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Old 12-12-2010, 02:16 PM   #1
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KitchenAid Stand Mixer

I just bought an Artisan KitchenAid stand mixer on Macys.com and I am wondering if I will get enough use out of it.I have 2 food processors and have always used them so I have not felt the necessity for one of these but decided maybe I should finally have one. People who own one of these can you tell me what things you use it for?

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Old 12-12-2010, 02:24 PM   #2
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I use it to make bread, cheesecake, cakes, cookies. Pretty much anything you would use a hand mixer for, you can use the stand mixer for. they usually come with a whisk attachment for whipping cream and egg whites, a paddle for mixing batters for cakes and such and a dough hook for bread doughs.

There is also a bunch of attachments you could buy that use the mixer motor for power. Meat grinder/sausage stuffer, ice cream maker, pasta maker, etc.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:03 PM   #3
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I use it to make bread, cheesecake, cakes, cookies. Pretty much anything you would use a hand mixer for, you can use the stand mixer for. they usually come with a whisk attachment for whipping cream and egg whites, a paddle for mixing batters for cakes and such and a dough hook for bread doughs.

There is also a bunch of attachments you could buy that use the mixer motor for power. Meat grinder/sausage stuffer, ice cream maker, pasta maker, etc.
I've been using a hand mixer for cakes and cookies but the whisk attachment will come in handy, I'm sure it will work better than the hand held for that. I'm planning to try baking more bread since I am gluten free I want to experiment with baking my own. It will be cheaper in the long run and this will make it easier to make.

As for the attachments, I will see as I go along. I already got that ice cream maker at a great price so don't need that one. I have a hand meat grinder so this one might be easier if and when I decide to spend more. I don't need the pasta maker. The slicer, shredder attachments might interest me. I use my food processor for that right now so I don't need it right away but maybe at some later date.

I'm trying to convince myself that I needed to spend the $$$ on this.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:53 PM   #4
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How come you have two food proc ?
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:04 PM   #5
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I don't get it. If you already have 2 food pr. wouldn't you know what you can use it for?
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:13 PM   #6
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My wife and I bought the big Kitchen Aid mixer -- the one that raises and lowers the bowl, not the one where the head tilts -- probably 16 or 17 years ago. To be honest, it doesn't get used all that often, but when we do use it, it simply does a great job. We've used it for breads, pizza dough, cookies and cakes, etc. I also bought the meat grider attachment with the sausage stuffer tube. That piece works great, and can be used for more than just grinding meat.

Even though it doesn't get used all that much, I'm glad we have it because when we do need it, nothing works better.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:22 PM   #7
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I use my new 6 quart KA mixer for pizza/bread dough only.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:28 PM   #8
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I primarily use Lucille (KA 600Pro) for bread, which I make once a week, sometimes twice. I also use it for grinding meat and other fun things with the attachments.

On occasion I do mix other things and have made butter, but bread was the primary driver.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:47 PM   #9
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I use mine almost weekly for bread, cheese cake and meringue. I have the grinder attachment if I'm making a large amount of chorizo, about twice a year and I grind my own hamburger.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:47 PM   #10
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You will know when to use it.

I just got mine in june and wished I had more time to use it.Bread is the obvious answer.It will however not improve your bakeing skills, trust me on that.It works great at mixing sausage and meat loafs.You know what? You have a really good question.I am drawing a total blank.I really do need to spend more time with it.I do know that I would'nt trade mine for a food processor.I actually have a very nice kitchenaid processor and it is among my least used appliances.
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