One of the most useful pieces of kitchen equipment is my countertop mixer. Countertop mixers sometimes go overlooked, but I think they are a necessity for any commercial food operation! They are so versatile and come with a variety of mixing utensils including a dough hook, batter beater, and wire whisk. Some models also come with a shield to protect your ingredients from flying all over the place when on higher power levels. I can’t imagine mixing everything that I use this for by hand, it would take hours!
For example, take whipped cream. Fresh hand whipped cream is so much better then that fake stuff that comes in a can. In order to make fresh whip cream though, you have to whip the cream for a long time. It’s a great workout for your arm, but a huge waste of time for your kitchen. Countertop mixers such as the Tabletop Planetary Mixer from Berkel can whip your cream in a fraction of the time! Plus, you don’t have to babysit the machine so you can do something else while the cream whips. I’m a big fan of multi-tasking (I am a chef after all, it’s part of the job description).
This Berkel Mixer holds up to 20 quarts, and comes with 5 speed options, one of which is a blend speed which eliminates your mixture from splashing. Yes, we have all seen a commercial/movie/TV show where they “forget” to put the top on a blender and the mixture goes all over the kitchen. This mixer comes with a bowl guard as well as a 15 minute max timer that will allow you to select an automatic shut off time. It also has a variable speed motor that allows you to easily shift mixer speeds without stopping.