Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Equipment Part II

I know that I posted before about equipment but as we were making donuts the other morning I thought I'd share what we are working towards and why.

Mixers:  This is a 20 quart mixer.  I think I'd like a 30 quart but I haven't made a final decision.

My mixer is 5 quarts.  I can make 2 1/2 pounds of dough with it.  I have to make my dough in two batches to get enough to make 4 dozen donuts.  If I do the math, with a 20 quart mixer I could make 10 pounds of dough or enough to make 8 dozen donuts.  The 30 quart would get me 15 pounds of dough or 10 dozen donuts.  Now I know I need the 30 quart for sure.

Proofers: This proofer would hold between 10-12 trays of donuts.  My rubbermade tub holds one.  If each tray holds a dozen donuts I could proof my 10 dozen donuts all at one time.  Of course it does take some time to roll them out, but it would be much faster than the way I do it now.  It takes between an hour and an hour and a half to proof my 4 dozen donuts depending on how long they need to rise.

Fryer:  This fryer can fry 2 dozen donuts at a time.  My fryers, plural because I now have two to help with my frying time, can fry 6 donuts at a time.

The last time Bob and I made donuts it took us 3 hours.  Start to finish.  4 dozen donuts.  Obviously with the right equipment we could make many more donuts in 3 hours, but right now I don't know what I would do with them.   Here are some pictures.

We made twists, rings, bear claws, bismarcks, and bars.  I thought they turned out pretty well considering we have scaled down equipment.

There's another auction in Portland in a couple of weeks.  I'm excited to go and see if they have the equipment we need.