Kenwood Premier Silver Chef…

I’ve just bought one of those, and that “Silver” matters, as the basic Premier Chef, sans glass blender and Flexible Beater, and also without the Silver appellation, is distributed only through Argos.

Anyway, one of the problems with my previous Chef Classic, aside from a battery of ominous noises, is that it vibrates dreadfully. The new one doesn’t.

It is, though, by virtue of its 1000Watt motor – 25% up on the Classic – noisy. Not massively so, but it does reverberate, loudly, through the wooden kitchen trolley on which it sits (my kitchen being (a) small and (b) chronically short of flat surfaces and usable drawers, making the trolley essential, trading off floor space for storage). Something had to be done.

I am, by nature, something of a magpie, hoarding stuff that might – and often does, I hasten to add – come in useful, and that includes foam packaging material (the very thin sheets make excellent non-slip underlays for chopping boards. What I wanted now, though, was two thick egg-box foam pads I’ve been saving for a couple of years, and an old chopping board I had squirreled away, having saved** it from a previous existence as a base for an arrow-fletching jig.

**I was tempted to say “repurposed” but it’s way too poncified!

The two foam pads are almost exactly the size of the board, and the board is exactly the right size to sit my mixer on. So I did.

It’s still noisier than the other one, naturally enough, but the horrible reverberation has been nicely eliminated. And, so far, it doesn’t vibrate. It might well do so, a little, at least, when loaded with dough, but I think the foam pads are sufficiently grippy to damp that out too. If not, the aforementioned thin foam sheet will be pressed into service (I have loads!).

So that’s it for now. I think I’m going to be very happy with this mixer which, although it has the same capacity as the Classic, should handle it better due to the extra power. And it’s almost all metal too (stainless steel, allegedly, though there’s no way to tell), unlike the Classic, which was alloy (I suppose, from the weight), and plastic.

For those who missed my earlier post, this cost £159.99 from Amazon (the same price as the Classic, oddly, as it’s far superior), or you can have it in white, which comes with an acrylic blender rather than glass, for an outrageous £290!

I’ll be back next Wednesday to report on how well it handles bread-making. And if, like me, you’re disabled but would still like to make your own bread, a stand mixer is the answer for doing the grunt work of mixing and kneading.