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Ankarsrum - Is the roller supposed to touch bottom of bowl?

Kgrrl's picture
Kgrrl

Ankarsrum - Is the roller supposed to touch bottom of bowl?

My Ankarsrum mixer arrived today and I attached various parts to test each piece. When I insert the roller under the pin without the bowl, the roller isn’t attached to the pin but falls off. When I insert the roller under the pin in the bowl, the bottom of the roller touches the bottom of the bowl. Have I attached the roller correctly?

tgrayson's picture
tgrayson

Yes

Kgrrl's picture
Kgrrl

If the roller rubs against the bottom of the bowl during use, has anyone had to replace their roller and if so, how long did you use your roller before replacing it?

 

 

 

replaced?

 

tgrayson's picture
tgrayson

You just got your mixer today and you're already worrying about wearing out your roller? :-)

Kgrrl's picture
Kgrrl

I want to take good care of the mixer :-)! Seriously, is your roller worn?

tgrayson's picture
tgrayson

No. It will probably outlast you and your children. Really, there's not much friction. The roller doesn't even contact the bowl except towards the bottom and with the rubber ring. I've read of occasional issues with the rubber ring.

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richkaimd

Mine was purchased at an estate sale over 25 years ago.  At that time all the parts looked new.  It worked perfectly.  They still look nearly new and continue to work as well as when I got it.

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DanAyo

You could call Ankarsrum USA and talk to Ashley McCord. But mine operates exactly like yours. No wear at all.

If you’ve used another mixer there will probably be a learning curve. Search the forum for help and don’t hesitate to post questions.

Dan

Kgrrl's picture
Kgrrl

I'm planning to make some bread this weekend using the roller and scraper.  Thanks everyone for your quick responses.

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MontBaybaker

Mine is now 2 years old and shows no sign of wear.  I always hand-wash bowls and beaters even when it says they're OK in dishwasher.  Learned from my kitchen aid how hard DW detergent is on them.  Ashley is very helpful with all questions.

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emmsf

One more thing: The first time you use it the experience may seem very odd. It is unlike any other mixer, and when I first used mine it all seemed very wrong. It takes some getting used to. In particular, it takes a bit of practice   Figuring out how far to set the roller away from the wall of the bowl. But soon enough it will start making sense – and it is unbeatable.  

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Fausto

Hi,

This video is the only one I've seen using the ankarsrum correctly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfC4lXay7Ak  

Just keep it simple.

 

Kgrrl's picture
Kgrrl

Is there a good video showing proper use of the roller?  I will make high hydration breads so will use the roller, not the hook. 

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barryvabeach

Kgrrl, there is not much to it. What I do is add all the ingredients, and turn it on low speed for a minute or two to mix the ingredients.  I occasionally pull the arm and roller to the middle for a second and release it, to make sure I incorporate any of the flour that is in the middle of the bowl.  Once it is thoroughly mixed, I turn the machine to high speed ( I have the 3 speed, if you have the newer 600 watt machine, I would go to the third speed, not four,) and let it knead. Once you get used to different size loads, you will know how to set the roller.  For most of my batches, I leave the rear knob fully loose.  If it is a very large batch, you will turn the knob tighter so that the roller won't extend all the way to the edge of the bowl, but will stop a little short.  To find out where to set it, just watch it as the dough starts to come together and go through the roller.  You want to adjust the roller so that it does not squeeze the dough up over the edge of the roller.  It is not rocket science, and it is usually pretty easy to see if you have it adjusted correctly.  If you adjust the knob too tightly, the roller will stay towards the middle of the bowl, and not squeeze the dough against the edge of the bowl as it goes around. If you have it too loose, it will squeeze the dough so much that it will climb up and over the edge of the bowl. You want it between those two.  BTW,  for some dough sizes and hydrations, the dough will form a donut around the roller and the roller will stay in the same place, and for others, it will form a more classic lump of dough that gets kneaded each time it goes past the roller, and the roller will go in and out with each rotation.  Both seem to work as well, just look different.