My son is a pretty great guy. Benjamin is sixteen and a junior in high school. He is a funny, irreverent fellow yet also an altar server at our church. He is already an accomplished actor. But what he likes to do more than anything else is cook. That may be related to the fact that he also really enjoys eating. Anyway, he is always cooking something with his best friend Miles. Most Saturdays, they will watch an hour or two of cooking programs, then walk down to QFC, buy a bunch of ingredients and then come home and cook it all up. Ben, unlike myself, does not really follow a specific recipe. Rather, he will get an idea of say a lime sauce, and then will just put together what he believes to be appropriate lime sauce ingredients until he has whipped up a pretty tasty lime sauce. In order to become a better cook and baker, Ben has been kvetching for the last few years that he needs a good mixer. In Ben’s eyes, there is only one mixer worth its salt and that mixer is a KitchenAid Classic. KitchenAid makes 16 models of stand mixers in Greenville Ohio ranging in price from $199 to $899. These mixers are brutes. The ninth gift on my top ten Made in America gift list for 2011 is the KitchenAid Classic 250 Watts Stand Mixer.
The KitchenAid Classic comes in any color you want, as long as it’s white. The Classic has a tilt-head design as opposed to a bowl lift design. The tilt-head design is easier to use I think. The Classic has a Flour Power Rating of 8 cups, which means you can make enough dough for 6 dozen cookies, 3 loaves of bread or 6 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. I don’t know about you, but I can rarely put away much more that 4 1/2 pounds of mashed potatoes at a seating, so the Classic would be fine for me. The Classic has a powerful 250 watt motor and a 10-speed slide control allowing you to go from a very fast whip to a very slow stir.
The Classic comes equipped with three attachments: a flat beater, a wire whip for egg whites, mayonnaise, and making chocolate mousse, and a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs. The bowl itself locks tightly into its base. What really sets KitchenAid mixers apart are the amazing range of accessories you can attach to your KitchenAid. My buddy loves making home-made sausages with the sausage stuffer kit. There are juicer, chopper and even ravioli making attachments for the KitchenAid. These make great follow-up gifts in coming years.
The KitchenAid Classic is just that, a classic. And it is a classic that is made in the US by members of our extended American family working for KitchenAid in Greenville Ohio. And if a member of my immediate American family plays his cards right for the next few weeks, he might find a big white KitchenAid Classic under the tree this year. But only if he starts cleaning up the kitchen.