What is a dough kneader?
With a dough kneader you can easily mix and knead large quantities of dough. Thanks to its powerful motor, it combines all the ingredients into a perfectly smooth dough. This appliance is also sometimes known as a spiral mixer or dough mixer.
If you regularly have to knead large quantities of dough, this can take a lot of time and physical strength to do by hand. Because both the dough hook as well as the mixing bowl rotate, all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. A dough kneader is therefore a vital competent in any restaurant, cafe, bakery and caterer’s kitchen.
What do you use a dough kneader for?
A dough kneader is ideal for when you need to make large quantities of dough regularly. This can be for almost any baked good, from fresh bread and cakes to pies and other pastries.
This handy appliance can also do many other jobs in the kitchen, for example, mixing minced meat with herbs and spices. This way you can be sure that all the individual ingredients are mixed perfectly into the minced meat, which can also save time during the cooking process. Most models have a convenient timer, so you don't have to stay with the machine the whole time. This leaves your hands free for other chores in the kitchen.
What should you look for when buying a dough machine?
If you are going to use this appliance often, then you need one with a powerful motor. Heavy foodstuffs like dough require a lot of power during mixing or kneading.
Not only the power of the motor is important, but also the drive. The dough machines from Maxima are driven by a strong chain and V-belts. If you add in the use of robust materials, such as the metal housing, durable coating and stainless steel parts, you end up with a very solid machine that you will enjoy for a long time.
The capacity of the mixing bowl is also important. For occasional use, or in a small kitchen, a small bowl is sufficient. For more intensive use or larger quantities of dough, a large mixing bowl for high capacity is the logical choice.
For safety reasons, Maxima dough kneaders are all equipped with a safety switch. This automatically stops the machine as soon as the housing is lifted. A separate stop button also allows you to stop the machine immediately, without having to hunt for the right button.
Do you only work with dough occasionally but are often whisking, stirring or mixing in your kitchen? Then a more all-round machine, such as a
may be the better solution for you.
For cutting up and grinding ingredients to be used for sauces, dressings and fillings, a
is the best option.
How to clean a dough kneader?
A dough kneader is a machine that you use often and therefore also have to clean often. It’s good to know that the bowl and the head are fixed in most models and cannot be removed, even for cleaning. Fortunately, the mixing bowl is large enough in all cases so that you have the space to clean it. A damp cloth is sufficient for this. You can also use warm water with a mild detergent.
Make sure you dry everything thoroughly with a soft cloth. Do not forget to clean the metal housing. Small bits of dough can remain here.