Oven And Fridge Recommendations For Legal Home-Based Bakery?

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HannahsMomi Posted 2 Apr 2012 , 4:23pm
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I am in the process of renovating my basement into a legal cake bakery business. I need to buy an oven and a refrigerator. Does anyone have any recommendations for either? I need something economical that works great! I'm trying to pay for everything without getting financing!

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HannahsMomi Posted 2 Apr 2012 , 10:36pm
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really? no suggestions?

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leah_s Posted 3 Apr 2012 , 11:36am
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I just posted a couple of days ago about the new gas convection stove I got. Love it. Kenmore. Also currently on sale.

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HannahsMomi Posted 3 Apr 2012 , 12:16pm
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thank you both for your responses! I'm just trying to make the best purchases I can with my money without spending too much! I'm trying not to get financing which is proving to be difficult! icon_cry.gif

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cai0311 Posted 3 Apr 2012 , 3:46pm
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I have a convection oven at home that has the option of regular bake and convection bake. If I select convection bake I punch in the temp I would use for regular baking and the temp is automatically adjusted (lower by 25 degrees).

When I had just a regular oven I baked my cakes at 325 degrees. With the convection bake I punch in 375 degrees, the temp is automatically lowered to 350 degrees, and I get the same results (moist cake, no "hump"). I have NOT noticed the baking time being shorter using the convection oven but I can bake so much more at a time by using all 3 racks in the oven.

I can bake an entire 4 tier cake (2 12" round, 2 10" round, 2 8" round, 2 6" round) at the same time. Takes about 1 1/2 hours (baking and cooling time).

The main thing you have to look for is a true convection oven. Some ovens call themselves convection ovens because they have a fan, but they are not really convection ovens. The oven I have has a third heating element behind the fan so the air that is blown into the oven is the same temp as the oven. This is really the only way the entire oven is the same temp causing even baking.

The only negative I have is sometimes (not every time) the top the cake gets hard, almost crust like. I trim the top off of each cake so it doesn't matter and it doesn't affect the rest of the cake - just the top. I think it is because of the fan blowing on it but I am not sure. Like I said, it is only sometimes this happens.

Cupcaks, cookies and pies bake wonderfully too.

There is also a convection roast setting that makes the beautiful crispy skin on turkey.

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As for the fridge:
I have a normal side by side fridge/freezer in my kitchen. I also have on of those double door refrigerators with the freezer on the bottom in my basement. The one in the basement is for cakes only. I love it because I can fit a cake in it on a 20" round (or square) cake drum in it.

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