Proofing cabinets are a necessity for any successful establishment that serves fresh baked good to their customers. The ability to add a touch of steam to the proofing process will radically change the outcome of the product by creating an amazing crust your patrons will enjoy. Gold and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside are qualities that set fresh baked goods apart.
These dough proofers are built to withstand constant use in busy kitchens, and they're available with aluminum or stainless steel on both the interior and the exterior. Aluminum is lighter-weight and more corrosion-resistant while stainless steel is stronger and easier to clean. Stainless steel is also safer at higher heats, meaning it may last longer. If your kitchen is high volume, it may be better to opt for a stainless steel exterior, while an aluminum interior may provide better heat conduction. There are also some proofer cabinets available that have polymer exteriors that are dent, impact, and stain resistant with molded-in handles for easy maneuvering. These usually have aluminum interiors and solid or polycarbonate doors.
These proofing cabinets range in capacity from 23 to 117-1/2 cubic feet. They are available in half, three-quarter, full, and undercounter models. Half size units range from 42-3/4 inches and 44 inches. They are ideal for small businesses or specialty items. 57-3/4 inches and 59 inches is the range for three-quarter sized units. If space and need allow, a full-size cabinet will give you the most for your money by providing maximum holding and proofing capacity.
A number of door options are available, depending on your needs. Dutch doors may be clear or solid and help keep energy costs down because you can access one cabinet at a time, while leaving the other cabinet closed. Full doors may be solid or glass. While solid doors are better insulators, the glass doors will allow you to monitor the proofing process without having to open the door.
The cabinets are available with a number of shelving styles. These shelves may be slanted to make viewing products easier. They may also be made from wire, allowing for better heat circulation throughout the cabinet. They may be fixed or universal. Because the fixed ones are specially designed to optimize the space inside the unit, the universal ones may add flexibility within space because the racks can be placed in any configuration or left out completely. This can allow you to store taller items like jugs and taller storage containers. Some units have interior modules that can be replaced entirely without replacing the whole cabinet, which will optimize the flexibility of the unit.
Proofing cabinets come in reach in or pass-thru designs. Reach-in are adaptable and can be placed virtually anywhere, while pass-thru designs need space on both sides for the doors to open so that they can be accessed from either side. 5 or 6 inch casters provide excellent mobility to these cabinets.