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#31 Old 05-22-2006, 07:36 PM
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Meatless, a stand mixer is wonderful if you bake - it DOES make things easier (but I guess you do have more fiddling with gadgets and attachements to deal with and wash and such, so I'm not sure if there's a huge trade-off in time savings...).



Definitely get the dough hook and the flat beater. They both get used a ton here!



One word of caution!!I did burn out the smaller motor on my first (less powerful) Kitchenaid though, and had to trade up for a more powerful model since lots of the grain-y breads I make are pretty heavy... something to keep in mind, even though it costs more...



The pasta attachment is awesome, finding a good egg-free pasta recipe that rolls out well in sheets for ravioli or lasagna and such, can be tricky though (but it's fun and yummy so it's worth it). You can get a pasta roller and an extruder for noodles and macaroni - the extruder also works as a food grinder (like for sausage - whoopee!) but I'll use it for making peanut butter or almond butter when I get ahold of bulk nuts on special.



I also have the shredder attachment, 'cause we make sauerkraut every summer and it works well for the cabbage. It's a hassle to set up and clean out for just shredding a little bit of stuff but BOY is it fast.



Yeah, so that's my take on the Kitchenaid...
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#32 Old 05-22-2006, 08:02 PM
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I have:



* a toaster which I use a few times a week

* a blender which I use all the time when I'm working out regularly

* a mini coffee grinder which I use to grind flax seeds, but not recently

* a small George Foreman grill which I never use anymore

* an ice cream maker which I've never used (yet!)

* a hand mixer which I've never used

* a disappointing small food processor



I want:

* a juicer

* a dehydrator
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#33 Old 05-22-2006, 09:29 PM
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I would stab babies for a VitaMix... But firstly, I would like my own kitchen in which to keep all of the appliances I want because things get ruined pretty quickly sharing a house with so many people.



*reflects on my half-melted coffee maker, thanks in part to someone resting a hot pan or something or other against it.... and the broken garbage disposal... and the broken faucet knob... and all the cracked and chipped glasses/cups... and all the other abused and misused kitchen commodities...*



But yeah, a VitaMix, and in a perfect world I would have access to a hot air fryer that didn't cost $2500 and a magical home freeze-drying contraption (astronaut ice cream is the ONE and only thing that could ever make me break my veganism if tempted)
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#34 Old 05-22-2006, 11:25 PM
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I have:



A stickblender, but I use it for mixing my soap. It's never seen food

A crock pot also used for soap. It's never seen food either.

A toaster that I never use, since I prefer untoasted bread

A tiny Goerge Foreman grill that desperately needs to be replaced



I would like:



A smoothie machine thingie

A stand mixer (for making light and fluffy body creams and shower scrubs)

A toaster oven

An ice cream maker!!!!
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#35 Old 05-23-2006, 12:11 AM
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I'm obsessed with kitchens, loving this thread ->read all the posts and clicked all the links.



I have:

-Magic bullet use it all the time

-Stick blender ->near death, will be replaced

-Waffle iron ->hardly ever use it but I sure do like waffles

-Electric kettle



Want to get rid of:

-Toaster oven->as soon as I get a stove this evil thing will be destroyed

-Microwave->selling it for about $2 when I move

-Hot plate->also out when a stove appears



Want:

-This toaster no other models will be considered.

-A real coffee grinder, currently using the bullet but it's a rotary grinder.

-Cappuccino machine, holding out for one that's worth having.



What I really want though is a butcher block and slab of marble. And some better knives. And a bigger rolling pin. And a mortar and pestle.
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#36 Old 05-23-2006, 07:50 AM
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I have a KitchenAid stand mixer, but it and I have been on opposite sides of the Pacific for the past three years. :cries:



Among the things currently in my kitchen:

- Coffee maker (used daily)

- Automatic breadmaker (Gets used at least once a week, as I bake all my own bread. I rarely use it to actually bake bread, but it's a lot easier than kneading by hand!)

- Rice cooker

- Cuisinart blender

- Rival Crock pot (gets lots of use in the winter)

- Braun immersion blender/hand mixer/food chopper combo (will be replaced with a real food processor whenever it dies)



On the wish list:

- Soy milk maker

- Bosch kitchen machine
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#37 Old 05-23-2006, 10:46 AM
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I have:



An immersion blender - used nearly constantly

A crock pot - Used year-round

An electric steamer - I'm getting back into using this one more often again

A bread maker - would love to use it more than I do

A dehydrator - would love to use it more than I do

A food processor - used nearly constantly

Coffee and spice grinder - mostly for grinding flax seeds

mini-chopper - used often

Gizmo can opener - dang, I love that thing

Blender and food processor combo - used every now and again, but not often



I want:

Heavy duty stand mixer (I like the one Alton Brown has the best )

Juicer or a VitaMix, I haven't decided

Grill pan with grill grates on one side and a smooth surface on the other

Mortar and pestle

Heavy-duty tortilla press

Ice cream maker



Seems I'm the queen of kitchen gadgets....
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#38 Old 05-24-2006, 05:05 AM
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Thanks for the advice, TnS. We were wondering about the smaller motor vs. the bigger motor. It seemed a little weird that the smaller motor was only half the power of our blender's motor.



Last night we added a shiny red kitchenaid can opener to our gadget drawer.
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#39 Old 05-24-2006, 11:07 AM
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I have a spice grinder, a cute little food processor, a nice mixer, and a great set of knives. I've gone through two blenders in about 2 years. First a cheap one and then one that cost $300. I need a new one, but I don't want to buy another dud. I have a Swingaway can opener that was very inexpensive, but I really like it.
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#40 Old 05-24-2006, 05:18 PM
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- Bosch kitchen machine

So what the heck does a "kitchen machine" do?
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#41 Old 05-24-2006, 05:39 PM
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So what the heck does a "kitchen machine" do?

Basically, it's a one-piece unit comprised of a great food processor, a mixer that kneads 12 pounds of bread dough (enough for half a dozen 2-pound loaves) like nobody's business, blender, etc. BF likes sandwiches, and I like *him* enough to want to get him off chemical-laden, nutrient-void, white pseudo-bread and onto the good stuff. Of course, a grain mill and reliable wheat sources would also help.
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Ah. I was thinking it was a Lou Reed album.
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#43 Old 05-24-2006, 05:57 PM
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i want/need:

9 tray excalibur dehydrator

k-tec blender

wheatgrass juicer

regular juicer (good for leafy greens and fruits/veggies)

a heavy-duty food processor, don't know what brand.

sproutman's automatic sprouter
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#44 Old 05-24-2006, 07:51 PM
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Basically, it's a one-piece unit comprised of a great food processor, a mixer that kneads 12 pounds of bread dough (enough for half a dozen 2-pound loaves) like nobody's business, blender, etc. BF likes sandwiches, and I like *him* enough to want to get him off chemical-laden, nutrient-void, white pseudo-bread and onto the good stuff. Of course, a grain mill and reliable wheat sources would also help.

Holy tofu, batman! That sounds like the appliance to end all appliances! Uh, how many square feet of counter does it take up??
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#45 Old 05-24-2006, 10:20 PM
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I posted in this thread earlier, but forgot to list my appliances... I have pretty much all I need/want/use/have room for:



- Zojurushi rice cooker (best gift EVER!)

- Braun stick-type immersion blender that I use ALL the time!!

- Retro-looking toaster that imprints a Micky Mouse face on your toast and sings the "Mickey Mouse Theme". (Hopefully it dies soon).

- Veggie steamer

- Juice-man Juicer

- Bread machine (that I never use, ever)

- electric fry pan

- KitchenAid Stand Mixer

- Mini food processor that I use ALL the time

- blender

- coffee grinder used for spices and such

- coffee maker

- hot air popper (sadly, I think with the invention of micro pop-corn, air poppers are becoming obsolete)

- crockpot

- Belgian Waffle Iron

- CD player (cause I can't cook without my music!)
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Add a juicer to my list as of last night!
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Holy tofu, batman! That sounds like the appliance to end all appliances! Uh, how many square feet of counter does it take up??

It looks like it would take up no more space than an average large-capacity food processor.



A random Kitchen machine linky.



I sooooo want one now...
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#48 Old 05-25-2006, 04:13 PM
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It looks like it would take up no more space than an average large-capacity food processor.



A random Kitchen machine linky.



I sooooo want one now...

That's correct, and the things practically live forever. The one my mom bought when I was in middle school (nearly twenty years ago) is STILL going strong.
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How about when a product has vegetable alternatives in the ingredients but has whey powder in the ingredients 2?
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I have...



- Samson auger-type juicer. I use this every day. We juice fresh orange juice. I also use this to make my flax glop (as an egg replacer)... so much easier to use than trying to squeeze that gunk through cheese cloth!

- Cuisart mini food processor/blender combo. Blender used daily by hubby to make smoothies in morning. And I use it nearly daily to make rice milk or home-made tomato sauce.

- waffle iron - used frequently

- Kitchenaid Stand Mixer - the big bad boy. LOVE it. Don't use it very much (right now - but I go in spurts on this) but would love to get the grain grinder and pasta maker attachments, too. Will use it more when I'm no longer nursing and can go back to eating my regular foods at will.

- Some cheap hand mixer - use frequently

- Some other hand drink mixer (long thin thingy, yk?) - rarely use

- Kitchenaid Mondo 11 cup food processor - use regularly. LOVE IT. Need to buy new bowl b/c I cracked the top portion of it from heavy use.

- Excalibur Food dehydrator - hardly use but should use more

- Vacuum sealer system - can't remember brand name but it's the popular one. Use once in a while

- Can opener - use daily

- toaster oven - use daily

- Mini grinder - use daily



and heaven knows what else. I forget! (And too lazy to walk downstairs to see what else I'm missing.)



I'm a gadget queen, too. Major. (I've got way more non-electric kitchen tools and gadgets that I could possibly care to type out, too.)



And to add emphasis to the mixer part - I LOVE MY STAND MIXER!!!



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I forgot... I would LOVE a vita-mixer, too. Ugh but can't justify the $400-500 for it. Yikes!
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(I've got way more non-electric kitchen tools and gadgets that I could possibly care to type out, too.)

Bean slicer?
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Holy molasses! You found one I don't have!!!



And one more thing I'll have to buy.
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OMG I have the best husband in the world.



Today while I was in the shower he snuck out of the house. I wasn't sure where he went when I got out, but figured he'd gone to get his haircut or something. He returned about 20 minutes later with an EMPIRE RED KITCHENAID ARTISAN STAND MIXER!!!!!! He had been saving his "allowance" for months and bought it for me as an anniversary gift (two years in our house). I am such a lucky girl!!
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As one stand mixer owner to another - YEA!!!!!



Congrats!!! (Major points to hubby!)
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Thanks



Oh yeah, big points for Mr. Meatless. I still can't believe he's been squirreling away his allowance money to buy it for me.
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It looks like it would take up no more space than an average large-capacity food processor.



A random Kitchen machine linky.



I sooooo want one now...

Oh, I get it now. It's like a universal base with the motor and then you can put mixer bowl or blender on top. The one you linked looks like it's just mixer + blender, but MorningCalm said hers has a great food processer too. But bear in mind that you have to find storage space for all the parts that go on top. So it may not take up more counter space than a food processer, but I bet it takes up nearly as much cabinet space has having all three separately, because you have store the parts you're not using. It just saves you from having a separate base/motor for each one. Which is a good thing, to be sure.
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I know people love the Bosch but I am generally not a fan of appliances that are belt driven (turntables excepted). BTW, 3 years motor and 1 year overall is most certainly not the best warranty on domestic appliances! Cuisinart has 10 years on food processor motors, for example. Kitchen Aid pais shipping both ways to replace products in the first year etc etc.
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Today while I was in the shower he snuck out of the house. I wasn't sure where he went when I got out, but figured he'd gone to get his haircut or something. He returned about 20 minutes later with an EMPIRE RED KITCHENAID ARTISAN STAND MIXER!!!!!! He had been saving his "allowance" for months and bought it for me as an anniversary gift (two years in our house). I am such a lucky girl!!

Oh my god I would cry. That is just so sweet.
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Oh my god I would cry. That is just so sweet.



Yeah I nearly did.



I am making him Tofurky sausage buns now using the machine. I'd like to make other breads and stuff but I can't believe how hard it is to find a SIMPLE whole grain bread recipe. Why must people throw in so many ridiculous ingredients?! My ideal list is: flour, water, yeast, sweetener, salt. But lard?! 1/2 a cup of honey?! whey powder?
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