Start well, mix better

Start well, mix better

Never heard of that Whoever starts well is half the battle?! This saying is very common and present in several languages: Chi inizia bene, è già a metà dell’opera; Celui qui commence bien a la moitié de la bataille, El que bien empieza es la mitad de la batalla, Wer gut anfängt, ist die halbe Miete…

Let’s see why a popular saying comes in handy when talking about the baking process and, specifically, what are the practical suggestions that we can share to get the bread we want, with constancy and predictability.

1. How to get the same quality of bread in all seasons

The challenge for every baker is to always offer the same good bread, regardless of the external weather conditions. Let’s find out how to always get the same dough, in all seasons!

A fundamental condition for the creation of an excellent bread is to keep the temperature of the dough under control, given primarily by the two basic ingredients: flour and water. The most effective means of rebalancing seasonal fluctuations is water, since it is an excellent thermal conductor, meaning it requires little energy to be cooled or heated, and represents an important share of the dough, on average around 40%!

To guarantee your customers bread of quality, always and regardless of external conditions, the first advice is to rely on machinery that allows precise and reliable control of the quantity and temperature of the water. In this way you will already be assured about 40% of the desired result!

Here you will find a wide range of precise and reliable water doser-mixers and chillers, which despite having differences in the variety of functions and in the level of automation, all share the same very high STM quality standards. If you wish to receive a free consultation to evaluate which model might be best suited to your needs, click here.

2. How to make the most of your bakery line

A second important aspect concerns the bread production line, that is, the set of machines we rely on to automate and improve the production process of breads and bread products.

Each of these machines is able to bring important benefits and must be chosen carefully according to your needs and your budget. Where generally little attention is paid and we would like to focus here is the importance of the ingredients of the dough and in particular an ingredient, as precious as little considered: water!

We have already argued that water plays a fundamental role in obtaining the optimal temperature of the dough and in balancing external variations, due for example to seasonal changes.

Here we would like to underline how the creation of a correct dough, i.e. at the right temperature and with the correct hydration, is an essential condition to fully exploit the potential of all the machinery of the bread production line. A dough that is too hot will start the leavening process too soon, preventing the best mixer from working well, like a dough that is too or too little hydrated will not allow the best oven to obtain the desired type of baking.

When designing a new plant, the goal is always to create the most favourable conditions for obtaining the best results. In this context, in addition to the machines that are the protagonists of the bread-making process, such as oven, mixer and cell, some erroneously considered “accessory” should also be carefully evaluated, such as water doser-mixers and chillers. These ones, in fact, for the reasons seen above, play a fundamental role in ensuring a dough that is properly hydrated and at the desired temperature, necessary conditions to obtain the best performance from all the other players in the bread-making line.

3. The secret helper: all the potential of electronics in baking

The third and final point of this study concerns the support we can obtain from electronics to get the desired results in an easier and safer way.

This too is not an aspect that we usually consider when evaluating a bakery machine … yet the opportunities that we would miss in that case are not a few!

Advanced electronics, such as that on a colour graphic touch display, allows you to have all the relevant information under control, but also to access auxiliary functions or parameter settings!

A second, less obvious, advantage is given by the potential of an expert electronics in managing components in a more refined way, to make achievable otherwise unattainable performance.

Thirdly, dedicated electronics is an irreplaceable tool to ensure that the machines work safely and in the best conditions, signalling with appropriate messages when this does not happen.

Finally, electronics is the protagonist of the benefits, fiscal and not only, of the Industry 4.0 world.

To learn more about the role of electronics and discover some state-of-the-art practical applications, read the dedicated article.