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Find the KitchenAid Stand mixers too expensive? Try these alternatives out

KitchenAid stand mixers are the best out there but they are a little pricey which begs the need for stand mixers which can offer you the same level of mixing but at a lower cost. So, we reviewed a lot of stand mixers and finally found these 4 stand mixers which could be a good substitute for your KitchenAid stand mixers while not burning a hole in your pocket.

CuisintArt SM-55

One of the best affordable stand mixer, this model provides you all the features and functions of a KitchenAid stand mixer but at a price of just $270 which is quite less in comparison to a KitchenAid stand mixer. This model comes with a 5.5-quart bowl and a 800-watt motor which can perform efficient mixes on a lot of ingredients with ease.

It also includes 12 speed-settings, tilt-head feature and offers you the option of a slow start function and an automatic shut off feature which comes quite handy. It can also use several attachments which makes it a popular choice for most people.

Breville Pick and Mix Hand and Stand Mixer

Another great substitute for the KitchenAid stand mixer is this Breville’s two-in-one mixer which can work both as a hand mixer and a stand mixer. This mixer includes rotating beaters and rotating bowl which makes mixing more efficient and consistent.

Its 380-watt motor and 10 level speed settings make it an attractive option to most people and with its 2L bowl capacity, you can mix a lot of ingredients at a time. It also offers you many attachment options which make this stand mixer a pretty good deal at just 50 euros.

VonShef Stand Mixer

Yet another great stand mixer which is a much better substitute to your KitchenAid stand mixer with its 5.5-quart bowl and 1200-watt motor. This stand mixer can perform heavy mixes easily and with its 6-speed settings, pulse function and planetary mixing motion, you can be sure that the mixture is going to be consistently mixed.

This stand mixer is a great choice for all those aspiring chefs and can help in baking large cakes and with its stainless steel model and splash guard feature, you can be sure that the mess will be to a minimum and you can bake to your heart’s content without worrying about cleaning.

Andrew James Electric Food Stand Mixer

The last but not the least, Andrew James Electric Food Stand Mixer is another great choice for all those people who are looking for KitchenAid stand mixer features but at a lower price. This model includes a 5.2-quart bowl and a 800-watt motor with 6-speed settings a pulse function which makes it easier to mix consistent mixtures.

It also offers you’re a robust gear mechanism which can ensure the durability of this product and with so many attachment options, you can easily make anything that you want including ice cream and pasta. In fact, its silicone spatula is a nice touch to ensure that your stand mixer lasts for a long time to come.

My Review of the KitchenAid Professional 600 Stand Mixer

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Stand mixers prove to be really useful in a consistent mixing of large and small ingredients together and are really helpful for beating cake batter and other type of whisking activities. While there are a lot of Stand Mixer models out there, KitchenAid Professional 600 Stand Mixer is the best investment you could ever make.

At just $450, it is deemed a little expensive but worth the money as it can be used for both home and commercial purposes. It provides enough versatility to fit the needs of a beginner baker to a professional chef and is known to provide high efficiency even after years of use. We have reviewed this model to inform you about its various pros and cons and below is our verdict for this quality brand stand mixer model.

Overview of the Company

KitchenAid is the best stand mixer company with a large satisfied customer base and its name purports its long-lasting products which usually come in a sleek design making them look and feel great. Also known for its excellent performance, this is the brand to go for when deciding to buy a Stand Mixer for your home or commercial purposes.

Technical Info

Length of the mixer is about 15 inches and Width  around 11 inches and it’s 16.5 inches tall. Moving it around can be tough as it weighs around 25 lbs. It has a Die-cast zinc and aluminum housing to keep it rust free.

Features you should know about

  • Lift bowl design making it easier to fix the bowl and add ingredients to the mixture.
  • Powerful motor at 575 watt which provides highly efficient performance while mixing.
  • 10-speed settings to choose for numerous mixing tasks
  • Locks the bow securely in the lift arms which makes high speed beating and whisking very easy
  • 6-quart stainless steel bowl with an ergonomic handle for easy mixing of a huge amount of ingredients.
  • Planetary mixing actions that make certain that all the corners are touched while continuous rotations which ensures thorough mixing.
  • It comes with three common attachments: dough hook, flat beater and a wire whisk along with a plastic pouring shield.
  • Bowl is dishwasher-safe and hence easy to clean.
  • Its attachments can be manually cleaned with the help of a damp cloth.

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Pros

It’s easy to use as it comes with a user manual and perfect for large gathering due to is high power motor and 10 speed settings which make it capable of mixing a lot of ingredients in a single batch. Also it’s easy to clean and store and can brighten up your kitchen with it’s wide range of colors.

Cons

Not only will this mixer burn a hole in your pockets but it also tends to be a little noisy.  The beaters and dough hook need to be quickly cleaned and dried to maintain their coating plus the bowl-lift design becomes a little cumbersome some times.

Verdict:

This unit is compatible for both personal and commercial use, making it the best model for an amateur baker and a professional chef alike. With its high power mixer and numerous speed settings, it is perfect for most of the mixing activities and can help in baking of large quantities of cake in a single batch. Its metal coating and bowl-lift design ensure durability and ease of use and makes it the perfect choice for a lot of individuals.

 

Hear more about it in the video below

Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

I recently was gifted a brand new Ninja blender. I know, I know, all vegans are obsessed with their blenders. In addition to my morning smoothies, I was looking for other things I could make with this high powered blending device. I stumbled on recipe after recipe for almond milk. I recently became a fan of almond milk (my first love being soy, of course) so I thought it was worth a try. It is super easy and fun to make. As far as costs go, I am not sure if you really save any money by making it yourself. Pre-made almond milk is very affordable and raw almonds are pretty pricy. The cost per gallon is probably about the same for both homemade and pre-made. That being said, it tastes great and if you are anything like me your DIY ethic compels you to take on projects like these. It was a super satisfying experience and if you are at all interested in giving it a try you should.

What to Do

Step One (the soak)
Take one cup of almonds and put them in a jar. Fill the jar with water and set aside to soak over night.Step two (the rinse)
Pour the contents of the jar into a strainer and give the almonds a good rinse. Step Three (the spin cycle)
Place your pre-soaked almonds in your blender and add 4 cups of water. Blend for two to three minutes on high.Step Four (the squeeze)
Cover a bowl or pitcher with a cheese cloth (folded over once). Pour the contents of the blender over the cheese cloth and squeeze out the extra liquid as you go. The goal is to separate the liquid from the pulp. Once you have squeezed out all your liquid your fresh almond milk is ready to enjoy.

 

 

What you need

• One cup of raw almonds
• 4 cups of water
• enough water to soak your almonds
• High speed blender
• Strainer
• Cheese cloth






Vegan Pregnancy Products I Love!

This is the time that I pimp a bunch of great vegan products that I have used during my pregnancy. I am not being sponsored by any of these products or companies (at least not yet anyways…hit me up!). These are just things that I have found helpful that I think other women might find helpful too!

Natural Stretch Oil (Earth Mother Angel Baby):
This is a light oil that you rub on your belly and breasts to help prevent stretch marks. Again, as I wrote about in my stretch marks post, there are no guarantees that any product out there will ensure you don’t get stretch marks. What I will say about this product is I have been using it my whole pregnancy and if nothing else it makes me feel like I am doing something proactive. It is also a great moisturizer and will relieve the itchy feeling you get from your skin stretching as your belly and breasts grow.

Hemp Pro 50 Protein Powder:
Let me start this off by saying I am not a fan of flavored protein powders. I know people love to drink “chocolate” and “vanilla” flavored protein shakes but I can’t deal with them. The over powering sweet fake flavor gives me the creeps. That is why I love this hemp protein powder because it is flavorless. I can simply add it to my smoothies and forget it is even there. It is plant based, raw and has omega 3 and 6.

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws:
These are not necessarily a vegan product but they are not a non-vegan product ether. I originally ordered them for an arts and crafts project I was doing with my boyfriend but I ended up using them all the time. It is so important to stay hydrated when you are pregnant and I found drinking through straws really helped me take in more water with every sip. Plus, it makes it easier to drink from a glass when you have aches and pains and are laying on the couch.

Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap:
I have always used bronner’s in the shower as a body-wash because it is vegan and cruelty free. I recently started also using it as a household cleaner. Once I got pregnant I stopped using my regular cleaning products because they contain chemicals that are not pregnant lady safe. Some bronner’s and water in a spray bottle is a great all purpose cleaner. You can also mix a paste out of bronner’s, water and baking soda to use as a soft scrub for bathtubs and sinks.

Weight Gain

This is a subject that I have been struggling with a lot in the past few weeks. I have hit the point in my pregnancy where the amount of weight that I have put on is really starting to effect me. My legs, knees, ankles and especially my lower back are feeling the effects of the extra 20 lbs I have on my frame. But in addition to the the aches and pains the weight is showing up in places I didn’t expect, such as my legs, hips and face. There is just more of me everywhere and as zen as I am trying to be about it, it is hard. I keep reminding myself that I am growing a human and it is all part of the process but I still can help but hide from the mirror.

So, what is healthy weight gain during pregnancy supposed to look like? Well according to WebMD if you start at an average weight (whatever that is) you should put on between 25 lbs to 35 lbs. In your first trimester you are not going to be putting on too much weight, only a few pounds in the first few months. In the second and third trimesters you are looking to put on roughly 1 to 1.5 lbs per week. According to my midwife there may be some weeks I put on .5 lbs and other weeks I put on 2 lbs. You are just aiming for a healthy average across the weeks. But! we are all different and when and where we gain the weight is going to change from person to person. At the end of the day no matter what weight gain is hard on all of us. I just keep reminding myself it is all part of the process. Plus! I am getting a baby out of all of this

Hibiscus Cooler

When you are pregnant your fun drink options become limited. No booze, no caffeine and a lot of us try to avoid the artificial sweeteners. Lately I have been obsessed with drinking hibiscus iced tea, since I recently discovered that my local market carries dried hibiscus flowers. The hibiscus flower is found in many warm weather climates including Jamaica, Egypt, Mexico and Honduras. Tea made from hibiscus is served as a  mild medicine in many cultures due to its high vitamin C content. It is a healthy flavorful alternative to a standard iced tea (which usually contains caffeine).
Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus Flower
Ingredients:
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup dried hibiscus
A hand full of mint leaves
Maple syrup to tasteIn a large pot, bring water to a boil and add in the dried hibiscus and mint leaves. Turn off heat and let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. Add in the maple syrup until the tea tastes sweet enough to curb the sourness of the hibiscus. Strain the mixture into an ice filled pitcher.

Stretch Marks

Healthily Fat: Almonds
Healthily Fat: Almonds

I think every woman who is pregnant lives in some sort of fear of stretch marks, I know I do. We all hope that we will be part of the lucky 10% of women who are spared. But the truth of the matter is that most women get them and if your mother got them you will probably get ’em too. Even with all the lotions and balms on the market there is no surefire way to completely prevent them. I know the out look seems bleak.

The good news is that diet can play a roll in minimizing stretch marks. The first line of defense is slow and steady weight gain. Stretch marks are caused by your belly and breasts growing faster then your skin can keep up.

So eating 5-6 smaller meals a day and choosing healthy calories instead of empty ones, such as sweets, are both good ideas. The other contributing factor is skin elasticity. So make sure your skin is nice and stretchy by drinking lots of water and getting your healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocado and nuts.

Now for a word about lotions and balms. There are lots of products on the market that are going to make all kinds of claims about preventing and treating stretch marks. It is important to keep in mind that there is no scientific evidence behind these claims. That being said, keeping your skin moisturized certainly isn’t going to hurt. Just be super careful of what is in the products you use. There are all kinds of harmful chemicals in lotions and balms, even the ones that say “natural” on the label. My recommendation is to keep it simple. Some women swear by plain ol’ coconut oil. I really like a product called Natural Stretch Cream by Earth Mother Angel Baby. If you are reading the ingredients and you don’t know what something is or you can’t pronounce it, it is probably better to stay away. Consult with your doctor if you have any questions about what products are safe to use.