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KA Beater Blade (post #56133)

Report on new toy!


Thanks to an enabling Sally, I purchased a KA Beater Blade last week. As others have mentioned, I love my KA but just don't "get" why the paddle design is lacking.


I even considered buying a new Cuisinart mixer because it actually pulls the ingredients off of the bottom and sides of the bowl. Oh well, on to the toy...


I haven't actually used the Beater Blade, but have a few initial observations. First, it is plastic, not that plastic is a bad thing. The primary beater is very hard plastic and has a flexible-spatula-like thing attached to it--actually wedged in between the hard plastic. Also, while the shape is similar, the whole attachment has a twist to it. Hard to explain, so I attached pics.


Must admit, I laughed when the packaging states: Perfect with: Banana Bread, Cheesecakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Devils Food Cake, and Frostings, Gum Paste and more. I found that a strange combo! :-)


 

Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #1 of 57)

I look forward to your report.
I almost ordered one today and noticed that the description on Amazon is "the BeaterBlade is perfect for cakes, cookies, frostings, quick breads, compound butters, meatloaf, pie fillings, mashed potatoes, gum paste and other tasty foods." Have you ever mixed up a meatloaf in your KA? Have you ever even thought about it?

thecooktoo's picture

(post #56133, reply #2 of 57)

>Have you ever mixed up a meatloaf in your KA? Have you ever even thought about it?<


Do it all the time, have for years.  And the bigger the meatloaf, the easier they are to mix.  Don't even remember the last time I made one by hand.


Edited to add:  Also use it for mixing pate's and other force meats like seafood sausage, etc.


Jim


Edited 6/19/2008 9:44 am ET by thecooktoo

Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #3 of 57)

Well, live and learn. But it feels so good to have all that stuff going through your fingers. ;-)

paretsky's picture

(post #56133, reply #4 of 57)

I'd always heard that it was important in making meatloaf to mix the ingredients as little, and as gently as possible to avoid making it tough, so I'd never even considered using the KA for it.

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"Light the lamp, not the rat! Light the lamp, not the rat!!"
Rizzo the Rat, A Muppet Christmas Carol

thecooktoo's picture

(post #56133, reply #5 of 57)

Oh, I run it on the slowest speed and just add the ingredients as I go, takes very little time and works great for me.


JIM

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #56133, reply #6 of 57)

Me too.





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Biscuit's picture

(post #56133, reply #7 of 57)

I always make meatloaf in my KA.  Dump it all in, turn on, done in about 30 seconds.

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- Mark Twain

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Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #8 of 57)

Now that's something I have just never thought of doing. I'll have to give it a try.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56133, reply #9 of 57)

I like squishing it by hand too.

Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #10 of 57)

It's so easy, hardly seems worth getting the KA out. But maybe I'm missing something.


Edited 6/21/2008 1:07 am by Heather

Biscuit's picture

(post #56133, reply #11 of 57)

I DON'T like squishing it with my hands (weird, since I love doing everything else with my hands), but mostly - I hate how much I have to wash and scrub my hands and nails afterwards until I feel they are really clean.  Throwing in the kitchenaid literally takes about 30 seconds, just until everything comes together, and before that - I really do just dump all the ingredients into the bowl at once, then mix for a half-minute, then dump out into my pan and press down.


I don't know why I like it better - it just seems so easy.  I make my meat balls in the KA, too, though, only then I have to form them, but still - takes the squishing out of the equation.


Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Jean's picture

(post #56133, reply #12 of 57)

I've made your meat loaf recipe. It's a good one. :)





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Biscuit's picture

(post #56133, reply #13 of 57)

(G)  I hate meatloaf.  I am okay with that particular recipe.  I only make it because DH loves it.

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
- Mark Twain

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Jean's picture

(post #56133, reply #14 of 57)

Same here. I have a Lockhorns cartoon on the fridge with a starry eyed Leroy saying to Loretta "Have I told you how lovely you look in the glow of the meatloaf?"





Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. Mary Hirsch
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #15 of 57)

OK, I did a search for both "meatloaf" and "meat loaf" coming from you and didn't find your recipe. It must be here somewhere. . . . Help please. ;-)

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56133, reply #16 of 57)

I am no help finding it, but I can tell you it is good-it tastes like a big giant meatball slice.

I make another one from Bruce Aidell's cookbook that has porcini mushrooms in it.

PS Are you dying of the heat down there? It was 106 yesterday in Marin-and my car was 3 blocks away. Normally that's a pleasant stroll to stretch my legs, but not in that heat.


Edited 6/21/2008 11:29 am by Marie Louise

Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #17 of 57)

It's bloody awful--it was 103.5F in my kitchen last night. Thank heaven there were leftovers. We are entertaining in our garden tomorrow and it is too hot to work out there today to clean some areas up.

What's with this? We usually get a couple of hot days in the Summer, but this is the second 100 degree heat wave already this year! Enough!!

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56133, reply #18 of 57)

Thanks to the previous owner, we have air-conditioning. It is on. I am just staying inside until the fog comes in (tomorrow, thank God.) Some friends who know this fact called last night just to say hi; I suspect they were asking to come over and spend the day with us. <G>

Stay cool in your garden-I was thinking of all the poor June brides who are getting married today. :-(

Anyway, meatloaf in the oven is not going to happen tonight, although now I want it.

Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #19 of 57)

We rarely need AC here, we have lots of trees around the house and extended eaves that shade the windows. But the kitchen has windows along the SE and NW walls so it gets hot by dinner prep time.

I'm sure you can really use AC, it's hotter at your house than here. Yesterday I'm sure AC was more popular than a swimming pool! You could have charged admission.

We may be losing some of our overhanging oak limbs soon. We just got a notice from our homeowner's insurance company (30 years of premiums paid, no claims) that they are canceling our coverage next month due to the trees. Nice.

The town won't let us cut the trees down, nor would we want to. We're hoping some judicious trimming will keep Allstate happy. Otherwise we'll be insurance shopping.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56133, reply #20 of 57)

We switched to AAA homeowners insurance a few years ago and are extremely happy with it.

Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #21 of 57)

Thanks, we'll check them out. We're already members.

mishmish's picture

(post #56133, reply #22 of 57)

It was still 81 inside the house this morning and about the same outside! I usually pull the fans out once a year in the fall but this year twice already! The poor cat is laying on the coffee table in front of a fan. Glad I don't have a permanent fur coat.

Don't let your mind wander. It's much to small to be out by itself.

Don't let your mind wander. It's much to small to be out by itself.
Risottogirl's picture

(post #56133, reply #23 of 57)

Olive, our long haired calico seems not to care a bit about the temperature...she still naps in any patch of sunshine she can find. She moves from room to room during the day as the sun moves!

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56133, reply #24 of 57)

My dear heart-diseased calico Chloe is smart enough to have located all of the air-conditioning vents throughout the house (which since they are primarily used for heat, are at a perfect height for a cat.) She's come a long way since her days at the pound. <G>

Risottogirl's picture

(post #56133, reply #25 of 57)

Olive's favorite sunspot is on the industrial looking all weather rug just inside the paned glass backdoor. You literally cannot open the door because she is in the way and she doesn't move. She has apparently figured out that we'll move out of her way :) so she doesn't budge.


SO likes that she rolls around on that rug because it pulls off a lot of her hair and is easily vaccuumed. Of course he curses at her when he is trying to come inside with arms full of grocery bags.


She has also figured out the exact moment when the sun hits the Morris Chair in the livingroom. And the afghan at the foot of our bed.


She especially loves to groom herself in a big patch of sunshine.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Marie Louise's picture

(post #56133, reply #26 of 57)

Yes, in normal weather Chloe knows all of the sun spots, too. She likes to sleep upside down, unaware that her fat tummy is less than attractive.

Ahhh, to be a cat...

mishmish's picture

(post #56133, reply #27 of 57)

My guy normally loves a good sunbath too but when it is too hot he loves a bowl of ice to lick. I think a house isn't complete without a cat sleeping in the sun.

Just looked outside and the wind has shifted to an onshore flow and clouds have mover in. Much cooler air! Time to open up the windows and doors again. I will send it your way! I also hear dry thunderstorms off towards Big Sur. I hope there are no fires from the lightning.

Don't let your mind wander. It's much to small to be out by itself.
Don't let your mind wander. It's much to small to be out by itself.
Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #28 of 57)

It's 97 on my patio in the shade--send some of that cooling breeze our way please!!!

Risottogirl's picture

(post #56133, reply #29 of 57)

You Bay Area folks are such wusses ;)

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Heather's picture

(post #56133, reply #30 of 57)

We expect perfection in our weather, that's all. We're used to it and we deserve it! ;-)

Seriously, you'll laugh at us even more when I say that the humidity is 20%.