KitchenAid Pro 600 Stand Mixer KP26M1X : Driven by a potent 575-watt motor, KitchenAid's largest, most powerful mixer can handle even stiff, heavy mixtures, and the 6-quart stainless steel bowl is large enough for double batches of cookie dough. Makes up to 8 loaves of white bread, 13 dozen cookies or 8 lbs. of mashed potatoes. Product Features Bowl-lift mixer style Rugged, die-cast all-metal construction provides sturdiness required to support the raw power of this machine Direct drive transmission for durability Commercial motor protection for many years of reliable service All-metal gears Soft Start helps prevent ingredient splash-out and flour-puff at startup 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir High-performance, 67 point planetary mixing action insures ingredients are thoroughly mixed without frequent scraping or rotating bowl 14-cup flour power 6-quart mixing bowl capacity Electronic speed sensor maintains selected speed regardless of load Multi-purpose attachment hub Locked rotor protection - safeguard for the motor by automatically shutting down if the mixing action becomes obstructed 575 watts Model number: KP26M1X 25 lbs. 11 1/4"W x 14 1/2"D x 16 1/2"H. Assembled in the USA 1yr free of charge warranty Includes Professional wire whip Burnished flat beater and dough hook Clear, two-piece pouring shield with enlarged chute for easy addition of ingredients 6 Quart stainless-steel bowl with contoured handle Burnished PowerKnead spiral hook - handles 20% more dough than previous models
I got this mixer for Christmas last year (2007) and can't imagine life without it! I had a 5-quart Artisan stand mixer before, which was great, but with all the baking I do this model is much better. I love the stir feature. It has really cut down on flour accidents - flour flying out of the bowl as soon as you turn it on. It's also very stable. When I made bread dough in my old mixer, it would 'walk' across my counter. I had to stand there and keep and eye on it. This mixer barely even wobbles.
My only complaint is that because the bowl is so big, you can't beat small amounts of egg whites. If a recipe calls for 1 or 2 stiffly beaten egg whites, you'll need a different tool to do it.
Other than that, I think this is an awesome machine.
And KitchenAid has good customer service as well. The stir function on my mixer stopped working a couple of months ago. I called KitchenAid, they sent me a new mixer and a return label for me to pack up the old one and send back. No questions asked.
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Le Creuset 5-Quart Buffet Casserole
Le Creuset 5-Quart Buffet Casserole : Beautiful
buffet casserole works double duty in the oven and on
the table. Made for entertaining, this low, wide
casserole is designed to showcase food to maximum
advantage on a dinner table or buffet. This
quintessential kitchen-to-tableware piece cooks foods
while sealing in delicious flavors and moisture. Ideal
for marinating, poaching, baking and browning foods to
tender perfection. The mainstay of French chefs for
nearly a century, Le Creuset cookware features bold and
bright colors in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit
any culinary need and home décor. Each cookware piece is
skillfully finished by hand. Made in France. 5-quart
capacity. 14 lbs. 16 3/4"L (including handles) x
5"H. Product Features Molded of cast iron
with an expertly enameled glossy porcelain coating
All-in-one buffet casserole beautifully goes straight
from cooking to table for serving, then to freezer or
fridge Versatile for stovetop, oven and broiler
Highest quality porcelain enamel coating is impermeable
to odors and stains Foods will not react with the
enameled finish Easy-clean enamel surfaces are
scratch-resistant Superior conduction of heat promotes
faster cooking times Even distribution and retention
of heat ensures cookware stays hot longer Heavy,
tight-fitting lid seals in moisture and flavors - food
self-bastes Sure-grip phenolic knob and handle are
ovenproof to 400 F Suited for all heat sources
including electric, gas, ceramic, induction and halogen top
PostedJanuary 9, 2009
I have the flame red buffet casserole and I absolutely love it! I picked it as a birthday present last year and am so glad I did. The heat retention and distribution is so much better than my other nonstick cookware. There is plenty of room for cooking things like pork tenderloin medallions, and not having to do two batches. It's a pretty heavy dish, but very sturdy and well made.