • Usually accommodate 12 bagel or muffin halves per batch

Conveyor Toasters

  • Fast and versatile – a good choice for most operations
  • Some models include convection to speed up drying and browning or impingement (forced heated air directed at the product) to allow you to produce a variety of menu items
  • Available with dual conveyors to allow you to toast two types of bread at the same time
  • Equipped with metal or quartz heating elements: quartz offers quicker heating but does not last as long as metal
  • Many models offer programming capabilities, allowing you to set toasting cycles for each menu item using a USB input

Things to consider before you buy:

Capacity:

  • Standard medium-duty four-slot toaster – around 225 slices per hour
  • Conveyor toaster – up to 1,800 slicers per hour
  • Contact toaster – about 2,200 buns per hour
  • Think about how many orders you receive per hour. A four-slot toaster will not work if you get orders for 225 slices every 30 minutes. Capacity is even more important for self-service applications. Customers may not want to wait 2 to 3 minutes for toast, so you’ll either need faster or more toasters.

What Are You Toasting?

  • Toasting times and temperatures vary depending on what type of bread you are toasting. For instance, breads with higher sugar content (like buns) caramelize more quickly, which is why contact toasters are best for these types of bread.
  • The thickness of the bread also affects toasting time: standard sandwich bread toasts faster than Texas toast because it dries sooner. Some models are designed to accommodate specific types of bread like bagels or buns. If you are serving more than one type of bread, you may need several types of toasters to account for their different toasting times and temperatures.
  • Think about how much space you can devote to each toaster. Many conveyor and contact toasters come in both vertical and horizontal models: vertical models take up less space on the countertop.