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Apr 26, 2007 05:49 PM

Take cover! KA stand mixer splatter

I just got my new Pro 5 and used it for the first time to make a cake. Upon adding the flour, I got a deep dusting of it all over my kitchen. Adding the milk was no better. OK, I was shopping for a second mixing bowl for the mixer, now I see that the splatter guard is essential. *BUT* I've seen KA mixers used on the food network without a splatter guard, and it wasn't a mess. Did I do something wrong?


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  1. You need to add the flour slowly and start the mixer on the lowest speed until the flour is incorporated. Still, I highly recommend the splatter guard. It's worth every penny and goes in the dishwasher.

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    1. re: RGC1982

      Guarding against splatter notwithstanding, the chute that makes it easier to pour things in is also worth price of admission!

    2. I've never used mine -- just seemed like one more thing to wash (and I don't have a dishwasher.) However, I do add dry ingredients slowly, and sometimes I cover the mixer with a kitchen towel to keep some of the dust in.

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      1. re: Chocolatechipkt

        Williams-Sonoma has a set of two pouring bowls made especially for mixers (Pourfect Bowl Set) $29.95.
        I have seen them used and plan on getting a set of them.
        From their website: Once you’ve tried these spillproof prep bowls, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them. Ingeniously designed for use with any stand mixer while it’s running, the bowls neatly guide dry or liquid ingredients into the work bowl. Their ergonomic handles are designed for comfortable, one-handed pouring from the dripless spout, while a built-in pivot steadies the bowls on the edge of the mixer’s work bowl. Made of a durable, lightweight plastic, the bowls have nonskid bases, so they can be used for mixing ingredients by hand. Calibrations are marked in standard U.S. and metric capacities to simplify measuring. Dishwasher safe. 6-cup bowl, 11" x 7" x 5 1/4" high; 8-cup bowl, 12 1/4" x 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" high. Set of two, one of each size.

      2. Flour needs to be added very slowly (like 1/4 cup at a time) to avoid the poof into the air. Generally, you should have the mixer on the lowest speed when adding additional ingredients.

        1. you can drap a towel over the whole mixer head. you can wrap saran around the bowl and mixer head or you can do what I do and cut a paper plate to allow the beater head to rotate and the plate sits on the pouring shield and barely nothing escapes the bowl. I use this method for making icing with powdered sugar.

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