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Offline Villa Roma

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Get Forked!
« on: March 24, 2007, 08:36:40 AM »
This is my first post as VR but I recently changed my name  >:D from Ronbro to Villa Roma. Many years ago when I was cutting my pizza teeth, I worked at a restaurant called Villa Roma in Lakeville, Mass. One of my duties was to make pizza. The pizza wasn't very good and the place has long since gone out of business but I kind of liked the name and it has a nice Italian ring to it.

Enough about me, let's talk about getting forked! We've all seen the SAF yeast package with Frenchy mixing dough with his fancy fork mixer. Secretly we all wished we could have one of those fork mixers but they cost several thousand dollars and who makes that much dough at a time anyway. What's a poor boy to do? Make his own mini fork mixer, that's what a poor boy is going to do!

I scooped a tuning fork off ebay for $6 and then modified it by cutting the ball end off the handle. The next step was to file the tapered handle to about 1/4" so it would run true in my variable speed drill. I then rounded the fork ends of the instrument. Finally I drilled a hole in a plastic bottle cap so the dough would not climb onto the drill chuck. The tuning fork is only 5" long but I made a batch of dough that weighed 850 grams and the mini fork mixer worked like a forking dream.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2007, 10:16:50 AM »
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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007, 12:29:38 PM »
Send it over and I'll weld on a KA mounting hub. <kidding>

Nice job!  Unfortunately, my wife restricts my use of power tools and non-food related "stuff" in the kitchen, especially after she found automotive engine parts in the dishwasher.  <blush>

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007, 01:01:51 AM »

Yeah, we've all been there. I used to use the oven to bake the enamal on my freshly painted projects until I got busted by the kitchen police >:(.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007, 04:15:35 AM »
I was checking out the Santos fork mixer and got a few ideas. I wasn't going to allow the competition to "one up" me! So I modified the "Joe Sixpack" fork mixer. Check out the hot new curves, very sexy don't you think!  Can you say Tool Time?

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007, 04:39:41 AM »
The drill turned too fast even though it was a variable speed model so I regrouped and used my B&D pivot driver cordless screwdriver. It works perfectly, especially for small batches of one or two pizzas. Here's a pizza made with the mini fork mixer.

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« Last Edit: September 16, 2007, 02:50:35 PM by Villa Roma »

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007, 12:52:35 PM »
Villa Roma!
Great pies!
I sure would love to see that fork mixer of yours in action... have you made any videos with it yet?

I'm inspired by the videos of your LBE and may have to buy ANOTHER, smaller Webber Kettle since I can't bring myself to chop up my 22.5" and dedicate it to pizza.  DH brews beer, so we have a couple propane burners + the one for the turkey deep fryer...

thanks!
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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007, 02:34:12 PM »
Villa Roma!
Great pies!
I sure would love to see that fork mixer of yours in action... have you made any videos with it yet?


SD.....Thanks, I don't have a video but I'll make one next time I make pizza which should be in about two weeks. That was an experimental batch but it came out surprisingly good.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2007, 02:57:22 PM »
Thanks, Villa Roma!
I'll be watching for the video...  DH loves it when I give him reasons to play with his tools and make nifty stuff!

BTW, I had to laugh at a couple of the posts above since I was the kitchen police who blew the whistle on the EX-husband when he put nasty motorcycle parts into the dishwasher!  If he had put wet, fume-y enamel paint into my oven, I prolly would have killed him, not divorced him!   >:D   :o   ;D

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2007, 11:45:51 PM »
duuude... sell those.  I want one.. Name your price!

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2007, 02:24:07 AM »
duuude... sell those.  I want one.. Name your price!

- aba

You can use an electric hand held mixer but only use one of the beaters. If you don't have one, you can get just the beaters and use an electric drill/screwdriver. Search on Ebay for dough hooks.

Here's an example below. $5 for a pair! I ordered a set to go with my collection, plus a few more tuning forks >:D.

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Re: Get Forked!
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2007, 11:41:03 AM »
nice!  gotta love ebay.

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