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Offline nysauce

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Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« on: April 19, 2004, 02:23:24 PM »
Getting my tax returns soon, and wanted to know which Kitchen Aid Mixer I should buy. Don't remember the model numbers, but is the 250Watt one good enough or should I spend the extra cash for the ones that are 300 + watts.  I think the bigger wattage also come with the bigger the mixing bowl (4qt, 4.5qt, 5qt), will that make a difference, I'm hoping I can get several pies from one batch since I want to practice my stretching technique.


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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2004, 04:55:29 PM »
I don't think I would go for anything less than 325 watts.
This Viking mixer seems to be the rage on the Baking circle.
http://www.vikingrange.com/welcome.html
Pricy but big, maybe to big.

I have the KA heavy duty and it works fine.

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2004, 06:11:41 PM »
FYI--

The size of the bowl and the wattage have very little to do with the actual amounts of pizza dough you can make.  I learned this the hard way when I ordered my Deloghi 800 watt, 7 quart mixer.  I thought that would let me make a whole bunch of pizzas at once.  Well, I can only make two, based on three cups of flour per pizza.  Not because more won't fit--but because the mixer's engine overheats and cuts out if any more is used.  I think KitchenAid's are all two batches as well.

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2004, 08:10:41 AM »
I have the KitchenAid 5-quart "Heavy Duty" model. I'm quite happy with it, although it does bog down quite a bit when kneading a stiff dough.

If you've got money to burn, I recommend a Hobart stand mixer:  :)

http://ww1.williams-sonoma.com/cat/pip.cfm?gids=sku6122816&pKey=celtmxai&root=shop&src=catceltmxai%7Cp1%7Crshop%2Fcatcelti%7Cp1%7Crshop%2Fhme%2Fhme

Only $1999.00 at Williams Sonoma! Hey... it's only money!!!   ;D ;D ;D

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2004, 08:37:06 AM »
Lets see ??? ???


A vacation this year or a mixer????? ???

I will struggle to get by with my Kitchen Aid
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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2004, 09:25:42 AM »
Peter Rinehartís American Pie might be just the answer for people that donít have a mixer that kneads.  He believes in hand kneading and gives easy hand kneading instructions for each pizza.  Not a Hobart but it is under $20.

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2004, 10:21:45 AM »
I know people who only use the mixer to bring the dough together.  After that they use hand kneading to develope the gluten.  I'm to lazy, I just use the mixer.

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2004, 09:45:20 PM »
 ;D Did you see the thread for kitchen Aid Stand mixers on equipment. I got a 350 watt 5 qt. last year and it bogs with any stiff dough. I mix till it starts to slow down then remove and finish by hand. It helps as it gets everything mixed together better then I think you could by hand. I have not heard any reports on the 500 watt kitchenaid 6 Qt. when I bought the 350W I thought I had bought a monster machine and found out that not to be true. If does a great job on lots of things however and I am glad to have finally got one.

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2004, 10:30:29 AM »
So if you had a choice would you go for a really used Hobart n50 or would you go for a new Kitchen Aid 525W 6 qt. THat is the dilema I now face.

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2004, 05:44:24 PM »
Again I would take a close look at the one from Viking Range.
Go to this forum and ask them about them.
http://www.bakingcircle.com/msgboard/index.jsp?pv=111


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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2004, 07:21:13 PM »
The KitchenAid units do not have a gearbox. The speed of the mixer is adjusted via a sliding switch which varies the amound of electricity going to the motor.

The Hobart mixers use a fixed-speed motor and a gearbox (transmission) to adjust the speed.

A good analogy is a car with manual (stick shift) transmission:

The KitchenAid is like driving with the transmission permanently stuck in 3rd gear. Driving fast is no problem, but try to pull a boat at slow speed and the engine is going to bog down.

The Hobart is like the engine running at 3000 RPM all the time, and you use 1st gear to pull the boat and 3rd gear to drive fast!
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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2004, 12:21:45 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;


I'm getting a kitchenAid this week!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2004, 12:07:54 PM »
Just won my Hobart N-50 on ebay for 255 and I had to buy the bowl too off of ebay for 30. Also ordered High Gluten flour from that King Arthur site. I'm on my way! Really glad I came to this site I've purchased my stuff based on the posts and doing research after reading the posts.

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2004, 02:22:40 PM »
Awesome price!!
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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2004, 04:08:04 PM »
Your making the rest of jealous.
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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2004, 09:09:48 AM »
congrats to you! I think I would have never made it this far without my KA mixer,  I am a lazy bummmmm.  mine is very old though, it was my Mother's but she gave up baking, so I snatched it up, one thing about KA, the mixers last a life time... *knock on wood*

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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2004, 10:11:23 AM »
The only drawback to getting a KitchenAid is that I told my wife she could pick the color.

She has chosen the new Grape one.

Now I have been searching high and low for it with no sucess yet. I suppose I will just end up ordering online.

Never in a million years would I have thought that I would own the KitchenAid formerly known as Prince.
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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2004, 10:16:55 AM »
I think I would call it like, "Gun metal blue" to my friends.
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Re:Which Kitchen Aid should I get?
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2004, 10:21:55 AM »
 ;DI like that. ;D

I just hope my boys don't start calling it Barney the Pizza Machine. ;D
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