Here is one of the most important tools in my kitchen. It is funny. As a creature of habit, it took me months to remember to use my mixer instead of making cookies by hand. I would start creaming the butter and sugar together and then… doh! Now, I can not imagine a life without my mixer named Rebel.
Alas, I had some mega drama with Rebel this week and just had to share the story because it may help someone else one day.
You see that silver bolt just below the neck of the mixer? That is the culprit. I had no idea that bolt could fall out of the tilting-head version of a Kitchenaid mixer. The other day I noticed it sticking straight out and that the head of the mixer was tilting forward. I touched the bolt and it fell out of the mixer and into my hands.
At first, I did not panic. I figured I would just push it back in. Yeah right! It seemed to be absolutely impossible to get back into the machine. That is when I freaked.
As most of you know, in the last year I have lost my toaster, blender and, most recently, my breadmaker. I have also accidentally knocked the hood off my stove which my husband had to drill back on. There are days I truly feel cursed. I was determined to try and put Rebel back together myself. I called Kitchenaid, was on hold forever, told I had called the wrong number, given a Canadian number to call that was out of service. I tried again and begged the woman to not put me on hold or transfer me. She is the one who finally told me about the screws along the neck of the mixer:
She said they must have gotten loose which allowed for the bolt to fall out. I took both screws out and still could not get the bolt through. I thought I was going to lose my mind. My husband was away and I tried and tried… nothing worked. Then he came home very sick. I let it go until he was feeling better.
Here he is tapping the bolt back into the mixer. We had to lift the head just a little for everything to line up and then tap, tap, tap… Rebel is back in one piece again! The man is a magician!
He tilted the head to make sure everything was nice and secure, rightened the screws and my life in the kitchen was bright once again.
My poor husband. How many times does he have to put stuff back together for me? At least when it comes to my mixer I know to keep an eye on that bolt and make sure that bolt stays in! I wrote about this situation on Facebook and found out that this was happening to others as well but they caught it in time.
I may be a bit of a whiz with food but I am also a bit of a tornado, quite the destructive force. I am so lucky to have one of the most patient husbands in the world! After he fixed the mixer I made him a big mug of tea and plate of his favourite cookies. My foodie hero!
May this never happen again and may it also bring my cycle of accidents to an end!