An interesting tidbit from my history: I used to work for KitchenAid. Well, Whirlpool, actually, but they manufacture the KitchenAid brand, and the plant where I worked was a KitchenAid plant. I confess, having seen how they’re built I have a ton of respect for KitchenAid products.
Some years ago through the employee-purchase program, I got my mom a KitchenAid stand mixer. At the time she was doing semi-professional cake decorating, with all the baking that goes along with that. She’s always been a big baker. Her mixer has gotten a real workout over the past 20 years or so.
And ya know? It’s still going strong.
Something not everyone knows… KitchenAid was originally owned by a company called Hobart, who make commercial food processing equipment. Sometimes you’ll see Hobart scales in your local grocery store, or an enormous Hobart mixer lurking back in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant. If you’ve ever seen a Hobart commercial mixer, you’ll notice they have the same distinctive rounded look as the KitchenAid mixers. If you ever wondered why that is, now you know!
What that means, of course, is that the original KitchenAid mixers were based on the same design as those industrial-strength Hobart mixers. And they still rank among the toughest kitchen appliances around.
Just like their larger cousins, KitchenAid mixers feature “Planetary Mixing Action,” which refers to the way the wire whip, beater blade or dough hook will spin on their axis while they’re also moving around the bowl. What it means in practical terms is that they do an amazing job of mixing.
With direct drive transmissions, tough all metal gears and commercial-strength motors, these dependable workhorses can knead bread (some models even handle double loaf batches!) or muscle their way through chocolate chip cookie dough. And the multi-purpose attachment hub means you can use the mixer to grind meat or grain, puree and strain vegetables, make fresh pasta, even make ice cream! (With the appropriate attachment, that is.)
You can find KitchenAid mixers, attachments and accessories and other tools for cooking connoisseurs at Kitchen-universe. Fast & free shipping on all orders over $79.
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