Pizza Dough Continous Mixing

    Pizza Dough | Continuous Mixing

    Pizza dough is the fundamental component of a pizza crust, typically made from a mixture of flour, water, yeast, salt, and olive oil. The ingredients are combined and kneaded to form a smooth, elastic dough, which is then allowed to rise to develop flavor and texture. Pizza dough can vary in thickness and texture, depending on the desired style of pizza. A continuous mixing system for pizza dough helps to simplify the mixing process, reduce labor, cut costs and improve product quality consistency.

    Challenges Related to Pizza Dough making

    Producing pizza dough can bring some challenges:

    • Overmixing: it is important to mix the dough just until the ingredients are combined and form a homogeneous mass. Overmixing results in a tough and chewy curst rather than a light and airy one.
    • Undermixing: undermixing the dough can result in uneven hydration and poor gluten development, leading to a dense and crumbly crust. ‘Just in time’ mixing ensures all ingredients are evenly distributed and hydrated.
    • Temperature control: the temperature of the ingredients and the environment can impact dough mixing. Cold ingredients can slow down yeast activity, while warm temperatures can speed it up. Maintaining the right temperature throughout the mixing process is essential for proper fermentation and dough development.
    • Dough relaxation: Sobatech has found that including a short resting phase (by means of our continuous bulk fermenter) eases pizza dough forming as gluten retraction is prevented.
    • Incorporating ingredients: adding ingredients such as salt, yeast, oil and dough rework at the right stage of mixing is important for proper distribution and dough development.
    • Consistency: achieving the right consistency of the dough can be tricky. Too much water can make the dough sticky and difficult to handle, while too little water can result in a dry and tough dough. Consistency is crucial for proper rising and baking.

    Benefits of a Sobatech Continuous Mixing System

    Continuous mixing of pizza dough offers numerous advantages for food manufacturers:

    • High product-tooling ratio ensuring shorter mixing times.
    • Ensures uniform texture and gluten structure development.
    • Maintaining consistent dough temperature, quality, and dough characteristics at all times.
    • Automatic Cleaning in Place (CIP).
    • Fully automated dark room operation.
    • Continuous (fully automated) bulk fermenter available for dough resting easing pizza forming and shaping.
    Pizza Dough Continous Mixing