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Why does KitchenAid recommend against using the Dough Hook on Speed 1?

A KitchenAid mixer does not have adjustable gearing; at low speeds it’s being run at low power. If run at low power with a viscous, resistant load like bread dough it can end up stalling, either ...
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What are the main differences between a stand mixer, a countertop blender and a food processor?

While two of the three items you mention are similar (though not identical) - the food processor and blender - the third is completely different - the stand mixer. There's actually a pretty awesome, ...
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What are the tradeoffs between spiral and C-shaped dough hooks?

The C, J or spade hook is a dismal excuse, having an older "professional" (as you say, in name only) 5-quart Kitchen-Aid mixer that came with one. Per comment above one evidently cannot just swap to ...
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Can any KitchenAid stand mixer attachments be used to make peanut butter?

KitchenAid meat grinder WOO HOO!The answer is yes. Having read a number of homemade peanut butter posts, and coming to the conclusion that no one was brave enough to take a chance ruining their mixer ...
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Can you freeze a plastic mixer bowl?

It won't ruin the bowl, but be careful handling it. Plastic becomes more brittle when cold, and if you drop it, it may shatter or crack.
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Is there a trick to scraping the beater of my stand mixer?

Use a rubber spatula to scrape the mixture off one side of the paddle. (For a head lift mixer, do this on the "uphill" side.) Then use the spatula diagonally in the holes, pushing the ...
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Substitute for a Standing Mixer using a paddle

A paddle mixes denser ingredients vs a wisk attachment that will aerate light ingredients. Things mixed with a paddle are always intended to be completely mixed- as opposed to folding or cutting which ...
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Use Stand Mixer for Scone

Scones should really be mixed very minimally, in order to avoid developing the gluten structure. Over mixing will result in less crumbly end product. So, in this instance I would not recommend a ...
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Must bread dough clear the side of the mixer using the hook?

Often, higher hydration doughs don't need to be mixed in a mixer at all. However, when using a mixer, it is more important to get the hydration correct, than to have all of the dough come away from ...
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Is there a trick to scraping the beater of my stand mixer?

I replace the bowl with a clean, high sided bowl, and turn the mixer on high. The blades throw everything off into the bowl. Then it's easy to scrape that out. I often end up using that bowl for ...
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Cutting cold butter into flour - which mixer attachment should I use?

Dice the butter and use the paddle attachment, as sourd'oh recommended. The paddle will break up the butter some, but more importantly will 'squish' the pieces, making them thinner and flatter. That ...
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Where are the missing speeds in my KitchenAid mixer

This is mentioned in the user manual for your stand mixer (the larger more detailed booklet, not the quick start pamphlet). Those speeds exist on your machine, they just aren't labeled. The odd ...
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What are the tradeoffs between spiral and C-shaped dough hooks?

For dough the spiral hook definitely works better. I have a 6 quart Professional 5 Plus with the spiral hook and it will do one (.45Kg) loaf or two perfectly. My 5 quart Artisan came with the C ...
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Kneading difficulties with rye flour

Rye and whole wheat flours contain bran and the germ of the wheat, which absorb more water than white flour, so your dough became too dry to stick to the dough hook. I would bet that the bread turned ...
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Can we make peanut butter with 500W mixer?

While "500 watt mixer" doesn't really tell us any specifics about your setup, considering that right now you've got yourself a nice batch of crushed, or maybe stirred peanuts rather than peanut butter,...
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What do I need to consider when upgrading to a 40 quart mixer?

If we assume that each of the mixers is as capable as your existing one, you'd have to consider how much it saves you, and compare that to the cost of the new mixer. New, that model of mixer when new ...
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Does power give a like-for-like comparison between different brands of stand mixer?

No, the power your mixer consumes is rather meaningless, and I would never use it in a buying decision. Maybe it is in principle possible to construct a bad mixer whose main problem is being ...
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Brand new KitchenAid Professional 6500 makes clicking/ticking noise when under load

I suspect that one of two things is happening: The gears aren't aligned correctly, and they're far enough apart that the teeth are just barely touching, so under load, they start slip rather than ...
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In my new mixer, my bread dough gets wrapped around the kneading hook. What should I do?

Start with the liquid ingredients first including yeast and sugars but leave out the salt. Mix the salt with the flour. Start the machine on low and add just enough flour/salt to create a thick batter....
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In my new mixer, my bread dough gets wrapped around the kneading hook. What should I do?

You are not doing anything wrong. I had the dough climbing problem with my 25 year old Kitchen Aid. King Arthur sells KA mixers (and uses it) and they suggested kneading that particular batch by ...
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How do I remove my KitchenAid attachment?

had a stuck mixer attachment, 2mins under the hot tap worked, then I added vaseline to the top to make it easier to attach, I believe washing in dishwasher removed all grease from it. thanks
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What previously manual techniques should I use a stand mixer for?

I use mine for anything that needs to be kept fairly cool, but doesn't necessarily need to be "cut" the way the blade of a food processor does. Anything that requires mixing meat, in particular. ...
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What is the best standmixer 350 wattage or higher

Opinion-based questions aren't a good fit, but I can at least give an answer that's a good fit! How about some things you can use to evaluate a stand mixer? Check the fit between the attachments and ...
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Avoiding over-mixing when using a stand mixer

It could be a lot of things. Cookies in a stand mixer can suffer from gluten production and there would be no really good way to reverse this effect. However, if you are not mixing the cookies for ...
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stand mixer - reasons to go with a higher wattage vs lower wattage mixer

The wattage refers only to the power consumption of the machine but tells you nothing of the power efficiency or the amount of force the mechanical parts are built to handle. The problem with this ...
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stand mixer - reasons to go with a higher wattage vs lower wattage mixer

I was on a similar quest before Christmas. Here is what I learned: A 6qt will hold about 12 cups of flour, enough for 13 dozen cookies or 8 loaves of bread. A 5qt will hold about 9 cups of flour ...
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Why is the paddle and not the whisk used for making cake batter in a planetary mixer?

In the recipe book for my Kenwood (I'll try to find it to post examples), there are some whisked cakes, but most are beaten. This is a UK model, and we tend to use solid fat rather than oil in our ...
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Cutting cold butter into flour - which mixer attachment should I use?

I'm going by what kitchenaid says and yes you can. Use the paddle and the lowest speed.
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How to deal with small batches on a KitchenAid?

I would first make sure the beater to bowl clearance is set correctly. The manual (which I linked) shows you how to do it. However, there is a minimum amount of ingredients that will mix well. For ...
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How to deal with small batches on a KitchenAid?

KitchenAids are great but even well adjusted there's a limit to how little you can put in. It partly depends on the ingredient. For instance, creaming small amounts of butter and sugar can work if you ...
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