How to create light and fluffy dough using a spiral mixer

If you’re after the perfect consistency for bread or pizza production. A spiral dough mixer in a commercial kitchen setting can greatly improve your efficiency, quality and productivity. But knowing how to use the machine to it’s optimum is more important then the brand you select for a great outcome.

Here are seven handy tips to help you make the most of your spiral dough mixer.

Most important of all is to start with dry ingredients: Add the dry ingredients, such as flour, yeast, and salt, to the mixing bowl before adding liquids. This allows the dry ingredients to disperse evenly throughout the dough and prevents clumping.

Gradually add liquids

Pour the liquid ingredients, such as water or milk, into the mixing bowl while the machine is running at a slow speed. Adding the liquids slowly helps the ingredients incorporate smoothly and prevents splashing or overflowing.

Choose the right speed and mixing time

Different types of dough require varying mixing speeds and times. Follow the recommended guidelines for each dough type to ensure proper development without over-mixing. Under-mixing can result in uneven dough, while over-mixing can lead to dough with poor texture which includes.

Gluten development

When flour comes into contact with water, gluten proteins start to form and develop. Mixing helps further develop gluten, which provides structure and elasticity to the dough. However, over-mixing can result in excessive gluten development, leading to a dense and tough texture in the final baked product.

Loss of gas retention

During the mixing process, yeast produces carbon dioxide gas, creating air pockets within the dough. These air pockets contribute to a light and airy texture in baked goods. However, over-mixing can cause the excessive release of gas, resulting in the loss of those air pockets and leading to a denser final texture.

Loss of moisture

Over-mixing can cause increased friction and heat generation within the dough, which can lead to the evaporation of moisture. As a result, the dough can become dry and lacking in moisture, leading to a less desirable texture in the baked goods.

Toughening of fats

In recipes where fats, such as butter or margarine, are incorporated into the dough, over-mixing can lead to the fat becoming too warm. This can cause the fat to melt or soften excessively, resulting in a greasy or oily texture and affecting the overall structure of the dough.

Monitor dough consistency: Keep a close eye on the dough as it mixes. The dough should form a cohesive ball that cleans the sides of the bowl as it spins. Adjust the mixing time or add small amounts of liquid or flour as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

Don’t overload the mixer

Be mindful of the maximum capacity of your spiral dough mixer. Overloading the mixer can strain the motor, reduce mixing efficiency, and potentially lead to equipment damage. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the maximum dough weight or batch size.

Clean and maintain regularly

After each use, clean the spiral dough mixer thoroughly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Regular maintenance, such as lubricating moving parts, tightening bolts, and inspecting for wear, will help prolong the lifespan of your equipment.

 The frequency of servicing for a spiral mixer can vary depending on factors such as usage, manufacturer recommendations, and the specific model of the mixer. However, as a general guideline, it is advisable to have your spiral mixer serviced at least once a year. This annual service can help ensure that the mixer is functioning optimally and can help identify and address any potential issues or wear and tear.

Read the manual!

Just like every keen man with a new tool, your eagerness to get the first dough beautifully fluffy and light should really wait until AFTER you read the instructions  Familiarise yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions for optimum performance and safety guidelines. Understanding the specific features and operation of your spiral dough mixer is crucial for safe, optimal and efficient use.

Investing in modern technology will also assist you in getting that perfect roll or loaf. For further information on what’s new in Spiral Mixers take a read of this article The Future of Dough Mixing: Innovations and Advancements in Spiral Dough Mixers. 

Happy Mixing.

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