Anyone who does a lot of baking will appreciate the ease of baking with a professional stand mixer. Professional stand mixers take all of the hand mixing and beating out of recipes. This frees up the hands of the baker to do something else and move on to the next step in the recipe. There are a few stand mixers that are great for mixing dough, cake batters, cookies, and even for whipping icings and mayonnaise. The home baker who spends a lot of time whipping up these delicacies will never put their stand mixer away. The stand mixers can be used for all sorts of recipes just by using the one mixing bowl attached to the mixer and the different mixing speeds on the machine.
Using a professional stand mixer sure saves the arm muscles of anyone who is used to mixing their own dough. Whether it is bread dough or pizza dough being made, the dough hook attachments on any of these mixers makes it simple to incorporate ingredients and to mix dough thoroughly to the right consistency without ever having to touch the dough with the hands. What could take the better part of an hour with the hands can be done in just a few minutes with the speed and ease of a professional stand mixer. There are a few high quality professional stand mixers that are great for the kitchen and some that are better for professional use due to their size and price.
Professional Stand Mixers and Floor Mixers
A great professional mixer is the Hobart 12 Quart Planetary Mixer. This mixer has a huge mixing bowl which is great for making huge portions of dough at one time. This 185 pound mixer has a lift handle for lowering the bowl or raising it back up and a variety of easy to adjust mixing speeds. This model is also available in a 20 Quart size as well for bigger batches.
Another mixer that is of professional caliber and suited for bakeries or pizza parlors is the Vollrath 40758 Floor Mixer. This large 382-pound floor mixer can hold 30 Quarts and has 3 different speeds. This is a very durable and strong mixer ideal for the largest batches and frequent use. This machine also has thermal overload protection to avoid overheating during consistent use. It has a digital timer for ease of use and many different attachments including a whisk, spatula and dough hook.
KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach make smaller stand mixers that are ideal for home kitchen use. They get the job done right but are small enough to fit inside a standard kitchen.
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6 Quart Stand mixer delivers professional results at a compact size for an affordable price. The mixer weighs in at 29.5 pounds, has a 575 watt motor, 10 mixing speeds, and dough hook, wire whip and flat beater attachments for the ability to make a wide range of culinary treats.
Hamilton Beach CPM700 Commercial Stand Mixer is small enough for at home use. The 800 watt motor and 7 quart bowl is powerful and large enough for professional use as well. The die cast aluminum body makes this a sturdy choice and the mixer comes with a dough hook, balloon whisk and flat beater.
Cuisinart SM-55 5 1/2 Quart Stand Mixer is also suitable for at home or commercial use. It’s small size is ideal for home use but the 800 watt motor and die cast aluminum body make it a durable and powerful machine. The attachments include a whisk, a flat paddle and a dough hook for a variety of different mixing options.
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