Originally Posted by oldcook
I wish I could send a picture, but I don't have a camera that I can use to upload photos, and when I use the windows snipping tool to copy an image and paste it into paint, the resulting image is so tiny it's almost not viewable. I can paste the images into a word doc, but this website doesn't accept those. I've tried everything I can think of to no avail. I do have a wire whisk with my beater set. The "wire" in the beaters I'm curious about are much sturdier than the whisk; probably equivalent to a strong clothes hanger, so I don't think it's supposed to be a whisk.
I know exactly what you are talking about. All American mixers used to come with the flat bladed beaters. My mom had a couple of Sunbeam mixers over the years, and both were the same. Also the first couple of mixers I owned had the same. I don't know if it's a European thing or what, but suddenly they changed, and every small mixer I've had in the last 15 years has had the the round blades, like heavy wires. Still 4 blades on each beater, but not flat metal. I liked the flat ones better for things like whipped potatoes, because they seemed to cut through the lumps better. I don't always mind a few lumps, but when serving certain guests, I want them smooth.
The hand mixer I have now has the round bladed beaters, a whisk, and what I can only figure are some sort of spiral dough hooks, although I've never used them because I have a KA bowl lift mixer when I need that. Lately I've gone more and more to the old fashioned method for dough... wooden spoon for mixing, and then hand kneading. There is something primal about making bread from scratch by hand.