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April 8, 2008

KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series 5 Quart Mixer

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It took us a few cheap stand mixers years back for us to consider a KitchenAid artisan stand mixer. The reviews were always 5 stars but these mixers were 300$ or more back then and we really did not have too much use for them. Now though even the 5 quart Artisan Series is around 200$ and there is more a need than ever since we make our own bread / pizza dough. The dough hook attachment does wonders and there are a ton of other attachments like the juicer. You would be surprised how much money you save in the long run getting bulk ingredients to make your own healthy bread (we put Flax Seed in everything).

KitchenAid products earn instant respect as they are still made in America and you can tell by the quality and weight of their products. In turn it is built to last for a lifetime and you can see this in how long the warranties are for these products.

In terms of functionality the mixer is very simple. So long as you don't put massive amounts of ingredients in it (get the KitchenAid professional mixer if the 5 quart is not big enough) you will be able to see the mixer do the job by itself with no assistance from you. Compared to a handheld mixer the KitchenAid stand mixers process thoroughly. Everything is mixed evenly and in an orderly manner so you won't need a spatula to push the ingredients further in like a lot of cheap mixers.

The only real complaint one will find in reviews about these mixers is that they leave ingredients at the bottom of the bowl. When you buy one and read the instructions, they give directions as to how to lower / raise the adjustment screw at the bottom. So when you read a comment like that you will know it is from someone who bought the KitchenAid 5 quart stand mixer and did not read the directions.

March 31, 2008

KitchenAid KFP750 Processor Review

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While I can appreciate manually cutting foods like vegetables, it got to the point where our kitchen needed a quality food processor for quick and efficient chopping. In the past, cheaper food processors let us down with broccoli and other high fiber vegetables. The point of a food processor should be so that you do not have to pre cut your foods but with cheaper ones with weaker blades you are forced to.

Since we have plenty of KitchenAid products in our inventory like stand mixers and blenders we figured their food processors were a good place to start. The highly rated KitchenAid KFP750 Processor was our choice, and we lucked out in finding a steal on eBay with a 99$ blue willow colored food processor. Amazon had some nice deals around 120$ for Onyx Black too.

Maybe the most surprising part is how quiet the KitchenAid KFP750 is given the amount of power. It is a powerful, heavy machine and takes up a bit of room but looks nice in doing so. You can throw full broccoli in here and they will be shredded in no time. Of course you'll want to be careful cleaning the sharp blades.

While they do not perform like the KitchenAid Stand Mixers for kneading large amounts of dough, they do a quick and fantastic job on smaller amounts. Despite it's power you will not want to pack this thing full of anything really, and definitely be careful with liquids. Stick to only a few cups even though the processor looks like it can handle more; it ends up spilling a little, which is the one negative but it's simple enough to clean up. Plus, for liquids you may as well use a blender if you have one.

If you cook heavily you will want a quality food processor like this, it will change how you cook. Even if you don't cook often, this type of processor will get you excited about trying recipes with how efficient and simple preparing meals becomes.