Kitchen Workhorse

We have a Sunbeam Power Plus stand mixmaster that we got 38 years ago when we got married. It was a big splurge at the time.  Both RangerSir and I enjoyed baking and so we used some of the wedding gift money and got a little crazy.

The Sunbeam has been the workhorse in our kitchen that has outlasted every other kitchen appliance we have owned.   I have occasionally looked at the current Kitchen Aid with some lust, but the price has always made me step back and wonder what could it do, that my trusty old workhorse could not do.   My Sunbeam probably has more metal gears and a more substantial motor than what is found in today’s stand mixers.

I recently used it to make a new dinner roll recipe.   I enjoy making bread by hand and have done so for years.  I decided with this new recipe, that I was going to try using my stand mixer as called for in the recipe.    The directions called for me to knead the dough using hooks/paddle for 20 minutes.   I wasn’t sure that the old girl could handle the length of time and the challenge of a yeast dough.  I marched forward and the old workhorse did not fail me.

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The recipe was for flaky dinner rolls with many layers of butter and dough.  They turned out nicely, though I must admit I missed the process of kneading my dough.  There is something sort of calming and peaceful about it.    Do you have an appliance in your kitchen that keeps on plugging along?

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2 comments on “Kitchen Workhorse

  1. Not a kitchen appliance but Grandma Tegeler bought me a portable Kenmore sewing machine when I was pregnant with Donnie. Still use it to this day and he turned 53 in January.

  2. In my kitchen, the workhorse is the 12 cup Cuisinart food processor we got as a present for our first anniversary, 24 years ago. It has been used for countless recipes and projects, including batches of canned sauces. It definitely looks its age, but it is still going strong- just like your Sunbeam! The joy of cooking with a trusty appliance, right!

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