Well, it has been a while since I posted something on this page and I wanted to keep giving you my recommendations on what I consider are the great kitchen equipments for the house.
I have my kitchenAid Blender probably since 2006, and until today it has not given me any problems. I use the blender on daily basis for different preparations as I love to have proper consistency when I cook.
The Kitchen Aid Blender has 5 speeds that can be used for different cooking and procedures from crushing ice (great for those summer days when you want to have a nice mojito or ice frappe ) to really smooth soups, purees, baby food products or emulsions.
As you might understand this is a really strong blender and because of that it can bring some consequences if you do not know how to use the product properly. You can not have really smooth purees or emulsions unless you have the right temperature for it, but is the products are too hot you might be having problems when blending them as some of it might just fell out of the jar because of the heat, but this is something that could happened with almost any blender. On the other hand is really easy to clean and is strong enough to do most of the general cooking jobs.
A really positive point is that even when it is a really strong piece of equipment it does not make much noise, my old blender that was half of this one was making double of the noise with half of the job.
Another thing that you should know about this blender is that the driving mechanism consists of a rubber toothed piece that transfer the engine strength to the jar blade and this part might waste or brake. This is is designed to protect the engine in case the blade is stuck while blending, but even so the blender comes with three year manufacturer guarantee and the only thing that you need to do is contact them and they will organise a replacement of the part, even so I can said is a solid product.
The kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer is a great chef tool that now days it could be use for almost every day to day preparation and cooking at home.
It comes in a lot of different colors and with a great variety of accessories like, pasta sheet roller and cutter, ravioli maker, grain mill, can opener, citrus fruit juicer, sausages stuffer, ice cream maker, vegetable slicer-shredder and many other accessories, which could help you on all day to day cooking.
I have had an industrial Kitchenaid mixer in all the kitchens that I have been working on and i have purchased one for my house as well, which have been a great help specially if you have kids, this will help you with all your kids treat like Cookies, cakes, pastry doughs or ice cream at home, and will help you produce good food for your little ones with out the stress part of mixing all the time.
I have manage to buy this machine and the Blender that goes with it what is an amazing duo on your day to day cooking
One of the most important things regarding this piece of equipment is that is quite strong and versatile but there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind, if the machine is forced and the motor is damaged the machine become really unstable.
The other thing that has happened on all the machines that I have worked with is that the plastic pieces on the machine get broken really fast. on an industrial kitchen you get use to have the kitchen aid mixer with out the speed handlers but I never realized of this until I bough mine and a year after the parts where getting broken.
something else that you need to be aware of is that you will always be better of buying this machine from new or from a person that you know or have confidence with as you might have this machine on web sites as Ebay for a really good price but those machines might been repaired and resell.remember what i said about motor damage? well you will buy the machine thinking that is in perfect conditions and after some use you will realized that the engine have been damaged and repaired what will leave you with half of what this machine is really capable of.