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Kneading Dough with Kitchenaid mixer

Thanks for the response. My KA was definitely moving and shaking on the counter, but I made sure it didn't fall. It didn't seem to overheat-- at least I didn't notice anything. So even though it was pretty loud and I let it shake for those four min. of kneading, you think I was spared lasting damage??

May 02, 2013
jillo66555 in Cookware

Kneading Dough with Kitchenaid mixer

I am a new owner of a kitchenaid artisan mixer. Made soft pretzels this weekend and the recipe said to knead in my stand mixer at medium speed. I followed these directions, not realizing that my KA guide said not to exceed level 2. I kneaded at level four for about four minutes, and the mixer was shaking and moving all over the table. My question is: have I ruined my new mixer??? I'm concerned after reading my instruction manual (should have done that beforehand obviously!!) warning than any kneading exceeding level 2 is dangerous to the machine.

May 02, 2013
jillo66555 in Cookware

Tomato Paste

How long does tomato paste keep in the freezer? It was frozen in a zip-lock bag (not a freezer bag).

Jan 22, 2011
jillo66555 in General Topics

Meat Thermometer Novice

(It was a boneless/skinless breast)

Jan 06, 2011
jillo66555 in Home Cooking

Meat Thermometer Novice

Thanks for the responses. I had indeed inserted it vertically, so maybe that was the problem. The breast was probably only three inches thick, so it probably was not an accurate read. In the oven it did say it reached the correct temperature though.

I guess I didn't get sick so it must have been done, right? Just want to make sure I get it right for next time: I should insert it horizontally, into the thickest part, and then use the temperature that it reads once I take it out of the oven? If it reads 170 in the oven is it not definitely done?

Jan 06, 2011
jillo66555 in Home Cooking

Meat Thermometer Novice

This is probably a very stupid question but I'm having trouble finding an answer online. I just purchased a Taylor tru temp meat thermometer, it's not digital and oven proof (I think/hope). I was cooking a 1.5lb turkey breast. I did not put the thermometer in before cooking, but took the turkey out to check the temp midway through. Then I left the thermometer in for the remainder of the cooking time. After checking and seeing it reached the appropriate temp, I took it out to rest. The temperature started dropping immediately after I took it out of the oven, which made me worry that the temp that it read inside the oven was not correct, and it was only the resting temperature which I should look at. After cutting into the turkey breast, it looked done (and it it had been in the oven for enough time that it should have been done), but I was paranoid that I was eating undercooked turkey throughout my meal.

My question is: what temperature should I be reading? The one in the oven? Should it have dropped so fast out of the oven? Do I have a defective thermometer?

Any insight would be much appreciated.

Jan 06, 2011
jillo66555 in Home Cooking