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SP5 Spiral Mixer

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Yippee

SP5 Spiral Mixer

Hi, all:


There were a couple of discussions at the forum about the above mixer.   There's no doubt about the functionality and durability of this machine since users have given rave reviews about its performance. However, in one of the discussions, Susan@wildyeastblog brought up a point about its weight and the non-removable bowl and hook which make cleaning difficult.  I understand the weight is needed to stabilize the machine while it's at work, but together with the non-removable bowl/hook set up, I can't picture myself, who have serious back and hip conditions, dragging it across the counter to the sink for cleaning.  For those of you who have owned the same machine, would you please share your cleaning experience?     Also, if you could shed some light on how this machine handles relatively light weight(say, 500g - 1000g) dough, I'd appreciate it.  Thank you in advance for your input.


Yippee

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CarlSF

Hi Yippee,


Yes, the SP5 is a heavy mixer, and the bowl is not removable.  Please do not compare this mixer to a home Kitchen Aid mixer where the bowl is removable, and it can be easily cleaned.  The only way to clean the bowl in a SP5 mixer is to scrap down the sides of the bowl to remove any unwanted bread dough using a plastic dough scraper and to use a wet wash cloth to clean it.  This is how most professional bakers clean their large spiral mixers do it.  Once you use the SP5 mixer over and over again, you will develop a regular routine or rhythm where you can clean the bowl in a couple of minutes.  When I first got my SP5 mixer, I was frustrated and it took me 15 minutes to clean it, but over time I was abled to develop a system where I can now clean the bowl in about 5 minutes and with ease.


The mixer does not have a problem mixing dough of 1kg weight, but it might have a problem mixing dough of 500gm depending on the hydration level.  I have never had a problem with the mixer mixing 1 kg dough.  I hope this helps.

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Your information is crucial to my decision. Thank you.


Yippee