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Mon Jan 20 00:00:00 MST 2014sewsobusy Rating:5.0
I received this mixer 4 days ago. However, I have used it a lot already and feel I can give an adequate review. I made two double batches of icing, a pound cake, white homemade dough with the dough hook, ice cream mixture with the whip, and creaming the ice cream mixture with the ice cream maker attachment. When making the icing, I did notice that creaming 2 cups of shortening with a few tablespoons of water in this larger bowl took some trial and error. I found on the second batch that if I stir to get it going and then go to speed 2 and then 4 it worked a lot better for mixing as the motor was moving the beater faster. When making the pound cake, I noticed that my mixture was thicker than when I used two other mixtures by other companies. I've always been able to pour my cake batter into the pan, not scoop it out. I had to shake the pans to level out the mixture as it was that thick. However, the cake tasted the same so I'm okay with the change in appearance. I've always made dough with my hands on a wood surface. However, I wanted to see what this mixture would do. My recipe used 8.5 cups of flour and instructed me to add four cups in the mixer. However, I was able to incorporate 6-7 cups as the hook really mixed the ingredients very well. With the dough hook, the highest speed you will use is 2 and this did the job, to my surprise. When I folded the dough on my work surface, it make my kneading job so much easier and faster. I added the other 2+ cups of flour as needed and the dough was fantastic. Also, I used the pouring shield to add my flour on the stir setting and then increased back up to 2nd speed at intervals. This worked great for me and after all flour was incorporated, I removed the shield. I don't think you are supposed to leave it on unless you are using it as it doesn't snap in place but rather sits on the bowl. The best part was I got to use the mixer to make ice cream using the separately purchased ice cream maker attachment. I used the French vanilla ice cream recipe provided in the supplied owner's manual. This was my first time making ice cream and combining hot mixture with cool/room temperature mixture. The instructions were very good and the ice cream taste great. I ate some freshly made and I have yet to taste it frozen. You do have to prepare the ice cream bowl at least 15 hours in advance and you must refrigerate your mixture before you can cream. I made the mixture and froze the bowl the day before use.My only complaint was that the instructions for attaching to the machine are so simple and the diagrams so simplistic that it went completely over my head. I was looking for the piece to snap to the motor head but you just push up and turn it to the angle and when the spinner is attached the two pieces lock. I was expecting it to need more to stay on the mixture. I kept looking for a center hole to slide the unit up. The unit worked just fine as designed and apparently it was me thinking it should attach differently. My comments about the mixture are that I thought the green would be different from what was shown on the site. I thought it was the ugliest appliance I've ever purchased. However, as it sits on the counter the color is growing on me and my husband. I love that the mixture is very easy to clean, just wipe with a damp towel. The mixture is sturdy and blends foods much faster than any mixer I've owned by other companies (this is my first KitchenAid mixer). I don't like that the instructions are not explicit enough on how to place the bowl on the pegs. I just figured it out today and by the next time I use it, it will be another learning curve. Once I figured it out, it made sense but I'd taken that bowl off many times before it became obvious how to attach it. My only other concern is that when I need to scrape the bowl, I have to drop whatever beater/whip/hook is attached; can be annoying sometimes. even though it's easy and quick to do. I definitely recommend you purchase this mixer as I'm a happy cook and new owner of a KitchenAid product.
Wed Jun 08 00:00:00 MDT 2011mamacr Rating:5.0
This all-metal-constructed pan and turning mechanism is a pure joy to use making the best popcorn! The bottom plate is extra-thick for better heat distribution, resulting is almost no "old maids." The wooden handle is cool, even when the popping is finished. Using only 1/2 cup of corn results in a huge bowl of popcorn. I highly recommend this product. My only regret is that it is not made in the USA.
Mon Apr 11 00:00:00 MDT 2016TTOW Rating:4.0
This cooler looks great, chills well and a perfect accent for my under island space. The wood shelves seem a little bit flimsy but work well.
Wed Sep 17 00:00:00 MDT 2014snoop711 Rating:5.0
I bought this because I couldn't resist the price, for the artisan design series model the price was excellent. I figured there was something wrong with it but seemed to be in tact. I got so obsessed about what color to get in a mixer I ended buying persimmion also. Well I couldn't return this one so it will be a very beautiful gift for my sis. Goes great with antique bronze fixtures in kitchen, unfortunately my kitchen is all dark hard wood floors, cabinets and black major appliances that my husband said pick the one that has color so it pops. I also bought the new 6qt bowl lift model and returned it. It was too much of a pain to deal with getting the bowl in and out, if your deciding between the two models get the tilt head. Promise you.
Thu Apr 21 00:00:00 MDT 2016Nancy M. Rating:5.0
Love i. It works great. I need it to make a iced tea freeze, also to creas some cracKershaw and it woods great
Sat Feb 02 00:00:00 MST 2013faerievert Rating:5.0
Rice cooker, pressure cooker, and slow cooker all in one! And they all work just as I'd expect. Be very careful releasing the steam valve. I use the end of a wooden spoon that has a hanging loop to hook around the tab and pull from a safe distance. Don't put under a cabinet, there will be a LOT of steam. Cleanup of the non-stick inner bowl is very simple, but take care not to scratch it. Stick to wooden and plastic utensils and never put it in the dishwasher.
Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 MST 2016OstkUser18467 Rating:5.0
I bought the wine cooler for a Christmas gift and they were amazed how beautiful the wood shelves add to the cooler itself. They have already asked where I got it so they can order more as gifts. The stainless steel makes the wine cooler have an extra elegant touch. Thank You
Mon May 05 00:00:00 MDT 2014rbarbourfl Rating:5.0
This is my second Kitchenaide and mixer in 13 years. My old cobalt blue one works just fine but when we remodeled our kitchen I wanted a new one to match our new choices. This Crystal Blue is a perfect compliment to the paint, wood and stainless in our kitchen. It is on display in our kitchen (as was our old model), because the look truly is a piece of art. More importantly, the mixer is a work horse and will last for a very long time (or until you want a new color!), and makes baking so much easier.
Thu Jan 02 00:00:00 MST 2014ed1969 Rating:5.0
I chose this for the metal gears, and for being stainless steel (oven cleaners can be used on stainless steel but are not recommended for aluminum). It is one of the times expectations were exceeded. This thing is heavy duty, meant for serious use; it will likely be the last one I need to buy. Seriously. I have worn out many aluminum poppers of the same style, and why I require metal gears. A little more expensive than the aluminum alternative but well worth the price difference. But for one point, I would have rated this as excellent. Overall -- very, very nice. Only the handle and knobs are non-metal (wood); the lids appear to be as heavy as can be used in a stamping process; the pot looks to be roll-formed in two pieces; the bottom is frying-pan thick. Only the spring clips on the lid are thin enough to be bent by hand. The metal used for the mounting bracket for the handle and lids is about 1/16 of an inch thick -- very heavy duty. It appears to be a part for a larger mechanism -- it has no markings (such as brand names) or decorations. There is a small stud on the pot, opposite the handle, and a metal band on the handle, that could be pivots for a rack for flipping. Which would be helpful -- one-handed flipping of the popper is difficult for its weight (I wear an oven mitt to use both hands to turn it over), especially if there is any popping oil on the handle. Indeed, one-handed flipping might put too much strain on the handle. The join of the handle to the pot could be its weak point, and why I did not rate it as excellent. Two #8 wood screws of unknown length. They were not fully tight on arrival and needed to be tightened. Whether they will stand up to use remains to be seen . Overall, a very good buy. A little more expensive than the aluminum alternative but well worth the price difference. Would look for this if I ever need to buy another, which I may do as a gift.
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