Yeap, you heard it right! And if you bake, you’ll know that I’m the luckiest person on Earth to have my hands on this baby for nothing at all. Many thanks to my co-worker Steph who dug this out of her garage in the middle of the winter just for me. Apparently her father-in-law had acquired the mixer at a estate sale for only $3!! This piece of machine is at least a few hundred bucks and built like a tank! And it came with the wire whisk, dough hook and beaters, all in perfect condition.
I was told that not only that this is a nicely made solid piece of machinery that is probably a few decades old, but this specific model is one of the higher end ones in the market for household use. This is a bowl-lift model, versus the tilt-head model. It was a little dusty, but nothing a little elbow grease and baking soda couldn’t handle and VOILA! It’s shining like new again.
One more thing that I love about this mixer is that you can tell that it’s retro, and that’s so cool! One tell-tale sign is the “Hobart” logo on the side, and the types of screws used (I was told). Hobart no longer makes this mixer for Kitchenaid today. A research online about Hobart Kitchenaid vintage mixers derived this information:
“The Hobart is designed for use in restaurant and other commercial kitchen heavy duty applications. It is also frequently used in laboratories to mix things such as cement samples and other tough mixing jobs. Such a mixer in a household setting should last several generations of use. It will not stall or stop on heavy bread or pizza doughs…The vintage Hobart Kitchenaid home mixers were engineered and produced to similiar standards as their Commercial line of mixers. That is why they are so sought after and praised on the internet. “
Source: http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=239696 (post by Hobartgirl)
I’ve already used this baby to whip up my first batch of Royal Icing for my Wilton Cake Deco Class Course 2, and it was such a relieve that I didn’t have to use my hand mixer for that job. Royal icing is a lot stiffer and takes about 7-10 minutes to make. I can’t wait to make many more things in the kitchen. Also, all the modern attachements for the mixer will still fit on this retro piece of machinery, e.g. pasta maker, meat grinder, etc. I think my kitchen is pretty equipped now, with the 12-cup Kitchenaid food processor and this stand mixer, I’m set for life (I hope!)