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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
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Hands down, the best mixer since..
PostedJuly 23, 2010
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Cialynne
fromClayton, NC
My grandmother had one.
My mom bought one of the tilt-head mixers a year or 2 before I did, (she was 56 at the time) and so it was only natural that I would buy one as well. I was just about to turn 40 that year.
My mom told me that when she was growing up, women didn't own a KA mixer until they were well into their marriages with a few kids because it was considered a "ritzy" mixer, way too expensive for the typical homemaker.. Well, I chose to respectfully disagree and defy the typical odds..
I bought this mixer in a beautiful steel gray color. It was a limited edition in 2003 when I purchased it from Chef's. Wow! I have owned this mixer for 7 years! I have not had one problem with it, NOT ONE!
It was on sale, and it was a professional grade 6 quart mixer. All things that I needed to have in my little kitchen.. I cook a lot, but I wanted to get much better at baking, which ws only one aspect of cooking.
My husband hails from the Netherlands, and he was sorely missing his Artisan sandwich breads and the French baguettes, etc. I KNEW that I would not be one to hand knead anything, so this machine became my work horse when I wanted to bake.
It makes my cakes lighter with a tender crumb, kneads my bread dough very nicely whether I am kneading 1 or 3 loaves worth, and it makes a TON of cookies on the fly. It still performs just as flawlessly today as it did right out of the box. I also found that on the slowest speeds, I could mix meatloaf in it and keep my hands from getting messy.. I can reproduce my grandmother's pineapple cake with surprising ease. This was a very good thing to realize because no one in my family can reproduce that cake with the precision that my grandmother did when she was with us. Now with the help of my mixer, I can reproduce it and do so quite frequently for many family gatherings.
I really believe that a person cannot go wrong with this mixer. It performs so many of the manual tasks that cooks have to do to put a good meal on the table for our families. I encourage all of the sitting-on-the-fence buyers to go ahead and take the leap. You won't regret your decision or the money you spend. The mixer will more than pay you back for the money you spend. It pays you back in the time saved and it makes a cook feel really good with all the raves you will get from your family about whatever you make with it.
This mixer has truly been a Godsend in my house. I love it more than I can describe in this review. Now, if only I could afford to buy all of the attachments that come with it, I would be able to get rid of many of the bulky appliances that take up room in my closet and hutch and cabinets. *Sigh** I am working on it.. One day these attachments will find their way into my kitchen. Of that, I am certain!
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5 / 5
5 / 5
What could be better indeed?
PostedApril 8, 2010
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Cialynne
fromClayton, NC
What could be a better gift for the cooking enthusiast than a gift card from Chef's Catalog? It gives the recipient the choice of buying whatever their favorite kitchen tool is along with their favorite brand name. I have received a few gift cards over the last few years, and I tend to hoard them all until I have enough to buy what I want. My latest gift card purchase from here was the Cuisinart 6-quart Slow Cooker.
In short, you cannot go wrong with gift cards, in any amount, for the cooking enthusiast in your life.
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 Cuisinart 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker, PSC-650
Cuisinart 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker, PSC-650
Cuisinart 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker, PSC-650 : Family-size 6 1/2-quart Cuisinart slow cooker also keeps food at the perfect serving temperature. Removable ceramic cooking pot doubles as a serving piece and makes cleanup easy. Choose one of three cooking modes for up to 24 hours; automatically shifts to Warm when cooking time is up. Brushed stainless steel housing with chrome-plated handles and glass lid with stainless rim and chrome-plated knob. Including cooking rack for use with ramekins or other bakeware, plus recipe book. Model: PSC-650. Product Features Smooth brushed stainless steel finish provides an attractive design that looks great in any kitchen Built-in easy to read digital timer lets you set the cooking time for up to 24 hours, and the auto-warm feature keeps your meal at the perfect serving temperature without overcooking 6.5-quart oval ceramic pot allows you to cook large portions of, casseroles for 6 people, and enough apple crisp or pudding for a crowd Ceramic cooking pot and glass lid are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup Nonslip rubber feet and a convenient retractable cord provide safe and easy cooking Quick family pleasers, romantic dinners for two and delicious party desserts are just some of the possibilities available with this slow cooker See through glass lid with stainless steel and chrome accents keep ingredients moist Dishwasher-safe lid and ceramic pot Cooking rack allows you to use a 2-quart soufflé pan or 6 4-ounce ramekins in the slow cooker Wraparound heating elements ensure even cooking Off/On, Warm, Simmer, Low and High settings Chrome plated handles look great and stay cool to the touch Retractable cord storage feature keeps countertop neat and safe Imported 3-year limited warranty Includes Brushed stainless steel slow cooker unit Ceramic pot Glass lid with stainless steel rim and handle Cooking rack Illustrated instruction booklet Recipe booklet with 70 recipes
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This slow cooker ROCKS!
PostedMarch 26, 2010
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Cialynne
fromClayton, NC
A while ago, someone I did not know lost everything in a fire. They were asking for working kitchen appliances that they could use in the hotel that they were staying in until they could find an apartment while waiting for the transitional changes that hapen in situations like this. So, I looked around my kitchen and decided to donate my old Rival Crockpot to this family. I didn't use it, and it was taking up space that I could use for something else, so off it went!
I came to my favorite kitchen store online, ya'll know the one! I started looking around for a replacement crockpot that I thought would serve my family better. One of the things that I didn't like about the previous one was that the glass lid didn't fit the crock that well, and as a result the food that I would cook in it tended to lose the moisture that is supposed to be a perk of slow cooking. So I was definitely looking for a higher quality slow cooker.
Hence, I first thought about the Kitchenaid Slow Cooker that I saw here, and after reading the majority of the reviews for same I decided against that one, even though KA is probably my favorite kitchen brand to buy. I did like the stainless steel and black coloring of the KA cooker. I thought that the color scheme would blend in well with my own kitchen color scheme. Well if you happen to be searching for matching appliances in the same or similar color schemes, then you might have noticed that most of the slow cookers on this site are stainless steel and black, so that meant that I had to decide on which one to choose based on the customer reviews, the price, and the amount of food it would hold, price being paramount, then reviews, etc.
I chose the Cuisinart 6.5 qt slow cooker because the price was just great! I couldn't get it for less on any other site, than I could here, even on eBay! Chef's was offering free shipping, which would save me a bundle, and the product was definitely new and not refurbished. The price was right at 50% off the MSRP! I had been hoarding Chef's gift cards for 2 Christmases, and I finally had enough to purchase this crockpot! Woo Hoo!!
I purchased it on 3/12/10, paid extra for expedited shipping, and I really thought that it was great that Chef's only charged a $3 additional charge and applied the normal shipping charge that they were doing for free with a $99 purchase to the order, so I winded up paying only 3 bucks for expedited FedEx ground shipping! I didn't like that it took all weekend to get packed and ready for shipment. After all, I wanted it yesterday, and I ordered it mid afternoon on Friday, so it should have went out that day, right! Yeah, I know that was asking just a bit much, but I am a want-it-yesterday-type of shopper.
Anyway, it went out on Monday, Fedex showed that it would arrive on Friday, but it got here a day earlier than that. It arrived in 4 days instead of the usual 10-14 if I had standard free shipping.
My complaints about my old crock pot did not apply in this case. The lid does not technically "seal", but it does fit tighter than the previous crock pot, and the 2 meals that I have cooked so far in it have been wonderfully delicious. I have cooked beanless chili in it and a 2-pound bag of pintos. I did find that in this crockpot, if you are filling it up to the brim with different types of food, and food is taking up every available inch of space, you will need to start it on high for about 2 hours before switching it to low to cook for the rest of the day, especially if you are cooking dried beans. I started the beans at 7 a.m. and at 5 p.m, they were not quite done yet, so I changed it to high, set the timer for another 1-1/2 hours, and by then they were tender and yummy. Having said that, I don't see this as a bad thing with this crock pot. It is, to me, just adjustments that I needed to make because I didn't quite yet know what the crockpot was capable of. I suspect that if I put only 1 pound of dried beans in there that those beans would cooked in the first block of time just fine.
Would I recommend this crock pot to a friend? You bet I would! It looks nice sitting on my counter, it cleans up really well, the 24-hour timer functions perfectly, it switches to warm once the initial cook time is over, it has a simmer, warm, low, and high cooking time, a retractable cord for heaven's sake!, and I think that I will become fast friends with this kitchen appliance. I am combing through my crock pot recipe books, looking in my freezer to see what I can cook in it the next time, and I am really, really happy with my purchase. Next to my KitchenAid professional stand mixer, I think it may just become my go-to appliance when I want to have dinner on the table at a decent hour!
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