Buying The Best Commercial Bread Slicer For Your Bakery
Slicing bread the old-fashioned way with a knife is great if you have a small home kitchen, but if you own a bakery, a bread slicer is an efficient way to give your customers delicious sliced bread in half the time. Commercial bread slicers come in a variety of sizes and widths to handle bagels and fresh-baked bread with ease. Unlike the traditional way of using a knife, a commercial slicer will give you perfection, cutting even slices every time. Operating a slicer is so easy any member of your staff can use it with proper training. If you’re in the market for a new commercial slicer, here are a few things to consider about your purchase.
Freestanding vs. Countertop Bread Slicers
The commercial bread slicer machines available on the market come in two setups, known as freestanding bread slicers and countertop bread slicers. The freestanding machines include casters so they can sit comfortably on the floor of your commercial kitchen or bakery, letting you use them easily without taking up valuable countertop space. Countertop bread slicers sit on your countertop. If you lack countertop space, then a freestanding slicer may be the best choice. Once your staff is ready to slice, all it takes is loading the bread loaf and waiting for the machine to do the work. Bread slicing guides allow you the ability to cut a thin or thick slice like a hot knife through butter. As a safety precaution, the slicer machine will stop automatically when the bread isn’t loaded.
Commercial Bread Slicer Configurations
Commercial bread slicers often are available for several pre-set thickness settings, which can help you streamline the bread cooking and preparation process in your bakery. Before you purchase your new appliance, be sure you read the specifications of the model to make sure it can meet your needs. Some models have pre-set configurations for slices of 3/8" (10 mm), 7/16" (11 mm), 1/2" (13 mm), or 3/4" (19 mm), so you’re sure to find a model that slices exactly what you need.
If you need to slice a large amount of bread, you should choose a model that can handle the demand of your bakery or deli’s bread needs. You’ll need to purchase a model that will turn out enough sliced bread in an hour, such as 100 slices an hour, so it’s wise to know your typical hourly or daily quota of bread purchased before you decide which model is right for you.
Since slicing bread results in crumbs, you’ll need to find a commercial slicer that features easy maintenance features, such as removable parts for easy cleaning and a crumb drawer. Another feature that you may consider when buying a commercial bread slicer is bagging. If you need to bag bread efficiently, you may want to purchase a model that offers convenient front-mounted bagging, as you’ll save time getting your bread ready for purchase.
Your customers come to your bakery for delicious baked bread, but if they need to wait for you to hand-slice it, it may take more time than they’d like. By turning to commercial slicers, you can give them the bread they expect quickly and easily, and help speed up the process for your staff as well.