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Types of Food Preparation Equipment

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Instructor: Sudha Aravindan

Sudha Aravindan has taught high school Math and professional development in Information Technology for over 10 years. Sudha has a Doctorate of Education degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Delaware, USA, a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Kerala, India, a Bachelor of Education degree in Teaching of Math from the University of Kerala, India, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math, Physics and Statistics from the University of Kerala, India. Sudha has a certificate in Java programming and Statistical Analysis.

Food preparation equipment allows for processing numerous foods efficiently. See how scales, blenders, openers, slicers, peelers, cutters, graters, and electric processors make for effective food preparation. Updated: 12/29/2021

Food and Beverage Equipment

Ray is busy in his kitchen. He is the manager of food preparation services in a popular family diner. The kitchen staff is getting ready for the dinner menu, and Ray has to make sure all the food preparation equipment is clean and in good working condition, while also remembering that food preparation equipment is tools used to quickly and efficiently process different kinds of food and beverages. He walks from station to station taking notes on any issues that need to be taken care of.

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  • 0:04 Food Preparation Equipment
  • 0:34 Scales, Blenders, Openers
  • 1:44 Processors
  • 2:51 Preparation
  • 4:13 Slicers, Peelers,…
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Scales, Blenders, Openers

Let's start with commercial scales. He sees Mary measuring out the ingredients for a number of dishes on the dinner menu, including pasta, mac and cheese, and salads. She uses a baker's dough commercial scale to measure out dough for cakes, cookies, and bread; a pizza scale to measure out the correct portion of cheese for the pizza; and the portion scale for portioning out the various side salads for each person.

Now let's look at blenders. At the next station, Bob is using the commercial blenders for beverages like pineapple and pomegranate smoothies. He is multitasking by attending to the milkshake machines and getting them ready for vanilla and peach milkshakes. Later, he will use the commercial immersion blender to semi-blend the vegetables for the soup that is simmering on the stovetop.

And, finally, commercial can openers and crushers. Ray also has commercial can openers that help kitchen staff to quickly open a large number of cans, which come in handy for broths and stocks that are frequently used as bases in cooking. Can crushers help save space in the recycle bins and can easily crush a thousand cans per day.

Processors

Let's start this section with food processors. Jake is shredding cheese on the batch bowl processor, which is a continuous feed food processor with blades for slicing, shredding, and grating. Since it's a commercial grade processor, it can continuously shred, slice, grate, and dice non-stop, so large quantities of food are processed in a very short time. After shredding ten pounds of cheese in minutes, Jake moved on to use the buffalo chopper to chop five pounds of onions. The buffalo chopper is like a giant food processor with a large bowl where large amounts of food can be quickly chopped. Next, the vertical chopper was used to puree tomatoes, chop cooked chicken and potatoes, and mix batter with butter for the tomato soup and pot pie.

Now let's look at dough processors. Jake's teammate, Mike, is working on dough equipment. He uses the rounder to get his pizzas perfectly round, and the sheeter to flatten the dough for pie crusts and pizzas. The dividers help him make and cut the right size dough into lumps for making bread and buns.

Preparation

Let's start this section by looking at seafood preparation. As Ray inspects the seafood preparation equipment, which includes the shrimp deveiner and the oyster shucker, he realizes how much time and effort is saved by using these machines, especially since his diner has a sushi bar. The deveiner can process up to a thousand shrimp per hour, and the oyster shucker helps open hundreds of oysters without the use of any knife or other handheld tools.

Now let's look at salad preparation. At the salad station, there are slicers, cutters, and spinners. Sue is busy slicing tomatoes using the tomato slicer. Apples and peaches for the fruit salad go into the fruit and vegetable cutter. She will be putting the salad ingredients into the large salad spinner that will help separate the water from the salad greens using centrifugal force so that the dressing will stick better to the salad.

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