- Food and Cooking
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer
As an artisan sourdough baker specializing in organic heritage grains, I confess I'd be lost without my Kitchenaid 600 mixer. Pairing the KitchenAid with a Messerschmidt Family Grain Mill made it easy for me to mill my own flour - something my older mixer would not do.
The KitchenAid includes a professional power take-off which makes it a snap to attach all sorts of useful tools, including a food grinder, a fruit and vegetable strainer and grinder, grain mills, a sausage maker, pasta press, pasta roller set, a ravioli maker and an ice cream maker, all of which can be purchased separately and added as the need arises.
I'd be lost without it.
You can see why I love my 600 - it's not a mixer, it's one of the greatest boons to kitchen automation on the planet. Its capabilities are limited only by your imagination. (My next additions will be the grinder and the sausage maker - I smoke a lot of meat, and making my own smoked sausage will really be a treat!
The mixer also includes a monster-sized 6 quart mixing bowl which makes it easy to mix up to five pounds of mashed potatoes at a time - a capability anyone contemplating dinner for a large family gathering will appreciate immediately. It will accomodate enough dough to crank out five pounds of sugar cookies, too, just in case your family has a sweet tooth. For me, though, it's the capacity to process four pounds of heavy bread dough that makes the KitchenAid 600 shine.
Now you know why I began this review with "I'd be lost without it."