Types of Food Preparation Equipment

Instructor: Sudha Aravindan

Sudha has a Doctor of Education Degree and is currently working as a Information Technology Specialist.

In this lesson on food and beverage management, you will learn about the different types of equipment used for food preparation, including essential knowledge of equipment required for efficient operation and management of food production.

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. He walks from station to station taking notes on any issues that need to be taken care of.

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.

A bakers dough scale is used to measure dough for bread and cakes
Bakers Dough Scale

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 it 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.

Meat Slicers

Linda is working in the kitchen slicing sausages and ham on a meat slicer for lunch meat. She is proficient in using four different kinds of meat slicers. The electrically-powered automatic slicer she uses for fast cuts of deli meat is pre-programmed for the thickness of slices. Linda also uses the older slicers that are manually operated by cranking. She sometimes uses the prosciutto slicer which is a specialty meat slicer, specific for prosciutto which also happens to be one of her favorite foods!

For slicing hundreds of chickens and turkeys for salads, sandwiches and wraps, Linda relies on her commercial chicken slicer. As each piece is passed through the machine, they are sliced to the desired thickness. An entire portion of chicken can be sliced in one step instead of using a knife to slice through multiple times, risking injuries in the process.

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 is 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 10 lbs of cheese in minutes, Jake moved on to use the buffalo chopper to chop 5 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.

Dough Processors

Jake's teammate Mike is working on dough equipment. He uses the rounder to get his pizzas perfectly rounded, 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.

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.

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.

Peelers

Sue also makes much use of fruit & vegetable peelers to help prep raw fruits and vegetables for her salads. The potato peelers can process large quantities of potatoes, apples and carrots for salads and fruit tarts in almost no time!

French Fry Cutters

This is one of Ray's favorite stations! He loves the french fry cutters that allow him to slice potatoes for different kinds of fries. These are heavy duty cutters, and can also be used to make crinkle cut fries, steak cut fries, curly fries and waffle fries!

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