Monday, November 22, 2010

Apple Sauce and my KitchenAid Mixer

So, I recently realized that I never blogged about my mixer!

What a perfect way to introduce you to my lovely vintage mixer and to show you her lovely original attachments in action.

Last week I had some spare time in the morning, and some spare energy, so I decided to make some homemade apple sauce for breakfast. I never thought it would be easy to make, but in particular how easy it would be with my trusty mixer!

Here's a quick step-by-step:

1. Clean and chop apples

2. Boil apples in hot water for about 3-4 minutes or until soft.

3. Drain water
4. Add apples to sauce attachment on mixer

5. Place bowl/pan underneath the mixer attachment to catch sauce
6. Turn on mixer and allow paddle to push apples through sieve on attachment
7. Scrape bottom of attachment to remove any excess sauce

Add sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and cinnamon as desired (I used brown sugar, just a tad, and a little bit of lemon juice and drop of vanilla. SO delicious!

It took me about 15 minutes to make about 2 cups of sauce. The hardest part, if you can call it hard, was chopping the apples. The rest was super simple and so wonderfully delicious. I ate a cup for breakfast and a cup for dessert!

Now, let's talk mixer.

I was gifted my vintage mixer by my Mother. About 8 years ago my Mom decided to purchase a new KitchenAid Artisan mixer, in red. Of course, I was ready to inherit her older mixer, older as in it was made in 1957! When it was given to me it had clear signs of wear, or, I like to think of it as well "loved". It's the same mixer I can recall many childhood days spent pouring ingredients into for cookies, cakes, and other treats. It's the same mixer that I recall mashed our potatoes every thanksgiving, for many, many years.

I was very excited when I brought my mixer from Buffalo to Brooklyn, and even more excited when my husband offered to have it restored for me! The mixer was still in working order, but since we had just finished remodeling our kitchen, we both felt as though our mixer needed a makeover, and a well deserved one, I think! Also, the idea of just "getting rid" of the mixer never even crossed my mind. It wasn't until after we had the mixer restored that someone said to me, "oh, I love your new professional lift model, it's fabulous, isn't it?" that I realized that no one could tell the difference between my 50+ year old model and a new model! Still, I would never trade my mixer for a new one unless it was absolutely necessary (read, it would have to be unrepairable!). In fact, about a week or so after my Mom had purchased her new Artisan model, she asked me if I had wanted to swap with her. She explained that her older model, now my model, had much more power to it than her new model, and she missed it. I wasn't about to given u the coveted mixer and dear Mom had to "suffer" with her new model!
Back to the restoration. Joe pulled apart the mixer, very carefully, and sanded and blasted each part. Once he was done with that, a friend of his repainted the mixer for us, in original white, as it should be. Joe also had the mixer tuned up, and a new cord put on. The mixer now stands proud on my granite counter top and is used regularly, and of course, runs like a top! I'm very grateful to have been given such a wonderful, and meaningful gift from my Mother, and more recently, from y husband in the form of a Mixer Makeover!

The mixer's original attachments include:

2 mixing bowls

1 sauce bowl with 2 fitted sieves, as well as a wooden paddle attachment to "push" the apples, tomatoes, etc, down past the sieve.
1 wire whisk

1 Citrus juicer

1 paddle attachment

1 dough hook

The attachments I have acquired which are not original to the machine, but still fit thanks to KitchenAid's genius front power source, are as follows:

Pasta rollers and cutters - Spaghetti and Fettuccine

Ice cream maker

Sausage stuffer

OK, that's enough about my mixer, I'm sure I've bored enough people! Go make some apple sauce!