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somervilleoldtimer Dec 12, 2008 06:10 PM

I have a 6-quart lift-bowl kitchenaide mixer. When I use the regular paddle for mixing cookie dough, many times I find a paste of ingredients at the bottom of the bowl that the paddle hasn't reached, and i need to try to mix that paste in by hand. Does anyone know how to make this stop happening? I try to scrape the sides of the bowl from time to time, but it's really hard to reach the bottom of the bowl with my scraper when the paddle is sitting right there.

  1. Davwud Dec 12, 2008 06:18 PM

    You can go online and get a users manual.

    There's an adjustment screw for the mixer. It sounds to me like your paddle is not as close to the bottom of the bowl as it needs to be. I think if you make this adjustment, it should be fine.

    Here's a link where you can get a manual: http://www.kitchenaid.com/custserv/se...

    DT

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    1. re: Davwud
      Sooeygun Dec 13, 2008 01:28 PM

      I agree. I had to adjust my mixer when I first used it. The paddle didn't reach far enough down. It's a very simple adjustment.

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        bnemes3343 Dec 15, 2008 10:53 AM

        Wow, this is really useful information. I have the same mixer and never knew about this. One another note, Americas Test Kitchen recently evaluated a paddle that has protrusions on the edges and bottom that is supposed to eliminate the need for scraping down. They were pretty impressed with it . Think I'm going to buy it for myself for Christmas. Here's a link:

        http://www.sideswipeblade.com/

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        mpalmer6c Dec 12, 2008 07:53 PM

        I haven't had that problem with the bowl in the down position. I just give the stuff at the bottom of the bowl 3 or four nudges, so to speak, and it mixes right in. Maybe a longer-handled spatula?

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          Winer Dec 15, 2008 03:29 AM

          There have been a few threads on this and I know a rubber spatula like attachment is available for the paddle. Someone posted a link to this about a year ago and it looked worthwhile. Do a search

          1. re: Winer
            flourgirl Dec 15, 2008 03:50 AM

            I have a six quart bowl lifter and if the problem is that the beater is not scraping the bottom it is most likely, as others have said, that the mixer needs to be adjusted via the adjustment screw. If the beater is not scraping the sides really well (which is a problem I have) then the solution is probably one of those new attachments Winer is talking about.

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              Winer Dec 15, 2008 10:25 AM

              Here it is;
              http://www.sideswipeblade.com/
              I am going to order one today

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                Davwud Dec 15, 2008 10:45 AM

                It's interesting but I'm always a little leery when they're reluctant to give you a price. Even after clicking on "Buy here" I didn't get a price.

                DT

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                  Winer Dec 16, 2008 04:25 AM

                  You just have to go a bit further on the site. The one for the Pro 600 is $29.95 others are $24.95. The one for the Pro600 is sold out at this point if anyone is interested.

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                    Davwud Dec 16, 2008 04:42 AM

                    Ya.

                    I just don't like it when they show you the product and don't show a price. It's like they're trying to hide something.

                    I'm hemming and hawwing about buying it. I'm not sure I need it as I don't use the paddle much and don't have any problems when I do.

                    DT

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                      bnemes3343 Dec 16, 2008 04:55 AM

                      It was just one more click to see the price. No big deal. I will get one when they become available. Not too pricey and ATK was pretty impressed with it.

                      1. re: bnemes3343
                        Davwud Dec 16, 2008 05:27 AM

                        I'm leaning towards buying......

                        I figure, when I do use my paddle, I'd rather have this one that works than find out my other one isn't doing the job. For the cost, it's pretty good insurance.

                        DT

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                          rememberme Dec 17, 2008 10:28 AM

                          Thanks to all for the advice. I will adjust my mixer. In the meantime, has anyone actually used this newfangled scraping blade thing?

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