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shreksbro 12-06-2011 05:20 PM

Will I be happy with a KitchenAid mixer?
 
Hello everyone, I could use some advice from some more experienced bakers. I'm looking lustfully at the KA Artisan mixer and wondering if I'll regret it. They are horrendously expensive here in Australia, but anything else won't look as pretty in my little country kitchen and will therefore get hidden away (and used less). I've also read that they aren't the first choice for serious bread bakers, and I'm wondering whether that should bother me.

I've just bought an Esse wood-fired oven/heater which will be running all winter, essentially giving me a 'free' oven to use. I plan to bake my own bread (and pizza, and pastry, and merinques etc), and I generally prefer wholemeal, wholegrain and light rye styles of bread. I have no idea how much dough I'll be making at a time, I'm single so I don't see a need for huge loaves, but it is likely they will be from quite dense doughs. The oven isn't massive at 12"W x 13"H x 17"D so I guess I'm limited anyway to one large loaf or maybe two small ones at a time.

So, do you think a KA will keep me happy? :chef:

bakechef 12-06-2011 05:24 PM

I have been using my KA for about 18 years, and wouldn't be without it, I am an avid baker. I mix bread dough in it often, I leave it in there and let the machine knead the dough, so the mixer gets quite a workout.

This machine should serve your "kneads" well :lol:

Ranchwifeg 12-06-2011 06:10 PM

I couldn't function in the kitchen without mine. I have the meat grinder attachment and use it a lot. I also like the bread making/kneading function more than I can say.

Robo410 12-06-2011 08:29 PM

never had a problem with mine, going on 6 years now.

Dawgluver 12-06-2011 08:31 PM

Check out Chefs Catalog. They had a really sweet sale on KAs a while back.

Wish I'd kept my grandma's after she passed. I think it was sold at auction.

Katie H 12-06-2011 08:32 PM

I've had mine for over 30 years and it lives out on the kitchen counter. In its lifetime, it's done everything except reroof the house. I'd say, "Go for it!"

shreksbro 12-06-2011 08:36 PM

Thanks for the quick replies! I guess I should mention that I'm looking at the regular 5qt model. I've seen a few comments criticizing its wholewheat dough capacity, but I can't work out whether that would be an issue for me with the batch sizes I'd be looking at. Any idea how much wholewheat bread I could make comfortably in a single batch?

I know its terribly superficial but I can't stop drooling over the polished chrome version of this mixer, I reckon it will look great next to the chrome lids of the wood stove. The chrome finish has been discontinued apparently but I've found a dealer with a couple left, which is why I'm now hopping from foot to foot wringing my hands wondering whether to pull the trigger.

I just need someone to talk me into it (or out of it?) :mrgreen:

CraigC 12-06-2011 08:40 PM

We've used ours so much, I've replaced a nylon gear for the planetary and have a spare " just in case"!

Craig

bakechef 12-06-2011 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shreksbro (Post 1080493)
Thanks for the quick replies! I guess I should mention that I'm looking at the regular 5qt model. I've seen a few comments criticizing its wholewheat dough capacity, but I can't work out whether that would be an issue for me with the batch sizes I'd be looking at. Any idea how much wholewheat bread I could make comfortably in a single batch?

I know its terribly superficial but I can't stop drooling over the polished chrome version of this mixer, I reckon it will look great next to the chrome lids of the wood stove. The chrome finish has been discontinued apparently but I've found a dealer with a couple left, which is why I'm now hopping from foot to foot wringing my hands wondering whether to pull the trigger.
I just need someone to talk me into it (or out of it?) :mrgreen:

I have the slightly smaller "ultra power"(the midgrade model before the Artisan came out) and I can do batches that yield 2 loaves or around 8 cups of flour, that batch is pushing its limits though, my bowl is 4.5 quarts.

PrincessFiona60 12-06-2011 10:10 PM

I would never get rid of my KA.

bakechef 12-06-2011 10:24 PM

I may have to take a day off from work to morn, if my KA gives up the ghost...

FrankZ 12-07-2011 01:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 (Post 1080539)
I would never get rid of my KA.


I would... if someone wanted to give me one of those nice table top Hobarts. Otherwise.. not gonna happen. :lol:

Love2cook11 12-07-2011 01:36 AM

I too just got a KA. I won a 6-quart pro series and am in awe. I have wanted one of the smaller ones for years and can't wait to start using it. Anyone know of a board dedicated solely to KA products or the mixer?

FrankZ 12-07-2011 01:50 AM

No but they have a pretty good following here on DC.

CWS4322 12-07-2011 05:00 AM

I would suggest not storing it near a toilet <g>.

PrincessFiona60 12-07-2011 08:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CWS4322 (Post 1080637)
I would suggest not storing it near a toilet <g>.

:lol::rofl::lol: You just made me spit my coffee!!!

betterthanabox 12-07-2011 11:05 AM

I love my kitchen aid. I use it often, and when I don't I like seeing it on the counter, so it is a win win.

GLC 12-08-2011 04:27 PM

I'm very pleased with my Professional 5. My main use is bread making, and it handles heavy dough well. The range of speeds is very wide. It does the bread. The food processor does the pasta.

gadzooks 12-08-2011 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FrankZ (Post 1080612)
I would... if someone wanted to give me one of those nice table top Hobarts. Otherwise.. not gonna happen. :lol:

I was given a used KA45, which I horse traded to a K5. One day I walked in to a thrift store here in town and found a Hobart N50 for...$7 + sales tax. I gave the lady a five and three ones and told her to keep the change. She replied, "Are you sure? It's half a buck." As soon as I had the beaters and bowl, I gave the K5 to a friend.

FrankZ 12-09-2011 01:17 AM

Oh sure.. rub it in.

Though, to be honest I really have no issues with the KA (600 Pro) but the Hobart would be nice escalation.


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