KitchenAid Artisan Mixer for Homemade Masterpieces
The KitchenAid Artisan Mixer is another excellent model of KitchenAid stand mixers. It is slightly bigger and more powerful than the KitchenAid Classic Mixer with its 5-quart mixing bowl and 350-watt motor. As you’d expect, it’s slightly smaller than the pro mixer units.
Many find the Artisan to be the just right middle ground for them.
Here are its features.
A 350-watt motor powers this machine. In addition to turning the mixer blades, it drives a very versatile power hub.
More than 15 (optional) accessories attach to this hub. These attachments turn your stand mixer into a customized culinary center.
With the proper attachment, you can use the power of your stand mixer to help you make fusilli pasta from scratch, shred a block of parmesan cheese in seconds, grate vegetable, churn ice cream and so much more.
2. 5-Qt. Stainless Steel Bowl with Comfortable Handle
The 5-Qt. stainless steel will provide you with enough capacity to mix dough for 9 dozen cookies, 4 loaves of bread or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch.
That capability is more than enough to satisfy a big household and will do very well for food preparations for even larger gatherings.
And while it seems like a small thing, the design of the handle makes a big difference.
The KitchenAid has a large handle with rounded edges. More importantly, its attached vertically. This makes it easy to get a firm grip and maneuver the bowl.
A competing brand I’ve used has the handle attached horizontally. This is completely awkward. Something as simple as getting batter into a cake pan becomes a challenge.
I’ve found that the more I’ve had a chance to try other mixers when visiting friends, the more I appreciate my KitchenAid. It just works.
3. Over 20 Colors Available
Of all the KitchenAid stand mixer variants, the Artisan KitchenAid Mixer has the most options in color design.
Yes, we’re mainly interested in function, but why not have a little flair as well?
This is especially true if you have a definite design theme for your kitchen. Fortunately, whatever your design instincts the folks at KitchenAid have you covered.
You can check out this link to see the available colors and choose the one that fit’s your kitchen’s style and mood.
59-Point Planetary Mixing Action
One of the most important features of the Artisan KitchenAid Mixer is its planetary mixing motion.
When we say “59-Point Planetary Mixing Action” it means that as the mixer turns, it also moves aroung the bowl touching it at 59 points with each revolution.
It’s comparable to planet Earth turning on its axis while at the same time traveling aroung the sun.
Getting this right requires careful engineering and complex gearing.
Lesser mixers that don’t have this feature. They require you to manually move the bowl around and periodically stop and scrape down the sides to get a thorough mix. This quickly becomes an annoying pain.
And even doing that you won’t get the perfectly smooth batter that a KitchenAid Mixer produces automatically.
The feature frees you from having to stand by the mixer and help it perform its function. The Kitchen Aid gets the job done by itself. You can leave to its work and you can do other tasks the recipe you’re working on calls for. For example, greasing and dusting the cake pans while the batter is mixing.
3. Tilt-Head Design
Other stand mixers will require you to bend over to see how your attachments fit into the hub. The KitchenAid design, with its titling head, allows you to simply tilt the head backward so that the hub will be facing you as you put on its attachments.
This feature also provides for convenience when you have to attend to the mixing bowl. The tilted head will provide you with space to add on ingredients, supplement with manual mixing or just to have a clear visual on how your project is turning out.
It makes placing and removing the bowl from the base plate easier without having to tilt it in several directions just so that it will make its way through the protruding hub attachments.
4. 10 Speeds
The 350-watt motor can turn the hub in 10 different speed settings that will fit all mixing requirement for your kitchen projects.
Speed 1 is perfect for a gentle stir. It’s a good idea to generally start any mixing off at this level. Kick it into high gear right away and you’re likely to have flour all over your kitchen.
As the ingredients become incorporated it’s easy to gradually increas the speed as needed.
Speed 2 and 3 are somewhat faster and may be all you need for very thin batters like you might use for crepes.
As an aside, I sometimes will use the mixer to make mashed potatoes, especially if I’m doing a big batch and using add-ins such as cheddar cheese or bacon. The lower speeds work pretty well for that.
I will admit that even though I love my mixer, for sentimental reasons I still like to mash potatoes by hand using the masher I inherited from my Mom.
As an aside, if you’re interested in trying some 5-star rated mashed potato variations, check out that link.
Speeds 4 through 6 will handle most mixing and beating for batters like cookie dough and cakes or for combining sugar and butter.
For beating egg whites and whipping cream, crank it up to 8.
Speeds 1 to 8 are what you’ll use most often. Still, it’s nice to know speeds 9 and 10 are there if you need them.
The Artisan model of the KitchenAid mixer comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a 6-wire whisk and 1-piece pouring shield.
The whisk does of great job of whipping egg whites or cream and mixing thin batters.
The flat blade handles most thicker batters, and you’ll use the hook to knead the stiff doughs you use to make bread, pizza, bagels and such.
The pouring shield makes it easy to neatly add ingredients while the mixer is turning.
All in all, this is a great package that covers the vast majority of your mixing needs. Once you have the mixer, adding a few options expands its usefulness even further.
To have a feel for the efficiency of the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer, you can try whipping up delicious Raspberry “Rhubars” by following the steps below.
Preheat oven to 350°. Use your KitchenAid Artisan Mixer to stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon table salt.
Cut 3/4 cup butter and include in flour mixture, Continue with the stirring (using the flat beater blade) until crumbly. Then, Stir in 3/4 cup toasted slivered almonds.
Press mixture onto bottom of a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack until ready to use.
Stir together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon table salt. Stir in 1 pound of cut rhubarb and 1 container raspberries.
Let stand 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and another container of raspberries.
Prepare Cream Cheese Batter
Beat 2 8-oz packages of cream cheese and 3/4 cup granulated sugar with your KitchenAid Artisan Mixer until smooth (and remember how hard it was to do this by hand).
Add 2 large eggs, 1 at a time, and beat just until blended after each addition.
Add 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and juice. Beat well.
Spread Rhubarb-Raspberry Filling over Crust. Gently spread Cream Cheese Batter over filling.
There is so much more you can do with a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer. Once you start using it, you’ll wonder how you got along without it. I’ve found myself routinely making recipes that I made only rarely before now that the KitchenAid is doing the work.
An example is meringues. I tried beating egg whites by hand with a whisk once just to see what that was like. Try it if you want to get an appreciation for the cook’s of old. It’s long, hard work that could easily lead to repetitive stress injury.
Even using a hand-held mixer, getting to stiff whites was enough of a chore that I didn’t do it often.
Now with the KitchenAid, getting perfectly beaten egg whites is no problem. The biggest challenge now is not getting any yolk in the whites when I separate the eggs. That I can do, so now I find myself whipping up a batch of meringues at the drop of a hat.
Fresh or frozen beries over a meringue makes a healthy and elegant dessert. And I have to admit enjoying how impressed my friends are when I serve it casually.
In sum, adding a high quality, hard-working appliance like this to your kitchen collection will make it easier than ever to routinely produce anything from everyday good cooking to culinary masterpieces for your friends and family.