Many people are into baking bread nowadays, either for additional income or perhaps simply for personal enjoyment. Some like to use a kneader mixer because they may feel fatigued when kneading the dough. One problem though is looking for such machines with features that a newbie to baking can understand. Here are four elements to look for when searching for the right kneader mixer.
- A kneader mixer is supposed to knead the dough for you so you need to find one with a dough kneader attachment. Some people may opt to rely on their food processor but this doesn’t always bring out the best in your dough. Others may want to knead the dough by hand instead of relying on a machine. If you have to bake a lot of bread, a kneader machine is what you probably need (especially when fatigue creeps in).
- Using the correct machine will help you avoid overheating the dough. A food processor is indeed fast but the dough may heat up as it gets manipulated by the machine which is not good. The yeast within the dough may die if the temperature goes up too much – meaning your bread will not expand during baking.
- A food processor may be too hard-working. This means your dough would get over-kneaded which should also be avoided. Your kneader mixer should help you knead the dough just enough to make it ideal for baking.
- You could try a stand mixer with a dough attachment. This kind of mixer avoids problems inherent to food processors which are overheating and over-kneading. However, don’t get overconfident about using a stand mixer because you can still overwork the dough if you’re not careful. A stand mixer is a good option though because you can prepare more bread with it than relying on your strength.
If you feel a bit bewildered about all this advice, that’s understandable. You may need to ask a lot of questions when shopping for the right machine. The staff at the store you visit should be able to understand the features of the machine you are considering to buy actually. So be sure you know what you are seeking in the right machine so that you get the best value for your money.