So you’ve decided that you want to make some homemade bread dough. Hopefully, you’re already familiar with the traditional kitchen appliance: the stand mixer. But what if you don’t own one? Don’t worry! We have found the perfect alternative for anyone who either doesn’t have a mixer or doesn’t want their hands all sticky and gooey with all that mixing. The dough hook.
Most people don’t know it, but the basic function of a stand mixer is the same as a hand mixer: you turn it on and the motor spins a shaft that drives the mixing attachments around like a drill. The difference between the two is that your standard hand mixer has only one speed of rotation to choose from, while a stand mixer can also have multiple speeds and accessories. The most important thing to know when you’re choosing between one or the other is whether you prefer high-speed mixing (for kneading bread dough, for example) and/or low-speed mixing (for creaming butter).
Hand Mixer vs Dough Hook: The Motor and Attachments
So here’s how it works: You turn the power to the mixer on and set it to a speed that you want. With a stand mixer, this will be one of the five speeds (depending on its attachment): 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. The motor spins the shaft; with a hand mixer, there is only one shaft so you turn the crank handle until you have reached your desired speed. In other words, a stand mixer has more possibilities for attaching tools and gadgets that can come in very handy for different purposes. These attachments are called accessories.
If you want to add a bowl or a dough hook attachment to your stand mixer, that’s no problem at all. You can simply remove the existing attachment(s) and replace them with these additions. The same goes for any other bits of kitchen equipment that you might be interested in installing, such as a meat grinder or a food processor. You can simply remove the existing attachments and replace them with these additions also – for example, if you want to achieve your desired texture in your bread dough by using all of the attachments on your mixer instead of using both hands (the most efficient way) to knead by hand.
Do dough hooks on hand mixers work?
Both dough hooks and stand mixers are technically hand mixers, but they don’t work the same way. Dough hooks are just attachments – they add attachments to mixers. Stand mixers are also called “mixed” or “full” stand mixers. These machines have multiple speeds and multiple tools (attachments) that can be flipped and changed at will.
It is important that the motor of a hand mixer be strong enough to mix the ingredients for your dough well and quickly. The best way to determine the motor power of a hand mixer is to find out how many watts it uses.
How many watts does a dough hook use?
A dough hook can be an effective attachment for your stand mixer, but make sure you only use it on slower speeds. If you choose to combine the functions of this tool and your stand mixer, bear in mind that some studies have shown that on higher speeds, the heat generated by the dough hook can cause damage to the bowl decals or markings on top of your bowl.
Does a dough hook use ½ horse power?
No, it doesn’t! It comes nowhere near ½ a horsepower. In fact, you won’t find any hand mixers that use ½ hp. If a mixer has that amount of power, it will be called either an industrial mixer or a commercial mixer. These mixers are not meant for home kitchen use and their cost is prohibitive. A dough hook uses between 100 and 150 watts, depending on the model you choose.
Is a low wattage dough hook better?
No. The wattage of a mixer shouldn’t be your main concern when you’re looking for an attachment. Most hand mixers use between 100 and 150 watts, as I already said. The other thing to consider is the speed of the paddle on your mixer – this is what is used to mix, whether it’s dough or batter.
What is the average speed of a dough hook?
Because it has only one speed and uses less power than a stand mixer, a hand mixer works at around 300 rpm (rotations per minute). It is fast enough to do the job of mixing your dough, but it also has the option of using other attachments for other jobs.
Is there a difference between a dough hook and a whipping attachment?
Yes, there is. A whipping attachment will whip or beat air into your mixture until it gets light and fluffy. You can use this tool when you are making whipped cream or egg whites for meringue. Dough hooks are used purely to mix up ingredients. They will not beat in air – you have to do that by hand going round and round with the mixer’s paddle until your ingredients have been mixed well together.
A dough hook is also called a “beater” and a “spatula.”
What is the dough hook of hand mixer used for?
The dough hook is a simple, rigid paddle that’s designed to mix or knead your dough when you’re mixing by hand. You just hold the handle of the paddle in one hand and mix your ingredients with the other as if you were mixing with a spoon.
Is a dough hook better than hand kneading?
It is possible to make bread or pasta dough in your mixer bowl. You just need to buy a good quality stand mixer, or have one that’s already been used and re-furbished. Even if you do have a hand mixer it may be time to invest in a new one – they are getting cheaper and they hold their value better than hand mixers.
What is the difference between dough hooks and pasta makers?
Dough hooks are designed for mixing your dough, while pasta makers are designed for kneading your pasta.
What does dough hook do?
The dough hook is a paddle tool with an attached shaft. The paddle can be turned clockwise or counter-clockwise, depending on the attachment you have attached. This attachment helps to mix bread dough and bread crumbs, as well as different types of cakes and pasta.
Should I buy a stand mixer, or a whole new range?
Well, it depends. Knitters are very much at the mercy of their machines and have few options when replacing them (unless they’re using external taps to supply water). Larger machines tend to last longer than smaller ones and are better value for money; they also have more attachments you can use with them, making cooking more versatile.
It’s a very important decision and while I have my own stand mixer, I know that you can buy mixers that aren’t necessarily expensive compared to other brands. The best thing is to go for a brand with strong reputations such as Kitchen Aid or Bosch, both of which are very reliable. You would also be better off buying a higher-end mixer, because they can last longer and be repaired or re-furbished if something goes wrong.
These days we have so many options when it comes to choosing a hand mixer. One of the most serious things you may want to consider is whether you want a brand new model or one that has been refurbished, as this can make use of all the parts from the original mixer and will come at a fraction of the price too. After that, look at the quality of your mixer and keep in mind how often you think you’re going to be using it.
These days we also have to consider whether we should opt for all electrical appliances or buy ones that need manual effort.