Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New to me

My Oster mixer, a wedding gift from my coworkers almost 21 years ago, is on its last leg. I still use it regularly but I have to stand right in front of it, ready to hit the "off" button if it starts squealing. I've found I can dial back the speed and, when I turn it back on, it works without the noise. It takes forever to knead dough at the lower speed, so I'm saving for a new mixer.

Last year, I went to Kathy's to help make pizza dough for Victoria's open house. I borrowed Mom's Kitchen Aid to use along side Kathy's. On the very first batch, Mom's mixer started making noises that made me decide I wasn't going to chance using it. Several years ago Mom had to have a gear replaced in it and I was afraid it was going again. We muddled through with Kathy's mixer, letting it rest after a while to cool down. Yes, we made that much dough.

When I returned Mom's mixer to her, I asked her if she'd been having any trouble. She hadn't and, as she continued to use it, the noise never happened again.

She must have been a little concerned though. She started watching for sales on the new 6-quart Kitchen Aid mixers. She managed to find one several months ago on sale, plus used some sort of coupon. She snagged a really good deal and was excited to have the bigger model. She offered me her old one (since I'm the only family member without one) but I declined, remembering the noise and thinking I'd just have two mixers almost ready to die.

Then I read The Parson's Wife's blog back in March. Her hubby ordered, and installed, a new gear for her mixer. I told Clarence I was sorry I hadn't taken Mom's mixer after all. I knew he'd be able to fix it as long as we could get parts and Shawn was nice enough to link to the site where her husband found the part.

I thought Mom had already donated her mixer somewhere until she mentioned it on Mother's Day. She was getting things together for a rummage sale at her church and the mixer was on the list to go. We brought it home with us instead.

I fully expected to be ordering the gear once I used it for bread but I've already made 100% whole wheat bread in it and it didn't so much as whimper.

I'm still saving for the Electrolux I've been eyeing, but I am very thankful to have such a nice mixer in the meantime. Thanks, Mom!
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  1. I have the 5 or 6 quart Kitchen Aid and I love it! We use it for everything!

    So glad you were able to get this one!

  2. You are so sweet to remember the post, and to link me... I hope you continue to be blessed with this mixer!

  3. I think it's great that mom gave you the mixer! Now that she has bought a new one Murphys Law of Kitchenaids says it will last you at least 20 years without another speck of trouble:>)

  4. A countertop mixer is on my wish list if we ever get more counterspace...

    How nice that you were able to snag this one.


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