A mixer is a kitchen
appliance for mixing, beating, kneading, and whipping.
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Usually, a mixer is used with
whisk-like beater attachments. These are usually removable from an
electric mixer, but permanently attached to a hand-cranked mixer. For
this reason hand mixers are sometimes simply called beaters.
A typical mixer is electric and
has two removable beaters that spin in place. The mixer comes with an
optional stand that holds the mixer and a purpose-made bowl, allowing
the bowl to rotate. Helical (corkscrew-like) dough hook attachments are
usually provided for working with moderately tough dough. Sometimes
these mixers are sold cheaply without the stand and bowl.
A more effective and expensive
design uses a stationary bowl and a single beater that moves in an
orbital motion in addition to rotating. In this case the mixer can not
be operated in a hand-held manner, but it is more likely to have a
powerful motor and provide good support for unusual attachments like
grinders. Mixers of this type can be very large. Sometimes the bowl is
clamped at both sides rather than being held from the bottom.
A hand-cranked mixer can only
perform the job of a whisk. Compared to a whisk, the advantage of a
hand-cranked mixer is gearing that allows for high speed.