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vafarmwife Nov 3, 2011 01:06 PM

After much reading of reviews and price comparisons, I just bought a KA 6 qt. Professional 600 stand mixer. I also bought an extra stainless steel mixing bowl and new metro design beater blade. It will be delivered tomorrow so I plan on doing bread and pumpkin bread this weekend to try it out.

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    freia RE: vafarmwife Nov 3, 2011 01:27 PM

    Way to go!!! I live my KA stand mixer. You're going to love it, too. Let us know how it works out for you!

    1. breadchick RE: vafarmwife Nov 3, 2011 04:52 PM

      Yay for you!! It's great to let it do its thing while I clean up a bit or prep the next step. You will LOVE it!

      1. Chemicalkinetics RE: vafarmwife Nov 5, 2011 12:36 AM

        Congratulation.

        1. pdxgastro RE: vafarmwife Nov 5, 2011 01:33 AM

          Do you have a garage for it? That sounds funny but some cupboards do have a section for large appliances like a Kitchenaid and it is called a garage. The door even rolls down like a garage door. Truth.

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            ElizabethS RE: vafarmwife Nov 5, 2011 04:55 AM

            Congrats! I bought the pasta roller attachments which are terrific and make pasta making fast and easy.......

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              Cynfulannie RE: ElizabethS Nov 5, 2011 05:44 AM

              Glad to hear you like the pasta roller. I just got the 3-pc set, but have not yet had a chance to use it. I think I gonna love this board.

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              Pietime RE: vafarmwife Nov 5, 2011 05:27 AM

              Congratulations! You'll soon find your KA an indispensable addition. Two bowls is a smart move, makes 2 part mixing seamless, and is great for the holidays & making multiple dishes. Enjoy.

              1. Cynfulannie RE: vafarmwife Nov 5, 2011 05:41 AM

                You will love it! Hubby bought mine for me last year and I must say "a wonderful and worth every penny" purchase. I have not yet heard of the "new metro design blade", but did just purchase the flex beater bar. I am thinking a S/S bowl would be handy when a "chilled" bowl is needed. Guess I will get one. lol Enjoy your new purchase.

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                  Dave5440 RE: Cynfulannie Nov 5, 2011 08:39 PM

                  Good to hear the happy uses, I'm getting one in 7 weeks(suprise gift), except I found out, haven't let on though,,,sshhhhhhh, be very very quiet

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                    Chemicalkinetics RE: Dave5440 Nov 5, 2011 08:48 PM

                    Ok, I know you are not an actor like our buddy Eiron, but I know you can do it. You have 7 weeks to practice your "surprise expression" Good luck.

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                      Dave5440 RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 5, 2011 10:13 PM

                      Not much of an actor , but i read the text she showed me fast then realised what it was and said, shit I need my glasses hold on , then it was changed by the time I got them out, but the look of horror on her face, priceless

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                        Chemicalkinetics RE: Dave5440 Nov 5, 2011 10:23 PM

                        I like the part that you pretend you couldn't read the text and try to get the glasses.

                        However, there is a part I don't understand.... actually there are two parts.

                        First, "read the text she showed me fast then realised what it was and said, shit I need my glasses hold on"

                        Why would she (your wife) show you the text in the first place if it is her surprise for you?

                        Second, are you the baker in house or she? If she is the baker, then isn't she buying herself the KitchenAid? :P

                        CK

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                          Dave5440 RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 5, 2011 11:20 PM

                          first, she was showing me her blackberry, how bbm's work and for some reason she picked/didn't realise what was in that thread.
                          second I am/do most of the baking but she is more than capable but is glutin intolerable and I have way more time (winter months)and without the kids here I am the only one that eats bread so I bake all the bread, I used to use a bread maker but it takes too much time, and I hate doing bread by hand, I still will do it but after 8~!2 at work,,it's much easier to just buy some at the bakery on the way home

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                    vafarmwife RE: Cynfulannie Nov 17, 2011 09:01 AM

                    Love this scraping beater blade I bought. It's wonderful when you are creaming butter and sugar. No stopping to scrape the bowl.

                  3. GraceW RE: vafarmwife Nov 5, 2011 10:33 PM

                    As numerous past posts can attest... I AM SO ENVIOUS! (Although I need many essential items more than a KA Mixer...)..

                    but if I were you, the first thing I would make would be the Jaques Torres (or NY Times Cookie recipe) (and then I would feed them to all of my students).

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                      escondido123 RE: vafarmwife Nov 6, 2011 10:58 AM

                      We inherited a KA when my parents died and didn't think we would use it that much. But my husband uses it every few days to make bread and I use it whenever I bake, which happens more often now that we have it. Butter and sugar get creamed while I'm getting other ingredients together and then the eggs get added and beaten to a wonderful fluffiness. It's made a big difference in my pastries since I never beat for long enough with a hand mixer. Enjoy!

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                        vafarmwife RE: vafarmwife Nov 11, 2011 03:27 PM

                        I love it! I have made chocolate chip cookies, white chocolate pumpkin cookies, mixed a batch of rolls, mashed potatoes, made a pumpkin cake and cream cheese frosting, and pizza dough. How did I live without this appliance for 23 years of marriage and cooking big family dinners?

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                          escondido123 RE: vafarmwife Nov 11, 2011 04:23 PM

                          Of course, the danger is baking becomes too easy and then you suddenly have lots of sweets around the house--that's where my battle begins.

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                            Chemicalkinetics RE: escondido123 Nov 11, 2011 04:36 PM

                            The key is to bring the baked goods to work to share with others. Otherwise.... you are toasted.

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                              escondido123 RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 11, 2011 04:38 PM

                              I work from home--and my husband can only eat so much!

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                                Chemicalkinetics RE: escondido123 Nov 11, 2011 04:45 PM

                                Can you ask your husband to bring some cookies to work?

                                I am single. For a while I was trying to perfect and explore my cookie recipes and bake numerous cookies which I could not finish. I was faced with a dilemma which I had to finish eating all my baked goods before I can try another recipe or to throw them away -- and I was throwing some away just because I could not eat that many cookies. Then, soon after, I realize that my coworkers would love to have free cookies, and indeed they do. So I have been bringing my baked goods to work for the last 3-4 years now. This includes baked goods (cookies, pastry), Chinese dim sum, barbecue pork shoulder, Jamaican jerk pork... etc

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                                  buttertart RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 11, 2011 04:48 PM

                                  You must be a pretty popular fellow, CK.

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                                    Chemicalkinetics RE: buttertart Nov 11, 2011 04:58 PM

                                    I am -- people love free foods.

                                    :)

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                                      buttertart RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 11, 2011 05:12 PM

                                      That they do.

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                                    escondido123 RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 11, 2011 05:36 PM

                                    My husband is retired so that won't work either.

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                                  buttertart RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 11, 2011 04:42 PM

                                  Right Chem, I was going to say that's what offices are for.

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                                    vafarmwife RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 12, 2011 03:16 AM

                                    Coworkers got the pumpkin bread, half of the pumpkin cake, and two dozen cookies. My boss told me to keep it coming! He said he would eat all of my test batches, LOL

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                                    Dave5440 RE: escondido123 Nov 11, 2011 06:39 PM

                                    That is also my battle, which I have been losing!!!

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                                      escondido123 RE: Dave5440 Nov 11, 2011 08:35 PM

                                      Step away from the KitchenAid!

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                                        Dave5440 RE: escondido123 Nov 11, 2011 09:20 PM

                                        I haven't cooked, or ate a solid meal for 2 weeks now, 2 body by vi shakes a day and soup , down 7lbs, 25 to go,, resume running when housework done, still can;t stand the waiting for my KA

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                                          Chemicalkinetics RE: Dave5440 Nov 12, 2011 01:56 AM

                                          "I haven't cooked, or ate a solid meal for 2 weeks now, 2 body by vi shakes a day and soup , down 7lbs, 25 to go"

                                          What are you doing? That is a very aggressive move. I hope you are doing it for something else (medical reasons), and not for weight loss.

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                                            Dave5440 RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 12, 2011 07:41 AM

                                            It's both reasons really, and by a solid meal I mean a dinner portion size I would usually eat(meaning enough for 2 or 3), I was forced to take my step son to an all you can eat sushi place for his birthday though, oh the pain of it.

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                                              Chemicalkinetics RE: Dave5440 Nov 12, 2011 07:46 AM

                                              Hey Dave,

                                              "by a solid meal I mean a dinner portion size I would usually eat(meaning enough for 2 or 3)"

                                              Oh I see. I thought you mean you have stopped eating "solid food" and have been only drining shake and soup. e.g. all liquid food, but I see I may be wrong about that.

                                              "I was forced to take my step son to an all you can eat sushi place for his birthday though, oh the pain of it"

                                              Do you mean that you have to go to an all you can eat sushi place, but not able to really eat as much as you wish?

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                                                Dave5440 RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 12, 2011 08:06 AM

                                                Oh I see. I thought you mean you have stopped eating "solid food" and have been only drining shake and soup. e.g. all liquid food, but I see I may be wrong about that

                                                My main meal is lunch, but i'm at work so I'm somewhat limited by time so homemade soup(my wifes specialty) is fast and easy. I won't eat processed meat as it does something to me the same way aspertane does, so I smoked a whole eye of the round, kept enough for a few sandwichs and gave the rest away.

                                                Do you mean that you have to go to an all you can eat sushi place, but not able to really eat as much as you wish?

                                                Oh we got our moneys worth alright!!!

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                                            freia RE: Dave5440 Nov 12, 2011 06:07 PM

                                            Sometimes drastic times call for drastic measures, been there done that, never regretted it, never looked back. Here's to the next 25lbs, you can DO it!

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                                              Dave5440 RE: freia Nov 12, 2011 08:08 PM

                                              Thank you, I was happy today I dropped 2 more lbs, even after the sushi night, 30 to go :)

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                                                Chemicalkinetics RE: Dave5440 Nov 12, 2011 08:25 PM

                                                Try not to lose too much weight too fast. This will put a lot of stress in your other body organs. In addition, you will lose muscle faster than fat, which is usually not the goal.

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                                                  Dave5440 RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 12, 2011 08:44 PM

                                                  Not much fear on the muscle issue, I have a very phyisical job , but not so much as I used too, which results in the same appetite but less calorie burn. I also gained 65lbs when I quit smoking 3 times, so now I smoke and I'm down 25 from my heaviest . I have said before I ran 5~7 k a day every day last winter watched what I ate and didn't lose a single lbs. By the way I started smoking again because of my fear of flying/heights which I have all but beat

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                                                    Chemicalkinetics RE: Dave5440 Nov 12, 2011 08:50 PM

                                                    "I have said before I ran 5~7 k a day every day last winter"

                                                    I actually remember that.

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                                                  freia RE: Dave5440 Nov 12, 2011 08:31 PM

                                                  :) Its tough, not for the long term nor faint of heart, and you know habits will have to change, but I totally get where you are coming from. When you've been there, you understand the motivation. I've lost 90 lbs, maintained the loss for the past 3 years (original gain was due to a lethal combo of medication and potato chip addiction)...I'm sure you'll be mindful and safe. Chem is right, but it can be done safely.
                                                  ps I'm a yoga teacher now, who'd have thought THAT 90lbs ago (and its Bikrams yoga, the hardcore 90 minute hot room insane kinda stuff LOL!)
                                                  Hang in there!

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                                                    Dave5440 RE: freia Nov 12, 2011 08:49 PM

                                                    That's great you pulled that off!!!!!I have more inspiration. Just eating(drinking a shake for breakfast) made 4lbs fall off, I have never ate B-fast in my life and resulted in me bingeing at lunch, then with 12hr shifts bingeing at dinner then going straight to bed, all bad combos

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                                        buttertart RE: vafarmwife Nov 11, 2011 04:35 PM

                                        They can't be beat. I've had mine since 1987 (still works perfectly, although I did have to relapce the flat beater blade because the coating came off, no big deal) and am happy to see it every day. Have fun!

                                      3. nomadchowwoman RE: vafarmwife Nov 11, 2011 08:46 PM

                                        Congrats, vafarmwife. This is one inanimate object that will give you much happiness. The extra bowl is a worthwhile investment.

                                        1. Cynfulannie RE: vafarmwife Nov 12, 2011 04:27 AM

                                          Good for youm mine is the Pro 600 also.....love it. My daughter and I made cookies for her grandchildren last night. She had never used a KA and she is drooling and making all kinds of hints, lol. I did get the flex beater bar...what is the "metro" you mentioned? Going shopping for the extra bowl over the weekend. LOVE pumpkin bread/cookies..most anything pumpkin.

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                                            vafarmwife RE: Cynfulannie Nov 17, 2011 09:04 AM

                                            http://www.beaterblade.com/

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                                              breadchick RE: vafarmwife Nov 17, 2011 04:31 PM

                                              Wowee wow - I just may have to buy one of those beater blades. I've seen them enough times, but didn't know if they actually worked as promised.

                                              Oh the horror... more money to spend on gadgets for the kitchen. I'll force myself.

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                                                freia RE: vafarmwife Nov 17, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                Me LIKEE!!! HeLLOOOO Christmas! Thanks for the link :)

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