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Hand Held Mixers and KitchenAids

December 29th, 2010

Even though I have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, I also have a Hamilton Beach hand held mixer. I suppose the two can be used interchangeably, but I tend to use each for separate tasks. I like my KitchenAid for mixing cookie and bread dough. I keep the stand mixer on the kitchen counter, and it forms the backbone of my kitchen equipment. My mixer also has a lot of sentimental value to me, because my mother gave it to me as a bridal shower gift.

My very basic Hamilton Beach hand held mixer has less sentimental value and is kept in the cupboard. I spin it into action when I need to whip some cream for dessert or crank out a quick batch of Grandpa’s Cereal for breakfast. I do use the hand held mixer exclusively for making Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake and the recommended Perfectly Chocolate frosting. For some reason, the hand held mixer seems easier at times, especially when I am making that recipe’s quick and liquidy chocolate batter.

When I started to make this cake while living in Alaska, I let my then 3-year old son help. He loved using the hand held mixer over the KitchenAid. I think James liked being able to hold the mixer and maneuver its every action. Was it like holding a power tool? I guess so. What are your thoughts on stand mixer versus hand held mixer? KitchenAid? Cuisinart? Hamilton Beach? Sentimental or practical?

–Melissa A. Trainer

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