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I <3 my Magic Mill Mixer

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loydb

I <3 my Magic Mill Mixer

I finally got tired of making my Kitchen Aid mixer smoke, and ordered a Magic Mill DLX 2000 (Electrolux Assistent). I made a variation on the New York Deli Rye from _Breadmaker's Apprentice_ (I didn't use the onion or caraway), using 100% of a mixed rye/white flour barm instead of the sponge. Based on what I'd read online, I started with the liquid ingredients in the mixer, then added dry slowly. It did a beautiful job of kneading, I think I'm in love.

I got it from Pleasant Hill, along with 150 pounds of wheat and rye. Now I just have to wait for my Mill-Rite to get here :(

Loyd

 

 

 

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Nomadcruiser53

Congrats man. I'm looking at getting a mixer and am looking at the DXL. They say it's a real man's mixer *grunt grunt*. I have also been looking at the 1000W cuisinart. Any thoughts one way or the other?

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loydb

I'm pretty sure Cuisinart means "run away holding your wallet" in Italian.

I've have one too many Cuisinart appliances break to ever go that route again.

 

loyd

 

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janij

I got a dlx for Christmas and love it!!!  The people at Plaeasnt Hill Grain are very nice.  I have never ordered wheat or rye from them.  Was the price reasonable?  Quality?

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loydb

The price was pretty much identical to what I could have gotten at Wheatsville Co-Op in downtown Austin, except I didn't have to drive an hour. It was cheaper than Whole Foods and my local grocery store.

Regarding quality, I've never used whole grains before, and don't even have my mill yet (I understand it can take up to something crazy like 7 years to get a Mill-Rite actually shipped :) ), so I'm not even opening the pails until it shows up. The pails look nice, at least :)

 

 

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janij

What do they sell?  I am in Houston adn would love to get my grains closer to home.  My MIL stays in Austin 1/2 the time.  I could get her to pick stuff up for me.

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loydb

They had hard red and hard white wheat, and I think soft white wheat, plus rye and a bunch of other variant grains. They don't normally stock corn, but can order it.

It's a great place; if I lived 30 minutes closer, I'd use them a lot. But I rarely have 90-120 minutes to spend driving round trip...

 

 

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davidinportland

Hi there,

Thought I'd drop in my experience with Cuisinart 7 quart, 1000 watt stand mixer. I've had mine about a month and been using it around five times a week. I've made everything from small batches (pasta dough with 2 eggs, 1.25 cups of flour) all the way up to 8 cups of whole wheat, 2 cups of water, half cup of oil -- it runs like a champ, never pauses or strains, absolutely the best mixer I've had (used Bosch, many KAs). 

It has some nice perks, as well, including non-stick attachments (never thought about how nice this would be until I started using them), love the tilt back head and IT LOCKS in up position, fold feature is great, as is timer.

 

A super mixer. 

 

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Nomadcruiser53

Thanks for the report David. Nice to see the reviews of the Cuisinart aren't all bad. Dave

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BellesAZ

I know I'm a bit late to the party to comment here, but I have a KA Pro and have used it for a couple of years.  It was an upgrade to the old KA - the basic Artisan machine you get at Costco.  When I made some baguette dough and my bagel dough.. my KA actually shut down from being overheated.  I knew that if I wanted to go further in my baking that I'd have to buy something else. 

I've really been eyeing up the Magic Mill DLX and so I've been doing exhaustive research.  Found one on eBay for a really good price, $299, but I noticed it did not come with the dough hook.  The machine description at Pleasant Hill says it comes with a dough hook.. so is that correct?  The dough hook replacement is only $40.  I didn't care for the sellers feedback and the machine looked rather beat up to me and I didn't get a positive vibe, so I think I'm just going to suck it up and buy new.

I just wanted to let everyone know who has commented here that your input has been so helpful.  Thanks for the info and thanks for being so wonderful about sharing.. wow, a noise measuring machine.. that's beyond helpful! :)