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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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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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Appropriate paddle use for standing mixer

The all-metal attachment is the "stock" paddle. For a long time it was the only paddle KitchenAid made. The one with the rubber edge is designed to scrape the bowl more effectively, and is ...
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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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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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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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Feeding pasta dough through Kitchen aid roller

Nothing happens, the dough won't "latch on" the roller or the roller won't "catch" the dough so it doesn't go through Flatten it some more. Polished steel is as “grabby” as you’d ...
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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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Kitchen aid artisan: won't turn on lower speeds

I realize this is an old question and the issue has probably been resolved since, but still, there is one other thing to debug. This was probably not a broken worm gear. The symptoms of a broken worm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Open-Source Stand Mixer (Kitchen Equipment)?

Does not, and will not, exist for most home kitchen appliances. First, a lot of kitchen appliances are purely mechanical, such as mixers, blenders, and crock-pots. While theoretically manufacturers ...
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Open-Source Stand Mixer (Kitchen Equipment)?

We released our re:Mix kitchen blender from Open Funk under the CERN-OHL-S-2.0 licence, it's available on Github. In Europe at least, this is actually considered a Stand Mixer, but it might be defined ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kitchen aid artisan: won't turn on lower speeds

When I had this issue, it turned out to be the plastic lever arm that controls the governor had melted. The part is directly over the motor and must have overheated. I just had to replace the speed ...
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Best mixer for large amounts of scone dough

Based on my professional experience of making 2000 scones* a week for a bakery in Los Angeles: If you're in North America, get a Hobart. They're quite expensive, so your best bet is to shop ...
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Feeding pasta dough through Kitchen aid roller

(OP here) In my case, the Kitchen Aid attachment rollers were defective. Both rollers must roll in order for the pasta to go in smoothly. The roller does catch part of the dough, but it doesn't go ...
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Kitchen aid artisan: won't turn on lower speeds

all non-pro Kitchenaid mixers have plastic gears, if used properly it should not be an issue. According to this, the plastic gear is a "safeguard" : "This gear is designed to shear or ...
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Can a 300W kitchen aid do meat grinding?

I generally agree with @GdD. I use my kitchenaid as my only meat grinder, and regularly grind up to 5 - 10 pounds of meat for sausage and salumi making. I do have some tips to improve the experience. ...
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