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  • #76
    Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

    UPDATE on attachments...

    Got a call from the local Thunderbird rep who told me the price of the dough hook has now GONE UP to $320 (quoted $285 + $20 delivery yesterday)....

    Some more research revealed that I am able to get the original beater, dough hook and whisker for $350 delivered. Still a lot of loot but I am happy to pay that for the original product. The other (generic) items are on the way to me and I will keep them as spares. It will be nice to have an "as original" mixer setup. I am sure that I would be able to get my money back on it anyway should I decide to sell it down the track.

    *** Have ordered a set of 3 original attachments ***

    Rossco
    Last edited by heliman; 12-10-2009, 11:56 PM.
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    • #77
      Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

      cynon767
      numerous members are very happy with their KA mixers and shower other members with praise, even our founding member James loves (or at least used to until it made unwanted noises and smelt rather hot electrically),
      I tried 2Kg in the KA600 Pro a couple of days ago making Focaccia for a school event, and it made an awful noise and smell -- and I ended up hand kneading it to finish. It just ins't made for that volume.
      but you need to face the facts - they are designed for mixing and not specifically for kneading thick tough heavy dough.
      My wife used to cut crook at me using her Kenwood Chef, an older heavy duty, steel geared model but when you ask it to mix a single 1kg batch it will but jumps about and tries to twist and screw the head off it's stand. Anything over 1kg is a recipe for disaster, hence my small but commercial mixers. The largest batch that I have mixed is 4kg which it did without hesitation. The latest addition is a larger well known tried and proven brand is a 20 litre model that will mix (I am lead to believe) 7kg batches. I will never use that many as it will make 56 of my sized pizzas.
      Good luck wit your domestic KA. I hope we don't hear sigs and condemnation of it from you when it dies!
      Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

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      • #78
        Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

        Wow - so the 20 QT will do 7 Kg!! That is amazing.

        Mine has a 3 Kg limit sticker added by the bakery. This may be an OS&H thing as I am sure that it is more than capable of handling greater loads.

        Rossco
        Last edited by heliman; 12-12-2009, 12:38 AM.
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        • #79
          Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

          Originally posted by nissanneill View Post

          but you need to face the facts - they are designed for mixing and not specifically for kneading thick tough heavy dough.
          .....

          Good luck wit your domestic KA. I hope we don't hear sigs and condemnation of it from you when it dies!
          Thanks for the warnings. One reason we went with the KA was because we didn't have any other mixer, and it could do double duty as a general kitchen mixer and occasional dough kneader. We don't yet have a need for anything larger or heavier duty. When (not if, mind you) we get more seriously into baking or want to do very large pizza parties, I'll consider looking into one of those used heavy models that needs some fixing up; but for now, being that we're on a budget, we could only afford one multipurpose unit that would cover our bases. We waited for a big sale and free shipping offer from macys; it came out to just over $300 for the KA600, less than half the price of the next step up.

          Maybe next spring I'll start scouring craigslist and checking restaurant supply shops for the heavy-duty fixer-uppers; until then, though, I have too many other home improvement projects to tackle before I have time for rewiring used electrical appliances. For the time being, since it is likely to be only an occasional event, we'll probably just knead large batches too big for the KA the old fashioned way.
          -jamie

          My oven build is finally complete!

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          • #80
            Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

            Originally posted by heliman View Post
            After getting quite a large amount of feedback on the subject of dough making with the basic KA, my current view is that aside from issues like low power/nylon gears, this machine will not produce the really good dough results that I (and many others here) are pursuing. Whilst it will give you pizza dough - it's operation (slapping the dough rather than kneading) is not conducive to top quality dough making.
            Interesting that you mention the KA not being the best. I've been using a standard 4 1/2 quart one for the last 10 years, but my wife's favorite bread that I've ever made came out of a regular Cuisinart Food Processor. I had given it to her as a gift and just gave it a shot making bread dough last year with the little plastic dough blade it comes with and had good success. I had gone back to using the KA over the past year just out of habit, but think I might give the Cuisinart a try again this weekend. (Not sure I'm going to be able to convince her that a commercial grade mixer is a good idea anytime soon ;-)).

            Great info in this thread - thanks!
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            • #81
              Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

              Jamie
              I appreciate being on a budget and in a way we all are, just differing values I guess.
              However, when you come across a bargain as I did last week and bought a 15-20 year old Hobart dough mixer for $50 needing a little electrical rewiring, some welding, some rubbing down and a coat of paint, (all up around a day or so's work), I grab it. Now I need to decide which one to keep, my new 2 speed or the 3 speed Hobart. I will sell the second unit.
              I would guess that if you were in a similar position, you wouldn't hesitate as they don't come along very often.
              The other one that I posted earlier for $100, is an older and rougher unit but the seller claims that it will mix 'blue tack' all day long!
              Cheers.

              Neill
              Last edited by nissanneill; 12-12-2009, 03:14 AM.
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              • #82
                Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

                Originally posted by nissanneill View Post
                Jamie
                ....
                However, when you come across a bargain as I did last week ...

                Neill
                Aye, there's the rub. I don't know if it's the same down there, but here in northern California, anyway, craigslist is almost as played out as ebay. People list things that are beat to hell as "vintage" for almost as much as they cost new. Occasionally there are restaurants going out of business or which are renovating their kitchens which just need to get the old goods moved out, but even in these tough economic times those are few and far between, and they are usually snapped up instantly by the professional appliance refurbishers. I could go through one of them, but then I'm paying someone else for the parts and labor and not saving much over a new appliance in the end. Occasionally one which is so far gone that even the dealers won't take it; those are the ones that list for $50-100.

                I've gone through this a few times recently looking for other appliances and household goods... washer & dryer, fridge, chainsaw, bicycles; I agree that often it is indeed best to get the fixer-upper, when the parts and labor required to get things up and running are reasonable, and with a little "sweat equity" you can get a great thing for a great price. But we figured that, given all the particulars in this case, it was not only easier, but also more cost-appropriate to just buy the KA 600 when it went on deep discount. Once we turn our baking and our pizza-making into a more regular and larger scale operation, we may change. But until then, this is a great kitchen appliance and an adequate dough mixer for our level of use.

                Or, to put it another way: to each his own.
                Last edited by cynon767; 12-13-2009, 12:00 AM.
                -jamie

                My oven build is finally complete!

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                • #83
                  Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

                  A quick question on the use of a heavy duty mixer like a TBird/Hobart 20 QT mixer...

                  Do you just use it in the same way as a smaller mixer - particularly the length of time for kneading?

                  Are there any special techniques or methods that one needs to bear in mind/apply when using a large mixer?

                  My dough hook should arrive in the next day or so and I want to make a large batch of Xmas pizza dough. Just want to make sure I am well prepared!!!

                  Rossco
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                  • #84
                    Re: Kitchen Aid - 1 kg flour

                    Hi Rossco,
                    I don't treat a commercial mixer any different, after all they are designed and manufactured specifically for the tasks that you are using it for.
                    I weigh out all the ingredients, warm the water and activate the yeast including the salt (which may or may not affect the fermentation of the yeast), turn on the mixer on the low speed and add the liquid. I beat it until it is at the right consistency and possessing the long stretchy characteristic. Some of the other members might do it differently but I have still a lot to learn but my doughs turn out fine.

                    Neill
                    Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

                    The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know


                    Neillís Pompeiii #1
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