What is a Ribbon Mixer ?
A ribbon mixer usually operates very slowly, and requires a lot of power to work. The mixer does a very thorough job mixing ingredients together. The blade is formed and angled in a way that allows the mixture to move in two directions at once. The mixture in the outer part of the container typically moves in one direction, while the mixture near the center of the container moves in the opposite direction. The shape of the ribbon mixer also ensures that no ingredients are left undisturbed on the bottom of the container, and that all portions of the mixture are blended evenly with the same ratio of ingredients.
The use of a ribbon mixer is not recommended for mixtures that have a sticky final product as the unique design of the blade makes it difficult to clean sticky substances off of it. However, ribbon mixers are an ideal choice for many other applications. They can be used for wet or dry mixtures, and they mix ingredients evenly, yet gently. A few examples of dry mixtures are fine gravels, powders, pet or farm animal foods, cereals, snack mixes, and certain medications. Examples of wet or moist mixtures include the many types of dough used in commercial bakeries, as well as resins and plasters used for manufacturing building materials.