Oil dripping from the beater connection on my Kitchen Aid mixer...anyone else?
I made Dorie Greenspan's brioche dough in my Kitchen Aid Pro this weekend and oil dripped from the beater connection and some got in the bowl.:( Now...this was after about 10 minutes of kneading on medium high(per the recipe) and holding the mixer to keep it from walking. Also this step was after slowly mixing in 3 sticks of butter which probably had the mixer going for at least 40 minutes. So...has this happened to anyone else? I haven't used the mixer a ton and certainly never for such an extended period. I'm not sure what(if anything to do). Was it a fluke and should I try the recipe again? Is this going to be an ongoing problem and I should avoid recipes that will work the mixer so hard?
I've had this happen before. The internal parts of the mixer are lubricated with a food grade lubricant. When the mixer is on for as long as you were using it, the motor heats up so much that it simply melts the lubricant. No, it's not pretty, but it won't hurt you. Just be aware that it may happen again if you use it for that long and have a paper towel nearby to dab up the oil. If you can, turn off the motor for a few minutes, or try placing an ice pack on top of the motor casing to keep it cool.