Whether you need to mix pizza dough, make cake batter, whip up cake icing, or combine other different ingredients for a signature dish, having a commercial kitchen mixer is essential if you don’t want to waste time and resources mixing with hand.
Commercial cooking equipment is made to make your work easier and faster, so that you can cater to your customers in a timely and efficient fashion. Here are some important points to consider when shopping commercial mixers for your restaurant or other commercial kitchen.
Quantities and frequency
The main consideration while buying a commercial mixer is your menu and the frequency of orders that require mixing and blending. For instance, a bakery cannot function without a heavy-duty large mixer that can mix large quantities of cake batter on a daily basis.
On the other hand, a kitchen that only needs to whip up condiments to go with starters will do well to have a smaller, countertop commercial mixer.
Whip, blend and mix
For making dressings and batters of all kinds, a planetary mixer works best. Planetary mixers have a bowl and an agitator (mixing tool). While the bowl remains stationary, the agitator mixes the contents in rapid, cyclic movements. Kitchen owners prefer planetary mixers to spiral ones as they can be used for a variety of purposes—you can use them to whip, mix, and blend a range of different ingredients, and they will give you the desired consistency in minutes.
Spiral mixers are ideal if you have a lot of kneading going on in your restaurant kitchen. A pizza place, for instance, definitely needs a good spiral mixer to make dough for pizza bases and other breads. Spiral mixers work differently than planetary mixers. This time it’s the mixing bowl that moves in circular fashion around a stationary agitator. Baking chefs and other bread makers prefer spiral mixers as they allow for even mixing of the ingredients, resulting in supple, uniformly kneaded dough that has just the right temperature and consistency.
Before deciding on a mixer simply for its price or size, check what attachments are offered besides the main mixing tool. Commercial mixers come with a great many options of attachments, and you should buy the one with tools your kitchen needs most. If its eggs you beat every single morning for your breakfast menu, you’ll need a mixer that comes with an egg whisk; for kneading dough, you want a mixer that comes with a kneading hook; and so on.
So make a list of all the mixing jobs you need to automate, and then buy a mixer that will do most of those jobs, if not all.
Last but not least, cost is an important factor when investing in kitchen equipment for your commercial establishment. Whether it’s commercial mixers, cooking equipment, refrigeration or other restaurant supplies, buy products that will give value for money and will be worth the investment in the long run.
Remember, cheap products won’t last long, and super-expensive equipment does not always guarantee a great job!