Owning a KitchenAid stand mixer is considered by many to be one of the defining requirements of an ďofficialĒ home kitchen. The quality, usefulness, and durability of KitchenAidís stand mixers are among the best in the industry, and although the price of admission to the KitchenAid ownerís club can be a bit intimidating, it is universally regarded as being well worth the investment.
Once you have purchased your mixer, the next step is deciding which attachments you are going to buy to expand its functionality. The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment that you can buy for your kitchen, and while its prowess in the mixing and baking department is taken for granted at this point, the often overlooked attachment hub on the front of the mixer offers the potential to turn your KitchenAid into a truly everyday appliance. However, KitchenAidís renowned level of quality does come at a bit of a price, and with the number of different accessories and attachments available for your mixer numbering easily into the tens, those on a more limited budget are going to have to be more selective about their accessories line up. But by tailoring your accessory selection to your most common cooking and baking tasks, the upfront investment will undoubtedly prove to be well worth it in the long run. Here are a few ways to outfit your KitchenAid Stand Mixer to best suit your most frequent needs.
Mixing and Baking:
Your KitchenAid mixer already comes equipped with a few
basic baking attachments: typically a wire whip, beater, dough hook, and standard
mixing bowl are included with most residential models. While these tools are
all that you need to get started, those who intend to do a lot of baking prep
with their mixer may want to consider upgrading a few of their components.
- 11-Wire Whip Attachment: Increases the whisking capacity of your mixer
significantly. The additional wires on the whip allow for maximum air
incorporation and speeds up the mixing time.
- Flex Edge Beater Attachment: Standard flat beater with one spatula-style rubber edge. Improves the scraping performance of your mixer, ensuring that as
few ingredients as possible are left clinging to the side of the mixing bowl
and speeding up the ingredient incorporation process.
- Pour Guard: Doubles as a splatter guard and easy pour funnel. The see-through, circumferential splatter guard prevents batter and
other ingredients from escaping the bowl during more vigorous mixing while the
built-in pouring funnel allows the mixed contents of the bowl to be easily
poured without the need to remove the splatter guard. Attaches to standard
- Glass Mixing Bowl: Five quart glass mixing bowl that locks into
stand mixerís base. Ideal for recipes that require a standing or refrigeration
period after mixing. The attached pouring spout and handle make pouring from
the glass mixing bowl easy. Includes a snap-on lid for safe and easy storage.
- Burnished Accessories: For heavier batters, consider upgrading to
burnished mixing attachments. Burnished attachments are highly polished, giving
them an extra smooth surface that reduces sticking and expedites the mixing
- Ice Cream Maker Attachment: The KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment turns
your stand mixer into a quick and easy to use ice cream maker. This attachment
is made up of two parts: the freeze bowl and dasher mixer attachment (each sold
separately). To use the ice cream maker, simply chill the freeze bowl in the
freezer for a minimum of 15 hours and prepare your ice cream batter. Once the
freeze bowl is properly chilled, assemble and engage the freeze bowl, dasher,
and drive assembly, add your batter, and watch as your KitchenAid stand mixer
mixes up the perfect batch of homemade ice cream or sorbet. Solid ingredients
can be added to the batter to be mixed in once the ice cream begins to solidify.
KitchenAid offers a number of food processing
and meat grinding accessories to be used with the hub attachment located on the
front of the mixer. Simply remove the KitchenAid logo cover, plug in your
accessory of choice, and your KitchenAid is now a full-fledged food slicer,
chopper, or grinder.
- Food Grinder Attachment: The KitchenAid Food Grinder is the perfect way
to grind meats, firm fruits, vegetables, dry breads, and even cheese. Simply
attach the grinder to the front of your KitchenAid and feed the food in from
the food tray above the grinding mechanism. Comes with course and fine grinder
plates for a wide variety of applications, as well as a plastic stomper to push
food into the grinding tube. With the addition of the KitchenAidís sausage
stuffer kit, the food grinder attachment effortlessly becomes a sausage
stuffing mechanism for your ground meats (or vegetarian substitute).
- Roto Slicer: KitchenAidís Roto Slicer attachment makes quick
work of slicing up your fruits, vegetables, or cheeses. Simply feed your
produce into the top of the slicer, and the rotating slicer cone will take care
of the rest. Sliced ingredients fall from the front of the attachment, and the
open, front-facing design makes it easy to retrieve stubborn or trapped pieces.
Includes 2 slicer cones for thick or thin slices, as well as 2 shredder cones
for course or fine shreds.
- Fruit & Vegetable Strainer & Grinder: This attachment comes complete with the
KitchenAid food grinder attachment, but the fruit and vegetable strainer
addition can be bought separately if you already own the grinder. In conjunction
with the grinder, the fruit and vegetable strainer attachment enables your
KitchenAid stand mixer to quickly and easily puree and strain fruits and
vegetables. Food is fed into the grinder in the fashion explained above, where
it is ground and mashed by the strainer cover. The juice from your fruits and
vegetables drains from the back of the strainerís specialized grinder cover,
while the pureed fruit mass is ejected from the front of the attachment to be
discarded or collected for another use. This attachment should be used only
with soft or cooked foods.
- Grain Mill Attachment: The all metal grain mill attachment grinds up
low-moisture grains such as wheat, corn, and rice. This simple to use
attachment is adjustable from ďcrackedĒ to extra-fine consistency and includes
a custom cleaning brush for easy cleaning. Perfect for freshly milling grains
to add to recipes or for grinding your own flour to add a rustic, hearty taste
and texture to your homemade bread and other baked goods.
- Citrus Juicer Attachment: The KitchenAid citrus juicer attachment makes
quick work of juicing your citrus fruits. Simply attach the juicer to the
attachment hub of your stand mixer, cut your citrus fruits in half, and let the
spinning reamer do the squeezing for you. Includes a removable strainer to help
trap any unwanted pulp.
In addition to tools for preparing fruits and vegetables, KitchenAid also offers a collection of pasta preparation attachments that will have you creating scratch-made pasta dishes in no time. For the die-hard pasta cooker, KitchenAidís Pasta Excellence Kit
comes with everything that you will need to prepare a variety of pasta types. However, if the upfront investment of the Pasta Excellence Kit is too much for your attachment budget, each pasta attachment can be bought separately according to your needs.
- Pasta Roller Attachment: This attachment allows you to easily roll
homemade pasta dough into sheets for delicious scratch-made lasagna or
fettuccini noodles. The roller creates 6Ē wide sheets of dough and features 9
settings that allow you to adjust the thickness of the dough. Comes with a
cleaning brush for easy cleaning.
- Pasta Cutter Attachment: These pasta cutter attachments are specifically
designed to cuts sheets of dough from the KitchenAid pasta roller and quickly
cut them into individual noodles. The pasta cutter is available with a variety
of blade arrangements for creating different types of noodles, and comes with a
cleaning brush for easy cleaning. When paired with the KitchenAid pasta roller
attachment, these pasta cutters take the guesswork and tedium out of creating
fresh, handmade noodles for your pasta recipes.
- Ravioli Maker Attachment: The ravioli attachment turns an otherwise
time-consuming and meticulous job into an easy and hassle-free task. This
hand-operated attachment attaches easily to your stand mixerís attachment hub,
and incudes a specialized filling scoop for spreading and filling the corners
of the hopper with your ravioli filling. To operate, simply lay your pre-rolled
ravioli dough into the ravioli maker, spread in your filling, and crank the
dough through to create a grid of perfect large-pocket ravioli noodles every
time. Cleaning brush included for easy cleaning.
- Pasta Press Attachment: This attachment can be used to create fresh
spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, or macaroni noodles. Simply select
which pasta plate you would like to use, insert it into the attachment, feed
balls of dough into the top, and your KitchenAid stand mixer will take care of
the rest. The built-in wire pasta knife allows the pasta to be easily cut when
the desired noodle length is achieved. With the KitchenAid pasta press
attachment, you can effortlessly create all sorts of cylindrical pastas in a
matter of minutes