Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: My Best Friends for icing coloring and consistency

  1. #1
    Senior Member lov2bake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Richmond VA
    Posts
    2,913

    My Best Friends for icing coloring and consistency

    Every time I watch a Cookier video demo about icing coloring or consistency, they usually fast forward the hand stirring part. I think if we actually saw all of the stirring we do, we would walk away from icing for good. And they are only working with a half a cup of icing. My hand goes numb and my shoulder aches just watching.

    A few years ago the time came for me to choose: either stir icing or use icing, I couldn't continue to do both. I already had a collection of dollar store measuring cups to mix icing colors/consistency & pour/push into bottles or bags (thanks Sweet Sugarbelle!) https://www.dollartree.com/Plastic-M...7281/index.pro

    Then I went on a hunt for a hand mixer that could replace me. I test drove all of the hand mixers on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond. Funny thing, just because a mixer said it had more than one speed didn't mean it did. Most only ran at one high speed. No good for us. Higher price didn't mean good performance either.

    This is the newest version of my best friend
    https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KH...TFS7Q5YGY005D0
    She actually has several speeds, comes with a whisk & 2 beaters and works perfectly in my dollar store measuring cups that have a 2 1/2 c capacity. She can re-beat separated icing, thin, thicken up, color and even cleans her own beaters in another measuring cup full of hot water. Yes, I still have to scrape the sides & bottom of the cup but She is 95% faster and easier than my poor numb/tingly hand. Shop around for the best deal. Your stirring hand will be grateful. Save it for decorating.

    If you want to see what hardest stirring can look like go to the video beginning it at 1.10 Sure, she is starting with super thick icing but watch her mix a small amount of the consistency you use and multiply it by a ton of colors over many years and it can be a real health hazard. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A2B-S7ah8eg
    Barbara

    Be who you are
    Say how you feel
    Those that mind don't matter
    Those that matter don't mind

  2. #2
    Senior Member Joan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    IL
    Posts
    793
    I have one similar to yours, it's a KA 9 speed. I use it often because my main mixer is the KA 6 qt and some times that's just too big haha!! The small one is so nice and light. I don't think I'd attempt making royal icing with it, but your idea for remixing or mixing colors sounds pretty good. Thanks for the tip, my arm gets tired too That video you posted is funny because it shows her mixing at rapid speed and I got tired just looking at it haha. Her base RI is really thick. I don't leave mine that thick.

  3. #3
    Moderator CookieD-oh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    1,799
    HA! I remember that video...that was a lot of stirring! I never considered using a hand mixer for small batches of RI. That's brilliant; my hand/wrist/arm is eternally in your debt. This may be excuse I need to finally replace the last hand mixer I burned up (there was an in incident involving petit fours and poured fondant...it wasn't pretty).
    http://www.cookied-oh.blogspot.com/

    *Successfully holding out against Facebook since 2004!*

  4. #4
    Senior Member lov2bake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Richmond VA
    Posts
    2,913
    At least your hand mixer had the courage to take that challenge CookieD-oh!

    One thing that grabbed me about her super thick icing "concentrate" is that it doesn't separate as quickly. I mixed up a big batch with a few modifications and froze it in 1/2 to 1 c portions.I colored some but most were left white. When thawed for use, they didn't separate Since I use the hand mixer to thin/color icing anyway, it didn't seem like I was doing any more work. I also found I can freeze a whole lot of icing in less space and it seems to go a long way. But for big volume icing users who run through batches of icing daily, it probably wouldn't make sense.
    Last edited by lov2bake; November 25th, 2016 at 10:09 PM.
    Barbara

    Be who you are
    Say how you feel
    Those that mind don't matter
    Those that matter don't mind

  5. #5
    Moderator katydoescookies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Northern Wisconsin
    Posts
    4,280
    As I'm sitting here with a sore arm...I am eternally grateful for your post!! I have one that I've never used...going to dig it out!! --Katy
    Don't let comparison steal your joy!!! --Sugarbelle
    Compare a little less and enjoy a little more.
    --LilaLoa

    You have the potential to make beautiful things. Yes, you.--Chapix Cookies

    https://www.facebook.com/katydoescookies

  6. #6
    Senior Member lov2bake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Richmond VA
    Posts
    2,913
    Here's another hand & wrist saver. A light, soft & comfy wrist support. I can't wear it when doing cookies but it really helps
    keep my achy wrist & numb/tingly hand from waking up during the night.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...0?ie=UTF8&th=1
    Barbara

    Be who you are
    Say how you feel
    Those that mind don't matter
    Those that matter don't mind

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Karen's Cookies: Cookie Decorating Simplified