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Is a 6 qt mixer too large for small jobs?

uclagee Nov 21, 2012 04:38 PM

I have a Kitchenaid 6 qt mixer and was trying to make some macaroons. Recipe called for 2 egg whites beaten very stiff. Put it in the mixer with the whisk attachment to let it get to work, but I don't think it ever got to a point where I got super stiff peaks. Is it because my mixer is too large for the small amount I'm working with?

I hear that these mixers are awesome - but it just doesn't seem to be that effective for me - is this just because it's impossible to do such a small amount in a larger mixer like this, or do I need to realign things (tried this and I think I have it lowered as close to the bowl as I can without scratching). Any thoughts, or should I swap this one for a smaller (4.5qt?) mixer?

I haven't used it that much yet, but on a similar thread, tried to make a small batch of cookies and it just didn't seem to mix effectively either. Seems the flat beater doesn't get everything -- once again I'm thinking because the mixer is just too big for the amount that I'm working with.

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    Saluti Nov 21, 2012 06:02 PM

    You don't have to swap your mixer for a smaller one. Kitchenaid makes a 3 quart bowl that you can use in place of the 6 quart one. Just check around online for the best deal.

    1. babette feasts Nov 22, 2012 12:15 AM

      Yes, sometimes it is too large and ingredients don't get caught up in the beater like they should. When whipping egg whites, I find 4 is about the minimum for the machine.

      1. sunshine842 Nov 22, 2012 12:18 AM

        You might also want to check the adjustment of the bowl, too --if your beater isn't getting the stuff at the bottom, your bowl is sitting too low. It's easy to fix, though - check the manual and raise the bowl a little.

        But no, I wouldn't get my big KA out for just 2 egg whites.

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