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Kitchen Aid Professional 6 mixer question

Hi, I'm a KitchenAid employee.

The reason you hear more gear noise in the 6qt and 5 qt Next Generation Line of mixers is because the all metal gears give the unit a louder and shriller motor sound than the Classic Line units.

May 05, 2011
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Kitchen Aid Meat Grinder -- Gray Ooze

Hi Steve,

Thank you for your imput. When using the grinder because it has an oil impregnanted bearing in the housing, when the Mixer gets hot and the bearing heats up it causes the grease to leak. The grease is non toxic and will not harm anyone.

The KitchenAid Mixer is for home use, and is not a commercial mixer, therefore, it is important not to exceed 3 to 5 lbs of meat ,and then give the mixer a rest for 45 minutes between batches or it can damage the unit.
Thank you.

May 04, 2011
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Kitchenaid Pro or Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer?

Hi, I am a KitchenAid employee. KitchenAid has just started to monitor Chowhound.
I would like to give you a little information on the mixers KitchenAid manufactures.
KitchenAid has 2 models of mixers Tilt Head Mixers, and the Bowl lift mixers.

The Classic Tilt Head Mixer features are:.
1. Powerful Motor -- 250 to 325 watts for everyday household recipes including batter, cookie
dough, quick bread, pizza dough, and basic white bread dough.
2. All Metal Exterior Construction is rugged, durable and will deliver many years of reliable,
quiet service.
3. 10 Speeds allow the use to select the right speed for the mixing job from very slow stir to
very high whipping.
4. Multi-Purpose Attachment Hub powers a variety of attachments to provide unmatched
culinary versatility and convenience.
5. Easy to Clean Design wipes clean with a damp cloth.

The Classic Bowl Lift Mixers features are:
1. Powerful Motor -- 325 to 350 watts for everyday household recipes including batter, cookie
dough, quick bread, and bread dough.
2. All Metal Exterior Construction is rugged, durable and will deliver many years of reliable,
quiet service.
3. 10 Speeds allow the user to select the right speed for the mixing job from very slow stir to
very high whipping.
4. Multi-Purpose Attachment Hub powers a variety of attachments to provide unmatched
culinary versatility and convenience.
5. Easy to Clean Design wipes clean with a damp cloth.

These mixers do have a Nylatron Gear, which is made of Nylon with Kevlar fiber fill.
KitchenAid has used this Gear for many years.

The New Generation Line of Mixers, are all Bowl Lift Mixers. They have a Powerful Motor, 450 to 575 Watts
1. All Metal Gears provide a durable and rugged motor.
2. Locked-Rotor Protection shuts down mixer automatically if mixing action becomes
obstructed.
3. Electronic Speed Sensor monitors operation to maintain precise mixer speed.
4. 67 Point Planetary Mixing Action for quick, complete mixing.
5. 10-Speed Control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir.
6. Soft Start Mixing Feature helps minimize ingredient splatter with gentle acceleration to
selected speed.
7. Multipurpose Attachment Hub with hinged hub cover powers a variety of optional
attachments providing unmatched culinary versatility.
8. Metal Transmission Cover.
9. Easy to Clean seamless design cleans easily with a soft cloth.

Hope this clears up any misconception on the materials KitchenAid uses for their Mixers.

May 03, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Cookware

6 qt Kitchen Aid - small quantities of ingredients

Hi, I am a KitchenAid employee.
If your not already doing so please follow the instructions below. This should help with the Flat Beater picking up the ingredients from the bottom of the bowl. Keep in mind you will have to stop and scrape periodically.

To Attach Bowl
1.Be sure speed control is OFF and stand mixer is unplugged.
2.Place bowl lift handle in down position.
3.Fit bowl supports over locating pins.
4.Press down on back of bowl until bowl pin snaps into spring
latch.
5.Raise bowl before mixing.
6.Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.

Thank you, hope this helps.

May 03, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Cookware

Anyone else have trouble creaming butter and sugar in a kitchenaid?

Hi, I am a KitchenAid employee. Here are some tips for creaming butter and sugar together.

Place butter and sugar in mixer bowl. Attach the bowl and flat beater to the mixer.
Turn the mixer to Speed 4 and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Hope this helps.

May 03, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Home Cooking

Kitchen Aid Meat Grinder -- Gray Ooze

Hi, Thank you, glad to be here. KitchenAid has actually just started monitoring Chowhound.
What I suggest is grinding the 1st time with the large grinding plate. If your going to grind the second time then switch to the small grinding plate.
Remember when using the FGA:
1. We do not recommend grinding more than 3 - 5 pounds in one session. The mixer must rest for a minimum of 45 minutes in between each session.
2. Meat should be extremely cold, even partially frozen, for the best processing.
3. Food should be cut into 1- inch strips or small pieces before feeding into hopper.
4. Turn the mixer to Speed 4.
5. Food pieces should be dropped into the top of the Feed Tube and gently guided and
pressed with the stomper.
Note: Excessive pressure is not necessary to feed items through the Food Grinder because the
worm gear assembly is self-feeding. Excessive pressure can cause juices to back up into the mixer, causing damage. It can also cause the FGA housing to crack near the hub.
6. When all food has been processed, let the mixer run for an additional couple minutes to feed through the bulk of the food left around the worm gear.

Using the SSA:
1. Meat should be ground with the FGA and seasoned as desired before putting it into the
SSA.
2. Prepare the casings for use (see "Casing Information" under SSA General Information).
3. Grease the selected SSA tube with shortening so casings will slide onto it more easily.
4. Cut a 3 to 4 foot length of casing and tie a knot in one end of the casing or tie it closed with string.
Note: The ground sausage meat can be fed into the FGA/SSA before putting the casing onto the SSA tube just until it comes to the tip of the SSA tube. This will help eliminate air bubbles in the casing.
5. Starting at the open casing end, slide the casing onto the stuffer tube until the knot is at the tip of the stuffer tube.
6. Turn mixer on to Speed 4.
7. Slowly feed "pinches" of the ground, seasoned meat into the hopper tube. Filling the housing full will cause the meat to "compact" in the tube and "bunch up" instead of feed into the worm gear.
8. The stomper should be used for guiding the meat into the hopper tube and gently pressing small amounts into the worm gear. Using excessive pressure to force meat into the worm gear can cause juices to back up into the mixer causing damage.
9. It takes a couple minutes for the meat to fill the worm gear and stuffer tube and begin to
feed into the casing. Air may cause the casing to "balloon" before the meat starts feeding
into it. The air can be released by making a small puncture in the casing with the tip of a
sharp knife or toothpick.
10. As the meat begins to fill the casing, hold the tied end of casing in one hand and guide the meat mixture as it fills casing.
11. Do not pack the meat mixture too tightly into the casing; allow enough room to twist the
sausage into smaller links and for expansion during cooking.
12. As the last few inches of casing is reached, turn off the mixer and slip the casing end off the stuffer tube and tie off.
13. Cut the next casing length and repeat the process until all meat is used.
Removing FGA and SSA:
1. Turn the mixer OFF and unplug unit from the outlet.
2. Loosen the attachment knob by turning counterclockwise and pull the housing from the
attachment hub.
3. Unscrew the securing ring by turning counterclockwise to remove. If the ring is too snug to loosen by hand, use the securing ring wrench to loosen.
4. Remove the Sausage Stuffer tube and retainer bar.
5. Push the square end of the worm gear back into the housing to remove so it pushes the
worm gear out of the housing (this is simplest way to remove the worm gear because it may have ground meat packed around it, causing it to be difficult to remove).

Hope this helps and answers your question.

May 03, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Cookware

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker issues

Hi, I am a KitchenAid employee. Here are some tips on using the Ice Cream Maker Attachment.

Using the KICA:
Important Note: Pouring batter into the freeze bowl before starting the mixer may cause the
batter to freeze prematurely and lock the dasher.
1. Ice Cream batter should be prepared and cooled to refrigerator temperature before using in
the KICA. (Cooked recipes require about 8 hours in the refrigerator to be cooled
completely.)
2. Remove the KICA from the freezer (after freezing for a minimum of 15 hours).
3. Immediately assemble the KICA on the mixer.
4. Turn the mixer to the "Stir" speed.
5. Pour the ice cream batter into the freeze bowl.
6. Mix 20 - 30 minutes or until to desired consistency. (After about 30 minutes, the mixture will
harden no further.)
Note: If the dasher begins to slip and make a clicking noise, this is an audible indicator that the ice cream is done.
7. Add any solid ingredients, such as fruits or nuts, after 12 - 15 minutes into the mixing
process.
Removing the KICA / Storing Ice Cream:
1. At end of the freezing process, turn the mixer to OFF and unplug the unit from the outlet.
2. Remove the KICA from the mixer. (Follow assembly instructions in reverse).
3. Use a rubber spatula or a plastic or wooden spoon to transfer ice cream to dessert dishes or to an airtight container for storage in the freezer.
4. For firmer ice cream consistency, store ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for 2
- 4 hours.
Important Note: Do not store ice cream in freeze bowl in the freezer. The ice cream will be
"rock" hard and removing it from the freeze bowl with metal scoops or utensils may damage the freeze bowl.

Cleaning the KICA:
1. Freeze bowl:
1. Let the freeze bowl warm to room temperature.
2. Hand wash with warm water and mild detergent, rinse and dry thoroughly.
3. NEVER wash the freeze bowl in the Dishwasher.
4. Let the freeze bowl dry completely before storing in the freezer.

2. Drive assembly, dasher and bowl adapter ring:
Wash in the automatic Dishwasher or hand wash in warm, soapy water, rinse and dry.

May 03, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Cookware

Pasta Dough in a Kitchenaid Mixer?

Hi, I am a KitchenAid employee. Here are some tips for Preparing Pasta Dough:

1. Learning to make homemade pasta may take some experimentation to get the pasta dough
to the best consistency. It may take several batches of dough to feel comfortable.
2. It is best to start with the Basic Egg Noodle recipe in the Use and Care Guide because this
dough is fairly easy to adjust and use.
Note: There have been some misprints in the Use and Care Guide with this recipe. It may say
to use ½ cup of water--this is too much. The actual amount of water needed to get the right
consistency is usually between 2 and 5 Tbsp. It is best to start with about 2 Tbsp. water and add
more, one Tbsp. at a time, if needed.
3. When making pasta dough, the flat beater should be used to mix the eggs, flour, salt, and
water for about 30 seconds on Speed 2. The flat beater will break up and incorporate the
ingredients better than the dough hook.
4. If the water amount is correct, the dough should stick together when pressed between
fingers. If it is too dry and crumbly, add more water, 1 Tbsp. at a time.
5. Next, the dough hook should be put on the mixer to knead the dough for two minutes.
6. The dough should stick together, but not be "sticky" to the touch. If more water is needed to
get the dough to stick together it should be added very slowly to the dough. "Spritzing" the
water onto the dough ball is one way to incorporate the water without adding too much.
7. After kneading with the mixer, pasta dough must be kneaded by hand for an additional 1 - 2
minutes. It can be kneaded on a counter with just a slight dusting of flour.
8. The dough should be allowed to "rest" for 10 - 15 minutes before rolling with the Pasta
Roller. It should be placed under an upside-down mixer bowl, wrapped in plastic, or placed
in a plastic bag during the rest period to keep it from drying out.

May 03, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Home Cooking

New KitchenAid Mixer Questions

Hi!

I’m a KitchenAid employee, and here are some helpful tips on mixing Cookies.

Many of you will be using your own recipes to make your cookies.
It depends on the type of cookie your making as to the speed the mixer should be set too.
If in doubt, please refer to the Use & Care Manual that came with the mixer, find something comparable with the recipe you’re using and follow the speeds and mixing times suggested in the book.
When using your own recipes it is important that you decrease the mixing time by half it not more.
KitchenAid mixers have a planetary action where the planetary gears turn in one direction, and the beater in the opposite direction, causing the beater to turn so many revolutions per minute.
All you really need to do is incorporate your ingredients together and you’re finished. This should cut down on the shake, rattle and roll.
Also here is a Speed Control Guide that will help.
Number of speed:

Stir Speed:
For slow stirring, combining, mashing, and starting all mixtures. Use to add flour and dry ingredients heavy mixtures. Use with the Ice Cream Maker Attachment.

Speed 2: SLOW MIXING
For slow mixing, mashing, faster stirring. Use to mix heavy batters and candies, start mashing potatoes or other vegetables, cut shortening into flour, mix thin or splashy batters, and mix and knead yeast dough. Use with Can Opener Attachment.

Speed 4: MIXING & BEATING
For mixing semi-heavy batters, such as cookies. Use to combine sugar and shortening and to add sugar to egg whites for meringues. Medium speed for cake mixes. Use with: Food Grinder/Rotor Slicer Shredder/ and Fruit /Vegetable Strainer.

Speed 6: BEATING & CREAMING
For medium fast beating (creaming) or whipping. Use to finish mixing cake, donuts and other batters. High speed for cakes mixes. Use with Citrus Juice attachment.

Speed 8: FAST BEATING, WHIPPING
For whipping cream, egg whites, and boiled frostings.

Speed 10: FAST WHIPPING
For whipping small amounts of cream, or egg whites. Use with Pasta Maker and Grain Mill Attachments.

Note: Mixer may not maintain fast speeds under a heavy load, such as when the Pasta Maker or Grain Mill attachments are used. This is normal.

Note: The Speed Control Lever can be set between the speeds listed in the above chart to obtain speeds 3, 5, 7, and 9 if a finer adjustment is required.

Do not exceed Speed 2 when preparing yeast dough. This may damage the mixer.

Apr 27, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Home Cooking

Kitchen Aid Meat Grinder -- Gray Ooze

Hi

I am a KitchenAid employee, and here are some helpful tips when using the Food Grinder Attachment

The FGA housing has an ―oil impregnated copper bearing that can produce an oily
discharge when it becomes warm.
The oil will be present in the item being ground.
The oil is FDA approved, so it will not harm the consumer if digested.

We do not recommend grinding more than 3 - 5 pounds in one session.
Mixer must rest for a minimum of 45 minutes in between each session.
Meat should be extremely cold, even partially frozen, for best processing. It should be
able to be pierced with a sharp knife. Making sure the meat is very cold will:
1. Reduce likelihood of blood backing up into the mixer.
2. Reduce the likelihood the oil-impregnated copper bearing from leaking.
3. Help the fat in the meat process through more easily. When the meat is not
extremely cold or partially frozen, the fat in the meat can build up on the knife blade
and slow the processing down.
Meat should be cut in 1- inch strips before processing to help it feed into the worm gear
more easily.
For better mix and more tender results, grind meat twice. Fatty meats such as pork
should only be ground once.
When grinding bread, bread should either be completely dried out or not dried out at all.
Partially dried breads may jam the Food Grinder.
Very hard, dense foods such as totally dried homemade bread should not be ground in
the Food Grinder. Homemade bread should be ground fresh, then oven or air-dried.
Nuts ground in the FGA will come out mealier than chopped nuts.
If liquid appears in the hopper when processing large amounts of high moisture foods
such as tomatoes or cranberries, continue to operate the mixer until all the liquid has
drained from the hopper before adding more food to be ground.
Other Attachments Using the FGA Housing
Fruit and Vegetable Strainer
Sausage Stuffer
Pasta Maker Plates
Food Tray

Also the wood pushers for the FGA are no longer available.

Apr 27, 2011
KitchenAidUSA in Cookware