New KitchenAid Mixer Questions
Just got a new Mixer yesterday afternoon and already made two batches of cookies and a cake.
Question: I notice at low speeds, a heavy batter (cookies) pretty much hangs on to the flat paddle. I worry that not much mixing is actually occurring. Should I worry?
Also, at slow speeds with heavy batters, the machine will begin to shake, rattle, and roll a bit. Is this a concern?
In my experience (I've used a KA mixer for several years) most of the "shake , rattle, and roll" problems are the result of too high a speed. Generally speaking, heavy batters should be mixed at speeds no higher than #2. The paddle, I assume it's one of these (http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&...) will collect batter on it's blades but as the blades work their way through the mix the batter collected on the blades is mixed into the mass as each pass of the paddle picks up some batter and releases what was formerly clinging to its surfaces.
Remember that non-commercial mixers have their limits and they can't handle wet concrete. But a batter is lighter than a dough and I use mine almost exclusively for making bread dough without any difficult whatsoever.
At low speeds ("Stir, speed 1, 2 or 3), cookie and even bread dough should not make your KitchenAid, shake, rattle and roll. If you have the smaller tilt head model, did you move the lever to "lock"?
Cookie dough do stick a bit to the paddle and might need to be scraped once or twice with a spatula.
Been using my K5A hard for over 30 years with no problems. I got one of the paddle attachments with the silicon edges, have never used my old paddle since. Especially good when I am making a huge amount of dough, you don't have to scrape down the sides and no hidden dry bits in the very bottom. http://www.amazon.com/Design-Beater-5...
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:
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.