Mixers are domestic kitchen appliances that were invented to reduce manual labor involved in folding, mixing and beating ingredients. The first mixers were hand-cranked.
Stand mixers are sturdier than their handheld counterparts and are used in nearly every commercial business that makes bread or bread products. A typical hoem stand mixer has a bown between 3 to 7 quarts and weighs 15 to 30 pounds. Usually home mixers include a wire whip, a flat beater, and dough hook.
Stand Mixers are either Spiral or Planetary. Spiral agitator attachment in a spiral mixer remains stationary off center in the bowl while the bowl itself rotates. Planetary action stand mixers, such as the KitchenAid move the action of the agitotor in an orbit around the bowl whil the bowl itself remains stationary. It has been said that spiral mixers are better for mixing dough and planetary mixers are btter for whipping and blending.
This is the little appliance that launched a whole brand. This was and very well might still be your grandmother's mixer. Created by the Hobart company in the early 1900s as the "best kitchen aid", the KitchenAid mixer is as much of a timeless iconic design as are aviator glasses, red double decker london buses, or the Barcelona Chair.
KitchenAid Mixers was the first to introduce "planetary action" back in the 1900s, which to this day many popular mixers still do not feature. Planetary action means that the beater orbits clockwise while the shaft spins counter clockwise pushing the ingredients to the middle of the bowl. This eliminates the need to rotate the bowl and to this day a better mixing configuration has not been discovered.
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