Here we are nine months later and I'm still loving my Magic Mill. Since my previous post about this machine gets the most retrospective comments from readers, I thought I would share a more critical insight into my past nine months of usage.
That picture is my six batard sourdough morning batch. Total dough weight is 2130g. I will often do a double batch in the machine which is 4260g. The machine has no troubles with either, but the double likes to climb up the roller more readily. I've learned to keep sturdy but not hard pressure pushing the roller against the wall to control dough climb. Not an easy skill to teach my staff. The dough climb can be seen in my #3 circle below. This is no different than my old Kitchen Aid except it is easier to resolve on this machine since the top is accessible during operation versus the lifted bowl of the KA.
The number one circle shows how dough likes to slip under the side bowl scraper. I normally will hold the scraper arm with my left hand while leveraging that against my right hand on the roller arm. At times I'll just let it all go hands free, but that normally doesn't give me a very positive outcome - ie, it is more efficient for me to have both hands active in the process. It seems over time that my scraper is letting more dough underneath than it used to. This is still much better than my KA bowl walls.
The number two circle shows how dough likes to pull the scraper away from the side. Once this happens your mixing efficiency drops to nil.
My biggest problem is that their instruction manual seems inaccurate as to what tool to use for what job. I use the roller wheel for my bread and most other doughs, and the whisks for creams, but I have yet to find a good use for the dough hook. I've tried the dough hook many times on my bread, but it doesn't work well. Maybe someone can enlighten me on that.
So, my summary...this is still a workhorse showing no signs of letting down. Because of the design there really is no reason for the motor to burn out. On the contrary, since my last post, my KA died a third time doing far less work. I had to pay for this repair versus the first two which were covered by KA.
Even so, there are some design flaws as I see them. First, I'd like the side scraper to hold itself in place. Second, I'd like to see the roller bar arm lock keep the arm from moving inward versus outward (not sure why they thought it was useful for the arm to be locked from moving toward the outside of the bowl). Third, I'd like to have a hands free experience so I can do things other than babysit my machine.
That's my summary for now. I expect my fellow Magic Millers to chime in with their experiences.
Richie B’s – Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 week ago