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post #1 of 22
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OK first don't laugh but I have a question. Does anyone besides me have a sugar storm in your kitchen when you make your icing in your mixer. I just recently got my first counter top mixer. I have always used a hand held and after I blew up two mixers I finally invested in a good counter top mixer not a kitchen aid (couldn't afford that one just yet). It seems everytime I make icing I have sugar dust on everything. Is there some simple tip to preventing this from happening?
post #2 of 22
If it's a Kitchen Aid they have a guard you can purchase.

If not just start really slow, or you take a tea towel and put it over the mixer when you first start to mix the icing.
post #3 of 22
I always used to have the same problems. But after I was totally engulfed (however it's spelled icon_smile.gif) in PS & cocoa powder I had to start being more careful. I got really sick from inhaling the dust. Be careful. I wear a face mask. I sometimes forget the mask so I only put 1/2 cup of PS or CP in the mixer at a time. The powder also makes a big mess all through out my house! I hate that! Just more cleaning to do. icon_sad.gif
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post #4 of 22
I just used my new KA for the first time today. No problems with stuff flying everywhere. You have to slow down or stop the mixer to add the pwd sugar just as you would with a handheld mixer.

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post #5 of 22
I just put in a little ps at a time. I turn the mixer off and add a 1/2 c or so then turn it back on off and on until all of the ps is incorporated. I have a KA and the guard that comes with it. I don't like the guard and it doesn't like me so I don't use it.

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post #6 of 22
I have had this happen now a towel goes over the mixer and there are no more storms! Except the one day i left the powdered sugar out and my 2yr old got it and was jumping on the couch with an open bag...talk about a mess!
post #7 of 22
OH NO Cady!!! That sounds like things my kids used to do! What a mess!! I bet you still have PS in your couch!!! icon_smile.gif Too funny!!
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post #8 of 22
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I do add my ps a little at a time. Although sometimes my darling 3 year old daughter likes to help add the sugar (then we have a major storm.)

I tried a dish towel but it kept tangling up. cady do you use a full size towel? I might give that a try. I hate when I have sugar dust on everything.
post #9 of 22
I drape a wet tea towel over top the entire mixer and begin mixing slowly until sugar is incorporated. The wet towel "kills" the sugar dust and keeps everything confined to the bowl where you want it. My KA came with the plastic guard, but it's useless and gets in the way. It's stored in the bottom of my cupboard somewhere. Wet tea towel (wrung dry) is much better. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 22
Turn your mixer on/off in short quick spurts (hope this makes sense). Add only about 1-2 cups of sugar/flour at a time. Once you do the two-three short quick spurts, you can then mix as directed.
post #11 of 22
LOL I first pull my hair up, get my apron on, and hope for the best every time.. icon_biggrin.gif Keep a wet rag next to the mixer to clean as I go... aahhgggg!! I have granite tiles on my counter, they are suppose to not require grout because when installed the seams are suppose to be so close it shouldnt let anything get into the seams. But some how Powdered Sugar manages to get into them.. icon_mad.gif
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post #12 of 22
you could also try putting your powdered sugar on a large piece of wax paper to use as a sort of "chute" .... get your mixer going at the speed you need and then just let the ps slowly stream into the batter...my 5 yr old holds the "chute" for me while I mix with my hand mixer...works pretty well. Almost no dust for us when we're done!
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post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by JennT

you could also try putting your powdered sugar on a large piece of wax paper to use as a sort of "chute" .... get your mixer going at the speed you need and then just let the ps slowly stream into the batter...my 5 yr old holds the "chute" for me while I mix with my hand mixer...works pretty well. Almost no dust for us when we're done!



I was just goint to suggest this. I have my BF scoop about 1/2-1 C PS onto a wax paper chute that i'm holding. (this way I can control how much i'm letting in at one time) I use this method with my KA. It works great for me. I sitll get a small cloud but it is not as bad as what it use to be. If you want to do this by yourself, I may suggest getting a wide mouth funnel. This way you can still hold it with one hand and a small amount will "stream" into the bowl.
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post #14 of 22
I alternate PS and the liquid called for in the recipe. It's a little more time-consuming but less mess! I'm with you, cakemaker, I don't like the KA guard either. It's always in my way!
post #15 of 22
My husband thinks all that white stuff on the counters and sometimes on the floor is flour. He can't believe that I am so messy when I bake a cake. Last night I finally got to show him that it is powdered sugar and just how easy it is to get it everywhere!

I saw Paula Deen use a towel over her mixer yesterday when she was putting powdered sugar in the mixer. I have never seen or heard of that before. Neat trick, I'll have to try it sometime.
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