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    Stand Mixer advice needed, please

    DD in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
    Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:21 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I just tried a Cuisinart 5.5Qt stand mixer, and it left me frustrated and getting my hand mixer out to do a better job.
    Maybe it's just a learning curve icon_lol.gif
    This mixer left the butter up against the sides of the bowl . . in order to scrape the sides I had to turn it off, raise it up, repeat as needed.
    Is there a better option out there, or do I need some kind of adapter
    To me, a stand mixer should do it's job without my having to baby sit
    Anyone have a stand mixer they really like?
    DAR Lady
    Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:56 am Groupie
    I have a Kitchen Aid and love it, but I do have to help it along sometimes by scraping the sides of the bowl with my rubber spatula. icon_smile.gif
    But, the dough hook is the best thing since sliced bread LOL. I use it to make bread all the time since arthritis in my shoulder keeps me from hand kneading anymore.
    I'm saving up to get the meat grinder attachment.
    DAR Lady
    DD in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
    Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:33 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    There was a previous thread about plastic gears in Kitchenaid that scared me, but maybe I'll take a second look.

    Anyone heard of or have a Breville?
    Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:35 pm
    Forum Host
    Check these threads, they may be of help:

    You could also check with consumer reports and Good Housekeeping to see which they recommend
    DAR Lady
    Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:27 pm Groupie
    Well, I gotta tell ya i've had mine for over 30 years so maybe I got one before the started making everything out of plastic LOL. Anyway, I bought mine in the late 70's when I was catering and making wedding cakes and it has served me well.
    Hope you find something that works as well for you. Let us know what one you decide on. DAR Lady
    Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:30 pm Groupie
    Love my Kitchenaid. I had it for 7 yrs now. I do admit to abusing it from day one. I bought it to make bread as I injured my shoulder. I use it to make the most dough I can, 6 lb, but I always go over that mark. And because I did this I eventually wiggled the screws loose in the head. I was able to use thread locker, but I think I am eventually wreck this poor baby. I am debating on a bigger KA or going with a commercial grade mixer. If I go with the commercial mixer I need to find a way to break the over $1000 price tag by my hubby. He freaked when I bought the KA for $400.

    ETA: from what I remember from doing my research it is the smaller KA mixers have the plastic gears (classic, artisin, ultra power) think along the lines of tilt head mixers. Anything with Professional in the name will have metal gears. I bought mine at Costco because that was were I could buy the biggest cheapest mixer.
    PaulO in MA
    Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:11 am Groupie
    Blades that also scrape the sides of the bowl are available.

    Newer KA mixers have plastic gears, and they may fail.

    Never go above speed 2 when using the dough hook. The wording regarding this is much stronger in the newer owner's manual than older manuals.

    The Pro 600 is a good upgrade over the smaller Artisan although it is pricey. I have both. The spiral dough hook with the Pro 600 is much better than the regular dough hook.
    DD in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
    Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:08 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Time to head to the store and look around some. My thanks to all who replied. It's wonderful how much information can be had just by posting a question. I'll update once I decide on the final solution!
    Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:57 am Groupie
    Frankly, never thought I'd want/need a stand mixer. Several years ago, SIL got a basic KA model and was RAVING about it on Thanksgiving. She makes the most FABULOUS chocolate chiffon cake and just went on and on about how much EASIER it was to put together in what she affectionately called "the big mother mixer". I was pretty skeptical since I rarely bake... cookies for holidays mostly. She MADE me haul hers home that day with PROMISE I would return it the following weekend. I was SOLD and bought one for myself after returning hers. It was the "basic" model (tilt type) and less than $200... on sale around holidays.

    About 2 years ago, found a faded, yellow, "vintage", crank up/down KA at GOODWILL for $20! It had bowl, whisk, dough hook, and paddle. It ran just fine & had higher capacity. Even tho I already HAD a KA, just couldn't resist. Have NO idea how old it is, but it's a workhorse! Holiday cookies have pretty much become "dump" recipes... dump everything in and let the KA do the work... in NO time! Later found a second BOWL at GW for a few $.
    katie in the UP
    Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:59 am Groupie
    I love my KA I'm on my 2nd one. I needed the larger PRO series...does a better job with bread.

    I also have a hand mixer...Holiday times I always use it for mashed potatoes etc.

    I do have to scrape down the sides occasionally....but it hasn't really been an issue.
    Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:21 pm Groupie
    Please be aware that the Kitchenaid is prone to break if working with whole grain bread dough. If you don't ask that of your Kitchenaid, it should serve you a long time. We had a Kitchenaid Artisan, and it gave under the stress of grinding meat.

    If you want more power, consider the The Ankarsrum Original® Mixer
    (Formerly the Electrolux Assistent/Magic Mill DLX/Verona stand mixer)
    Latest Model N30. Serious breadmakers love this machine.
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