BakingCalGal -- Thursday, July 04, 2002 -- 07:35:57 PM
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Alice, according to the Kitchen Aid site, the stand mixer weighs 22.8 lbs. Plus, as Jillian states, there's no handle on it so it's cumbersone to lug around. Mine resides on the counter. Besides, it's beautiful to look at.
I keep mine under the counter -- have to; no counter space to spare -- and it is a serious pain in the neck (or, more specifically, in the knees) to get it out. I still use it once a week or so.
Anne, you might want to try the Ghirardelli brownie recipe I posted recently, too. They were nice and fudgy when I followed the baking time on the package (granted, that's probably slightly undercooked in anybody else's oven -- mine tends to run slow).
I forgot to mention also that the only "apparent" handle are the arms that wrap around the bowl, but mine is a lift-and-lower the bowl model, so I'm always lifting it by the arms and then the lever jsut gives way and I almost drop it on myself. I really don't learn on that one.
I like that shelf, Curie, but I don't have a place to put it. The island doesn't have any power to it, so I have to lift the mixer and then put it on one of the counters next to one of the few kitchen outlets I have.
molly, the honey almond crunch cake is EXCELLENT, and yes, an entirely different beast than a chocolate cake.
I don't mind lifting something heavy. Also when we did our remodel I put in deep drawers nearly everywhere you'd normally expect to see cabinets, because I was so fucking tired of bending down and peering into the backs of cabinets. One drawer has only a few, easily re-locatable, things in it, so the KA can even have its own drawer. I could turn it into a KA shrine, or -- since I'll probably have to lay it down on its side -- a bed of the sort Snoopy makes for her dolls, with blankies and pillows and stuffed animals and a cup of water in case it gets thirsty.
Or, you know, maybe it will end up living on the counter. We'll see. Off to place my order now. And I'll look around for one of the cover things Curie mentions.
I always undercook my brownies, and they still weren't gooey. I'll have to try one of the recipes suggested here.
Oh well, my older son really likes them, so he and his dad will finish them off in no time.
I thought something was wrong when my younger son didn't want any, but it turns out that he's running a slight fever, so it's probably that, and not the brownies. He loves chocolate so much that I was surprised he turned them down.
It's been a crappy day all around, and dry brownies and a kid with fever just top it off.
This would be very awkward, I think. It's not really readily side-lie-able.
It's occurring to me that I think there is space under the wall cabinets, but there's an edging thing tacked on to the bottom that the KA doesn't fit under. Wonder what it would look like to just knock that stuff off...
Okay, one more question, not specifically baking-related but I might as well keep my requests for advice to one thread: if I get a microplane grater along with my KA order, which one should I get if I mostly plan to use it for zesting? Fine, medium, or coarse?
Definitely not the course, they describe that one for chocolate, cheese and something else. I got one from Williams Sonoma a couple of weeks ago and didn't get around to using it until the other night with cheddar (easy peasy). I would think the fine, but I don't zest that often.
I mean, it will lie on its side if it must, Alice, it's just not designed for that. The base is much larger than the head, so it'd be all tilted, and the head is also very heavy compared to the base. It's not like it's something you can't do, it just somehow offends my aesthetic, along the same lines as having to tip the damn thing to ease it out from under my island offends my aesthetic. Not really an important factor, though.
My ice-cream maker says not to use it until it's been sitting still for like 24 hours or so, so that the motor oil is settled. That may be an issue with laying the KA on its side as well.
Oh well, all right. Jeez. Stupid temperamental kitchen appliances.
Fine was what I was thinking, Jenny. I'm tired of using the fine holes on the regular grater and ending up with wet pulpy zest.
I just looked through the online manual and it doesn't say you can't, so you may be all right, Alice. But I still don't think I would store it that way.
edit: I dearly love my microplane grater for zesting. I guess it's fine--I'm not quite sure, as it was an impulse purchase one day at Williams-Sonoma.