As one of the most popular snack foods, pretzels come in various shapes and sizes. As a commercial or industrial bakery with pretzel production lines, what type of equipment works best to mix the ingredients that eventually form the foundation for this salty baked good? If you answered batch mixers, you may have a logistical problem.
The dough mixing process consists of four standard stages: deliver, measure, mix, and develop the ingredients. With a batch mixer, bakeries must wait for one batch to move through the mixing system before inputting the ingredients for a second batch of dough. This type of mixing system makes it difficult to change over equipment quickly, making it difficult to process the dough ingredients for pretzels of different shapes, weights, sizes, and textures.
There is a much better option for processing the ingredients used to make dough for pretzels. The better option is called continuous mixing, which Exact Mixing introduced in 1994 as the alternative to the batch mixing method.
What Factors Make Continuous Mixing the Best System for Pretzels?
Imagine running a production cycle for an order of pretzels that generates dough around the clock. The fully automated continuous mixing system monitors each production cycle without requiring employees to monitor every task.
Because of the highly-durable design of the clamshell mixing chamber, continuous mixers do a much better job than batch mixers at upholding strict food safety standards. The clamshell mixing chamber prevents cross-contamination and ensures every ingredient used to form dough remains inside the mixing system to avoid exposure to outside contaminants. Exact Mixing’s proprietary Hydrobond Technology evenly hydrates every dough recipe, which enhances the performance of a continuous mixer during the development stage of the dough.
What is the Right Continuous Mixer Model for Pretzel Production Lines?
Exact Mixing offers five continuous mixing models to blend dough ingredients for each recipe. As the most versatile mixer, the MX Continuous Mixer’s design is perfect for mixing high-fat, high-solid ingredients, such as those used to create the dough for pretzels. The MX Continuous Mixer also works great for mixing the ingredients that form baked goods like cookies, muffins, and cake batters without generating too much heat.
Production rates for the MX mixer range from 500 kg to more than 6,000 kg an hour to allow bakeries to complete large orders for the dough used to form pretzels of any size, shape, weight, and texture. As with the other four continuous mixer models, the MX enables your bakery to reduce food, labor, and energy costs because of the fully automated mixing system.
Each Continuous Mixing System includes the mixer, blender, material handling equipment, ingredient metering equipment, and a control system that monitors and distributes product between them.
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