Product review: The Ankarsrum Original

A quieter and new way to mix in the kitchen. Photo: Ankarsrum Original

LOS ANGELES, October 27, 2013 – In home kitchens across the country you will likely find a regular range of tools: knives, can openers, cutting boards, you-name-it kitchen aid accoutrement — and Ankarsrum. Wait what was that last one?

he Ankarsrum Original (all-in-one mixer, blender, grater and more) isn’t a household name yet, but if the market is right it just might be the hottest new mixer for this holiday season.


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The Ankarsrum Original is a new product to the United States, but a familiar product in Sweden, and is described as:           

“The original concept of a robust, dependable and easy-to-use kitchen assistant for private and professional use.”            

It was created in 1940 by Swedish manufacturer Electrolux. The streamlined design came from designer Alvar Lenning. In 1969, production moved from Motala to Ankarsrum, hence the name.

To appeal to the new-sophisticate market of foodies, the Ankarsrum has vibrant (pearl green, pearl blue, royal blue, crème and more) colored bases to bring this old world appliance to the modern era. 


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With any new appliance the basic questions remain: Is there a really need for this gadget? Is it worth having? For whom is it made? If I already have a mixer, why do I need another one?

Therefore, a test is warranted. We are determined to find out if the Ankarsrum Original is worth the price and worth the bother.

Ankarsrum Original Test 1: Scones (using double beater)

Step 1: Wash and clean all pieces of The Ankarsrum


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Step 2: Insert plug into the machine (the plug can be detached from the machine),

Step 3: Measure all of the ingredients,

Step 4: Place the rod into the Ankarsrum base,

Step 5: Place the bowl on top of the rod,

Step 6: Insert the one wire whisks into the black holder,

Step 7:Insert the whisks onto the top of the white plastic rod,

Step 8: Add all of the ingredients into the bowl,

Step 9: Turn the Ankarsrum on and turn it to low,

Step 10: Remove your needed dough and add it to a lightly floured surface,

Step 11: Knead gently and roll the dough into equal size balls,

Step 12: Bake in the oven,

Step 13: Remove them from the oven and serve. 

Outcome: The visual pictures in the directions were helpful and left us without questions. After we looked at the manual, discovered which pieces to use and what settings we should put the mixer on, we got started. 

Right off we found the high setting on the machine to be quieter than we had expected. Next we noticed that it took seconds to mix the ingredients together to make the batter for the scones. Lastly, the single wired beaters didn’t have much dough stuck to it.

The downside was we had to remove the beaters before we could remove the dough from the bowl.

All in all it was a success.

Ankarsrum Original Test 2: Challah (using roller and scraper)  

Step 1: Wash and clean all of the pieces,

Step 2: Insert the plug into the machine (the plug can be detached from the machine),

Step 3: Measure all of the ingredients,

Step 4: Place the metal bowl into the groove on the bottom and lock it into place,

Step 5: Place the scraper tool into the designated spot,

Step 6: Twist the knob on the back of the metal arm to release it from its locked position and move it to desired location,

Step 7: Put the roller into the arm,

Step 8: Add the yeast, milk and sugar,

Step 9: Add the rest of the ingredients,

Step 10: Turn the Ankarsrum to low and then turn it on,

Step 11: Mix and then knead for five minutes,

Step 12: Place the lid on top of the bowl and allow the Challah to rise,

Step 13: Take 4 long strips and braid them together and place it on a greased cookie sheet,

Step 14: Allow the braided Challah to rise,

Step 15: Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F,

Step 16: Cool and serve.

Outcome: We wanted to test a soft dough recipe like Challah, so we could test the roller, scraper and spatula. This set isn’t found in competing stand mixers.

Again the visual pictures made setting up the bowl and the roller, scraper, spatula set easy. This time we used the metal bowl.

Once we attached the roller and locked the arm into place, we added the ingredients. The first surprise was the bowl itself moved, not the arm or the roller of the mixer. Once we added all of the flour, the weight of the flour and the motion of the bowl turned the roller.

Another exciting difference was the scraper. The scraper was a fixed piece in the bowl that continually scraped our sticky Challah dough from the sides during the mixing process.

Lastly, Challah needs to be hand kneaded after the ingredients are thoroughly combined. We were shocked to find that the roller created similar motion to hands kneading, so in the end we didn’t need to knead the dough by hand.

Pros:

First, the Ankarsrum is a relatively quiet appliance.

Second, the unique tools, such as the roller, scraper, spatula set and the whisk beaters, make this different than its competitors. The dough hook and multiwire whisk bring welcomed similarities to competitors.

Third, this appliance has tons of attachments: blenders, grinders, cookie presses and more, so instead of having tons of different bases and tops you can just have one base and lots of attachments.

Fourth, the large metal cylindrical bowl allows for mixing larger quantities of ingredients.

Fifth, the smaller arm allows for clear views into the bowl.

Sixth, the plug can be removed from the body of the machine.

Seventh, it is shorter than most stand mixers.

The body of the machine is made in powder coater aluminium, so I doubt that you will wear it out.

Cons:

First, the nozzle to move the arm back and fourth can be difficult to adjust. The shiny metal doe not allow for a good grip.

Second, there are a lot of pieces to be stored, including the plug.

Finally, it’s expensive.

Overall Rating: 3/4 cup out of 1 cup. This mixer has given our stand mixer a run for its money. Not only is it a good mixer, it also can do much more than what a stand mixer can do.

That being said, this product is made for people who love to cook and especially love to bake. It is not for those who are taking cooking on as a new hobby. The Ankarsrum Original would also make a handy product for cooking shows or demonstrations because the large bowl and small arm make it possible to see everything being mixed.

Purchasing Info: the Ankarsrum can be purchased at Sur La Table for $699.

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Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica.  Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events.

In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others.    Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly.

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