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.

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.

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Blenders

 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.

Blender Q&A with Consultant Juan Martinez

Consultant Q&A with Juan Martinez, principal and founder of Profitality, Miami

Product Knowledge Guide: Blenders

Commercial blenders assist with food prep or concocting blended beverages. These units offer much versatility while occupying little space due to capabilities beyond blending. A blender can perform the functions of food processors, nut grinders and mixers, saving counter space by replacing these appliances with one single appliance.

Scale Calibration

When it comes to scales, basic rules of calibration are often overlooked. But the fact remains that extended usage, bad handling, electricity interruptions and other factors can impact the accuracy of this equipment.

Scale Terminology

  • Calibration: setting or correcting the scale
  • Checkweigher: scales used to verify predetermined weight within certain limits
  • Divisions: defines the amount of scale increments

Servicing and Maintaining Scales

Scales, available in either mechanical or electrical styles, are a standard and necessary piece of equipment in many commercial kitchens. They facilitate portion control, which is essential for maintaining consistent recipes and managing food costs.

Product Knowledge Guide: Scales

Although not always a staple in commercial kitchens, foodservice operators can use scales in a variety of foodservice applications.

Consultant Q&A: Slicers

Consultant Q&A: Dan Bendall, principal, FoodStrategy, Inc., Rockville, Md.

Slicer Cleaning and Maintenance Considerations

Properly cleaning and maintaining slicers is important to reduce the risk of bacteria growth and cross contamination. Although these units don’t require much maintenance, a number of procedures can help extend a slicer’s service life.

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