Last year I acquired my mother’s Kitchen Aid® Food Preparer (Mixer). I didn’t really need it as I’ve had a perfectly good mixer of another brand for many years. My mixer did all the chores I asked of it and I was completely comfortable with its operation. However, I just couldn’t bring myself to sell or donate my mother’s prized possession. She purchased it in 1978 for a sum of money that she worked diligently to pay for by decorating cakes. She loved it and over the many years that she owned it, it was well used to prepare foods of many kinds.
Wanting to love this piece of equipment as my mother had (and so many friends do), I boxed up my mixer, put it in storage, and set my mother’s mixer in its place. I had never used a Kitchen Aid® before so I was a novice; fortunately, there was an instruction manual to go with it which guided me on which attachment for what and what speeds to use, etc. I continue to learn as I try new things with it. While it can do many operations quite nicely, I was befuddled and frustrated with scraping down the sides of the bowl while creaming butter and sugar or any other operation requiring scraping. With my previous mixer, I was able to scrape along the inside of the bowl with a rubber/silicon scrapper anytime needed. Not so with my new friend; every time the bowl needed scraping, I had to stop the machine, lift the head, scrape, and restart the operation.
As if in answer to my frustration, I spotted an online Food and Wine article sharing information about a new Kitchen Aid® attachment, the Flex Edge Beater, designed specifically to take care of my problem. The Flex Edge Beater is the classic beating attachment with a sturdy rubber/silicon outer blade wrapped completely or half-way around the blade for the purpose of continuously scraping the sides of the bowl and bring ingredients into the batter.
The article gave some good reasons for using the new attachment with the first being my No 1 problem: no more stopping and lifting to scrape the bowl! It also mentioned thoroughly combined ingredients (no more flour or other ingredient left at the bottom of the bowl), reduced strain on the motor, and using the beater in place of a spatula to wipe out the bowl. Sold!
I was not able to find the beater in any of my local stores so I ordered one online. I am pleased to say that the new flex beater lives up to its promotion and I am indeed beginning to love the new (old) machine.
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