Dough Mixer: 5 Top Reasons to consider before buying one
Are you a baker running a bakery business in Kenya or even looking to start a bakery business? One of the issues you will encounter is you need to understand the various equipment for a bakery that you need to achieve your production target.
One of the major equipment that you have to think about is a dough mixer. However from my interactions with new clients who want to venture into a bakery business I have concluded that most do not differentiate between a dough mixer (bread mixer) and a planetary mixer (cake mixer).
Let’s just make this topic for another day since today we are focused on dough mixers. But I cannot continue without emphasizing the fact that the dough mixer is a heavy-duty machine with a more powerful motor and its mixing arm is spiral.
These factors make it ideal for mixing the tough bread dough (it’s also for mandazi, chapatti, buns, rolls, cones, etc.) as opposed to the light water-like cake dough that requires a cake mixer.
A cake mixer has a small motor hence less power and also mixing arms include whisk type and beta-type to drive more air into your dough (froth). This combines with eggs and baking powder to produce the oven spring to give you that well-risen cake.
Going back on today’s topic, as a first-time buyer for a dough mixer there are 5 terminologies you need to familiarize yourself with:
- Bowl capacity
- Flour capacity
- Dough capacity
- Power (KW)
- No of motors
1. Bowl capacity
It’s the total amount of water that can fill the mixing bowl of your dough mixer at a time(without adding any other baking ingredient like flour or margarine)process but it just provides a measures of how big your bowl is.
2. Flour capacity
Well, flour capacity for your dough mixer carries the day as the most important consideration you need to consider. This is why if you confuse your flour capacity with dough capacity you will end up buying a small mixer that will not be able to mix enough flour to fill at least one batch or two of your oven. As a baker you know one of the ways you save on power is by baking full batches according to your maximum oven capacity.
A full batch at maximum oven capacity baked at the right time and followed immediately by the next batch without switching off the oven will ensure you achieve maximum efficiency on time, labour and power.
This will remain to be a pipe dream if your dough mixer capacity is less one batch. See below an example of a bake wave dough mixer models and their respective flour capacity.
|KW||NUMBER OF MOTORS|
Most importantly you need to know the oven capacity of your product e.g bread so that you can determine the flour that is needed to bake one full batch of that product and then determine your flour capacity which will lead you to dough capacity.
Most machine sellers will use dough capacity as their model name. This will always be a number. For example
BWDM30 Model=Bake Wave Dough Mixer 30 (total capacity)
What minimum capacity of dough mixer will a bakery in Kenya require if they are using a 3 deck oven 6 tray?
- A 3 deck oven produces 45 loaves per batch of 30 minutes of 400grams.
- Each 1kg of flour produces 3 loaves of 400grams tinned bread.
From (1) and (2) above we can know how much flour we need in a 3 deck oven:
45 loaves x 1kg flour = 15kgs flour
Dough mixer in Kenya
From our chart above looking at flour capacity the ideal mixer model is BWDM40 or simply 40kg dough capacity!!! Very impressive!!!
3. Dough capacity
Simply the total dough weight achieved after the mixing process is complete. That is why it’s given in kgs. Remember to bake bread, you need:
- Vegetable fat
- Bread improver
- Calcium propionate
This leads us to the golden rule of baking which is: water added is 50% of the flour capacity.
To help us understand dough capacity better, following our case study of a 3 deck oven above we can already generate the following recipe.
|Flour – 15 kg||Main bulky ingredients 22½kgs|
|Water – 7.5 litres|
4 & 5. Power and number of motors
This reminds me of a famous song by Michael.W.Smith – “more love, more power” and since I am talking about dough mixer in this blog then we can say
“More dough, more power”
You will need more power to mix more dough as you can see from table 1 above similarly, you will need 2 motors- one for the mixing arm and one for the bowl. See below video features from our previous episode of what’s inside from our Bakewave TV channel.
Table 2: Showing current affordable models and their prices.
|148,750KSH + VAT||
|BWDM 40||231,525KSH + VAT||
Comment below to know current prices for the other dough mixers and offers available.
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