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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Egg Beater to Electric Mixer

The first egg beater with rotating parts was patented in 1856 by Ralph Collier.  A  Baltimore, Maryland tinner,  Collier was given U.S. Patent 16,267 for his creation.  The hand mixer would be modified by E.P. Griffith, who designed the whisk mixer received a patented in England in 1857. These new gadgets would soon be the desires of every household in Europe and across the USA whipping up eggs, cakes and many other recipes calling for the mixing action these gadgets provided for.  

The handheld egg beater was often used to help mix various items for cooking and would find it's way into many homes.  Even the chuckwagon cooks might have an occasion to whisk up a recipe using the hand crack device and still often used in modern day.
As electricity was becoming more common and surely the greatest invention going into the 20th century, Herbert Johnson, an engineer for the Hobart Manufacturing Company, tinkered in creating an electric mixer. In 1908, he invented his electric standing mixer, naming the product, KitchenAid.  It weighed in at 65 pounds, and was not convenient, either. The huge 5 quart mixer at the cost of $189.50 US Dollars, or what would be the value about $2,000 in today's dollar was slow to take off. Retailers did not see the point of having the electric gadget, so KitchenAid employed a team of ladies that would go door to door demonstrating the product and attachments to housewives across the USA.  

Industrial designer, Egmont Ahrens pioneered changes to the electric mixer.  Trimming the design down to becoming a handheld device, plus reducing the high price to a mere $55, Ahrens, electric hand mixer patent with the streamline shape has changed little since his 1936 patented.  The electric hand mixer would become a common kitchen tool.  

Sunbeam put out its first hand-held MixMaster in 1952.  The hand mixer would become popular blending up so many recipes. Often, mothers baking would offer the opportunity for their kids to lick the sweet remains from the attachment beater.  While Sunbeam became very affordable,  KitchenAid would remains the leader in household sales.    

Today,  "Kitchen Aid" continues to manufacture items for just about everything in the kitchen.  Juicing, blending, cutlery, cookware and processing foods with dozen of attachments for their mixers, including items like sausage stuffer and pea shucker are among the many items they produce.
Located in Greenville, Ohio, USA, KitchenAid also host "Cook for the Cure" an event encouraging households and office parties to host potluck or family cookouts as thousands across the USA raise funds for the  cure of breast cancer donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®.   Additionally, Kitchen Aid sponsors the PGA of America Tour that will be held at the prestigious Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.  Join them for six memorable days of beautiful scenery, delicious food and great golf  May 21—26, 2013.

The popularity of outdoor cooking has grown since the days of early pioneers who crossed through the untamed lands as they moved west. Even the Chuckwagon cooks grilled from cast iron skillets, griddles and dutch ovens that provided wholesome meals to the American Cowboys. Today, outdoor cooking continues with great popularity as many households moved to their patios grilling weekend meals for family gatherings.  Kitchen Aid is there for you with outdoor grills and accessies for that second kitchen as families enjoy the seasons of outdoor cooking just like the cooks of the chuckwagon during cattle drives from a time long past.



  1. I remember my mom have one of those egg beaters when I was a kid in the 50s.

    1. We had one too. As kids, my mother had already switched to using the electric mixer, but I enjoyed using it. Not for mixing up any savory dishes, but taking the colander to wear as an Army Helmet and using the egg beater like a Tommy Gun. Kids used imagination playing back in the day in a simpler time.