But I'm not sure the same thing is happening in the center of my palm.
I.e., I can *see* (with my EYES!) how the handle is digging into
the edges of my palm. I don't see any similar "focused assault"
in the center of the palm.
<frown> Folks we won't be seeing in the *week* before the holiday
so my schedule has to "move up". And, two others who are "on
their way out" -- one just entering hospice, the other has already
written his obit, etc. Biscotti are the healthiest "treat" that
I make -- no fat (essentially, the body just sees it as "sweet
I'm not sure if an electric stand mixer with a dough hook may be an
option for you, it would be worth it as a cheap experiment, especially
if you already have a mixer and just need to pick up a dough hook.
Won't work. I've made these often enough (probably 50 batches/year) and
have always eyed the possibility of using the large Hobart mixer to
make the dough. But, it is simply too sticky and viscous. E.g.,
I can easily make 20 doz pecan sandies in the mixer (easiest Rx I
have -- primarily BECAUSE the mixer can do all the work!). But, this
small batch of dough would probably strain even *it's* ~3/4HP motor!
And, you'd lose too much dough clinging to the hook (with spoon, I
can use a knife to scrape any remaining dough off the spoon and
off the sides of the mixing bowl)
On Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:54:13 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
A hobart makes a kitchen aid look like a lightweight.At least the
institurional Hobart. I helped my friend move his daughter's newly
aquired Hobart and it took a set of ramps and the 2 of us to get it
off the pickup. It went on. on a pallet, with a forklift.. Takes a 30
inch bowl. (60 quart?)
There is also a "little" 20 quart Hobart. and the "Legacy"11.3 and
18.9 quart jobs.
They also make them up to about 140 US quart capacity. with a
"built-in forklift" to handle the bowl!!!
If the pain is in the muscle under the thumb, that
could be strained and cramping. I get that sometimes
with fat-handled paint brushes doing house painting.
The muscle cramps from the long-term gripping.
I don't think I've ever had a pain in the rest of
the palm, but I'd suspect a similar thing there. My
first idea would be to try a spoon with a different
shape or diameter handle. If it's thick then try
thin, and vice versa.
This isn't really a cramp. It's more like "being beaten on"
(see my post elsewhere this thread)
Yes, I'm sure thicker would make a difference.
Which is why I mentioned the "old age" tie in:
it seems that older folks *want* large/fat handles.
So, what is it that causes "aging" to show a preference
for this larger diameter that isn't true of "younger"
E.g., I could understand arthritic hands not wanting
to put undue strain on the joints (knuckles). But, not
sure that explains the "fat handles syndrome".
<frown> I suspect it is more than that. I notice older friends
have a hard time with smaller diameter items -- bottle caps, etc.
Like the hand doesn't want to close down that small. Or, maybe
it has less strength in this configuration?
<shrug> Dunno. I will start asking friends as these situations
come up so they can relate what they are feeling "first hand"...
I don't know if it is lack of strength, inability to "close a fist",
or something else... but, it seems like manual dexterity suffers with
age. I have no problems with small caps (1") *or* large (4") but
many of my friends have problems with both these extremes.
For large diameter, sure. But, that "problem" would exist from
For *small* diameter, though, small hands shouldn't pose a problem.
Indeed, larger hands can get in the way for smaller diameters
(forcing the user to use fingertips instead of the length of
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