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Dec 1, 2013 10:26 AM

Using handheld electric mixers (with metal whisk attachment) on glass mixing bowls?

I'm shopping Christmas gifts at the moment, I stumbled upon a good deal for glass mixing bowls for a family member who likes to bake. However, I'm a little worried that the handheld electric mixer she uses might damage a glass bowl. Does the mixer damage glass like it does to ceramic? Thanks!

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  1. Although the actual chance of shattering the a glass bowl is low, there is still a realistic chance. Although I have done it a few times myself, I caution using a handheld electric mixer against a glass bowl.

    1. Mixing bowls SHOULD be made sturdy enough not to be damaged by electric mixers. Hang on to the receipt just in case. But if your relative bakes often, doesn't she already have bowls?

      I love the 1.5qt silicone bowl I got on Amazon. I just wish they made a larger one. I use an ice cream scoop to portion out muffin batter and find that the scoop gets the bowl entirely clean - no more needing a spatula to get out the last tbsp or so. The bowl's flexibility allows for neatly pouring pancake batter into the skillet, and dry ingredients into the bowl of my stand mixer. For the same reason, I also bought the set of 1, 2, and 4-cup silicone measuring cups.

      1. Yes! And I've got the 8-cup Pyrex measure to prove it. The Pyrex is definitely still functional, but it doesn't look so good.

        1. I don't bake a lot, maybe 5 times a year, but I use a hand held mixer and a large glass bowl and have had no problems at all.

          1. I've never had problems, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. My mom's sunbeam stand mixer came with a glass bowl 35 years ago, going strong till the mixer motor started smoking. The bowl is fine.

            I've used my hand held mixer in various glass bowls multiple times.

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