Home baking took a giant leap forward with the introduction of the stand mixer for home kitchens. These compact small appliances are now common in kitchens everywhere and are taken for granted. However, before electric mixers of any kind, hand or stand, became available, cooks and bakers had to use old fashioned arm power to mix and blend ingredients. Think about hand mixing everything that you use your mixer for and you will get a new appreciation for the brilliance of the stand mixer.
The Ability To Mix Anything
Stand mixers are powerful appliances. They are usually attached to a sturdy base and have motors that are strong enough to mix or knead any type of dough or batter that you are creating. That’s one reason why we really like the KitchenAid 5 Quart Stand Mixer. It has a powerful 325 watt motor that can handle any recipe that you are trying to make without over heating. Kneading bread dough is a hidden feature of stand mixers and this powerful motor can knead the stiffest bread dough that you can make.
When shopping for stand mixers you will want to keep the size of the mixing bowl in mind. Some mixers have small bowls, 3 quarts is common. For some recipes, that can be too small and you may find yourself having to make your recipe in two batches. This unit has a very large 5 quart mixing bowl. That’s large enough for a full batch of cookies that will make 9 dozen when baked. It’s made from brushed aluminum, has a handy handle for pouring and fits very tightly into the base.
There are three separate mixing attachments included with this mixer. You get a wire whisk, perfect for light sauces, eggs, egg whites or whipping cream. There is a sturdy kneading hook, you will love the convenience of using a mixer for kneading bread dough. The third attachment is the one you will probably use most often, the flat mixing paddle. it scrapes the sides of the bowl while blending and mixing ingredients.
KitchenAid uses a mixing system that has the flat paddle touching 59 points during a rotation. While you can’t necessarily see these points, it’s nice to know that the mixer is designed to even and completely mix all of the ingredients that you will be adding. There also is a splash guard for the bowl with a feeder chute, making it easy to add ingredients to the bowl while you are mixing. The motor head tilts back, making it easier for you to scrape down the sides of the bowl and to remove the bowl easily from the stand.
Optional Attachments For Added Flexibility
Currently there are 15 different optional attachments that you can buy that will work with the power hub of this mixer. They can do a wide assortment of tasks such as grinding meat or rolling pasta, chores that take a lot of work if you are doing them by hand. You won’t need all 15 but you may be surprised at how handy some of these attachments are. Because of the powerful motor, these attachments can do a lot of kitchen tasks for you.
KitchenAid is not the least expensive stand mixer on the market. It runs more than a Hamilton Beach or even a Cuisinart. If you don’t use a mixer very often, you may find that this mixer is too costly for your needs. However, if you bake a lot, this is a wonderful stand mixer to have. It’s sturdy, the entire base is made from cast steel. The motor is strong and the whole unit will last for years, even with heavy use. It’s a very well made stand mixer.