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A Guide To Commercial Kitchen Mixers

4 May 2020, 6:35 PM

A guide to
commercial kitchen mixers

Professional kitchen mixers are a key part of any commercial kitchen. They need to be sturdy enough to cope with the demands of a bustling kitchen environment and heavy everyday use. They also need to be adaptable and capable of being used for a variety of cooking and food preparation tasks. It's no surprise then that there's a wide range of commercial food mixers available that have been developed, tried and tested over the years to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.

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Don't make do with a domestic mixer

When you're setting up a restaurant, cafe or an outside catering business it can feel like there's a relentless drain on your finances. It's sometimes tempting to cut corners on what you might consider are less important items. With a domestic mixer, however, even a more expensive model is unlikely to last long in a commercial setting. If you're preparing food in a commercial setting then you need to ensure your equipment can handle the quantities involved as well as daily heavy use. It goes without saying that you also need to ensure that the end results are of the highest quality. The high-spec design combined with powerful motors ensures that ingredients are properly aerated, kneaded and mixed.

The right kitchen mixer for your commercial kitchen

Commercial mixers are larger scaled versions of kitchen mixers. They come with a variety of speed options, some with as many as ten speeds. A pouring chute is a helpful feature allowing you to add ingredients without stopping the mixer.

They are often made of materials like stainless steel which are easy to clean and cope well with heavy use. A timer function can be invaluable in a bustling, busy kitchen with lots going on. Ensure that the range of accessories that come with a particular model suit your needs.

Health & safety

All commercial mixers should be designed with the health and safety requirements of a commercial kitchen in mind, something not always found on their domestic counterparts.

The different types of commercial mixers

There is a range of different types of mixers for the different demands found in commercial catering.

Stand Mixers

With a motorised base, a lock for the bowl and a head that holds different attachments stand mixers are great for precision mixing. They require adequate space for the base but often come in attractive designs that make them suitable for areas that can be seen by the public, such as in a busy cafe.

Large Mixers

Heavy-duty food mixers are essential for larger kitchens. Large mixers are available that can handle bulk quantities and daily use. With models available with up to a 400-litre capacity there's something for even the largest of catering operations such as school or hospital kitchens. Things to consider are power, performance and convenience.

Planetary Mixers

These time-saving mixers replace manual beating and mixing. Planetary mixers are efficient with a mechanism that's designed to beat the whole bowl without any leftovers. This ensures that wastage is kept to a minimum, a key concern for any catering business who needs to keep a lid on costs.

Dynamic Mixers

With up to 400 litres of capacity, dynamic mixers are large and powerful mixers ideal for commercial caterers who need to prepare food on a large scale. With speeds up to 4000 RPM these are powerful pieces of equipment that can help prepare large quantities speedily and efficiently.

Dough Mixers

These mixers can help you make perfect dough every time. These specialised dough mixers, also sometimes known as commercial spiral mixers are an essential piece of kit for bakeries, specialist patisseries, pizza kitchens and hotels. They can save hours of time and lots of effort. The bowl revolves while the spiral agitator remains stationary which ensures that the mixing motion is gentle. This prevents the dough from being overworked ensuring the mixture develops the correct gluten structure. They usually come complete with a mixing fork or dough hook.

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