Advantages Strongest mixer on the market, quiet, versatile
Disadvantages Heavy; blocks cupboard doors when the head is raised
My first stand mixer was a Braun. Lovely to look at - it's included in the permanent exhibit of outstanding industrial design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York - it had some features that I really didn't like. So when I remodeled my kitchen in 1990, I gave it to my niece and treated myself to a new KitchenAid stand mixer. Less beautiful, more practical.But I still had problems with the design. And the capacity wasn't quite big enough for some of my major baking projects. But it worked fine and I was quite willing to live with it indefinitely.
A few years ago, while browsing at Sur la Table with my Dearly Beloved, we happened across the Kenwood display. I knew of these English powerhouses, but they were way beyond my budget when I bought my KitchenAid in 1990. Nevertheless, I drooled over the big guy.Fast forward a few years to last Christmas. My DB, who forgets literally within a minute of picking up the mail where he put it down, remembered my lustful gaze - the one I'd bestowed on the Kenwood, not him - and surprised me with the biggest, hugest, strongest, most powerful model they make, the Major Classic KM800. I was ecstatic, and remain so to this day.
No, this isn't put out by Sears; that's KenMORE. KenWOOD is the English company, known for their audio equipment. For reasons unknown to me, they also make kitchen appliances, including the strongest and best-designed stand mixers in the known world. And now I'm the proud possessor of one.FEATURES
The body is brushed chrome, the better to stay clean.The controls are the essence of simplicity: a single knob that you turn to control speed.
The mixer head tilts back at the press of a lever for easy and complete access to the bowl.The bowl is made of stainless steel and has a 7-quart capacity. But since it's highly unlikely that you will ever fill it that full of liquid, here are the capacities for the more commonly used substances:
• Cake: 10 pounds
• Yeast dough: 3-1/4 pounds of flour; 5-1/4 pounds total
• Soft continental dough: 5-3/4 pounds of flour; 11 pounds total
• Pastry: 2 pounds of flour
• Mashed potatoes: 6-1/2 pounds
• Egg whites: 16
• Whipped cream: 4-1/2 pints
• Fruitcake batter: 10 lbs.
I don't know how many horses are under the hood, but it has 650 watts of power.It comes with three implements: a K-shaped beater, the one you'll use most often; a balloon whisk; and a dough hook. It also comes with a plastic spatula. All the implements attach and remove easily.
It comes with a spatter shield, a clear plastic gizmo that slips over the implement-holder and fits snugly over the bowl when the head is tilted down for use. It's very handy for when you are using a quantity of flour; it keeps it from billowing up all over the kitchen. One side of the shield is hinged, so you can add ingredients while the beaters are running, without having to turn the machine off.
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