I have been in love with KitchenAid for years. I wanted a stand mixer for so long and then about a year ago, I WON a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer from a blog contest. Then in the spring I worked on a campaign that involved smoothies and I was sent a KitchenAid 3 Speed Blender to make the smoothies. Time went on and right before Thanksgiving this year I finally got to start working directly with KitchenAid and because its one of the 4 Major companies I dreamed of working with I was thrilled beyond belief. My dreams came true and this great company wanted me to help my readers learn about the appliances that can make everyday cooking easier. Not just commercially at my school but at home, like normal moms do. I am going to introduce you to the two newest, hard working members of my family. From KitchenAid, I present the 13 Cup Food Processor, and the newest residential stand mixer, the 7 Qt. Bowl Lift. These arrived for me right before Thanksgiving and I have been using them at least twice a week and now I am ready to tell you about them.
First, the food processor. I have never owned one as a grown adult and as a culinary student that is seriously close to graduating and testing to be a chef, I have good knives and good knife skills so the idea of using something to chop is funny to me. Or it WAS funny until I needed 5 lbs. of potatoes sliced for crock pot scalloped potatoes. It was when I was able to peel those in 2 minutes that I first fell in love.
I used the processor again to crush the pretzels a little for my Strawberry Pretzel Parfait recipe and the strong motor made quick work.
What I love about this processor is that it comes with all the blades you need AND you adjust the thickness without ever having to reach in and mess with the blades. The instructions were super clear. Its so fast too I mean I shredded an entire head of lettuce in minutes. It takes so much prep time away for me that making home meals is faster for my family. I am ok using my knives at school when I am supposed to be making something amazing and gourmet but at home I need to keep it simple.
The revolutionary KitchenAid® ExactSlice™ system » First ever externally adjustable slicing easily adjusts from thick to thin Precisely slices all kinds of food – from thin cucumbers to hearty tomatoes Uniquely designed blades and multiple speeds precisely cut even delicate foods The only 3-in-1 Ultra Wide Mouth™ Feed Tube effortlessly slices foods horizontally and handles all sizes of food – small to large Precise slicing for all kinds of food – soft to hard, small to large – and it does it all using less energy* *versus previous model
A cut above » Three blades and two discs provide the versatility you need to slice, shred, knead, chop and puree almost any food – make all your favorites in no time Work uninterrupted with two bowls – 13-Cup Work Bowl and 4-Cup Mini-Bowl – Shred from fine to medium -The storage case organizes and protects blades, discs and accessories.
BPA Free Work Bowl 4-Cup (0.9 L)
BPA Free Mini Bowl,
3-in-1 Ultra Wide Mouth™ Feed Tube
Stainless Steel Multipurpose Blade
Stainless Steel Mini-Multipurpose Blade
Externally-Adjustable Slicing Disc
Reversible Shredding Disc
Quick Start Guide
Then there is my newest mixer. I named him Maximilian, Max for short.
He is quite a bit bigger than my Artisan mixer, Rosie…
Features on this mixer that make me love it so much is the bowl lift, I learned the art of bread and pastry making at college in a bowl lift…
It’s also packing a lot of power. This machine I first saw when I was invited to Benton Harbor this past August to stay at the Real Whirled House with 7 other Whirlpool Moms. I got photos of the machine right away before anyone else even arrived. it was love at first site. When they said all the attachments for the Artisan will work in the new mixer I was sold!
KitchenAid’s Best Performing Stand Mixer • Our Most Powerful, Quietest Available – 1.3HP high efficiency DC motor is designed to run longer and delivers optimum torque with less heat build-up. Easily handles recipes requiring longer mixing, kneading and whipping times. The all-metal, precise gear design produces a smooth, quiet sound. • Our Longest Lasting – Designed for long life of high performance; backed by 2 year hassle-free replacement warranty. • Our Most Efficient – Advanced feedback control communicates in micro seconds to the motor to ensure optimal power is delivered to the bowl. Largest Capacity Residential Bowl-Lift Available 7-Quart (6.6 L) • Handles 8 ½ lbs of mashed potatoes, 8 ½ loaves of bread, 14 dozen cookies, Dishwasher Safe Accessories: Maximize bowl coverage with the stainless steel 11-wire Elliptical Whip, coated metal Flat Beater and Power Knead™ Dough Hook. Handles small and large jobs equally well.
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The first thing I did make with the new mixer was a monster batch of pumpkin spiced whipped cream, to go on top of my pumpkin cheesecake! The newer whip is wider than that in the artisan and wipes the sides of the bowl a bit better and more wires means more air gets incorporated into my whipped creams! I have been using this mixer to make a ton of desserts and it is amazing for someone like me who aspires to be a Pastry Chef. I can take this mixer into a commercial setting and be happy as well as using at home it’s that versatile! One thing I need to attack is making bread in the new machine because it was hard to do in the Artisan, the strength when kneading wasn’t enough and my mixer would dance. Now that I have a solid unit I can’t wait to try it. I have to have appliances and equipment that works and I am picky because my life is in commercial food service. I fully endorse both of these appliances, I’ve used them for nearly a month with no problems at all and I LOVE them. I have made tons of cupcakes and butter cream frosting this holiday season andI am so happy I have this large capacity to cover my needs to bake on a production scale for lots of people!