Running a bakery is no easy task…
Whether you operate in your kitchen, have an independent shop that caters to your area, or in charge of a large industrial bakery operation, you’ll still have one crucial thing in common.
Because on the whole, the bakeware used to meet all the demands of your customers isn’t all that different…
But to maintain the quality and consistency of your baked goods, it always needs to be in tip-top condition. This is because if it’s used and worn, then chances are there will be a direct negative impact on your production.
So the best way to do this is by making sure your bakeware is covered with the appropriate non-stick coating and is in excellent condition.
And just as important, knowing when to recoat or replace it.
Which brings us to the question…
How Long Does a Non-Stick Coating Last?
The truth is, there isn’t an exact formula that bakers have that can predict exactly how long a non-stick coating will last or how to get the maximum efficiency out of your bakeware.
But through experience, there’s an estimate which depends on the following factors.
What Are You Baking…(And How Many)
We generally work on the basis that the standard coating on a bread pan can get between 2000-2500 releases before needing to be redone.
For a small craft baker though, this could mean many years before replacement or refurbishment of bakeware is even a consideration because of the smaller production numbers.
However, for a plant bakery, as you could be producing loaves by the tens of thousands per day, this means the time scale is reduced dramatically to a case of just months.
And if your bakery churns out goods such as pastries and crumpets you’re looking at anything from 6000 – 8000 uses before you have to give Product Release a call for recoating…
But Why The Difference In The Number Of Releases?
Well, it largely comes down to the ingredients.
Different levels of acids, oils, and high sugar content in the recipe other inclusions to meet consumer demand can also lead to the ineffective release of products or work through coated surfaces. This can lead to corrosion to the metal below, which will increase wastage that can only be bad news for your profits.
How to Improve the Life of Your Bakeware’s Coating
Now the estimates of bakeware longevity that we talked about above may seem far-fetched to many head baker from their previous experience.
But as mentioned, even though it’s not an exact science on how long they will last, there are definitely things you can do to improve their life span. Here are a couple of tips.
Although lots of larger bakeries have invested in robotic equipment to place tins, trays, and lids on and off the production line to protect the coatings from unwanted damage.
Unfortunately, the smaller companies don’t have that luxury.
And yes, it’s easy to stack bakeware on top of one another as it certainly saves space. But this method of storage has its drawbacks.
When they stack bakeware with non-stick, there’s always a high chance of abrasion and scratches, leading to faster degeneration of the coating.
This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised to see how many times this rule is violated, especially in bigger bakeries where piles of bakeware are used every day.
Post-cleaning, you should always check for residue as if they go unchecked, these residues keep accumulating and begin to damage the non-stick coating in no time.
The UK and the rest of the world love its baked goods, whether it’s the traditional bread, the morning pastry, the ill-advised-calorie-rich birthday cake, or sneaky doughnut when now ones looking.
And so many existing varieties and many newer, healthier options coming up, your bakery has got to keep up its pace.
To do so, you must pay attention to your bakery’s productivity. And what easier way to achieve that than ensuring that the non-stick coating on your bakeware in excellent health.
In the long run, knowing when to recoat your bakeware can help reduce ensuring no snag in your bakery’s productivity and efficiency. And if you get your bakeware refurb timings on point, it can also save you a lot of money which can only add to your bottom line.
Try before you buy?
When investing in new or refurbished bakeware or cookware, you want to know you’re getting a high-quality product.
This is why, at Product Release, we offer a Free Sample Service.
Here’s how it works…
1) If you know you will need to refurbish or invest in new bakeware sooner rather than later, then drop me at email@example.com and I can supply you with our coating facilities address.
2) Send us over your sample, which we’ll fully treat, and we’ll send it right back, Free Of Charge.
3) And if you’re happy with our service, we can talk further.
And thats it.
If you would like to know more about how Product Release could help your with your bakeware needs, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts, who can discuss your problem and recommend an innovative solution that will not only help you now but will minimise future damage or repairs, giving you peace of mind.