I recently got a Kitchenaid Mixer. It's the 5 qt bowl, 10 speed settings, professional edition. I washed it really well with soap and water before I used it for the first time and have washed it several times since. I have noticed, especially on 'white recipes' (cake batter, buttercream, etc.) that it leaves a gray film behind. Is this normal? Is it just because it's new and needs to be worn in a little bit or is it something I should contact the company about? I figured that since this is a stainless steel bowl that this shouldn't be happening. I know many of you on this site use Kitchenaid mixers and am not sure if this has happened to anyone else.
Is the beat plastic coated? If not, have you let it soak in water?
I have the 500 Pro series as well and it did the exact same thing in the very beginning when I first got it.. Its nice and broke in now so it doesnt do it any more.. Maybe do like the suggestion and soak it.. I think it may be normal though. HTH
I have seen this before in the same mixer. I remember the owner had washed it in a dishwasher and I think they say not to wash the uncoated (non-white) utensils in a dishwasher. I have a 600 series and the utensils are shiny. Don't know if they are the same though.
Actually I was going to say, soaking the uncoated batter leaves a film on it, as does putting in in the dishwasher.
I learned that with my 6Q. Ended up buying another beater that didn't have the plastic coating on it.
It's the uncoated beater and I have not washed either the bowl or the beater in the dishwasher ... only by hand. Hopefully it will normalize once it's broken in! I also have the 500 professional series.
I was searching the same topic over the weekend. After making WASC the batter had gray streaks in it. My mixer is the 5 qt stainless steel with the stainless steel paddle. I figured it was from the friction of the two hitting each other and ended up throwing out the batter because I was afraid it was flecks of metal all throughout the batter.
I do remember reading one time that Kitchenaid says to adjust the screw on the mixer, behind the bowl, a quarter turn because the vibration can misalign the equipment and cause this. I have not been able to find this info again because it is something I would like corrected before I can bake again.
Now that I think about it, it does kind of sound like the beater is scraping the side of the bowl when it's mixing. I think I will call the company and just find out what I need to do. Glad to hear it's happening to others, but I too am worried that bits of metal are getting into my batter/buttercream. Definitely not safe!!
well I havent seen the grey streaks in a few years.. so it must be broken in by now