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Kitchen Aid Mixer

freerk's picture

My First Kitchen Aid Artisan Wrecked!

June 10, 2011 - 1:21pm -- freerk

After adding olive oil to the second try-out recipe for my ensaimadas a little too enthousiastic, my already quite developed dough literally launched out of the bowl. That in itself would not have been so bad, because i caught it :-)

My Kitchen Aid however didn't understand what was going on. Without any dough resisting,  suddenly it went into overdrive and... snapped!

I have already browsed around, and it seems my only option is to schlepp it back to the store... I recently bought it, so it should still have a working warranty. I guess that is the good news :-/

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Dough hook for KitchenAid 3 quart mixing bowl

May 3, 2011 - 11:31am -- rjerden

I saw a 3 quart SS mixing bowl for my 6-quart KitchenAid mixer model (KP-26) on Amazon. I'd like to buy one for mixing small batches of dough, but I'm pretty sure that my current dough hook would be too long for the small bowl.

Are there any bowls/dough hook combinations other than the 6 quart size that I could use on my machine? My current spiral-shaped hook doesn't really grab the dough well unless I use about 600g of flour or more. I could use the beater blade, then the hook, but I want to avoid that, if possible.

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What is really meant by "Medium Speed?"

February 10, 2011 - 4:31pm -- Eli_in_Glendale

Hi all,

I am relatively new to bread making in general.  For mixing brioche dough (or anything for that matter), I often see instructions to mix on "medium speed" with dough hook.  I do have the larger of the KA mixers, maybe not largest.  In any event, I know the lowest speed setting is pretty slow.  But even level 2 seems pretty fast.  I'm afraid that if I were to turn it up any higher or to the medium levels, the whole thing would bend, snap, gyrate wildly, fly off the counter, etc.  Is this a common question?  Do they really mean level 2?

Thanks in advance!

idiotbaker's picture

Just joined the site.  I have recently killed my kitchen aid mixer.  Walked away from it with too much dough in it.  Well when I came back, the kitchen was full of smoke and the mixer was d-e-a-d.  So I have been looking around for new ones.  Almost bought a Bosch after borrowing a friend's then read about the Globe 5qt and thought that sounded good.   So in true American overkill I came across a deal I couldn't pass up.  I happened upon an old Hobart a200t, 20 qt mixer- for FREE.  So I took it. It works.  Have to get a bread hook but figure I will use this space as a diary of sorts and see how it goes.  Really just writing to myself since I came across this space but if anyone has suggestions, I welcome them.  I've been a 5qt baker for a while and have many questions but will dive into this new situation with my usual ignorance.  I seem to like learning the hard way.  

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How much Mixer??

April 22, 2010 - 7:17pm -- alabubba

 I am in the market for a new mixer. I have been using a Bosch Compact that I got off eBay. It was well thrashed when I got it but it was super cheap. That said it is in its last days. I has gotten to the point where it will not knead even small amount dough.

So I am looking around eBay and there are lots of choices. I figure my budget is under 200 bucks but that still puts lots of used mixers in my price range.

My question is, How much mixer do I need? I think the largest recipe I make would be in the 2 Kilo range ( 2 loaf)

dmsnyder's picture

Need knead speed lead

December 9, 2007 - 10:30am -- dmsnyder

The manual that came with my Kitchen Aid mixer (Accolade 400) clearly states, " Do not exceed Speed 2 when preparing yeast doughs as this may cause damage to the motor." But Daniel Leader in "Local Breads" calls for faster speeds, sometimes for rather extended times, in several formulas. For example, in the formula for Genzano Country Bread (pg.199), he says to mix at Speed "5 or 6 on a  KitchenAid mixer" for 10 minutes, then at Speed 10 for 8 to 10 minutes.

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