Post # 1
I only ask because I’m getting lots of flack (all in good humor) over not having one on my registry.
I bake a lot – it’s almost a second job for me since I work for a hospital and people hire me to bake cakes and stuff for staff birthdays. But even with all of my baking my hand mixer does the job just fine and I’ve never felt overwhelmed. But….I know everyone registers for these things and I must be getting guff from family for some reason.
Am I really going to be missing out if I don’t have that gargantuan machine on my counter top the rest of my life?
Post # 3
i did not register for one. my mom said i should. i did not see the point.
i have a food processor, which i love. have had it for years. it had a dough blade which i never used before. i also have a hand mixer, an immersion blender, a regular blender, and i’m sure some other applainaces i am missing.
i enjoy cooking but i don’t bake anything more than brownies.
if/when the time comes that i decide i need the stand mixer, i will buy it myself.
Post # 4
I didnt, but I did register for a Kenwood Chef. I think one looks pretty and the other is an ugly work horse. I went for the ugly work horse!
I love to bake and love my hand mixer. But a Chef will do so many other things as well that I cant resist!
Post # 5
@skippydarling: I have one. I hardly ever use it. That said , I’m not much of a cook or baker but I want to be! I do hope I’lll put it to regular work eventually. If you do bake a good deal, I’m a bit surprised you don’t want one, but if you don’t, you don’t!
Post # 6
My grandma has one and LOVES it. She bakes a lot though. I only bake break-n-bake cookies, sooooo I don’t really need one haha!
Post # 7
@skippydarling: I registered for one because it’s one of those “you h ave to register for it” No one got me it and quite frankly I’m glad. People did buy me numerous attachments for it, which I now have to return lol. Between my hand mixer, the food processer and the fact I rarely cook/bake, I think I’ll be okay without it!
Post # 8
@Zhabeego: Yea – I bake a lot. I know I bake a helluva lot more than the family and friends I know that own them but I just don’t see the need for it. Maybe it’s just a difference of once you have it you can’t go back to not having it. You get spoiled so you can’t imagine your life before it.
Ignorance is bliss.
Post # 9
I love my kitchen aid mixer. I bake a lot and by a lot I mean I make a lot of our daily staples. If we want bread, I make it, cookies need to be made and really any dessert needs to be made in our house. With food allergies, prepackaged foods tend to be out because we need to know all the ingridients. I have a kitchen aid (that was a housewarming gift, so it’s not on our registry) and a hand mixer. I rarely use the hand mixer. The kitchen aid even has a dedicated space on the counter, something that is quite an achievement in our house 🙂 Also there are a ton of attachments you can get like an ice cream maker and pasta roller and others… we’ve registered for some attachements for ours.
I think if you bake so much, if you got a mixer you would enjoy it but if you are only baking once a month or so (which some consider a lot) you might not find it as useful. I bake typically 4-5 times on the weekends and sometimes 1-2 times during the week. The kitchen aid gets quite a workout.
Post # 10
@skippydarling: I bake a lot as well (also on an almost second job level) and I use my Kitchen Aid every time I’m making big batches of cookies. So useful if it’s a heavy dough/something that requires a lot of mixing. Not to mention whenever you have to whisk something for 15 min or longer, arm saver!
But I’m NOT using it on an every day basis in any means and not if I’m just going to make a batch of cupcakes. Then it’s so much easier just to use a hand-held device. So… to answer your question, I would evaluate what type of baking you’re into and how you expect it to change in the next few years. If you make a lot of cookies/big batches of buns etc… do get one. “Lighter” baking, stick with what you got and save the counter top space!
Post # 11
@skippydarling: I hate that goddamn thing! Even my husband said that every woman registers for one. Good thing I am not every woman then! Harrumph.
Post # 12
I think if you bake a lot, it’s worth it. Everyone I know that does a lot of baking has one and they love it.
I, however, very rarely bake and didn’t see the need to have a $400 stand mixer. I registered for a hand mixer and that will be just fine for me.
Post # 13
I use mine a lot. It’s so much easier to use and the results are consistently great. It’s just like you said, if you are a baker, once you have one you won’t know how you did without.
Post # 14
@skippydarling: sure its a nice luxury – but personally i dont want that big thing on my counter all the time. And how often would i really lug it out to bake? not worth it for me.
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Post # 16
Me! My mom got one from a client, didn’t want it, gave it to me. I’m not a fan. It takes up a ton of space, and I’ve used it twice in the past year. Aside from making pasta from scratch, there is nothing it can do that I couldn’t have (and haven’t) accomplished with other smaller cheaper kitchen tools. When FI’s brother who is really into cooking and baking moves on from his college lifestyle into a real kitchen, he’ll probably inherit it. I bet if every grocery store ever runs out of pasta, he’ll let me borrow it to make my own…