What is a dough machine?
With a dough machine 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 professional catering appliance is also sometimes known as a spiral mixer, dough maker or dough kneader.
If you regularly have to knead large quantities of dough, this can take a lot of time and physical strength to do by hand. The spiral kneader owes its name to the dough hook that comes in the shape of a spiral. Because both the dough hook as well as the mixing bowl rotate, all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. A dough machine is therefore a vital competent in any restaurant, cafe, bakery and caterer’s kitchen.
What do you use a dough machine for?
A dough machine is ideal for when you need to make large quantities of dough regularly. Any professional cook or chef who uses dough regularly can benefit from using a commercial dough maker, such as bakers or cake shops. They can be for almost any baked good, from freshly bread and cakes to pies and other pastries. Even a pizzeria that makes fresh dough will enjoy the decreased workload and consistent products.
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?
Shopping for a dough maker can be overwhelming. Here are a few things to look out for when making your decision.
A powerful motor and drive shaft
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.
A suitable capacity
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. Buying the right size can save you a lot of money, so first estimate the amount of dough you need to make every day to see which machine is best for you.
For safety reasons, Maxima dough machines 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.
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may be the better solution for you.
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is the best option.
How to clean a dough machine?
A dough machine is a machine that you use typically and therefore also have to clean frequently. Cleaning your machine regularly will help lengthen its lifespan and keep it in the best working order possible, preventing unnecessary breakdowns and delays.
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.
Your dough maker should be wiped down with a wet cloth and a mild detergent after every use. You should also regularly do a complete maintenance check and clean. Oiling the moving parts frequently will help keep the machine in good working order.
If you're looking for excellent quality kitchen equipment at affordable prices, Maxima has a wide range of the best dough makers in its assortment. Our professional dough kneading machines come in a variety of sizes from a compact 8L up to an industrial-sized 200L. Shop the category today to find your next dough maker machine.
Maxima's refurbished equipment
Even though all our machines are priced competitively, we also offer refurbished items for sale at a reduced price. These machines may have been demo models or returns, which are usually sent back as a precaution when the packaging has been slightly damaged during transport. You can get a second-hand commercial dough machine that has been thoroughly tested by our technical department at an even lower price. Browse our
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