I got a KitchenAid!! (No, not a new one. I’m too cheap for that.)
Off of Craigslist, I purchased an old KitchenAid stand mixer for $60. Sixty bucks!! Though I dream of a shiny, new, professional $500, 6 quart capacity, ultrapowerful KitchenAids in some funky color, I am happy with this old, white, cheap one for now: It’s more KitchenAid than I ever had before!!! It’s a 4C, which is a model that was produced from 1962 – 1979. So, at a minimum, it’s in its early thirties! The thing must weigh 30 pounds, and has definitely been used regularly throughout its life. However, it’s in perfect working order, came with two stainless steel bowls (one 4 quart, and one 4.5 quart), the paddle, whisk, and dough hook, and also an attachment which I think is a meat-slicer of some sort.
If anything, it works TOO well. I wish it had a super-low setting for whisking together dry ingredients.
The man from whom I purchased it said that he bought it new, lo these many years ago, for his wife. They then passed it to their daughter, who recently upgraded. He explained a few operating details to me.
I called KitchenAid to see if I could somehow obtain an original owner’s manual. After being on hold for quite a while, the girl returned to say that they could photocopy the original manual they have on file and mail it to me. That works! And, apparently, KitchenAid is owned or somehow affiliated with Whirlpool, which I did not know. It was a tad disconcerting to have the lady say, “Am I speaking with Karen [last name]?” At my surprise, she said, “You have registered some Whirlpool products, so we have your information on file.” Oh. OK!
I have whisked dry ingredients all over the floor. I have determined that my normal bread dough is too thick for the paddle (the dough moves up and over the paddle), and too… something for the hook, as the hook does not mix it thoroughly. So, ironically, I am back to mixing my bread with a sturdy wooden spoon and my right bicep.
Still, I’m very happy to have my decrepit KitchenAid, and extra-happy to have had to spend only $60 on it.
EDITED TO ADD: I am especially thankful, because there are a number of needs and wants I have for my family, and a new mixer was among them. (Although, a mixer being a “need” is debatable; I really only NEED a wooden spoon and a bowl. Still. I really wanted one, and my old one broke.) I had started to doubt the provision of God, and was starting to develop some… discontent in my heart, because my hubby and I were not in total agreement over how our money is spent. I could tell that — obviously — my thoughts were not in the right place, and I needed a tune-up. So, last week, I got some prayer over the issue from a man at kinship, and after I poured out my angst at length, he prayed over me. I seriously started laughing as he prayed, and have laughed about it all week, because with no flowery speech, nor drawn-out prayer, he basically prayed over me and instructed me, “Don’t think that. Trust God.” And I NEEDED that simplicity: Don’t think that. Trust God. OK. Will do. And, He provided almost immediately.