If you are the chef for your family and take your job seriously, you need one of these beauties. The KitchenAid Mixer is as much a design element as a tool. While we love the curves and metallic accent, let's not forget you will be able to whip up anything you can dream of with this amazing machine. In fact, with this at your fingertips, we think you might be able to transform yourself from a beginner cook to an expert.
First let's start with a little history. The first one was released in 1919... but only to 1 customer, an executive'??s wife. She got to test it out and help with name the new contraption. Her response was, '??I don't care what you call it, I know it's the best kitchen aid I have ever had'? and the name was born!
There are 17 models to choose from when you are shopping for that perfect mixer and better yet there are so many colors to choose from as well. The opinions for mixers are the Commercial 5 series ($545.00), Professional 600 series ($499.00), Pro-Line Series ($499.00), Professional Heavy Duty Series ($439.00), Professional 5 series ($419.00), Pro 500 series ($349.00), The Artisan Series ($349.00), Pro 450 Series ($329.00), Ultra Power ($299.00), Tilt-head Stand Mixer 275 ($269.00), 4.5 qt Stand Mixer ( 249.00) and lastly the Classic Mixer ($239.00)
Nowadays the most popular models are the Artisan Series and the Professional 500 Series. They all have most of the same functions and attachmentsl. The differences? Motor sizes, the size of the mixer itself and the size of the bowl. The choice is yours.
Here is a little bio about some of the mixers, The Artisan: has a 325- watt motor, 5 quart stainless steel bowl with comfort handle, pouring shield and a tilt-back mixer head designed to provide easy access to the bowl and beaters. 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir. The Artisan has the most color choices of them all (27 colors to be exact, Silver Metallic, Ice, Pear, Green Apple, Cornflower Blue, Empire Red, Gloss Cinnamon, Bay leaf, Majestic Yellow, Imperial Grey, Boysenber
ry, Grey, Persimmon, Tangerine, Contour Silver, Metallic Chrome, Pistachio, White on White, Yellow Pepper, Buttercup, Aqua Sky, Imperial Black, Onyx Black, White, Blue Willow, Almond Cream, Caviar, and Cobalt Blue). Which one would go best with your kitchen and personality?
The Professional 500 Series offers a direct drive transmission and a wide bowl capacity. This mixer can make large batches of heavy batter and dough. It features the PowerKnead'?¢ Spiral Dough Hook and a 5-quart polished stainless steel wide bowl with handle. This is for more heavy duty bakers and cooks out there! It comes in the following colors, Empire Red, Gloss Cinnamon, Imperial Grey, Metallic Chrome, White on White, Onyx Black, Blue Willow, and Cobalt Blue.
Every woman loves her accessories. Here you go ladies 52 options! KitchenAid offers tools to make any task possible. The list includes, Ravioli Maker, Fruit and Vegetable Strainer and Grinder, Ice Cream Maker, Pasta Cutter, 5 qt glass bowl with handle, water jacket/stand mixer cover, 3 qt bowl and whip, food grinder, fruit and veggie strainer parts, rotor slicer with shredder, Citrus Juicer, 11 wire whip, pouring shield, food tray, dough hooks, beaters, sausage stuffer. They also have kits that you can buy; the Pasta Excellence Kit and the Mixer Attachment kit (with or without juicer)
The Pasta Excellence Kit contains Pasta Sheet Roller, Spaghetti Cutter, Fettuccini Cutter, Angel Hair Cutter, Thick Noodle Cutter and Ravioli Maker. Also, comes with recipes. ($329.99)
The Mixer Attachment pack comes with Rotor Slicer/Shredder, Food Grinder and Fruit/Vegetable Strainer and you can get it with a juicer or not.($179.99)
How can you not be in love with this mixer after all the information you just read. Does it make you want to go out and get one and start making everything from scratch?? I know it is so hard not to. Everything taste better when made with a KitchenAid Mixer!
And finally, here's a favorite recipe from KitchenAid to try on your mixer:
Dill Rye Recipe
(Attachments: Bowl and dough hook)
3 1/4 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rye flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1 teaspoon caraway seed
1 teaspoon dill seed
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon sesame seed
1. Place 2 cups all-purpose flour, rye flour, sugar, salt, yeast, caraway seed, dill seed and dill weed in large bowl of the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer with dough hook attachment. Turn to low speed and mix 15 seconds.
2. Combine water, milk and butter in saucepan. Heat over low heat until liquids are very warm (120°F to 130°F).
3. Turn mixer to low speed and gradually add warm liquids to flour mixture, taking about 1 minute. Continue mixing for 1 minute longer. Add remaining flour, 1'?2 cup at a time, until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl. Knead on low speed for 2 minutes longer. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 20 minutes.
4. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a slightly flattened ball and place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
5. With a sharp knife make 4 slashes in tic-tac-toe pattern on each loaf. Beat egg white and water together with a fork. Brush each loaf with mixture and sprinkle with sesame seed. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool on wire racks.
Tip: For an attractive thick crust, brush tops of loaves with beaten egg white and water. For a softer crust with a rich golden color, brush with lightly beaten whole egg, or one egg yolk, beaten with 1 to 2 tablespoons water or milk, just before baking.
Now it's up to you. What model? What color? Go on ladies, make Julia proud.
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