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Is my Kitchenaid 325 watt K5SS mixer up to making bread?

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Hi,

I have had my Kitchenaid mixer for about 22 years and never used the dough hook until this week!  I have been using my bread machine (a Zojirushi) and it has been turning out a decent loaf but I'm just getting bored with it.  I have been yearning to make a loaf of bread the "old fashioned way" but I have always been intimidated with the idea of using yeast, just thought I couldn't do it. 

Well, on my last visit to BJ's Wholesale Club, I found a nice book, the "Kitchenaid Baking Companion".  Since it is endorsed by the manufacturer of my mixer, I gained the courage to tackle making bread from scratch.  I made one recipe of basic white bread and to my utter surprise, the loaves turned out really well and I had rave reviews from family and my neighbors (and my daughter's boyfriend)!

Then, I looked at reviews of Kitchenaid mixers (I should NEVER check things out so thoroughly, just makes me crazy) and I saw it mentioned that the 325 watt mixers really aren't up to making bread even though they include a dough hook.  Reviewers said when they started making bread, that's when those mixers failed.  The reviews, I'm sure, were for mixers newer than mine so I'm hoping that makes a difference.

I checked the motor after kneading the dough and it didn't even get warm, never mind hot.  Since it is older, it is made in the U.S.A., not China.  The model is K5SS and it has a 5 quart bowl (lift bowl type).  I purchased it in Costco (then Price Club) for $230.00 and I LOVE this mixer and don't want to lose it after all these years!  It is just a plain old white mixer but it has served me well for so long that I would be extremely upset if something happened to it.  But it is still only 325 watts and that has me worried but now I really want to try some of the great recipes on BYC, including the one I saw for Gump's bread that everyone is raving about! 

Any advice would be appreciated!  Thanks!  smile  Genie

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I have a 17 year old Kitchen Aid and I've used the heck out of it including making bread. Mine needs some repair work which my son can do, I just have to buy the parts and pin him down to do it. The old machines are way better than the new ones so I really wouldn't worry. If you made your bread and it didn't even heat you mixer up then I say go for it. Why have a great old machine like that and be afraid to use it.

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If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. 
Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once!
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
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The fact your motor did not heat up  is a good sign. I had an  older style Kitchen Aid and it worked great - except when I overloaded the bowl and  what was in it was stiff: ie heavy cookie dough and my  cheese wafer dough...  For making bread you  are fine.

Of course you  have already gotten 22 years out of your Kitchen Aid, that's pretty sweet. It may be time to upgrade to a 6 qt with the heavy duty motor...   That's what I have now and it tears right thru those old heavy doughs  that used to make my old Kithen Aid hot...

Good luck. Try my Calamata Olive/Walnut Bread recipe... I'll post a link.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=171684

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Originally Posted by BettyR 

I have a 17 year old Kitchen Aid and I've used the heck out of it including making bread. Mine needs some repair work which my son can do, I just have to buy the parts and pin him down to do it. The old machines are way better than the new ones so I really wouldn't worry. If you made your bread and it didn't even heat you mixer up then I say go for it. Why have a great old machine like that and be afraid to use it.


Hi,

Fortunately, my mixer doesn't need and has never (yet) needed repairs.  I think you're right, from what I've read, the old machines are better.  I think I will try some more bread and just keep an eye on the motor, it it's not straining and doesn't get hot, I will continue.  I made some awfully heavy cookie dough with it once (much heavier than the bread dough) and it didn't even "blink an eye".  However, I have a feeling that I haven't used mine as much as you have used yours.  Thanks and good luck with your Kitchenaid!  smile  Genie

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bigmike&nan :

The fact your motor did not heat up  is a good sign. I had an  older style Kitchen Aid and it worked great - except when I overloaded the bowl and  what was in it was stiff: ie heavy cookie dough and my  cheese wafer dough...  For making bread you  are fine.

Of course you  have already gotten 22 years out of your Kitchen Aid, that's pretty sweet. It may be time to upgrade to a 6 qt with the heavy duty motor...   That's what I have now and it tears right thru those old heavy doughs  that used to make my old Kithen Aid hot...

Good luck. Try my Calamata Olive/Walnut Bread recipe... I'll post a link.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=171684


Hi,

Thanks for the input!  I'm sure your mixer is wonderful and I've looked at the 6 quart models and they are awfully tempting.  But, unlike yourself, I have never experienced my old mixer getting hot.  Maybe I just was lucky enough to get an extra good one!  There are two reasons I have hesitated to get the 6 quart model:

First, it's kind of a silly nostalgia thing--I bought this mixer as a housewarming gift to myself when we moved here (where we still live) 22 years ago and it's hard to give up.

Second, the newer 6 quart models don't fit under my cabinets so I would have to reorganize the kitchen countertops to make a place for it and this may not look so good.  I do have a place where there are no overhead cabinets but I keep my coffeemakers there so the steam doesn't ruin the cabinets.

I will definately check out your recipe!  Thank again and good luck with all of your baking endeavors!  smile  Genie

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