And the Beater Goes On: Stand Mixer Quiz

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About This Quiz

Stand mixers, also known as bowl mixers, were one of the first symbols of a modern, industrial-age kitchen. Take our quiz for a spin to see how much you know about this culinary workhorse.

Which type of mixer came first?

The first electric mixers were 80-quart, industrial sized stand mixers, invented in 1908. Home-sized countertop models were introduced in 1919. The hand-held mixer didn't come around until the 1950s.

Who invented the stand mixer?

Although Thomas Edison holds 1,093 patents, Herbert Johnson invented the stand mixer. Nancy M. Johnson invented the hand-crank ice cream maker, which she patented in 1843.

Countertop stand mixers were initially sold by which of the following?

Housewives lugged the 65-pound stand mixer from door to door, giving home demonstrations, because retail stores refused to offer the item to their customers.

KitchenAid stand mixers have been made in Greenville, Ohio, for generations. What other legendary character comes from around there?

Annie Oakley was born in Darke County, of which Greenville is the county seat, in 1860.

How did the KitchenAid name come about?

A Hobart Manufacturing Company executive's wife, testing the countertop model in her own kitchen, declared it to be "the best kitchen aid I have ever had." Her phrase became the brand name.

Which of the following can a stand mixer do?

With attachments or accessories, your stand mixer can do these things and more.

What were the first attachments introduced with the countertop stand mixer?

A food grinder and a citrus juicer were also offered for purchase when the countertop model came out in 1919.

Which brand's stand mixer was chosen to appear on a U.S. postage stamp?

A Sunbeam Mixmaster was chosen as an iconic representation of the 1930s for the U.S. Postal Service's Celebrate the Century stamp series.

If a modern stand mixer was advertising for an operator, which of the following would be a job requirement?

Most stand mixers manufactured today weigh around 20 to 25 pounds. Still hefty, but it's better than the originals that tipped the scale at 65 pounds.

Who was an early customer for commercial stand mixers?

Shortly after stand mixers hit the market in 1914, the U.S. Navy ordered three for their newest battleships, the USS California, the USS Tennessee and the USS South Carolina. They also specified that the 80-quart mixers would be standard equipment on all Navy ships.

In today's dollars, a countertop stand mixer would have cost the first buyers how much?

The 1919 initial offer price of $189.50 is about $2,300 in today's dollars.

Which brand's stand mixer can use accessories from another brand?

The Kenmore bowl mixer can accommodate KitchenAid accessories.

What's the difference between a mixer and a blender?

Technically, a blender has blades and a mixer has beaters. But, Cuisinart offers a blender attachment for their stand mixer, so a mixer can be a blender.

Which event in the 1930s caused sales of stand mixers to skyrocket?

The Rural Electrification Act vastly expanded the number of U.S. households enjoying electricity, and stand mixers were probably among the "modern home appliances" included in the Homes of Tomorrow display at the Chicago World's Fair. But it was Sunbeam's introduction of its Mixmaster stand mixer -- at one-tenth the price of the KitchenAid original -- that spurred sales.

Why was the manufacture of KitchenAid stand mixers interrupted during World War I and World War II?

Like many factories across the U.S., the Hobart Manufacturing plant and later the KitchenAid plant were converted to produce munitions during both wars.

True or false: An attachment for a 1919 KitchenAid stand mixer would work in today's KitchenAid models.

Stand mixer design and engineering has changed so little that KitchenAid claims "all [KitchenAid] stand mixer attachments will fit any KitchenAid stand mixer, including the original."

What percentage of U.S. households owned a stand mixer as of the early 2000s?

Only 33 percent of U.S. households owned a stand mixer in 2004, but 79 percent owned a hand-held mixer.

Which company makes the most powerful stand mixer?

Cuisinart's SM-70 model packs 1,000 watts of power, or 1.34 horsepower. That's about twice as much oomph as other manufacturers' most powerful models. But KitchenAid is working to keep up, with a 1.3-horsepower model scheduled to hit markets in fall 2011.

Which cook's stand mixer is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History?

Julia Child's entire kitchen, including her cobalt blue stand mixer, was donated to the Smithsonian in 2001.

Which brand's bowl mixer features a light to help you see how well your ingredients are mixed?

Kenmore bowl mixers have an LED light that shines into the bowl.

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