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Stand Mixers--are they worth it?

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Stand Mixers--are they worth it?

chowser | Nov 22, 2006 04:17 PM

I do a lot of baking but never (or rarely) make dough for bread and now with the no knead bread probably won't. I have a small kitchen and am happy with my little hand held kitchen aid mixer. Are there advantages to the stand mixer? There are a few times I think I would like it, like making meringues, whipping cream, chocolate mousse cake (this is the hardest one-- you mix for over 10 minutes straight so it's time consuming to stand there holding it) but I can deal with it. I've had a lot of people tell me I should get one because I bake so much. I don't know about lugging it out. I have borrowed one years ago and hated having to stop and scrape the edges. It seems like so many people use them that there might be advantages I haven't thought of. Do you have one? Is it worth it and why?

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