The Do’s and Don’ts of Purchasing a Mixer
Have you ever wished you could find recipes for all those yummy things your school lunch ladies used to make? Well, look no further. Below you’ll find a recipe that will make you long for the good old days. “Yay, its brownie day!” It’s a 50 year old school cafeteria recipe. If you love a dense, chewy, fudgy brownie…this is the one. It’s the only brownie recipe you’ll ever need.
And, the good news is that schools today are moving back to mixing recipes from scratch. So your kids can have your favorite recipes that you remember. But they must choose the right mixer to do the job.
In many kitchens, mixers are considered the workhorses of the prep line. When properly specified, these units can decrease labor while increasing speed of service.
At Miller & Associates, we are proud to represent a mixer that was chosen “Best in Class in Floor Mixers” for 2014. Foodservice operators, dealers and consultants cast their votes for the best of the best among foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers.
Globe Mixer was chosen for seven performance factors:
- Product quality
- Product value
- Product design and aesthetics
- Service and support
- Sales representation
- Product inventory and availability
- Product information availability
It’s the “Perfect Mix”!
But don’t forget that you should consider this when purchasing a mixer:
- DO determine what tasks the mixer will be used for. Different types are suitable for heavy dough versus general use. Decide what size mixer you will need. See a “Capacity Chart Guide” provided by Globe Equipment (capacities are based on flour at room temperature and 70 F. degree water temperature)
- DO decide whether a gear-driven or belt-driven type is preferable. Mixers that use nothing but gears in the head of the motor provide the most direct power from the motor to the mixing apparatus. Operators that use dough mixers typically like gears, since belts can slip or burn out when used with heavy loads, although this is not a common occurrence. Gear-driven mixers also tend to have a longer service life, but belts are very reliable and more affordable.
- DO consider mixers for tasks such as vegetable prep, meat grinding and pasta making. Operators don’t always consider how versatile these units are for many production tasks. This can save both labor and the cost of purchasing other pieces of equipment. For example, a mixer with an attachment to make pasta is much cheaper and more versatile than a pasta maker. These units also can help operators increase the number of fresh, from-scratch items on the menu.
- DON’T purchase a mixer without a clear understanding of how it will be used and what options are needed to accomplish these tasks.
- DO consider water proximity if the mixer will be used for dough. Also consider where the dough rolling will take place. It’s best to have the mixer situated as close to the prep table as possible.
- DON’T neglect the care and maintenance of mixers. The bowl also should be able to be moved up and down freely with the lift. If power is an issue, operators can inspect the mixer for electrical connection problems.
When you Knead it – Globe has the right Mixer!
Lunch Lady Brownies
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup canned milk (regular milk is okay)
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- dash salt
- Beat together sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth and lemon colored
- Add butter slowly and blend into egg/sugar mixture
- Slowly blend in cocoa and flour. Stir until no lumps of flour remain.
- Add nuts, if using
- Pour into a greased 9 X 13 metal baking pan, smooth surface and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- Note: If your oven runs hot, set for 325 degrees instead of 350.
- Remove brownies from oven, cool and ice before cutting into 24 squares
Beat all ingredients together until smooth and of spreading consistency