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  • Abom
    Club Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 194
    • Verona, PA
    • (RJ) Kamado K7

      Weber 22" kettle


      DigiQ Dx2

      GeneCafe Coffee Roaster

    I have the smaller KA and it's lasted 28 years so far. Only thing is that I'm always wishing I had that bowl lift feature. I'd go Pro just to get that.


    • scottranda
      Charter Member
      • May 2015
      • 1561
      • Charlotte, NC

      Have to have a dough hook for bread. It's necessary. I don't even use any other attachment for bread.


      • Breadhead
        Breadhead commented
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        For Ciabatta dough or any real high hydration dough I use the flat beater attachment to start. Once the dough sticks to that attachment I change to the dough hook. That reduces the total mixing time in the mixer by half.
    • Baron
      Former Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 7
      • Central Florida

      Look into the KA outlet website. Got the Pro 6 qt. a few years ago with a sweet discount. They have other appliances too.


      • Spinaker
        • Nov 2014
        • 10197
        • Land of Tonka
        • John "J R"
          Instagram: JRBowlsby
          Smokin' Hound Que
          Minnesota/ United States of America

          Dexter (Beagle mix)
          Kinnick (American Foxhound)

          Big Green Egg (Large) X2
          Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

          Broil King Keg
          Karubeque C-60
          Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
          Lodge L410 Hibachi
          Pit Barrel Cooker
          Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
          R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

          Weber Spirit Gasser
          FireBoard (Base Package)
          Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
          Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

          BBQ Dragon
          Big Green Egg Plate Setter
          Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
          Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

          Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
          Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

          Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
          Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
          Eggspander Kit X2
          Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

          Finex Cat Iron Line
          FireBoard Drive
          Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
          Grill Grates
          Joule Water Circulator
          KBQ Fire Grate

          Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
          Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
          Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
          Large Vortex
          Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
          Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
          Smithey No. 12
          Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
          Stargazer No.10, 12
          Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
          Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
          FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
          Kingsford Blue and White
          Rockwood Lump Charcoal
          Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

          Buck 119 Special
          Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
          Next Major Purchase
          Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

        Never say "No" to more power.


        • Michael Brinton
          Club Member
          • May 2016
          • 263

          I remember an ATK article about this very choice. The power/watts in the motor of mixers is deceptive, a marketing tool. Both got the job done fine (kitchenaids out performed higher watt motors, see the food lab 63-63 "the wattage is the power consumed by the mixer, not the power produced by the motor"). A 325 watt kitchen aid has more power mixing, than an 800 watt cuisinart. The cuisinart just uses electricity less efficiently. The main difference was that the tilt lock feature failed after an abusive mixing bagels until one broke test. The bottom bowl lift module solves than. I personally have the tilt and just hold the top down when I'm mixing roughly, it really does jump up I could see it breaking if you mix a lot.


          • Cheef
            Club Member
            • Oct 2015
            • 479

            My wife has used a Bosch Universal for years. A LOT of bread dough has gone through her machine.


            • Cheef
              Club Member
              • Oct 2015
              • 479

              Thunder77. If you go with the KitchenAid? Consider a flaking attachment for it.
              This is a BBQ forum so excuse the kind of off topic post but fresh flaked oat groats for oatmeal is a whole new experience. I could always eat oatmeal disguised with milk and brown sugar. My wife convinced me we had to try fresh oatmeal with nothing else on it and it is definitely nothing like what you buy in the box. I actually eat and really enjoy fresh flaked oat groats. You find them in any health food store and that attachment will change your mind on oatmeal.


              • dtassinari
                dtassinari commented
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                Oh man. Porridge with real freshly coarsely ground oats has been a life changer. My personal favourite is savoury with miso paste, roasted brussels sprouts and soft-boiled eggs... Best breakfast in the world.

              • Thunder77
                Thunder77 commented
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                dtassinari, I never would have thought to try brussels sprouts for breakfast. I really like the idea of the Miso paste.

              • dtassinari
                dtassinari commented
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                Thunder77 You can sub in charred broccoli florets, but there's something special about nutty, crispy browned brussels sprout that works so well with miso and eggs. And there's nobody stopping you from having that for dinner instead! It's an extra-creamy oat risotto (ris-oat-to?)
            • Darchie03
              Club Member
              • Feb 2016
              • 208
              • Always on the move, don't want the revenuers to get to close, or the Troll hunters cetching me.
              • From the old troll, Dave

              Originally posted by Thunder77 View Post
              Hello all. I am in the market for a stand mixer. Two models I am considering are the Kitchenaid Artisan series 5qt, and the Kitchenaid Professional Plus 5 quart. I intend to use it to make lots of dough: bread dough, pizza dough, etc. And my daughter will use it for making cookies. The Pro series is a bowl lift type mixer, and the artisan series is a tilt-head mixer.

              My concern is that the Artisan series has a 325 watt motor. Is this sufficient for mixing bread dough? I don't want to buy an under-powered mixer and burn it out. Also, Are there other brands that any of you have that you are happy with?

              Go with at least the pro 600 any thing less has nylon gears instead of steel & mixing dough often they won't last. Was not always this way, years ago they were all steel gears.


              • Thunder77
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 2651
                • Halethorpe, MD
                • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

                Well, after much research and deliberation, and a lot of great input from Pit members, I picked the Kitchenaid Professional 5 Plus. Excellent price on Amazon. This thing is a BEAST!! It powers through bread and cookie dough like nothing. So far I am in love. MCS has been assuaged for a while.
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                • Skip
                  Skip commented
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                  Nice mixer Thunder77. No more MCS for you-------------------------until tomorrow!

                • RonB
                  RonB commented
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                  Very nice for sure.

                • Breadhead
                  Breadhead commented
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                  I have the same mixer... also purchased from Amazon. It's a great mixer for what I do. I use it when making Ciabatta dough, 80% to 90% hydration.
              • MBMorgan
                Club Member
                • Sep 2015
                • 5796
                • Colorado
                • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                  > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                  > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                  > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                  > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                  to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                  > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                  > Thermoworks Smoke
                  > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                  > Thermoworks Thermapen
                  > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                  > Anova sous vide circulator
                  > Searzall torch
                  > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                  > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                  > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                  > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                You'll want attachments real soon ... I'd start with the meat grinder followed shortly by a pasta maker. Gotta love MCS ... 😁 ...


                • Thunder77
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 2651
                  • Halethorpe, MD
                  • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

                  Mbmorgan Gee THANKS! Here I thought I was safe for a while....


                  • Breadhead
                    Breadhead commented
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                    You're never safe!🤑
                • lschweig
                  Former Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 983
                  • Oswego, Il

                  Love the red color. Now just add some flames to the sides and then it will be awesome.


                  • dtassinari
                    Former Member
                    • Jan 2017
                    • 99

                    Good choice. That machine is the gold standard in professional kitchens all over the world: it can take so much punishment and still perform 100%.

                    In one of my previous workplaces we made nougat in it (it's a REALLY stiff meringue), and one day while we were making the third batch in a row the motor got so hot it melted the insulation in some wires and the casing was so hot it sizzled. Opened it up to allow ventilation, popped it in the freezer walk-in for a few minutes, screwed it back on and it got back to work like nothing happened. It's a beast.


                    • Doc Hazard
                      Charter Member
                      • Aug 2014
                      • 89
                      • Houston, TX, and Maui, HI
                      • Doc Hazard aka "Jim"
                        PBC, small charcoal grill
                        Houston, TX & Maui, HI

                      I have and use both the KA Artisan lift head, and the earlier "regular" tilt head, only available in black or white, slightly smaller wattage rating, and a 4 qt bowl without a handle. In this range, I don't think the wattage rating means much, more to do with the gearing an construction. I make bread in both all the time, up to 6 C of flour at a time, and no real difference except the bigger bowl contains flour better at the start. Neither gets more than a little warm. I considered the Pro, but like the tilt head --- much easier to add ingredients, like for cookies, etc. All the KA models have the accessory port and take the same ones.

                      Note that KA has a page on its site that sells demos or returned, refurbished mixers at a good discount. http://tinyurl.com/zla8mxw I bought mine there, 1 yr guarantee. You might have to wait awhile to find the model and color you want, but not long. No reason not to buy there.




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