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how much flour will my mixer hold?

Janna3921's picture

how much flour will my mixer hold?

I have a Cheftronic  stand mixer, 5.3 quart that has a dough hook along with all the other attachments, plus a grinder and a blender.

What I am wondering is, it states in the book that it can  hold 1500 grams of flour.  I am going that if a cup of flour is 128 grams, that is 11.7 "cups" as a cup is around 128 grams.  That seems like a awful lo of flour.

With that amount of flour allowed to be used, I could make a recipe that calls for 6-9 cups of flour and will make two or more loaves.  Am I figuring that right?  

I don't know if I will later on want to make that many loaves at one time, maybe make one or two and freeze another, or even two, loaves for later use.  Does anyone have a stand mixer of the size of mine and make bread that requires a lot of flour, does it do okay, or should I continue to modify recipes to make just one loaf.

I want to try another loaf of white sandwich bread today and then later on this week a loaf of French or Italian bread.  And also a Casatiello, as our daughter will in Feb be getting married and he is from Italy and he is a wine snob :)  My hubby likes Muscato wine and he remarked that is not a real wine.  


suave's picture

I'd start with 500g to see how it handles that much.

jimbtv's picture

My Ankarsrum has a 7 liter bowl. Liters and quarts are pretty close and the manufacturer states that it can handle 5 kilos of dough. That's about 11 pounds of dough. At 65% hydration the flour content would be around 3,000 grams. I regularly add 4,500 grams of flour to the liquid content in my Ank, and while some flour occasionally splashes out the final mix is flawless.

With that said the design of the mixer is very important. Mixing dough is very hard on a mixer. Most consumer units will mix bread dough occasionally but they were not designed to work that hard very often. There are many posts on TFL about stripped gears and burned-up motors on mixers that couldn't take the repeated abuse.

From what I have read it seems you are becoming addicted to bread baking. That's a good thing and you are among good company - me included. As we all move into bigger builds and bake more often, we need to take the capacities of our equipment into consideration.

Will your mixer handle 1,500 grams of flour and 975 grams of water (65% hydration)? Sure, but for how long?


Janna3921's picture

Thanks for the feedback, I can't ever imagine using over what three loaves would need, around 400 grams, at the most making breads that would have me using around 500 grams, I am enjoying trying some recipes out, partly it is fun and due to my son's neurological damage (Walmart gave him the wrong medication) so he can't handle my canning, says the smell of the ingredients and them cooking for a batch of whatever I am making makes his head hurt and he becomes sick.  Had to toss out a batch of raspberry wine jelly as the smell was getting to him.  No salsa, no pickles, no BBQ and a lot more I can't can; will find out what breads he won't be able to handle with the smell of bread filling the kitchen.