Commercial Mixing Tools And Equipment
Mixing tools and equipment are a must-have for any commercial kitchen. Depending on the volume of mixing required, mixers can come in different sizes to meet the needs of your facility. Most commonly, mixers are divided into two types - planetary and spiral. Planetary mixers are ideal for restaurants that EasyMix a variety of ingredients, while spiral models are better suited to mixing dense doughs. Both can include various attachments to suit your preparation needs, such as beaters, dough hooks, wire whisks and grater/grinders.
Stainless steel mixers are preferred for their durability and sanitary design. They are typically mounted on casters to increase mobility and reduce the risk of accidents, especially with large, heavy mixers. The casters also help to protect floors from damage and keep the mixer in place while working. Mixers can be either gear- or belt-driven, with many offering a selection of speed settings. Choosing the right setting for your recipe is essential and is determined by the type of food you're preparing and the amount of mixing to be done daily. The absorption rate, or "AR," is a good measure to use for determining how much water to add to your recipes. This is calculated by dividing the weight of dry ingredients (such as flour) by the weight of water.
The most popular mixer size is the 10 qt model, which can handle standard heavy-duty mixing tasks for restaurants, bakeries and other foodservice operations. This unit can easily manage up to 5 lbs of bread dough; 20 lbs of thick pizza dough; and 4 qts of cake batter or whipped cream. Stainless steel mixers are also available in other smaller capacity sizes, as well as larger sizes for heavier use or for mixing high-volume batches of food.
A variety of specialized mixers are also available for more specific applications, including dough dividers that divide and combine multiple balls of dough into equal portions to prevent overworking the dough. Also available are a number of specialized attachments for mixing meat, vegetables and other ingredients. Some of these are designed to shred or grind ingredients, while others knead or chop foods in the same way as the mixers themselves.
A tote mixer is an easy solution for mixing liquids in IBC totes, which are often used as storage and transportation containers for a variety of liquid materials, from food ingredients to industrial chemicals. These mixers utilize an agitator that rotates inside the tote, reducing fluid transfer waste and the time spent moving fluids in and out of a secondary mixing vessel. They're also available in lightweight and heavy-duty frames to accommodate a variety of mixing capacities. Some are even explosion proof, making them suitable for use in hazardous environments.