Gums and thickeners are difficult to disperse without forming lumps or “fish eyes” – agglomerations of partially hydrated material with a core of dry powder.
Once these have formed, an agitator will only wash the surface of the agglomerates, slowly hydrating the outside layer, resulting in long mixing times, poor quality and inconsistency between batches. In addition, some ingredients require a degree of shear to activate them and obtain functionality, which cannot be achieved using an agitator.
The high shear action of a Silverson Mixer rapidly disperses the powders, disintegrating any agglomerate and exposing an increasing surface area of the powder to the surrounding liquid. The result is an agglomerate-free solution within minutes.