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vent or no vent?

September 16, 2015 - 1:20pm -- Ruu

Hello People,

I need a clarification.

I just found a space to use for my bakery in Brooklyn,  ny, the space is hooded with fan ventilation but not vented. It use to be a restaurant.

I will be taking everything out and using it mainly as a wholesale bakery with very minimal retail.

the main thing I am using is a single rack gas oven and a proofer to rise the yeasted bread. All others will be hands-on. 

I have been told that no vent is needed but wanted to ask your opinion as well.

the hood is about 7ft  height.

Thanks a lot for your time.

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In need of a space, bakery to bake bread in New York

August 14, 2015 - 8:01pm -- Ruu

Hello professionals,

I am a new bread baker and seriously looking for a space to bake. I am currently baking out of a commercial kitchen in Queens, NY but the cost is getting ridiculous. I need a space where i can bake and take out for wholesale. All i bake is bread.

I will really appreciate anyone willing to give me the opportunity to use their space and pay weekly or monthly rent as agreed. This will help me a lot to get on my feet and save up for my own startup. 

Anywhere in Brooklyn, NY will be preferable but I am open to Queens and NYC as well.

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Urgent Help

August 10, 2015 - 7:00am -- Ruu

Hello again professionals,

I am just starting my bread baking business. I am having a major issue with my loaf. I am not sure if its from the dough conditioner or added gluten. I will like a professional advice, i had prefer a free consult as a start up business but willing to pay for the right service. Pls kindly pm me for more information

The only problem i am having is with the shape. When i off-load, the shape is perfect but doesn't hold up during cooling leaving it rough and ugly shaped. More like collapsing/shrinking

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Wholesale baking: From crawling to walking to running marathons

July 7, 2015 - 8:34am -- DoughyInTheMiddle

For several years now, I've operated under the Ohio Cottage Laws, baking out of my home kitchen, and selling individually or for special events. Rarely did I make more than 8-10 loaves in a single evening.  Late last summer, I made the decision to make this the real deal, and spent the winter on a small crowdfunding campaign to have the funds to work out of a local commercial kitchen.  

Last week was my first week.

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How Do Big Bakeries Do It?

July 3, 2015 - 8:57pm -- mixinator

Suppose I'm a big bakery making several hundred loaves of French bread per day. Let's say I turn my loaves out to proof on a canvas sheet (couche).

My question is, how does a big bakery cover the loaves while they are proofing to keep them from drying out/crusting over? I can't imagine them using lots and lots of cling film to cover all of those loaves. Or do they leave them uncovered and do something else?

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Croissant Class

June 30, 2015 - 12:27pm -- frenchbaker80

Hi there, I'm new here and was hoping to get some advice regarding setting up a croissant class. 

I've been making croissants for a long time now and want to share the process with others by hosting classes at a local bakery kitchen. I'm wondering if any instructors or people who have attended a croissant class could weigh in on the structure of teaching such a class. 

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8 month old marble cake- no mold!

June 23, 2015 - 7:16pm -- Helena

Hi folks,

Would you believe that I ate a slice of gluten free marble cake the other day that had expired over 8 months ago but I had only bought it 2 days prior? It's true and I did not get sick. I bought this little marble cake loaf as I saw it was baked in the  decorative paper bakeware and wanted to see how it tasted, looked and was packaged since I am experimenting with these paper bakeware molds myself.

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June 17, 2015 - 7:55am -- Big_Mike

Hey everyone!

loong time reader, newer poster here:D I am in a bit of a quandry and hopefully you can help.  I have this killer recipe for Philly Soft Preztels that I would like to try and sell out front of stadium for ball games and the like. 

My problem is that no matter what I do they stick to the parchment paper that I line the pan with, spray or no spray. I have to peel scraps of paper off of the bottoms.

I am at a loss, any help would be appreciated because right now they are not time effecient to make with the paper problem.


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