Overview of Food Processing Equipment for commercial kitchens

Food processing equipment for commercial kitchens is widely applicable for bakery goods to dairy to beverages to perform a range of unit operations required during a complete production cycle like separating, washing, mixing, baking, sealing and freezing. Based on the demands of the operation, and an increasing food processing application, food processing equipment can be built to handle solid, semi-solid or liquid foods by continuous or batch operation. Some of the other build considerations include superior food grade material like Stainless Steel (SS), sizing, hygiene, safety and security standards, government compliance and certification, and integration of analytical or automation components. Each of these factors can impact the efficiency and performance of the equipment, but selecting the optimal design and build is based upon the requirements and technical specifications of the particular food processing application. Let’s briefly discuss the types of food processing equipment in a typical commercial kitchen space:

Preparation equipment: In commercial kitchen parlance, preparation equipment refers to pre-preparation and meat-preparation including a range of equipment from grinders, peelers, dough kneaders, dough divider, chapatti machine, rice washer, cutting machine, coconut scrapper, cutter mixer, washer, dicing machine,  grinder, slicing machine, pulveriser, etc.

Processing equipment: Processing machines are used for small, medium and mid-size processing companies. The main benefit of processing equipment is that it can retain the consistency of the flavour and colour of the food during the process quickly. They are applicable in the preparation of Indian base masalas, condensed milk, Indian sweets, candid fruit, sauce jams, etc.

The automation in the food industry is highly complex, evolved and diverse. There is an ever-increasing need for process innovation to cater to the growing sophisticated demands of the consumer market. Thus, it becomes critically important that the food processing equipment is constructed of high-quality grade material, considering optimal design and other key factors such as sanitization, waste management and maintenance—the details of which we will deal with in the subsequent blog.