** LOOKS AMAZING BUT IT’S MORE THAN JUST A JEWEL IN THE KITCHEN**
So much talk about the KitchenAid, from hobby baker, to novice, to kitchen proud mums worldwide, there’s a reason these machines are featured in so many commercial kitchens!
When we started Fifty Shades of Cake in August this year, KitchenAid kindly sent me their incredible Electric Blue Platinum Collection Stand Mixer to play with, funny how much more I used it when I had a new colour in my kitchen!! (I’m the proud owner of the Candy Apple colour).
If you have one of these beauties in your kitchen, you’ll understand why they are much loved. If you haven’t got one, love to own one, then read on. If you’re undecided about the purchase, then let me give you a little run down of why I am infatuated with the product.
Besides it’s iconic look, glossy finish and impressive reputation, this surpasses any mixer I have ever owned in the last 15 years, and by goodness, I have owned many. There’s always been a concern I’ve had with manufacturers of mixers, no-one ever seemed to combat the issue of ingredients blending entirely from the base of the bowl – hands up who’s had that awful gut wrenching experience of ‘assuming’ your batter is mixed, taking off the beater, pouring into your prepare tray, only to find a clump of butter/shortening or other product stuck to the base of the bowl? Only to have to start the process all over again, after a good scraping?
The most unique feature that springs to mind after using it, is the ability to ensure that all ingredients are mixed thoroughly from the base of the bowl (yes, I still stop and check to see if butter has been captured – a die hard habit from previous machines). With this, I never have to worry. All my batters that call for softened butter are gathered, blended and mixed perfectly.
“The unique planetary mixing action allows the beater to spiral to 67 different points within the bowl for quick, complete mixing. The KitchenAid Stand Mixer has the highest beater-to-bowl coverage in the industry”.
Ok, so maybe I am a little too addicted to whipped cream, but I did a test. I timed how long it would beat pure cream into whipped fluffy delight (for a pavlova I was making) and here was the result… impressive huh?
I used a 200ml container of pure cream. Used the stopwatch on my iPhone to start the timing the minute I turned it on ‘full speed’ – turned my back for a nano second to check on a crawling baby in the kitchen, and before I knew it, I had perfectly formed peaks!! 1 Min, 28 Secs – WOW!
The stand mixers feature a glass bowl (the one featured here) with a pour spout and measurement markings; stainless steel bowls that fit the mixer are also available for separate order. I personally love the glass, easy to clean, lovely to see coloured batter adorned against the vibrance of the machine. The mixers feature a tilt-head design for easy bowl access and can accommodate eight to nine cups of flour. A 10-speed slide control ranges from a very slow stir to a fast whip. Compared to the other mixers I have owned, they are reasonably quiet, so quiet in fact that I was able to ‘late night’ bake with two sleeping bubbas within ear shot, neither heard a thing! That in itself sells it for me!
You get three basic accessories with the Stand Mixer: a flat beater for mixing batters, making dough or mashing potatoes (yes, this is a huge favourite in our house, the fluffiest tatas ever); a dough hook for kneading everything from soft dough to stiff pizza dough; and a wire whip for beating egg whites and whipping cream. Maybe it’s just me, but I even whip batter with the wire whip, a die hard habit from the old days…
But that’s not all. There are a dozen optional attachments, the stand mixer’s powerful motor can be used for everything from grinding grain & seeds and meat to kneading dough, slicing vegetables, rolling and cutting pasta, and even making ice cream. All available for separate purchase.
So, for me, this was a huge worthwhile investment (well my husband’s investment) late last year… This will become one of those signature items that I too will be able to pass down to the next generation, (just like the old Singer Sewing Machine my Grandmother left me, dating back over 100 years). Legendary equipment, legendary results!
Just make sure of one thing, when you purchase, keep in mind the colour of your kitchen, your future kitchen, your decor and make the colour something you will come to fall in love with over & over again! Since having this one in my kitchen, I’ve fallen out of love with my red… if only the choice to have them all!
Always be careful about buying KitchenAid product online. The warranty requires you to be able to take the product back to your place of purchase. So again, if it turns out to be a “grey market” supplier that ships in product from overseas that is not quality assured to Australian standards, your hands are going to tied as to what claims you can make if anything goes wrong.
KitchenAid customer care numbers for Australia and New Zealand are: Australia (Toll Free): 1800 990 990 and New Zealand (Toll Free): 0800 881 200
Enjoy every moment with your prized machine, the Jewel in the Kitchen, your secret baking weapon and the assistant you always dreamt of having x
Check out their website for stockist locations, information, colour range & their extensive list of products – go on, I know you want to!