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How many people have two stand mixers?

post #1 of 45
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Doesn't it seem like a useful thing? I have several recipes where I have to mix the egg yolks and sugar in one bowl, the egg whites to stiff peaks in another bowl and then add the mixed dry ingredients, add to the sugar mixture and then fold in the egg whites. Whenever I make one of these cakes, I'm always using my stand mixer (not a KA, but another pro type) and my KA hand mixer....

Then, there's the need to make buttercream which I usually do when the cake is in the oven, which means washing EVERYTHING from the cake first. It's gotten so that I don't use my stand mixer for cakes and just use it for buttercream...

I know having two mixers is probably overkill and a storage nightmare.. but boy, it seems like a good thing too! Sometimes I think I should at least buy another bowl for my mixer though!

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post #2 of 45
I have 2 KA's but I keep one as a spare (and good thing, because I had one to just pull out of the box when mine stopped working in the middle of a batch of cookie dough! Friends can't believe I burned out a KA!). I have multiple bowls and beaters, though, so I can swap them out and make different batters, icings, etc., without having to wash the bowl out each time. Thank god for ebay!
post #3 of 45
Having an extra bowl for my big KA now, I never use my small KA. Looking back, I don't know how I made cakes with just one mixer bowl years ago. I must have been a lot more organized than I am now! icon_smile.gif

Whether you've got two mixers or not - that extra bowl is a MUST, IMHO.
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post #4 of 45
Hi Melissa,
Definitely, buy another bowl..or two!! I just got a new 5 qt KA for Christmas..she's so pretty ..she sits right next to my old one- it's a 4 1/2 qt icon_smile.gif Having both mixers and 3 bowls really comes in handy.There's not as much washing and drying in between and I can do three different things at once. Now...if I could just con someone into cleaning the messy kitchen for me......

Amy
post #5 of 45
I'm actually getting ready to buy a 2nd one....I like the idea of more than one bowl so I guess I will have to buy extras on that too!!!!
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post #6 of 45
indydebi
i managed to burn out my ka also. when i called them to find a authorized repair person in my area they sent me a new mixer. all i had to do was return the other one to them.
post #7 of 45
I have 2 KAs with extra bowls. It really helps to be able to designate bowls for batter and different icings.
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post #8 of 45
wow! Why did I never think of buying extra bowls?? I get so tired of washing mine over and over...DH said I can get another one, but my cakes have to pay for it. Well, fat chance of that, I almost always give away my cakes!!
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post #9 of 45
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Originally Posted by glory2god

indydebi
i managed to burn out my ka also. when i called them to find a authorized repair person in my area they sent me a new mixer. all i had to do was return the other one to them.



See? This is why this site is SO valuable (and why I have no problem making a donation to keep it up and running!) Too bad I didn't know that before I set it out for trash pickup! icon_cry.gif

But next time...........!!!!!!!!!! thumbs_up.gif
post #10 of 45
I've got my old 4 qt. and my boyfriend at the time got me a new 6 qt for Christmas last year. Now we are getting married and he has a KA at his place...so I guess I will have 3 KA's and an extra bowl for my 6 qt. professional. I'm a lucky girl.

Actually I have one upstairs in main kitchen, and my 6qt is down in my secondary/bakeshop kitchen. Not sure where, if at all, the 3rd one will go. Honestly don't have a lot of extra space.

I'm more of I don't know what I would do without my 6qt prof w/ extra bowl...my choice over all of them.
post #11 of 45
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Ugh, I might as well buy another mixer than another bowl!!! and scraper set!

My mixer comes with one 8 quart stainless steel bowl and one smaller bowl with a whisk attachement that in practical use is a 4.5 quart bowl, but it is only a whisk attacment with the smaller bowl, so I only use it for eggs and cream, not for mixing heavier things.

So, another stainless steel bowl is $99, plus $50 for the scraper and roller... that's $150 just for that!!!!

Maybe I could use that smaller bowl with whisk more than I think?

here's a link to what I have. I got it for bread making as before a year ago, I baked bread more than anything else and I've read that this doesn't burn out like KAs do on bread dough/stiff dough. I got the Black nonmetallic Chrome, but not here (which is the best prices, for this btw), but on a steal on ebay for $250 plus shipping on ebay (mislabeled as on ebay these sell for about $400 shipped).

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/magic_mill_dlx_mixer.asp

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post #12 of 45
I have my 4 qt and my 6qt pro side by side like momma and baby!

I don't have extra bowls, but I have used ordinary mixing bowls many times when the KA bowls are occupied and I couldn't wait. You just have to make sure to hold them becasue they don't lock in. I have mixing bowls with rubber bottoms so they don't slip.
post #13 of 45
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Quote:
Originally Posted by adven68

I have my 4 qt and my 6qt pro side by side like momma and baby!

I don't have extra bowls, but I have used ordinary mixing bowls many times when the KA bowls are occupied and I couldn't wait. You just have to make sure to hold them becasue they don't lock in. I have mixing bowls with rubber bottoms so they don't slip.



can't do that with mine - that's what makes this so strong, good for heavy doughs as it's the bowl that moves on a steel shaft, not the beaters...

For the smaller bowl whisk attachment, the whisk is attached through the bowl to the drive shaft, so the bowl is shaped like an angelfood cake pan in a way...

I LOVE this mixer, believe me, it's GREAT for heavy duty stuff... but adding on is expensive!!!

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post #14 of 45
$99 for a mixing bowl??? Oh, honey, you need to discover eBay!

Here's one for $35 and that includes the shipping:
http://cgi.ebay.com/KitchenAid-Hobart-5-Quart-Stand-Mixer-Bowl-Kitchen-Aid_W0QQitemZ230079339175QQihZ013QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here's one for slightly more than $25:
http://cgi.ebay.com/kitchen-aid-5-qt-bowl-stainless-steel-w-handle-k5asbp_W0QQitemZ150083146033QQihZ005QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here's one for under $30 and that includes the shipping:
http://cgi.ebay.com/KITCHEN-AID-K45-4-5-QUART-STAINLESS-STEEL-MIXER-BOWL_W0QQitemZ150083151500QQihZ005QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

EBay is always the first place I look for anything! I just bought a 3-tiered silver champagne fountain for $285 (includes shipping). These things are $700 fountains! 6 weddings and my fountain has paid for itself (when I figure what I WOULD have spent on rental costs).

EBay..... be there or be square! icon_wink.gif
post #15 of 45
Just wait until you can save up for a Hobart Mixer!!! Awww....<drooling>

But I guess my 1 KA will make do for now. It is also accompanied by my mother's wedding gift stand mixer from 35 years go and a super cheapo Betty Crocker stand mixer that I got at a surplus store. Great for whipping egg whites and buttercream but not much else. Oh and a hand mixer around somewhere, but I don't think I've used that for so long there's probably a mouse nest in it!
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