Dear Home Ec 101,
I own a Kitchen Aid Professional 6 Qt. Stand Mixer. It is a nickel color. I accidently placed the burnished aluminum paddle/beater attachment in the dishwasher to wash (it can only be hand washed in warm soapy water). It also went through a rinse of white vinegar. Eeeeek!! When I removed it from the dishwasher, the color of the paddle/beater changed/oxidized. It no longer has a nice finish to it. The metal is now a dark charcoal gray. Is it safe to use the paddle? Or should I replace it with a new one. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Up The Creek Without A Paddle
Go ahead and buy a new beater, the oxidation may discolor foods. I recommend the coated beater, it isn’t quite as pretty, but it is more difficult to ruin the finish.
Aluminum may be linked to Alzeheimer’s, but this is controversial and it has not been proven.
I am not a medical professional, do your own research, but please remember research consists of more than just googling “aluminum Alzheimer’s connection.” That search will pull up every paranoid who felt the need to mention it, with or without facts or research.
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