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KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer

Updated on December 15, 2015

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."

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My KitchenAid 600 and Messerschmidt Family Grain Mill at work milling whole grain Red Fife.Organic heritage Red Fife wheat - I buy 50 pounds at a time and grind fresh whole grain flour as needed.The bread's always fresh!Fresh out of the oven: Organic Whole Grain Red Fife SourdoughA comparison of cracked Red Fife (top), anda much finer Red Fife flour. I use both for my sourdoughs - the cracked wheat adds a texture I love.Fresh, Hot Organic Whole Grain Red Fife Sourdough cooling on the rack.
My KitchenAid 600 and Messerschmidt Family Grain Mill at work milling whole grain Red Fife.
My KitchenAid 600 and Messerschmidt Family Grain Mill at work milling whole grain Red Fife.
Organic heritage Red Fife wheat - I buy 50 pounds at a time and grind fresh whole grain flour as needed.The bread's always fresh!
Organic heritage Red Fife wheat - I buy 50 pounds at a time and grind fresh whole grain flour as needed.The bread's always fresh!
Fresh out of the oven: Organic Whole Grain Red Fife Sourdough
Fresh out of the oven: Organic Whole Grain Red Fife Sourdough
A comparison of cracked Red Fife (top), anda much finer Red Fife flour. I use both for my sourdoughs - the cracked wheat adds a texture I love.
A comparison of cracked Red Fife (top), anda much finer Red Fife flour. I use both for my sourdoughs - the cracked wheat adds a texture I love.
Fresh, Hot Organic Whole Grain Red Fife Sourdough cooling on the rack.
Fresh, Hot Organic Whole Grain Red Fife Sourdough cooling on the rack.

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