Item: KitchenAid 11-Wire Whip
Overall Impression: For those of you with larger KitchenAid mixers, this stainless steel whip is a major improvement over the whip that comes with the mixer.
Last winter, the whip (whisk) attachment of my KitchenAid mixer disappeared. I think I lost it at the church where I catered my brother's wedding, and after searching high and low, I finally accepted I had to buy a new whisk attachment. My loss turned out to be a gain, however, as I discovered a better model — a whip that is so good I don't regret losing the first.
This is the mixer attachment I never knew I needed.
Whipping up creamy chocolate frosting.
Characteristics and Specs: The whisk attachment of a stand mixer — KitchenAid's in this case — is used for beating cream, eggs, and batters. I use my whip attachment much more frequently than the paddle, and I really missed it in the months I went without. But this model of whip simply improves on everything the attachment is supposed to do — to the point where I was glad I lost my original whisk!
The 11-wire whip is larger than the original whisk that came with my 6-quart mixer, and it has more wires — 11, as compared to the six in the original mixer whip. It's fuller and wider.
It's also made of stainless steel, unlike the default whisk which is made from aluminum. That one cannot go in the dishwasher or it will corrode; the 11-wire whip can be tossed into the dishwasher with no problems at all.
Favorite details: This whip is a monster! It whips cream so much faster than my old whip. It aerates batter better, and it certainly whips egg whites faster and more completely too.
It also covers the bowl more completely, leaving much less batter or cream untouched or splattered up on the sides of the bowl.
This photo is slightly deceptive, as the only other whip I had is for smaller mixer models, like the tilt-heads. But while it's smaller than the whip that came with my larger mixer, the shape is the same. You can see how it's elongated and narrower than the broad, hefty 11-wire whip (on the right).
Potential problems: The one drawback to this mixer whip is that it only fits the larger KitchenAid mixers. It fits the Professional 5 mixers, and all the 6-quart models. It is too large to use with smaller tilt-head models of KitchenAid mixers.
Splurge-worthy? Sure, if you already have a mixer whip and haven't lost it, as I did, it's a splurge of money and storage space to buy another. But if you're a frequent baker, I think it may be worth it. It's much better than the original whip; it saves time and some trouble (see: dishwasher-safe). Honestly, I am not sure why KitchenAid doesn't include it with its larger mixers. Is it a cost issue? Perhaps, but it's a far superior product.
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(Image: Faith Durand)