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My most beautiful cooking tool

41NHgZTQ7RLThis is a stock photo of my Kitchenaid Professional 600 stand mixer in nickel pearl. A marvelous chunk of modern/retro design. Looks like it could have been chiseled out of a single block of nickel.

I truly love this mixer. I do a lot of baking and the 6 qt. capacity and heavy duty motor gives me all of the dough mixing capability that I’ll ever “kneed” (sorry, couldn’t resist). When I’m asked to recommend a stand mixer, I always go with Kitchenaid, and if the questioner mentions baking bread, I always recommend the “6” series (the 6 indicates 6 quarts, the model line you need to safely make heavy bread doughs). There are many Kitchenaid mixers that have been handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter and still work perfectly well. Of course, this was in the days when it was made by the Hobart Co. and there are serious doubts as to the longevity of the current manufacture of the mixers, but mine has operated flawlessly and I continue to recommend the entire line. Before this one, I had a modest white 5 qt. model that I got around ’91 at  discount at J.C. Penny (I think I paid $89 brand new). I used it for almost15 years before consigning it to an ex’s kitchen and getting this one 3 years ago.

The only thing that might make it mre beautiful is if I had the $300 to add *this* to my rig:


I’m sorry, but until I win the lottery, I’ll be hand-whipping my egg whites in my handheld copper bowl ($20) with a whisk (copper has a chemical reaction with egg whites that dramatically increases the volume of whipped egg whites). I can whip up a nice meringue in less than 10 minutes by hand. However, for those who have the budget, these various copper bowls are definitely worthy and, by all accounts are extremely well-crafted:

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