Ice Cream Equipment / June 21, 2018 / Kailey Satterfield.
Develop a menu of items to sell. Your featured product will be frozen yogurt, typically vanilla-flavored, with the option for customers to add toppings, such as honey, granola, candies, fruit, flavored syrups, sprinkles or even edible flower petals. In addition, you can sell shakes, parfaits and smoothies made from your frozen yogurt. Purchase a commercial soft-serve frozen yogurt machine from such supplier as Taylor Company, Stoelting or Acana Northeast. A machine made for home or casual use won't hold up to the demands of your business. If your yogurt shop is located in a large storefront or you plan to offer several flavors, buy more than one machine.
When using an opendisplay freezer, always be sure to store your products below the freezer line. This may result in a freezer that doesn’t quite reach its storage capacity, but the products will remain colder, fresher, and tastier for guests. Below is a chart to break down the differences between ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and sorbet. Determining the differences between these products will help you decide what you'd like to sell, and therefore, what sort of freezer is best for you.
Refrigerated ice cream topping rails: These combination units boast topping rails that are convenient for syrup jars and topping containers, while having either a dipping cabinet or storage base underneath. The topping rails are constructed of durable stainless steel, making them easy to clean after a busy night, and the unit features a flip-lid design, so you can scoop your ice cream and smother it with delicious toppings without having to walk to another station. These handy cabinets are perfect for nearly any ice cream parlor or restaurant.
What I remember about making ice cream as a kid—besides the delicious results—is the puddle of melting ice and rock salt that the machine left on the kitchen floor, and the sore elbows we all had after taking turns at the crank. Today’s ice cream makers have changed all that—no workout, no mess, just the unrivaled creamy-refreshing flavor of homemade ice cream. The most popular models on the market today all have similar designs. In most cases, a motorized base rotates a canister that you’ve frozen in advance. You pour the ice cream mixture into the canister, and it immediately starts to freeze onto the canister’s sides.