n00b Kitchenaid spiral dough hook question
I have a 5 qt Kitcchenaid "Professional HD" lift bowl (the one you get from Sam's Club, not the standard 5 qt lift mixer).
My wife ran the aluminum plated spiral dough hook through the washing machine before I could tell her that the instructions said not to do this. Of course all the silver plating is gone.
Is this bad? Is it "You need to get a new dough hook" bad? Is it "you should stop using that dough hook before you gradually get posioned and die" bad? Are there any aftermarket spiral dough hooks that I shoudl consider?
Also, as long as I follow the instrucions on flour amounts and run the mixer on "2" to knead dough, do I need to worry about the gearbox case splitting?
Thanks in advance!