Every now and then Loraine and I need a consumer fix. We have wanted to spend more time and effort on deserts and because of that we decided to indulge in a stand mixer, currently we use a Betty Crocker hand mixer, that I believe Noah had with him on the ark. After a very short review of the available manufacturer's it was obvious that KitchenAid continues to own the market for stand mixers. The question then became which KitchenAid mixer best suited our proposed needs.
It quickly became a very frustrating exercise. Far too many models and I'm not even going to discuss the color choices. I am curious though. If you choose a color that clashes with the color of the walls in your kitchen, will the milk sour when you pour it in your stand mixer?
Back to reality for a minute or two. We decided that there were three basic features or specifications to consider, plus the most important consideration price.
We decided to go with the KitchenAid KSM150PSCV Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer in Caviar. Why you might ask did we choose Caviar and it's a very good question. The answer is quite simple. The color Caviar was $45 less expensive than any other color, of the same model.
As the description states, it is a 5 quart bowl, more than enough volume for any recipes that Loraine and I are planning on trying. It has a 325 watt motor, which was in the middle range of the various stand mixers, a tilting head and the price was good. It also came with a few accessories; flat beater, dough hook, wire whip and pouring shield.
We choose to purchase one additional attachment. The KitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater, which scraps the edges of the bowl as it rotates.
Our first undertaking with our new stand mixer is going to be a deep dark chocolate cheesecake. So stay tuned for that recipe and we'll let you know how the KitchenAid mixer performed.