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post #16 of 36
okay, i dont have a KA, because i cant afford one. but my dh bought me a GE stand mixer from walmart for christmas 2 years ago, and it is wonderful!!!!!! he got it at walmart for right under $100.00!!!!!!! i love it!!! the only drawback is that it didnt come with a spatter cover, and the kitchen aid one doesnt fit just right (but WILL DO the JOB!)
anyway, you could put it on layaway at walmart
just a thought
i love mine!!!!!!!!!
melody
post #17 of 36
I am reminded of the Christmas I burnt out 5 (FIVE) handmixers within a month. I kid you not! When my Kitchenaid goes, I will NOT even consider buying anything else!
As for buying one, try an outlet store if you have any near you. I have an outlet mall not too far from me and there are two stores that sell them pretty reasonably priced.
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post #18 of 36
if you're buying a hand blender, make sure that the beaters are large and ribbon-shaped (flat steel, not wires -- wires are for whipping air, not beating frosting) and that the base feels substantial and is comfy in your hand (and has a heel rest).

i don't do a lot of cakes anymore at home (and i left the baking industry 5 years ago), but i killed my old hand mixer making royal icing a couple of christmases ago. the $65 (canadian) westinghouse (no kidding) hand blender with several attachments (beaters, whips, and dough hooks) that i bought to replace it has been just wonderful, and has all the qualities i described above that go into making a good hand mixer.

invest in what you need. for serious work you need serious equipment. if you think kitchenaids are grand, imagine owning a little hobart mixer (i always wanted one at home like i used at work!)
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post #19 of 36
my xbf bought me a 5qt kitchenaid mixer 5 yrs ago.. last yr i burned it out.. so i purchased a 6qt one right away...sure enough this one is going too.. i give it a month... i may just invest in a small hobart mixer.. for the money iv already wasted on the kitchenaids its not worth buying a new one
post #20 of 36
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LOL you have me beat. Years ago when I decided to start makeing cakes. I was just you know trying everything out. I was real impressed with the things people were doing with royal icing. I had a hand held mixer, you know a cheapo deapo. Anyhow I burned it, so then I borrowed my sisters, I burned it and last but not least I borrowed another from my other sister (good thing I have 5 sisters huh LOL) well damn it I burned it too. Little did I know you can't make royal icing with a hand held mixer.. Man that stuff gets hard..Now that I know alot about baking I laugh at myself. HAHAHA... I now own a Kitchen Aid, best damn gift my hubby ever bought me.. Love it, Love it, Love it!
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post #21 of 36
Well, a few things. First of all, actually mixing up icing is hard on your mixer, stand or hand mixer. How much you mix up is also hard on your mixer, a handmixer cannot handle more than about 3 cups of icing sugar. It is just too much for the size of the mixer and the amount of power. Prolonged use is very hard on a hand mixer, they can handle about 2 minutes at a high speed and then you should shut it off and give the motor a chance to cool, so that would prolong the life of your hand mixer too.
If you can, get a hand mixer with about 200 watts or more, you need that amount of power. A hand mixer with the "burst of power" feature is a good thing to look for. There is a good reason for this feature and why it doesn't run on continuously and that is so you don't overheat the motor. Don't use a recipe of more than 3 cups of powdered sugar.
A stand mixer with 350 watts of power is enough power for likely most things that most folks will make. That can handle icing recipes with about 5 cups of icing sugar.
I find that many folks use the 4 1/2 quart Kitchen Aids for too large a recipe of either icing or cake batter. The batter or icing should not be higher than the top of the beater. Even a Kitchen Aid needs a break, 10 minutes of beating on high is a lot to expect of any motor. It isn't so bad for a thinner consistency icing like Royal, but it is harder with a stiff buttercream.
I only make a single batch of buttercream in my 4 1/2 quart Kitchen Aid, which in my case is about 5 cups of powdered sugar. I have tried doubling it and must say that though it can handle it, it actually is more trouble than making the single batch and more mess too.
Just my opinion,
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by magentaa23

my xbf bought me a 5qt kitchenaid mixer 5 yrs ago.. last yr i burned it out.. so i purchased a 6qt one right away...sure enough this one is going too.. i give it a month... i may just invest in a small hobart mixer.. for the money iv already wasted on the kitchenaids its not worth buying a new one


How many cakes and cookies and such are you averaging on a weekly basis? Kitchen Aids should hold up a lot better than that. Are you operating like a commercial bakery?
I have had mine for about 6 years - no problem.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #23 of 36
Well consider how many mixers you have or will go through at say...$35.00 or more a pop!! I would invest in a smaller Kitchen Aid!! I have a 4.5 quart mixer and I love it!! It cost me $299.00 Canadian which is about $170.00 US but well worth the price!! It will pay for itself before you know it!! Close your eyes and fork over the money...it may hurt at first but the ease on your hands alone will be heaven!!

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post #24 of 36
Heehee, there are two things that I would sell my hubby and kids for, not the cats, just hubby and kids, haha! Those are central air and my Kitchen Aid. I could do without a lot of things, television, just about anything, but those two things, no, I would be lost!
It is a big investment, I know that and sometimes you just can't do it. But if you can get your hands on a used and reconditioned one or get a really good price, you won't ever regret it. I thought I had died and gone to heaven the first time I used the Kitchen Aid, it really made that much difference. However I do miss the smell of burning rubber when the motor is close to catching on fire, haha! It is just something you have to live with, haha!
Hugs SQuirrelly Cakes
post #25 of 36
The smell of the burnt motor and the little 'thunk' noise that it makes when it seizes!

I'll tell you what I don't miss though.... not being able to turn the machine on and go onto another task while the icing is mixing. Having to stand in one place for 5 or ten minutes isn't exactly fun.

Debbi
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post #26 of 36
Hhmn, have you had the flames shooting out experience?
Funny thing is the older ones held up for years. The biggest problem with them was the housing that held the beaters would get loosened and either the beaters would fall out or you couldn't get them out with the release button. Now you haven't really lived until you had a hand mixer running on high and a beater whizzes out and whipped cream foams out all over the place, haha! Hhmn, brings back fond memories, haha!
And what about those hand mixers with the removable cord that keeps removing all by itself as you are using the mixer. That about drove me nuts too!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #27 of 36
Or when the cords refused to cooperate and twist itself around and make things difficult?

Debbi
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post #28 of 36
Haha, yes, why do they put those awful cords on things? They have the technology to put a decent cord on an appliance. These days they either make cords too short or way too long.
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post #29 of 36
HaHa- maybe someone should make a cordless mixer, just like a cordless drill?!? icon_wink.gificon_cool.gif
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post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by gilpnh

I shine it daily like my hubby does his car icon_biggrin.gif



LOOOL, same here. before I clean the stove or ANYTHING else after using all my appliances, I "shine"my KA icon_biggrin.gif
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