My step father brought me a stand mixer, but it was a surprise and I didn't know. he had told me that he brought me a present, but I didn't think that he would buy a stand mixer. Not knowing what he had brought for me, I brought the same stand mixer 2 days before his arrived. (( just got it today.) Should I take it back or keep it? If I should keep it what are the benefits of having 2? Maybe I should keep it in case one breaks because it's know a KA, but I am still very excited. Thanks for letting me share and any suggestions.
Is there something else you can or would do with the money?
I have two stand KA mixer but mine are different sizes. I like having the 6q for bigger projects and a 4.5q for smaller amounts.
I have exactly the same as Texas. The 6 qt is too big for some jobs and the 4.5 is too small for others. So it works. I don't think I'd have a use for two of the same size.
If you don't want to trade one up or down to a different size, another good option is getting extra bowls to fit the one you keep. That way you can switch out one cake batter and start something else without stopping to wash and dry. That's almost the same as having two mixers.
Thanks for replying. It's a gift from my step father so it means a lot that he got it. I can return mine, but I just wanted to know if it was worth keeping. Like for mixing big orders or different flavors.
I like having two so that I can mix/bake cakes at the same time I mix icing without having to alternate back and forth. Just works for me!
Totally worth it. I let my BC mix for a good 20-30 minutes to get really creamy. By this time I am mixing up batter in another and using a hand mixer in another bowl. Somedays I wish I had more than 2...
Only down fall I can think of is having both bowls dirty in the sink at the same time. Can you tell I don't like to do dishes?
I have two 6 qt mixers...love it! Sometimes if I have a tiered cake I can make alot of batter at one time (I have three racks in my home oven). Or alot of frosting at one time. Or...you know those customers that want "half chocolate, half vanilla"??? There ya go...make 'em both at the same time.
I also have THREE bowls, so that I don't always have to stop and wash one out if I need to make something else. And three paddles as well.
I have 2 that I use all the time at the same time and 3rd stored for backup in case of an emergency breakdown. I can mix 6 batches of cake batter at once - if you are measuring for 1 you might as well measure for 6. And I can make 2 large batches of buttercream at the same time. I made 6 batches of buttercreme last night in about an hour and 15 minutes (Sugarshacks recipe).
Keep them both - I don't think you will regret it.
So because they are both cute, shiny and come in a color you can't resist is not a reason? (Cause that's why I have two. I just could not resist that shiny apple red color of the anniversary edition KA. Shhhhh.....).
Someday I envision using both. I may just mix my frosting in one while doing something else in the the other, like cupcakes! But for now it is under the counter. And when DD gets her own place, she will already have a KA. Too bad she doesn't bake....or cook....I don't think a bowl of cereal or frozen waffles in the toaster oven count.....
And for my new KA, I have two bowls. I decided that if I am going to have a messy hobby then I had better get used to doing the dishes!
I say if you like them both, keep them. But if you don't think you will ever do that much baking, then return the one you have. Take the $200 and buy something else that you want instead.
Nice gift BTW - cool Stepdad!
I have 2 kitchenaids..One 4.5 quart and a 6 quart..I use them both all the time to make double batches of icing!! I would be lost without both.
I was thinking about it and it's really cool to have both. Thanks for all of the ideas and the suggestions. Now I can mix buttercream and mix a cake with no problem. Super excited using them both for the 4th.
Are you really cranking out the cakes? Or would it be just a luxury?
If it was up to me and I had that kind of extra money, you can come close to approximating en extra mixer just by buying extra bowls. If I have all of the ingredients measured, the next one is done mixing in four minutes.
Also, if my choice was an extra mixer or an Agbay, I'd get the Agbay.
The mixer was not that expensive, so I don't know if it's really worth taking back and it means a lot to me to get something from him. If I don't use both it's great for a back up, just in case.
I have 2 mixers (Bosch) and 2 ovens, two handhelds as well, they all get used for one thing or the other, I have extra bowls and beaters as well. It's a good feeling that I know, when one breaks down, I'd still have the other. My dishwasher broke down last week and is still not running, a bummer that I only have one of those. Living out here, always best to have two of everything, just in case. I have proven my point to my hubby, unfortunately I have no space for a scond dishwasher