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Proofing & Holding Cabinets
What Is a Proofing Cabinet?
A proofing cabinet, or more specifically known as a bread proofing cabinet, is used by commercial bakeries and other food-service establishments that use dough to bake loaves of bread. A proofer cabinet works by helping the establishment achieve the perfect rise in the dough and bread products. This is possible because the proofing cabinet precisely controls the humidity and temperature levels that are ideal for helping bread dough rise in order to produce the perfectly baked loaves of bread.
Proofing cabinets are sometimes called a dough proofer or dough retarder. A dough proofer or proofer cabinet is essentially a chamber that is used in baking, which encourages fermentation of dough by yeast with the help of warm temperatures and controlled humidity. The warm temperatures help increase the activity of the yeast, and this results in an increase in production of carbon dioxide, which results in a higher and faster rise of the dough. Typically, the dough is allowed to rise in the proofing cabinet before being baked in an oven. In contrast to a proofing cabinet, a dough retarder, on the other hand, is a kind of refrigerator that is used to control the fermentation of yeast when proofing dough. Lowering the temperature of the dough produces a slower, longer rise (compared to a faster rise in a proofing cabinet) that results in more complex flavors. This method is popularly used in sourdough bread-making because cold decreases the activity of wild yeast relative to the Lactobacilli, which produce flavoring products such as different types of acid, thus making the dough and then the bread sour.
What You Should Consider When Choosing a Proofer Cabinet
When shopping for proofing cabinets, owners of commercial food-service establishments should determine first and foremost the sizes of cabinets that they should get so that they can make sure that the units will fit their kitchens. The size of a proofer cabinet can range from relatively smaller undercounter units to full-sized models as big as closets. These larger proofing cabinets are able to accommodate entire racks of bread dough.
Bigger bakeries can opt to choose very large proofer cabinet units that can proof several dozen dough trays on mobile racks.
What Is a Holding Cabinet?
A heated holding cabinet is a must for food-service establishments that serve food in banquets, dinners, and outdoor parties. The food can be kept in trays and stored inside holding cabinets to help maintain the food temperature. As such, establishments that will benefit a lot from different types of food holding cabinet units are bakeries (which will find a hot holding cabinet for breads extremely useful), caterers (insulated food cart is a must), pizza places (which will benefit immensely from a pizza holding cabinet), and other food-service stores that want to keep trays of food in a conveniently accessible and portable space.
One thing to consider before going out to purchase hot holding cabinets, however, is whether you prefer glass or solid doors. Heated holding cabinets that feature solid doors are generally considered more energy efficient, but several models of hot food holding cabinets that use glass doors are now as energy efficients as their counterparts that use solid doors. These kinds of glass-door holding cabinets typically use double-pane tempered glass.
Hot Food Holding Cabinets and Proofing Cabinets Available Here at Rapids
Whether you own a catering business, a restaurant, a bakery, or any other food-service establishment, we at Rapids Wholesale give you a large selection of proofing cabinets so you can produce perfectly risen dough and food holding cabinets that are sure to help you maintain the perfect food temperature. Our proofing cabinets and holding cabinets are manufactured by some of the most-trusted names in the food-service industry: Eagle, Intermetro, Moffat, and Vulcan/Wolf.