kitchenaid issue

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  • #7173
    Kay-Ellen Tomlinson
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    Ann, I, too, have to use the machine to do the work, as my shoulder doesn’t like it otherwise.  My KA mixer is circa 1980s, meaning the guts are most probably metal, not plastic or nylon.  I do 2-l0af batches, two batches in one day.  It does warm up some, but since I mix about 10 – 15 minutes at a time for each addition (hydrated flour, yeast, salt, porridge) and have time (~1/2 hr) between batches, it cools down.  Sometimes the first mix takes longer, but since I am tearing the hydrated flour into Pecan-sized pieces, the mixer isn’t working so hard.

    #7171
    Ann Neal
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    My brand new KA Pro 600 got very warm today mixing 4 loaves! It really worried me. I will likely go to 3 loaves or 2 batches of 2 loaves in future as someone above mentioned doing. I have hand mixed 4 loaves and regretted it…had to take Ibuprofen and lay down on my yoga mat! ( :  But two loaves was fine for me hand mixing. Maybe I’ll just do 2 in KA and 2 by hand.

    #6488
    Kay-Ellen Tomlinson
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    I have been doing two 2-loaf batches sent I started donating. When I start around 7 AM, I usually finish about 2 PM. There is lots of hands off time, just not leave the house time ☺

    #6456
    Wendy Graff
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    Thanks, Ellen. So it sounds like you mix up two separate batches dough for two loaves each. I’ve been reluctant to do that because of the extra time but I suppose I should just Zen into the process.

     

    #6451
    Kay-Ellen Tomlinson
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    I have a 5 qt. KA which I have been using for Community  loaves.   I am making 2 loaf batches husin the modern formula, and this is what is working for me and my old, small mixer.  Before I start, I spray the top and bottom of the plate on the dough hook with olive oil cooking spray.  I cut the autolyse into 1 inch strips, then pull off pieces the size of a pecan.  Mix on low for 20 to 30 minutes.  Add yeast,mixing  about another 10 to 15 minutes.   This is where I have the most trouble with the dough hook crawl.  I just stop and scrape it down.  Add salt and mix about 10-15 minutes longer.  At this time, I usually have a really nice window and my mixer isn’t very warm to the touch. Add the porridge, mix 10-15 minutes more or until it looks well combined. I usually start the second batch autolyse mixing after adding the yeast to the first batch. This seems to give the mixer time to cool down. My bread making experience is not at a expert level, but my loaves are turning out very well and my mixer , though nearly 40 yrs old, is still going strong.

    #6178
    Wendy Graff
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    I just brought my 4-qt KA to Ajax today. Haven’t heard yet if it’s fixable.

    #6177
    Christine Charbonneau
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    I have both of my KA 7 quart Pros at Ajax in SODO.  One seized on my last bake.  I have been doing 4 loaf batches x 8 all year, and am thinking they have finally taken their toll.  Sigh.

    #6071
    Wendy Graff
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    Thanks, Robin! I saw that one listed. I’ll bring my sweet old KA in on Monday!

    #6050
    Robin Donohue
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    There is an amazing KA repair shop in the SODO area.  Old-school and really good. I googled it before I took mine there and it and has great reviews. If you can’t find it, let me know and I will help you find it.

     

    #6034
    Wendy Graff
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    Another one bites the dust? My old 4-qt KA melted down today. I was making marshmallows, not bread, but wonder if the stress of the new formula, which I mixed up earlier in the week, took its toll. Will bring it in to a small appliance repair shop (anyone know of a good one in Seattle?) next week. Good thing I got my Community Loaves baked already!

    #5833
    Robin Donohue
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    Hi Laurin, My kids and I used to be patients of yours!  Who knew we would meet up again in a bread-baking forum?  Did your mixer come back on?  I have a 6-qt. Kitchen Aid that has stopped working in the midst of mixing CL for the second time in a year.  I had it repaired last Deember and it has been working fine if I only knead two loaves at a time.  Well, I overdid it last week and it won’t start now.  I’m debating having it repaired or getting a new mixer.

    #5524
    Laurin Likosky
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    Just a heads up, my older Kitchenaid Pro burned out and stopped working about 2 minutes into adding all of the ingredients for the new classic recipe (making 4 loaves).  Be careful to not over-tax your mixer!  My mixer did not feel overly hot so wasn’t expecting it to stop working.

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