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Candy Cooking with a Hand Mixer
Posted: 08 September 2008 04:48 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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About a year ago, I watched an episode of Good Eats, where he made marshmallows. Since then, I’ve been dying to try it myself. Alas, I do not have a stand mixer. And, I probably won’t have one for a long time, as I am a cheap college student who can’t justify spending $200+ on a mixer I won’t use that often. I have been thinking of buying a hand-held electric mixer, though.

So, is it possible to make marshmallows with a hand mixer? Or meringue cookies? Chiffon cake? Has anyone tried?

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Posted: 12 September 2008 05:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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I don’t have trouble mixing meringue or cake batters by hand mixer. I usually prepare my cheesecakes with the handmixer too, since it’s a bother to set up the big mixer sometimes. Just make sure you pick one that’s got a good motor. A $20 model from walmart, so to speak, may crap out on you pretty quick.

The only thing I’d advise against with a hand mixer is doubling batches. You may also find you need to whip longer than with a stand mixer and make sure you don’t have a recipe where you’re going to need three hands wink I’ve done that to myself a couple times…

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Posted: 29 September 2008 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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I have made meringue no problem with a hand mixer. Marshmallows I have never made but it seems likely that you could do it. I did make some hummus once (candy can be thick like that too) and blew up a mixer. It was old and may have been dying anyway, but if you aren’t careful, you can let all the smoke out of your mixer when mixing thick substances.

Good luck!

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Posted: 22 October 2008 03:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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And don’t forget that with a hand mixer - you have to hold it there the whole time - even if it takes 20 minutes!  :D It can definately be done, just be prepared to be the “stand” for your mixer!  :D

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