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Kitchen Crop Sprouter- 3 Tray
Kitchen Crop Sprouter- 3 Tray
The Kitchen Crop Sprouter is the easy way to produce fresh, hight-quality sprouts in your own kitchen.
In just 2-4 days enjoy healthful sprouts in soups, salads and sandwiches. The three trays make it possible to grow up to three different flavors at once.
The Kitchen Crop Sprouter makes sprouting fast, easy and fun.
Comes with 2oz of Organic Alfalfa Seeds
Grow a variety of sprouts in 2-4 days
Three growing trays
Great for vegetarians
Completely reusable & dishwasher safe
3 x 6" diameter sprouting trays
Water collection basin
Overall height is 8.25 inches
- The Kitchen Crop Sprouter is the easy way to produce fresh, hight-quality sprouts in your own kitchen
- In just 2-4 days enjoy healthful sprouts in soups, salads and sandwiches.
- The Kitchen Crop Sprouter makes sprouting fast, easy and fun.
Rating: (out of 53 reviews)
List Price: $ 27.19
Price: $ 11.75
Kitchen Crop Sprouter- 3 Tray Reviews
Review by eShirl:
So easy I'm sorry I waited so long to try it! Living in a small apartment for several years, I've missed having an outdoor garden to grow my own vegetables. This is a great alternative for me. Just remember to run water through it twice a day. (My brother recommends 3/4 trayful of water with 1 tablespoon vinegar, followed by 3/4 trayful of plain water (don't forget to empty the bottom water tray), to supress undesired things such as mold; this is working great and the seeds are sprouting fine.) For seeds I'm using "zesty sprouting mix" from NOW foods.
Review by Amy Finlay:
I've had this for years and it works great. It's a big step up from the jar method. Sprouts do not get jostled when rinsed, so they grow neatly in an upward direction. Water drains surprisingly well for perfectly horizontal trays. Just add water to the top 2x day, and empty the accumulation in the bottom as needed.
I rinse it in the morning and before bed. It quickly became a habit for me. Once I start it going, I will just add new sprouts to a tray as I empty it, and I'm never out of sprouts. If I'm wanting an extra amount of sprouts on hand, I'll add a double amount to the newly emptied tray, and then transfer half of it to the next one that becomes empty. This gives the sprouts a head start, and if they're transfered to their final tray within a few days, they'll still grow nicely in an upward direction. I find this is important with alfalfa sprouts, because you don't really want the foliage part to get flopped over once it gets going, or it retains too much water and might require a third rinse per day to guarantee freshness.
One note regarding the flow between levels: sometimes the unit requires tipping towards the little spigots to get the water flow started. One can also do this to drain the few drops of water that remains in the trays if one desires.
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Maxam® 12pc Kitchen Cooking Tool (Utensil) Set
Maxam® 12pc Kitchen Tool Set
Limited lifetime warranty. .88 Open Stock Value. Gift boxed.
Suggested Retail Price : .95
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
List Price: $ 38.70
Price: $ 12.48
Milen Handy Caddy - Black
As Seen On TV, Handy Caddy, Small Counter Top Appliance Roller Tray, Allows Easy Of Movement Of Coffee Makers, Toasters, Mixers & Other Counter Top Appliances With Out The Hassle Of Lifting & Dragging The Appliances Out From Under The Over Head Cabinets, An Easy Solution To A Real Problem.
- Takes effort out of accessing frequently used kitchen appliances
- Fits under kitchen cabinets; tucks flush against wall
- Simply slide back when not needed
- Easy to clean; dishwasher safe
- ABS plastic; 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches
Rating: (out of 9 reviews)
List Price: $ 10.00
Price: $ 8.25
Milen Handy Caddy - Black Reviews
Review by M. Dean:
I love my handy caddy. It allows my coffee maker to slide out from underneath my kitchen cabinets when I need to brew some coffee. Then afterward, it slides right back, allowing me more space on my countertop.
Review by Grandma Bon:
This is so perfect for my kitchen. I always had to manually pull my coffee pot out in order to put the water in. Sometimes I just left it out, which gave me less room on my countertop. This works so well for me, it slides so easy. I am a sucker for seen on tv inventions, and I think this is the best one I ever bought.
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Presto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Electric Multi-Cooker and Fryer
Premium nonstick finish, inside and out for stick-free cooking and easy cleaning, fully immiscible and dishwasher safe with heat control removed.
- Multi-cooker can be used to steam, stew, simmer, braise, boil, roast, and deep-fry
- Versatile basket with metal handle snaps onto the rim for easy draining
- Heavy cast-aluminum base heats evenly; nonstick surfaces; tempered-glass lid
- Stay-cool handles; dishwasher-safe with Control Master heat control removed
- Measures approximately 10-1/5 by 8-2/7 by 10-2/5 inches
Rating: (out of 11 reviews)
List Price: $ 44.99
Price: $ 29.95
Presto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Electric Multi-Cooker and Fryer Reviews
Review by Michael I. Gorchov:
This unit is similar to the one I have (old style 06000), so I have included my review here as well.
I bought one at Walmart last year. I use it pretty often, but mostly for making popcorn. Turn temp to 350, put a couple-three tablespoons of peanut oil in the bottom, and then when the oil heats up throw in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of popcorn. Put the cover on and keep the pot moving while the corn pops. When the corn has just about stopped popping, turn the heat off and pour the popcorn into a bowl. Butter, salt and eat. YUM!
I've deep-fried scallops in it, steamed vegetables, cooked rice, made soup and even baked potatoes. The thing works great! I wasn't going to write a review until I saw Alton Brown talk some trash about it on Good Eats. I got pretty defensive about my humble Presto cooker! He was doing a silly episode about "man food" like corn dogs and thin, square hamburgers. Well, when Mr. Brown was explaining how to fry the corn dogs he said (while holding a Presto mutlti-cooker) that a pot with an heating element on the outside of the bottom wasn't a good idea because first the element had to heat the pot and then it had to heat up the oil. Too slow. After that he displayed three home-use rectangular fryers with immersion type heating elements. He said they were also better because they each had cooking baskets and break-away magnetic cords. He picked the one with the digital controls, while implying that this was somehow better than the manual rotary temp control.
I don't know if A. B. gets paid for product placement on his show, but I really thought he was being disingenuous regarding the Presto "pot." First of all, about the heating element on the bottom of the Presto cooker: During the frying demonstration, Mr. Brown had some text placed over the screen that said that if you didn't have a special electric fryer, that a pot on the stove-top would work fine. Isn't that interesting? What the heck is a pot on the stove, but just a heating element on the outside of a pot that heats up the pot and then the oil inside? That's exactly what he was criticizing the Presto kettle about. What gives? Secondly, the Presto cooker DOES TOO have a magnetic break-away electric cord to keep the unit from tipping when the cord is yanked by accident. Also, the Presto cooker DOES TOO come with a frying-steaming basket, which Brown implied it didn't have. Nya, nya, nya! See, I can be just as immature as Alton Brown!
I don't know if the rectangular fryers are really better, but I'm sure they cost a lot more. My Presto cooker was .85 at Walmart. I keep it in a lower cabinet - it doesn't take up much space there. I pull it out when I need it. It's inexpensive, easy to use, and simple. When we go to Maine in August, I'm allowed to take only one of my counter-top appliances. So, I just take the Presto cooker with me. Normally, I cook steel cut oats in a small bowl, sitting in water, in a slow cooker (a bain marie - sort of - found the idea here [link deleted]) I can do the same thing with the Presto cooker. And I have a pot with me on vacation that I can do so much more with.
One last thing. With my slow cooker I use a plug-in timer called a Rival Smart-Part. But it's not rated to control the wattage of the Presto multi-cooker. I found a heavy-duty programmable digital timer that I use to turn the Presto cooker off and on automatically. This device really allows me to use the Presto cooker like a slow cooker, without over-cooking stews and such when I am out of the house all day. The Presto multi-cooker is a terrific appliance! Buy one now, and don't believe everything you see on TV!
Flash Update! Here is another reason to buy a Presto multi-cooker: I'm making a beef stew with red wine tonight. What a mess browning the stew beef! I have a 3 quart Wagner cast-iron chicken fryer, and this is what I used to brown the beef chuck cubes. These days the meat hasn't been aged much, and so it is very difficult to brown properly. I managed to do it in batches, but the stove-top got pretty messy by the time I was done. I put the browned meat, vegetables, and garlic into the Presto cooker ( I made sure to deglaze the chicken fryer with wine and include all the tasty bits) and continued to cook the stew. And then I could proceed to clean up the stove-top while the beef stew simmered away in a different part of the kitchen. I am very pleased not to have to clean up all that oil splatter after dinner!
Review by Foyus:
I've had mine sine either 1997 or 1998. Thereabout. Right now as I write, I'm frying some fish and the result has always been as it was when I first bought it. I'm looking for a replacement basket because someone, whom I let use my deep fryer for a party, lost my basket. That was 11 years ago. I've been frying without the basket since then and it's the same result. Now I want to get a new basket, not a new fryer. For as long it works, I will continue to use it. So expect me back in 15 years.
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Total Chef TCG08G-CA 4IN1 Sandwich, Waffle, Grill & Griddle
This Koolatron Total Chef 4 in 1 Grill is a Sandwich Maker, Waffle Baker, Grill & Griddle all in one compact little machine that won't take up too much space in your kitchen. Have fun with the kids making meals with easy to use cooking plates that are non-stick coated and dishwasher safe. Stands on end for easy storage.
- Easy pop in & out cooking plates
- Non-stick coated & dishwasher safe
- Power on/ready lamps
- Stands on end for easy storage
Rating: (out of 13 reviews)
List Price: $ 39.99
Price: $ 35.98
Total Chef TCG08G-CA 4IN1 Sandwich, Waffle, Grill & Griddle Reviews
Review by rooster_ranch:
**EDIT: My first review I gave it five stars b/c it worked great for a few weeks. I can't change the stars to one now, so I will just update my review summary. After about a month of use, we discovered the coating must not be that high of quality on the plates. I had major peeling off on the grill plates while making a panini. I contacted Koolatron and they sent replacement plates after I emailed them a copy of my receipt. However the replacement plates peeled again after a couple uses. Then the grand finale, THE MACHINE DIED ONE YEAR AFTER PURCHASE. Piece of junk.
Review by A. Walker:
I used this item 5x. it stopped working I had to send it back.
buy Black & Decker 4-in-1 Multi-Purpose Grill at Walmart. It is the exact same thing
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KitchenAid KFC3100ER Chef Series 3-Cup Food Chopper, Red
KitchenAid KFC3100ER 3 Cup Chef's Chopper Empire Red Clean Touchâ„¢ Control Pad Easily Wipes Clean 3-Cup Capacity Work Bowl Reverse Spiral ActionWith a 3-cup work bowl and 240 watts of power, this chopper is ideal for small jobs and for making sauces, frostings, and dressings. The stainless-steel blade's reverse spiral action pulls food down, minimizing scraping and producing uniform chopped meat, nuts, cheese, vegetables, herbs--all the many foods for which the chopper is intended. For adding ingredients while the chopper is running, the lid has two compartments, one for dry items and the other for wet. For precise control, the chopper's electronic pulse pad responds instantaneously. The heavy power base provides stability and is seamless, making cleanup a simple matter of wiping the base and placing all the parts in the dishwasher. The chopper stands just 9-1/2 inches high and has cord storage inside the base. A stiff spatula is included. Should the chopper fail during its first year, KitchenAid's total replacement warranty guarantees delivery of another machine. --Fred Brack
- 3-cup work bowl ideal for small jobs and making sauces, dips, frostings
- Reverse-spiral-action blade pulls food down for uniform chopping
- Electronic pulse pad provides precise control; 240 watts
- Wet and dry compartments on domed lid for adding flavorings
- One-year "total replacement" warranty
Rating: (out of 197 reviews)
List Price: $ 49.99
Price: $ 38.50
KitchenAid KFC3100ER Chef Series 3-Cup Food Chopper, Red Reviews
Review by T. D. Ely:
I have had a few full-size food processors in the past -- both expensive and cheap models -- and the main complaints I had with them were: bulkiness, noise, and cleanup time. Over time, I realized that I was doing fewer and fewer things with the processor, and then finally, it got put away for good.But lately, I found that I was chopping the same ingredients, in almost the same amounts, again and again.So, on a whim, really, I decided to give the Kitchenaid 3-cup chopper a try. I own a number of Kitchenaid large appliances, and have always been satisfied. This food chopper is no exception, as it exceeds my expectations for handling my chopping drudgery. Be it onions, garlic, emulsifying dressing, making bread crumbs, chopping nuts, whatever. This unit takes a very small amount of counter space, has a great look, stores its cord in the base, and its bowl and cover are dishwasher-safe.This appliance is a nice time-saver, and that, in my opinion, makes it a great item.
Review by S. Burch:
When I starting searching for a mini-chopper I was surprised by the huge rating difference between the Cuisinart DLC2 and the KitchenAid KFC3100, so I bought both and did a side-by-side comparison. The only explanation I can give for the ratings difference is that Cuisinart buyers must have higher expectations. For most operations they have nearly identical performance and for some operations the Cuisinart is the clear winner.
Onions: Many Cuisinart reviewers panned its performance here, claiming it made onion purée, but most KitchenAid reviewers praised its onion chopping ability. I found almost no difference between the two. Maybe its an issue with the instructions - for chopped onions you must use a few short pulses. A few more pulses and you get minced onion - more than this and both give you onion puree. I wouldn't say either is great at chopping onions, but both are equally mediocre.
I also tested chopping nuts, and making breadcrumbs with similar results. Both performed about the same for a course chop, although the Cuisinart produced a more even chop on the nuts, but its when you want a really fine chop that the Cuisinart starts to shine. The first reason for this is the grind feature found only on the Cuisinart. This spins the blade in the opposite direction which allows the flat, back-side of the blade to impact the food. More importantly, it redistributes the food, so if you've got a couple of chunks that refuse to be chopped, a short pulse in the opposite direction helps it drop into the blade. For perfect, fine breadcrumbs I alternate between the normal chop mode for a few seconds, and grind for one second.
The other reason the Cuisinart gives a better fine chop is that it does a much better job of cycling the food through the blade. This is a real key when you're working with softer foods like spreads, pâtés or purees. When I made a cream cheese spread in both choppers the Cuisinart did a far quicker and better job of pulling the ingredients down the center and into the blade. The KitchenAid kept larger chunks bobbing on top. If you're making dips, spreads or baby food, the Cuisinart is the hands-down winner.
On the practical side, both choppers were equally easy to clean. Both have small holes in the lid for pouring in liquids on the fly, but only The KitchenAid has a slot for dry or thick ingredients - if that's important to you. Overall, I found the Cuisinart easier to use for several reasons. First, the Cuisinart blade drops on easily, while the KitchenAid blade is keyed and I found myself turning it several times before it dropped in. Second, the KitchenAid lid must be removed first before you can lift off the bowl, but on the Cuisinart, the bowl and lid can be detached as an assembly. Finally, the Cuisinart blade has a "handle" that extends to the top of the bowl like a popsicle stick allowing you to remove the blade without getting your fingers in the food.
After all my testing, I really can't understand the large ratings difference between these two. Neither is perfect - you'll never get a perfect, even, course chop with things like onions or chocolate, but they do come in handy. For many uses either one will give you pretty much the same results. Because of its advantage with softer foods and its ease of use, I recommend the Cuisinart.
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KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers
Need bread crumbs? Or perhaps you like making your own lamb, chicken or pork burgers, or sausages? Then again maybe you make baby food at home to avoid artificial ingredients? For all of these tasks you can enlist the help of your powerful KitchenAid stand mixer thanks to this fabulous attachment.This tool increases the fun factor of your KitchenAid stand mixer several times over. Toss cubes of meat into the food tray, stomp 'em down, and watch the results wriggle out the front. Grind your own beef or chicken for patties or tacos. Blend your own sausage mixtures, from breakfast to boudin blanc. With additional attachments, you can turn it into a pasta maker or a sausage stuffer. It's easy to assemble and use. Most parts are dishwasher-safe; hand wash the grinding blades, wooden stomper, and cutting knife. --Betsy Danheim
- Grinder attachment greatly expands a stand mixer's flexiblity
- Ideal for grinding meats, grating cheese, making bread crumbs and combining dips, salsas, spreads
- Includes fine and coarse grinding plates, tips, and recipes
- Most parts dishwasher safe for easy clean-up
- Grinder can be used with any KitchenAid stand mixer
Rating: (out of 283 reviews)
List Price: $ 64.99
Price: $ 44.99
KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers Reviews
Review by ringo:
Given all the concerns about e-coli and mad cow, we decided last year to start grinding our own beef and lamb. This grinder does the job perfectly. We grind right into the short round Ziplock boxes (about a hamburger's worth), which go into the basement freezer, and then we turn out the frozen "hockey pucks" onto a plate to defrost in the microwave, or right into the pot for bolognese sauce or sloppy joes. ("Honey, would you bring me up a couple of hockey pucks for dinner?)Assembly is easy and cleanup is easy (put a slice of bread through after the meat to make it even easier, or grind up an onion if you're making meatloaf anyway). The knife and both plates store inside the screw cap, so I don't worry about losing them (though KitchenAid sells replacements, as does goodmans-dot-net). The grinder even comes with a handy wrench-thingy to help take it apart if it tightens up.The knife and plates are not stainless (which wouldn't hold an edge), so you do have to dry them off right after washing, but I put everything, including the wooden stomper, right in the dishwasher, and after more than a year nothing has had a problem.[...] - this isn't an industrial tool! You can't set the mixer speed above three or four when grinding (less if the meat is gristly), and you've got to cut up the meat small enough to fit in the feed tube (the instructions say one-inch cubes, but long strips work too). Treat this right and it will return the favor.About the only thing that would make this more perfect is a cylindrical brush to clean out the horizontal and vertical shafts, since the dishwasher spray can't really completely reach both, and the horizontal shaft has a screw thread that tends to catch crud (Right now I'm using a folded sponge, and the abovementioned bread slice).
Review by Gaylin Walli:
I've used this attachment more times than I ever thought I would. I've used it to prepare food items for my family as well as food items for crowds as large as 200 and regardless of what it is I've been making, this attachment has rolled through it without complaint. In combination with other pieces such as the sausage stuffer or the fruit attachments, you may well find that this single attachment stays on your machine the longest. I am absoultely stunned at how easy it is to put together and how simple it is to get wonderfully ground items out of it. I've had no trouble grinding any cut of meat (marbled or lean), type of meat (venison, beef, pork, chicken), or state of meat (cooked or raw). Things like chickpeas also get ground just the way I like them. The two, differently sized grinding plates give you just what you need in texture. My biggest pleasure in using this attachment is during hunting season when my husband brings home more than one deer. Venison burger meat and sausage processing never went faster. No more late nights with a hand-crank grinder!When you're done, there's nothing simpler in the cleanup. Nothing seems to stick to the plastic (plus, it's dishwasher safe!) and the metal pieces wash up quickly by hand. Even the little wooden stomper cleans well (and I've felt lost without it when I couldn't find it during sausage making). I think this attachment is the easiest to use of all of the ones I've tried.I'll never regret the purchase of this attachment.
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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Cover, Empire Red
Keep your KitchenAid stand mixer free from dust, lint or splatters with this quilted cotton cover. The stand mixer cover is heavyweight so it stands up to years of use. It is sized to fit any tilt-head or bowl-lift model. The khaki cover with trim coordinates with most kitchen decors and is machine-washable. Dry flat.
- Protect your KitchenAid Stand Mixer from dust, grease and scratches
- Empire red with black piping
- Fits all KitchenAid stand mixers
- Includes handy pocket for recipes or accessories
- Machine wash
- Material: Plastic
- Includes: Instruction Manual
- Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean
- Warranty Description: 1 Year Total Replacement Warranty on Defectives
- Dimensions: Length: 9.0 "; Width: 13.0 "; Depth: 2.0 "
Rating: (out of 214 reviews)
List Price: $ 29.99
Price: $ 17.50
KitchenAid Stand Mixer Cover, Empire Red Reviews
Review by M.D. Edwards:
I've had my Artisan 5 Quart Kitchenaid Stand Mixer for a few years now, and always thought that this cover was a bit of a luxury, and that I could easily find fifty other things to spend twenty-five bucks on. Even for all of that, it occurred to me recently that, with cats in my house, a cover for my stand mixer would save me some pre-mixing clean-up time. Now that I've gotten my cover, I'm thrilled that I decided to buy it!
This cover is plenty big for my mixer. I leave all of the attachments in the bowl, as I'm sure your average Kitchenaid stand mixer owner does, and this cover fits over everything with plenty of room to spare. The bottom edge of the cover hits the countertop and covers every inch of my mixer, with no problem doing so. I even put the cover in the washer and dryer after receiving it, to see how much it might shrink. Mine didn't shrink at all, and the laundering got it fragrant and wrinkle-free.
Even though my stand mixer is white, I opted for the khaki cover, which blends in perfectly with my kitchen cabinets and counter tops.
This may not have been the absolute best thing I've ever gotten on Amazon for .00 or less (that'd be my Weber chimney starter - best damned .00 I've spent in a long time!!!), but this is right up there with the best of my best-buy-for-the-money purchases!
Review by :
I have had this cover (in white) for several months now and use it to cover my KitchenAid 6 Qt. Epicurean stand mixer (note that this will also fit the 6 Qt. Professional model). With the pouring shield and bowl in place, the cover just fits around the entire base of the mixer with perhaps 1/8" of room from the bottom. There is a large pocket (12" wide x 8.5" tall) along one side which allows for storage of manuals, cookbooks, and accessories. The cover is well made from heavy, quilted cotton twill backed with cotton covered polyester batting and is machine washable (cold recommended -- this thing cannot afford any shrinkage!!). There is contrasting black piping along the bottom and arched around the front and back sides. The cover accomplishes its intended task -- keeping dust and dirt off my prized mixer, and is a purchase that I would recommend for anyone who owns a KitchenAid stand mixer.
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KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White
Perfect for kitchens of all sizes, the classic series stand mixer delivers the power and durability to mix large batches. 8 cup flour power. Powerful 250-watt motor. Versatile 10 speed control. Durable, direct drive transmission. Multipurpose attachment hub wKitchenAid's stand mixer is a substantial piece of equipment: 250 watts of mixing power make child's play of creaming butter, kneading dough, and whipping cream. The kid in you will appreciate how quick and easy it is to mix up a batch of cookie dough; the 4-1/2-quart bowl can hold up to 8 cups of flour, which translates into as many as 192 sweet treats. This model comes with three attachments: a flat beater for making batter, meat loaf, and all textures in-between; a wire whip for egg whites, mayonnaise, and more air-infused creations; and a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs. All three are solid in construction and easily secured to the beater shaft with a simple twist; untwisting them is a bit trickier because the attachment stems are short and can be hard to grasp, especially if they get the least bit greasy. The bowl itself locks tight to the base. Standing 14 inches high, jutting out a foot, and weighing more than a grown woman's bowling ball, this stand mixer isn't the sort of appliance you'll wipe down and put away. Better to find a square foot of free counter space for easy access; besides, this machine is as pretty as it is rugged--you'll want to show it off. To complete the package, KitchenAid includes a spiral-bound guide with instructions, mixing tips, and 67 recipes, from crispy waffles to a caramel walnut banana torte. --Betsy Danheim
- 250-watt, 10-speed mixer with tilt-up head
- 4-1/2-quart bowl holds dough for 2 loaves of bread
- Three handy accessories: flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook
- Includes a guide with instructions, mixing tips, and 67 recipes
- Measures 13-8/9 by 8-2/3 by 14 inches; 1-year warranty
Rating: (out of 329 reviews)
List Price: $ 269.99
Price: $ 170.00
KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White Reviews
Review by R D:
Unlike many of the reviewers, I've only had this mixer for about a year, and it's this specific model, the 250W 4.5 quart mixer (the bottom of the Kitchenaid line). It was a real splurge at the time we purchased it, but it has turned out to be well worth it.Before the Kitchenaid, I didn't do much baking. I tend towards more "manly" cooking techniques: the hotter the fire, the spicier the recipe, the better as far as I'm concerned. But this machine is as satisfying to use as any power tool in the garage -- there is something about using the *right* tool for the job, and I've found no tasks that one might consider using a mixer for that the Kitchenaid doesn't excel at. But it's especially good for baking, and once you start using it, you'll have your oven running a lot more than you used to.The big difference between this mixer and the standard "two beater" models you may be familiar with is that it uses a single mixing attachment that rotates in two motions- it not only spins on its own axis, it also is rotated around the edge of the bowl. This does an extremely effective job of mixing ingredients without need for the bowl rotating, since the mixing motion covers the entire bowl. For most mixing jobs, it also requires no scraping of the sides with the spatula. IE: when it's mixing, you can ignore it and work on other stuff.The first attachment I'll mention is the dough hook, which is a godsend for kneading. In the last day, I've made pizza dough, bagels, and whole wheat bread. Although this is the least powerful machine Kitchenaid makes, it kneads stiff dough (like the aforementioned bagels made with high-gluten flour) that would turn your mother's mixmaster into a smoking, stinking heap of fried motor components. Machine kneading takes a *lot* of the effort and variability out of making bread... you never "knead in" too much flour to keep it from sticking to your hands, and the 20 minutes you normally spend working the dough turns into 10 minutes you can use to clean up the kitchen.The other two attachments are the paddle and the whisk. The paddle is the all-purpose "workhorse" beater, and works extremely well for creaming sugar and butter together, mixing cookie dough or cake batter, or any other general-purpose mixing job. With the orbital motion, it comes right up to the edge of the bowl, so it is effectively scraping as it goes. The whisk is great for egg whites and making whipped cream. I'm sure it's good for something else, but that's what I've used it for.As for capacity, the 4.5 quart model is suitable for pretty much any "normal" home recipes. It's a "standard mixer". It will easily knead enough dough at once for two loaves of bread, or mix a double-batch of cookies.As for downsides: this thing is HEAVY. You won't be moving it once it's in place. If you knead very stiff dough, the bowl sometimes will get tightened to the extent that it is very difficult to remove from the base. It's OK if you remember to leave it a little loose beforehand, but I always forget and I end up wrestling with the machine to twist it out. The metal trim band on the mixer right above the bowl has come a little loose on my model- the machine got a bit hot after some heavy kneading, and I think some adhesive got soft. It's held in place well by something else, but sometimes it will slip when I'm wiping the machine off. It's purely cosmetic from what I can tell, and it's the only thing that feels cheap in any way about this machine. Other than that, I honestly haven't had a single complaint.In summary: this is an expensive mixer, but it is very well worth it. Even novice cooks will find it's use enjoyable, and it will inspire you to explore new things that you probably didn't do before because of the time and effort involved.
Review by M. Baker:
A word of warning - the Kitchenaides made in the past 10 or so years have a less powerful and durable motor than the older ones. If you like making homemade bread (like I do) purchase a professional mixer to knead your dough (or do it by hand like I do now). Kitchenaides used on a regular basis to make homemade bread (especially using whole wheat flour) will destroy your motor. When you send the mixer in for repairs (under warranty) they will say you've been using it commercially and refuse to stand behind their warranty. If you tell them you use it to make bread they'll tell you it's not made for that (they can't explain why they provide a dough hook though or neglect to provide any warnings against breadmaking in particular). I've always loved Kitchenaide appliances, my sisters is 15+ years old and going strong but my poor 4 year old mixer overheats and strains doing the same recipes. My next mixer will be a Magic Mill DLX Kitchen Machine, its twice as much, but will last like the old Kitchenaides do. I have to give 2 stars for the lousy warranty service and lack of honesty in their manuals.
Update: August 2004
Haven't been using my KA for bread since (bought a breadmachine to mix my dough). Only using the KA for light use abut 4 times a month. Now it makes a grinding noise continuously while in use. Cookie doughs seems almost too hard for it too. My sisters is now over 20 years old and going strong (even with bread). I wish they made them like they used too........
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KitchenAid KACC1OB Quilted Cover with Pocket, Black
This heavy-weight, 100-percent cotton cover keeps all KitchenAid blenders and 9 and 11-cup food processors clean and dust-free. Adjustable straps on both sides help fit the cover securely over the appliance. Height 15-inch, Width 9-inch, Depth 9-inch when fully extended. Available in white, black and khaki, all with black trim.
- Attractive cover protects appliances from dust, crumbs, and cooking spatters
- Heavyweight, 100-percent cotton construction; quilted pattern with piped edges
- 2 adjustable side straps ensure a secure fit; side pocket holds recipes or manuals
- Fits all KitchenAid blenders and 9- or 11-cup food processors; machine-washable
- Measures 9 by 9 by 15 inches fully extended
Rating: (out of 8 reviews)
List Price: $ 29.99
Price: $ 16.90
KitchenAid KACC1OB Quilted Cover with Pocket, Black Reviews
Review by Amy Mcfarland:
I bought the white cover for my KitchenAid 11-cup food processor. It's a nice, heavy-duty quilted fabric, and the colors look very sharp. It even has a handy side pocket for a manual or a favorite cookbook.
My only complaint is with the fit. It's a one-size-fits-all kind of cover, so it can be used on blenders, food processors and even toasters. Even on the 11-cup food processor, I needed to use the pull tabs to tighten it several inches in, which gives it an odd appearances. Without the ties it was too baggy and kept falling off on one side.
It does the job of keeping my food processor dust- and scratch-free, but I wish it would have fit a bit better.
Review by JLeeP, PA:
This sturdy cover w/pocket totally covers my KitchenAid 12 cup food processor, keeping it dust free. (FYI, this cover would Not fit on a stand Mixer.)
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