My old Kitchen Aid is groaning. It’s been groaning. When we still lived in Texas, Vince said “What is wrong with that mixer?” I don’t know. I’m not a mixer repair girl! He said “How old is that thing?” I told him . . I think I got it in 1991. He looked at it and said “It must need new motor brushes” so he ordered new motor brushes and put them on. That helped some but it still groaned so he ordered food grade packing grease but never used it. The other day he started looking at instructions for replacing the packing grease and I’m not sure how he felt about it but to me, it sounded super scary . . like my mixer could possible never get put back together again with all the taking apart that had to happen so I asked him to wait.
This morning, Vince said “I hope you’re ready to get down another mixer because that one sounds bad!” I told him . . I do not like my other mixers! I just want this one to work. I’m sure he wanted to say “Stop acting like a 2 year old and accept the fact that your mixer is almost gone!” but, probably sensing that there will be tears when that mixer no longer works, he said . . why don’t you start looking for a mixer you will like?” The 2 year old in me wanted to say “This is the ONLY mixer I’ll ever love!” but I said “OK!”
Maybe my 2 year old self has just taken over my thinking but I’m not sure there’s a mixer out there that compares to the old Hobart made Kitchen Aid mixers.
Whether I can get another one or not, life goes on; cooking and baking goes on but this is one tool I will always miss if it cannot be repaired.
I have other mixers (of course I do!). I have a Bosch Universal Plus which I would love to love.
I love it for kneading bread. I love the food processor that fits on top. I love that a really powerful blender fits on the column in the back. For anything like cookie dough, cake batter, frosting . . no! It does not do a good job at all. So, at best, it’s my go to mixer for kneading bread down when I’ve ground the flour myself. That takes a long kneading process and it’s probably not something I would have done in the Kitchen Aid when it was new . . surely not now.
Back in 2017, we found this mixer on sale. Vince said “Here’s a good mixer!” It was half price and we were trying to buy a small house in Chad’s town so we’d have a house in Texas and a house in MO. The house deal never happened but I did rent the apartment there and used that mixer a few times and nope . . not for me.
Vince got on Ebay and found two old Kitchen Aids – one in California and one in Florida. He ordered them both. One of them looks almost new. Both of them look way better than mine does so I’m hoping at least one of them will last as long as I do!