berryblondeboys Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:24pm
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Doesn't it seem like a useful thing? I have several recipes where I have to mix the egg yolks and sugar in one bowl, the egg whites to stiff peaks in another bowl and then add the mixed dry ingredients, add to the sugar mixture and then fold in the egg whites. Whenever I make one of these cakes, I'm always using my stand mixer (not a KA, but another pro type) and my KA hand mixer....

Then, there's the need to make buttercream which I usually do when the cake is in the oven, which means washing EVERYTHING from the cake first. It's gotten so that I don't use my stand mixer for cakes and just use it for buttercream...

I know having two mixers is probably overkill and a storage nightmare.. but boy, it seems like a good thing too! Sometimes I think I should at least buy another bowl for my mixer though!

Melissa

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indydebi Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:29pm
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I have 2 KA's but I keep one as a spare (and good thing, because I had one to just pull out of the box when mine stopped working in the middle of a batch of cookie dough! Friends can't believe I burned out a KA!). I have multiple bowls and beaters, though, so I can swap them out and make different batters, icings, etc., without having to wash the bowl out each time. Thank god for ebay!

Crimsicle Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:32pm
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Having an extra bowl for my big KA now, I never use my small KA. Looking back, I don't know how I made cakes with just one mixer bowl years ago. I must have been a lot more organized than I am now! icon_smile.gif

Whether you've got two mixers or not - that extra bowl is a MUST, IMHO.

lilmisscantbewrg Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:35pm
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Hi Melissa,
Definitely, buy another bowl..or two!! I just got a new 5 qt KA for Christmas..she's so pretty ..she sits right next to my old one- it's a 4 1/2 qt icon_smile.gif Having both mixers and 3 bowls really comes in handy.There's not as much washing and drying in between and I can do three different things at once. Now...if I could just con someone into cleaning the messy kitchen for me......

Amy

PistachioCranberry Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:39pm
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I'm actually getting ready to buy a 2nd one....I like the idea of more than one bowl so I guess I will have to buy extras on that too!!!!

glory2god Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:43pm
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indydebi
i managed to burn out my ka also. when i called them to find a authorized repair person in my area they sent me a new mixer. all i had to do was return the other one to them.

Jenn123 Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:45pm
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I have 2 KAs with extra bowls. It really helps to be able to designate bowls for batter and different icings.

shelbur10 Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:48pm
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wow! Why did I never think of buying extra bowls?? I get so tired of washing mine over and over...DH said I can get another one, but my cakes have to pay for it. Well, fat chance of that, I almost always give away my cakes!!

indydebi Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 1:50pm
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Originally Posted by glory2god

indydebi
i managed to burn out my ka also. when i called them to find a authorized repair person in my area they sent me a new mixer. all i had to do was return the other one to them.




See? This is why this site is SO valuable (and why I have no problem making a donation to keep it up and running!) Too bad I didn't know that before I set it out for trash pickup! icon_cry.gif

But next time...........!!!!!!!!!! thumbs_up.gif

charman Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:00pm

I've got my old 4 qt. and my boyfriend at the time got me a new 6 qt for Christmas last year. Now we are getting married and he has a KA at his place...so I guess I will have 3 KA's and an extra bowl for my 6 qt. professional. I'm a lucky girl.

Actually I have one upstairs in main kitchen, and my 6qt is down in my secondary/bakeshop kitchen. Not sure where, if at all, the 3rd one will go. Honestly don't have a lot of extra space.

I'm more of I don't know what I would do without my 6qt prof w/ extra bowl...my choice over all of them.

berryblondeboys Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:12pm

Ugh, I might as well buy another mixer than another bowl!!! and scraper set!

My mixer comes with one 8 quart stainless steel bowl and one smaller bowl with a whisk attachement that in practical use is a 4.5 quart bowl, but it is only a whisk attacment with the smaller bowl, so I only use it for eggs and cream, not for mixing heavier things.

So, another stainless steel bowl is $99, plus $50 for the scraper and roller... that's $150 just for that!!!!

Maybe I could use that smaller bowl with whisk more than I think?

here's a link to what I have. I got it for bread making as before a year ago, I baked bread more than anything else and I've read that this doesn't burn out like KAs do on bread dough/stiff dough. I got the Black nonmetallic Chrome, but not here (which is the best prices, for this btw), but on a steal on ebay for $250 plus shipping on ebay (mislabeled as on ebay these sell for about $400 shipped).

http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/magic_mill_dlx_mixer.asp

Melissa

adven68 Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:22pm

I have my 4 qt and my 6qt pro side by side like momma and baby!

I don't have extra bowls, but I have used ordinary mixing bowls many times when the KA bowls are occupied and I couldn't wait. You just have to make sure to hold them becasue they don't lock in. I have mixing bowls with rubber bottoms so they don't slip.

berryblondeboys Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:25pm
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Originally Posted by adven68

I have my 4 qt and my 6qt pro side by side like momma and baby!

I don't have extra bowls, but I have used ordinary mixing bowls many times when the KA bowls are occupied and I couldn't wait. You just have to make sure to hold them becasue they don't lock in. I have mixing bowls with rubber bottoms so they don't slip.




can't do that with mine - that's what makes this so strong, good for heavy doughs as it's the bowl that moves on a steel shaft, not the beaters...

For the smaller bowl whisk attachment, the whisk is attached through the bowl to the drive shaft, so the bowl is shaped like an angelfood cake pan in a way...

I LOVE this mixer, believe me, it's GREAT for heavy duty stuff... but adding on is expensive!!!

Melissa

indydebi Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:34pm

$99 for a mixing bowl??? Oh, honey, you need to discover eBay!

Here's one for $35 and that includes the shipping:
http://cgi.ebay.com/KitchenAid-Hobart-5-Quart-Stand-Mixer-Bowl-Kitchen-Aid_W0QQitemZ230079339175QQihZ013QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here's one for slightly more than $25:
http://cgi.ebay.com/kitchen-aid-5-qt-bowl-stainless-steel-w-handle-k5asbp_W0QQitemZ150083146033QQihZ005QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here's one for under $30 and that includes the shipping:
http://cgi.ebay.com/KITCHEN-AID-K45-4-5-QUART-STAINLESS-STEEL-MIXER-BOWL_W0QQitemZ150083151500QQihZ005QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

EBay is always the first place I look for anything! I just bought a 3-tiered silver champagne fountain for $285 (includes shipping). These things are $700 fountains! 6 weddings and my fountain has paid for itself (when I figure what I WOULD have spent on rental costs).

EBay..... be there or be square! icon_wink.gif

FuturamaFanatic Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:41pm

Just wait until you can save up for a Hobart Mixer!!! Awww....<drooling>

But I guess my 1 KA will make do for now. It is also accompanied by my mother's wedding gift stand mixer from 35 years go and a super cheapo Betty Crocker stand mixer that I got at a surplus store. Great for whipping egg whites and buttercream but not much else. Oh and a hand mixer around somewhere, but I don't think I've used that for so long there's probably a mouse nest in it!

Momof4luvscakes Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:46pm

I have the 5qt. and 6qt. mixers and use them both. I make icing in one and mix cakes in the other. Use the big one for MMF. I am thinking about getting another one.

flourgrl Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:48pm

I have 3, Pro 6, Pro 5, Classic

Pro 6 is my main one and I have 4 bowls, 3 whips, 3 paddles. Pro 5 is my 2nd in command for smaller batches or lighter jobs. Classic is for royal icing only.
I would like another mixer, 10qrt or so.

cake-angel Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:51pm

I have my mothers old Sunbeam Oster - It is great but I do wish I could afford another mixer as well.

berryblondeboys Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:54pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

$99 for a mixing bowl??? Oh, honey, you need to discover eBay!

Here's one for $35 and that includes the shipping:
http://cgi.ebay.com/KitchenAid-Hobart-5-Quart-Stand-Mixer-Bowl-Kitchen-Aid_W0QQitemZ230079339175QQihZ013QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here's one for slightly more than $25:
http://cgi.ebay.com/kitchen-aid-5-qt-bowl-stainless-steel-w-handle-k5asbp_W0QQitemZ150083146033QQihZ005QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Here's one for under $30 and that includes the shipping:
http://cgi.ebay.com/KITCHEN-AID-K45-4-5-QUART-STAINLESS-STEEL-MIXER-BOWL_W0QQitemZ150083151500QQihZ005QQcategoryZ20679QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

EBay is always the first place I look for anything! I just bought a 3-tiered silver champagne fountain for $285 (includes shipping). These things are $700 fountains! 6 weddings and my fountain has paid for itself (when I figure what I WOULD have spent on rental costs).

EBay..... be there or be square! icon_wink.gif




Me too, unfortunately, ebay never has parts for this mixer... I got this mixer on ebay (said in another post) for $250 plus $30 shipping when normally these are $540 NEW (and I swear this was NEVER used as they claimed)...

So, getting parts for this on ebay is pretty hopeless.

cookiecreations Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 2:58pm

I just got a second mixer for my birthday. A 6 qt KA which is fantastic! Absolutely check out ebay, you can get some great deals!
I now have a mixer for frosting and one for cake and cookie dough. Looking forward to getting extra bowls, attachments and a 3rd mixer. Hobart mixer my dream!!! My 4 qt KA isn't happy about mixing dough so I may do what glory2god did. (sorry I don't know how to add quotes on this yet LOL).[/quote]

melodyscakes Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 3:06pm

I have a nice GE stand mixer in my upstairs kitchen that I use all the time...its not a KA but works really good, almost as good as a KA. then in my downstairs cake kitchen I have a brand new shiny red KA mixer. I also have a HUGE hobbart mixer...the commercial kind. I bought it used off ebay. this sucker weighs a ton and is almost as tall as I am. It is good for really big batches of buttercream icing.

I am thinking about a second bowl for my ka after reading this thread.

off to ebay I go. when I say that word (ebay) my dh gets nervous. :}

melody

Wendoger Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 3:14pm

I have two but only beacuse I inherited the 6 QT from my gramma and the 5 QT from my mom. icon_biggrin.gif

SweetResults Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 3:35pm

I have my trusty 24yr old 4qt KA and my new 7qt DeLonghi - can't have just one!

I do have to buy extra bowls for my KA tho.

SILVERCAT Posted 22 Jan 2007 , 5:06pm

It does sound great to have two but at those prices, I just bought an extra bowl and flat beater off of an ebay store that carries everything new there for KA's!

Cakepro Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 4:27am

I have four KA's...my original little blue 4.5 qt, a white special edition 5 qt, a cinnamon Pro 6, and a cayenne red 5 qt. I just can't help myself when I see Amazon put one on sale for a great price. *embarrassed*

My husband has grounded me from buying kitchen stuff for awhile but he's a total foodie and loves everything we have. icon_biggrin.gif

georgies_girl Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 4:43am

I have a 7qt Delonghi for my "batter" mixer and a 20qt Blakeslee for my "frosting" mixer.....makes life so much easier.

TexasSugar Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 5:17am

I have had two in my kitchen at times. Since I teach the Wilton Classes and have to make icing once a month at the store, I carry the stand mixer so I have my hands free while showing everything. I have the big 6 quart which I love at home, but hate carrying it since it is so big. Plus I don't think it mixes small batches of things super well. So for the classes I borrow my mom's 4.5q and carry that to class. After class it will end up at my house next to the big one sometimes for a few months.

There are times when they are nice, and there are times when it jsut takes up cabinet space. If I had extra money I would probalby buy a 4.5q or 5q of my own and keep the 6q was well. That way my mom could have her mixer back (not that she uses it super often.)

If you don't have the money for buying another mixer or just aren't sure you want to spend that much, how about looking into a second bowl/beater for your mixer? I don't know about the brand you have but KA does sell extra bowls and beaters. That will allow you to do both things with out having to wash in between.

I also have a hand mixer (KA) that I love as well. I use it for mixing my cake batters, so I don't have to wash the stand mixer bowl to make icing. icon_smile.gif

boonenati Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 8:48am

I have a 20 quart mixer for super large mixes, I also just got a 4 quart stand mixer for xmas from hubby.
I have a hand mixer for when I need to be mixing two things at once and the big monster is just too big to do the job.

Cheers
Nati

LadyGDiver Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 9:01am

I have 2. A 4 Qt KA that's going on 25 yrs and a new 6 Qt KA I bought me for my birthday. Love them both.

berryblondeboys Posted 23 Jan 2007 , 12:34pm

Boy... this is a tough decision! And if I get even an extra bowl and beater set, there's still the issue of WHERE do I keep them!

Do any of you ever use the accessories of your mixer? Like a pasta maker or meat grinder? cookie press? Food processor? Both KAs and mine, the Electrolux assistent have these things available! Now, I'm kind of a granola gal, so I do eat organic and whole grain a lot...DH would like it better for sure if we ground our own meat for health reasons, but would I as I never have before and it's not part of my "routine".

If I don't go with getting a bowl for my mixer and decide to get a small KA (as my mixer is 8 quarts - don't need a huge KA), how hard are they to clean? And how messy do they get? My mixer is VERY easy to clean and it doesn't get very dirty... but since it's so huge, I never get it out except for HUGE jobs and I don't have room on my counters to keep a mixer out! The toaster oven, microwave, coffee pot and grinder have taken every inch of space on the one wall and the other is a 7"wide space next to the stove and a 18" space on the other sideof the stove and it would probably get splattered all the time.... I have a kitchen island, but running along that are my canisters from edge to edge, plus, I would still have to move it as these aren't "reachable" really...

Hmmm.... what to do? DH would FLIP if I had more than one mixer too... he already thinks that if I don't use my stand mixer like daily that it's not worth the cost! LOL

Melissa

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