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Unread 05-04-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default Mixer needed for homemade pizza dough - purchase help

I was considering buying a mixer to attempt to make my own pizza dough following the process on Varasano's website. I get dough from the local italian market at $1.50/ea but I think the quality is not ideal for the type of authentic, traditional pizza I want as far as stretching to get a really nice thin, crisp crust. The local pizza places are pricey at $4-5 each. I've never had a need for a mixer before so aside from potentially making pizza dough I don't forsee using it for much else.

I was directed to Kitchen Aid mixers and I see they range from $200-$500+. This was much more than I expected they cost so I'd only be considering the lowest priced units from KA. I see I need a dough hook (not even sure what that attachment looks like).

Will the low end KA models do the job ? Are there other brands out there that might be cheaper but still work as good ?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Do you intend to make a great amount of dough(business?) or for personal use?

All you really need is some mixing bowls and a strong arm.

I rarely use the mixer for dough.

Good exercise too
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I have this model and it works great for dough . You could find more uses for it like adding a meat grinder http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/kitc...tand+Mixer.jsp
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$95 plus shipping http://newjersey.craigslist.org/hsh/1153874443.html
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I have this model and it works great for dough . You could find more uses for it like adding a meat grinder http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/kitc...tand+Mixer.jsp

Even better... you make the dough, and I'll stop by to pick it up after it's mixed.
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pizza dough is one of the reasons i bought my ka mixer, but i keep getting the premade dough at the market because it's easier
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When did you start a blog? And how much pizza is Vinny eating these days? I'm so behind.
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I'm with bbqfans...you really don't need a mixer unless you are making a lot of dough.

Attached is a great web site for learning to make pizza dough. Lots of great pictures and detailed instructions. I have found that the step that makes the biggest difference is the Autolyse and Wet Kneeding. The different flour makes a little difference, but you can make great dough with AP flour.

This guy recommends the Electrolux DLX mixer over the Kitchen Aid.

Long article, but great read!

http://www.drjunge.de/Blog/pdf-kea/p...ail_060919.pdf

Once I finally got your link to open for me, found that it was the same article I was talking about. daaa.
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I have used my Kitchen Aid and my bread machine to mix dough. I find no difference in the quality. What really made the difference is the addition of my own sourdough starter. Great flavor and makes a superb thin crust. I brush it with Olive oil and dock it, par bake for 5 mins at 550 and wonderful things happen.
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I make my pizza dough in my Cuisinart food processor. I think it does a far better job and a heck of a lot faster than my KA mixer. Makes dough for two large pizzas in one batch.
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In my experience, the low end KA mixers have performed better than the higer end models. I've had my $200 mixer for 9 years with no problems. In the last four years I've blown through 2 of the KA Pro 600 mixers at $400 each. Definately would not recommend the Pro model if they are still made with a plastic motor housing.
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I use our Cuisinart food processor, works fine for me, bgbob likes to use his vintage '96 Kitchen Aid. I don't taste huge differences, it's all better than pizza huh.
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We've had our KitchenAid for 15 years and still going strong...plus there are a lot of cool attachments you can get for it...pasta, meat grinder...etc.
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Forno Bravo offers a good dough mixer, from what I understand. It is very expensive but it dont hurt to look.

http://fornobravo.com/store/Magic-Mi...p-1-c-268.html

If you like wood fired masonry pizza ovens here is their home site:

http://www.fornobravo.com/#pizza_ovens
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