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    October 25, 2007
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KitchenAid Wire Whip K45WW : This professionally designed wire whip rapidly increases airflow into egg mixtures for stiff soufflés and rigid meringue peaks. Makes fluffier whipped cream and angel food cakes, too. Fits all KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixers. 4 3/4"W x 4 3/4"D x 6"H. 3 1/2 oz. Model: K45WW. Product Features Ideal for adding the maximum amount of air to egg mixtures Durable metal construction holds up under years of steady use Cleans up easily in warm, soapy water Hassle-free 1-year replacement warranty Made in the USA
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
KitchenAid Whire Whip Blade
PostedJanuary 12, 2010
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jyake
fromAlexandria, VA
The Wire Whip blade for KitchenAid tilt-head mixers is marvelous for creating fluffy batters, meringues, flavored butters, whipped creams and fillings. It rapidly incorporates air into egg mixtures for fluffy omelettes, meringues and soufflés.
The whip's metal construction is heavier and more durable than those used with hand-held mixers, resisting bending, and cleans up easily in warm, soapy water.
As many recipes require separate mixing of ingredients (such as whipping egg mixtures for foam or angel food cakes), I find having a spare mixing bowl a real time-saver. When not in use, the whip stores right in the bowl, ready for its next use.
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KitchenAid Coated Flat Beater : Expand the versatility of your KitchenAid&#174 Stand Mixer with an efficient coated metal beater. The flat beater tackles normal to heavy mixtures including cakes, creamed frostings, cookies, candies, biscuits, pie pastry, quick breads, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and more. Use with KitchenAid stand mixer models that start with KSM150, KSM151 or KSM152. Hassle-free 1-year replacement warranty. Product Features Coated flat beater is ideal for normal or heavy batters Specially designed flat beater mixes quickly and thoroughly Durable coated metal construction holds up under years of steady use Dishwasher-safe
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
KitchenAid Flat Beater Head
PostedJanuary 12, 2010
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jyake
fromAlexandria, VA
The flat blade for KitchenAid tilt-head mixers is marvelous for all batters and general mixing.
Metal, its strong construction powers through all batters and doughs, including specialty holiday confections containing nuts and dried fruits, making it perfect for many confections. Its nonstick coating makes cleanup a cinch either in the dishwasher or with a quick sink rinse between batches.
As many recipes require separate mixing of ingredients (such as icings, once the cake batter is in the oven), I find having a spare mixing bowl and beater a real time-saver. When not in use, the beater stores right in the bowl, ready for its next use.
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 BeaterBlade for KitchenAid Tilt-Head & Bowl-Lift Mixers, White
BeaterBlade for KitchenAid Tilt-Head & Bowl-Lift Mixers, White
BeaterBlade for KitchenAid Tilt-Head & Bowl-Lift Mixers, White : BeaterBlade+ for KitchenAid 4.5/5 Quart Tilt-Head Mixer, 6 Quart-5 Plus Bowl-Lift Mixers AND all 5-Quart Bowl Lift Mixers. The ultimate in hands-free mixing and baking preparation is here. New patented BeaterBlade+ "wing-system" design acts like a wiper blade that continuously scrapes the sides and bottom of the bowl while it mixes. Virtually eliminating hand scraping and batter build-up, thus, cutting your mixing time by as much as 50%. When you're done mixing, BeaterBlade+ is also a spatula! KA-TH will work with any KitchenAid 4.5 and 5 quart tilt-head mixer. KA-6L/5Plus will work with any 6 quart or 5 Plus bowl-lift mixer. KA-5L will work with KitchenAid 5-Quart bowl lift mixers. Product Features Models: KA-TH, KA-5L & KA-6L/5Plus No batter build-up on blade Perfect for cakes, cookies, frostings, compound butters, meatloaf, pie fillings, mashed potatoes and more Made in USA UL Certified to ANSI/NSF2
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Essential for KitchenAid tilt-head mixing
PostedJanuary 12, 2010
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jyake
fromAlexandria, VA
While the flat blade that comes with KitchenAid tilt-head mixers is marvelous for all batters, and the whisk blade is perfect for light and fluffy meringues, I consider the BeaterBlade absolutely essential for icings, frostings, fillings and specialty butters and aiolis.
The flared-wing design continuously contacts the sides of your mixing bowl, acting much like a wiper blade with a windshield. It continuously scrapes the sides and bottom of the bowl as it mixes so that no pockets of unmixed ingredients remain. Hand scraping is essentially eliminated, and bowl cleanup becomes a cinch.
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 Breville Espresso Machine 800ESXL
Breville Espresso Machine 800ESXL
Breville Espresso Machine 800ESXL : This classic machine with powerful 15-bar pump system and therma-block heater forces hot water through coffee before extraction to create more "crema" for rich, full-flavored espresso. An auto-purge element ensures every espresso is made at the proper temperature. Imported. 1 year limited warranty. 24 1/2 lbs. 11 1/4"W x 10 1/4"D x 12 1/2"H. Model: 800ESXL. Product Features Full 4 1/2" clearance between porta-filter and tray makes this the first machine to accommodate larger cups and travel mugs Stainless-steel steam wand and frothing pitcher may be used for making cappuccinos and lattes Professional-grade die-cast stainless-steel housing provides an elegant look and commercial grade performance Unobstructed view of the filter holder makes the loading process faster and easier Fully die cast selector dial enables simple switching between espresso, steam and water The unique 15-bar triple-prime allows the machine to extract more crema, giving the coffee a rich, smooth texture and taste Specially designed Breville dual wall filters create back pressure providing more flavorful coffee Stainless-steel steam wand is mounted on a swivel ball for easy maneuverability Thermo-block maintains water at an optimum 204 F during extraction and is capable of producing temperatures over 250 F when steaming Auto Purge feature automatically releases steam to maintain ideal temperatures Large 1 liter drip tray slides out for easy cleaning 75 ounce water tank is easily accessible from all sides of the machine Cup warming plate lets you pre warm your cups Concealed storage drawer provides ample room for accessories Includes Espresso machine Cleaning tool Custom tamping spoon Stainless-steel frothing pitcher Chrome and brass filter holder 2 stainless steel filters 13 recipes with photos Photographic instruction booklet
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Professional grade machine sized for the home
PostedOctober 25, 2007
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jyake
fromAlexandria, VA
I am an admitted (and unrepentant) coffee nut, and have a variety of automatic drip, urn, travel and stovetop coffee makers of various types. For years my espresso-type endeavors were limited to a series of Krups steam-driven machines or stovetop Mokas, but after my most recent steam-driven machine gave out in 2005, I finally resolved to try a pump-driven model.
After test-driving various models owned by friends, I determined several must-have requirements, as well as a small list of desirable features--the Breville 800ESXL has all of them:
Must haves:
- adjustable frothing handle
- sufficient pressure to extract strong, aromatic coffee with a robust crema (15 bars, in this case)
- a removable, large water reservoir: no waiting for the machine to cool before refilling it for the next drink round
- single and double-shot filter inserts
- easy-to-clean and easy-to-remove drip tray with reservoir
- self-purging pump at end of pressure cycle: no brackish water in the pipes when next you use it
- fully manual operation: pull short or long espressos based on the drinker's preferences--not a preset value.
Extra features:
- pod filter insert, allowing you to use pre-made espresso pods
- hot water dispenser: for americanos, teas and instant beverage mixes
- large cup-warming tray on machine's top: keep a set of 6 demitasse cups ready for anytime use
- illuminated water reservoir level indicator
- additional access to reservoir from back: add water on-the-fly, without interrupting the cycle
Additionally, the 800ESXL has an exceptionally attractive exterior, in my opinion--it's gleaming, brushed stainless steel finish, strong, spare design and impressive heft coordinate nicely with modern professional kitchen appliances. There is a storage tray beneath the water reservoir to hold filter inserts and a cleaning brush out of sight, and the drip tray itself slides out for easy rinsing in the sink.
The greater-than-average height between the portafilter and drip tray is both a blessing and a curse: it allows for larger cups--great for large latte mugs or bowls, but increases the likelihood of splatter when pulling espresso into demitasse-size cups. Fortunately, this is easily accommodated: I keep a up-ended ramekin next to the machine for use as a mini-platform, and place demitasses on it when pulling smaller drinks.
Of the models I've tried, this one is by far the most bang for the buck. Enthusiastically recommended.
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