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Any questions or recommendations dealing with stand mixers, baking stones, or any other baking equipment.

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List of KitchenAid mixers with brushless DC (BLDC) motors

July 13, 2016 - 10:21am -- burnchar

Brushless DC (BLDC) motors have many advantages over other motor types in terms of durability, noise, efficiency, and consistency. A well-designed induction motor system can be competitive, but for home appliances is usually considered inferior.

BLDC motors/controllers are complex to design and expensive to build so are usually included only in higher-end appliances.

I researched which KA mixers have a BLDC motor because my wife has expressed interest in breadmaking. The following is an exhaustive list of KA's residential mixers with BLDC motors:

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Do you prefer clay or cast iron and why?

June 26, 2016 - 10:24pm -- makemineirish

I am a novice bread maker that would like to get a bit more serious.  However, I still intend to be lazy and rely on a juiced up version of Lehay's no-knead recipe for the work week scramble.  My current dutch oven (Staub 9 qt) is a bit large for this purpose as I do not really want to increase the recipe.  (Besides, I like the idea of baking bread while stew simmers.) I intend to buy a piece of equipment primarily for bread.  While single-purpose kitchen items are usually a pet peeve, I figure that I can make an exception for one that is utilized so often.


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Ovens for start-up bakery

June 24, 2016 - 9:18am -- dave35

Experienced home bakers looking to commercialize a bit. Focus will be mostly hearth breads and some pan breads and buns and such. Production will be fairly small to start. Trying to keep capital investment lower at this point. Previous commercial wood-fired hearth baking experience, but no space for a WFO this time.

Anyway, we need some ovens.


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Hobart N50 beater doesn't rotate

June 22, 2016 - 8:01pm -- georgeryoung

Help my beater will not rotate in any of the three speeds on my Hobart N50 mixer. I disassembled the metal ring, removed the drift pin and examined the planetary gear. It appears pristine. I'm not sure what else to look for. Several months ago I replaced the plastic bowl lift gear and it's been working, but now I can turn on the mixer and physically grab ahold of the beater and the motor spins but the beater is stationary. Any suggestions? Thank you. george young

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Bread machine dough too soft.

June 21, 2016 - 8:03am -- seagulldesign

Hello, I use a bread machine as I am not strong enough to knead the dough by hand-polio. The trouble that I find is that the dough is too soft to form loafs for baking in an oven. The dough slumps. Is this because bread machine motors are not strong enough to knead a stiffer dough? Would a mixer with dough hook such as a Kenwood  be better?

All advice welcome.


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