You might think of a stand mixer as the ultimate kitchen companion for the avid baker. After all, stand mixers are fixtures on popular baking shows, where they help craft a range of doughs, cakes, breads and pastries. However, did you know that a KitchenAid® stand mixer can also grind meat, shred chicken, slice, dice, and spiralize vegetables? Thanks to a wide range of accessories and attachments combined with a powerful, high-speed motor, a KitchenAid® stand mixer is one of the most versatile additions you can make to your kitchen.
No matter what you like to craft on your countertop, a stand mixer enables exploration that goes way beyond baking. So whether you’re looking to purchase a new stand mixer or want to get the most out of the one you own, here are nine ways your stand mixer can shine.
1. Whip Potatoes, Cream, Butter & Eggs
The hardest part of making whipped cream, fluffy potatoes or delicious eggs is keeping your mixture airy and frothy. By putting your stand mixer on the highest setting and using the whip accessory, more air enters your mixture to increase the volume. This is especially handy when making soufflés, mousses or meringues. Top any dessert with homemade whipped cream, and you’ve instantly elevated the look and taste.
2. Process Food
Shred, slice and julienne fruits and vegetables with the KitchenAid® Food Processor Attachment. Whether you’re looking to slice veggies for a side dish or process them for a chunky salsa or dip, this attachment turns your stand mixer into an essential component of cooking and meal prep. It even features an adjustable ExactSlice™ system to get the desired sized pieces every time.
3. Grind Meat, Cheese and Breadcrumbs (Plus: Stuff Sausages)
A KitchenAid® stand mixer’s power hub uses the mixer’s motor to run your favorite attachment. This provides power for an attachment like the Metal Food Grinder, giving it the torque needed to grind raw meat for classic burgers and chili or unique creations like turkey souvlaki sliders and spiced lamb burgers. This specialized attachment can also chew through hard cheeses, stale bread for breadcrumbs, and raw veggies for salsa and sauces. Or, grind up your own vegetarian favorites like falafels and veggie lentil burgers spiced to perfection.
Be ready for grilling season with homemade stuffed sausages. Along with a food grinder attachment, the Sausage Stuffer Kit helps you make everything from breakfast sausage to spicy Italian sausage. Add your own twist with new recipes like sriracha chicken sausages or add unexpected elements like cranberries to your mix.
4. Make Homemade Pasta
No matter what form it comes in, pasta is a universal favorite—especially if it’s fresh and made from scratch. Fortunately, pasta is just one of the many things to make with a stand mixer from start to finish. For a truly authentic experience, begin by milling your own grains, then mix and form your dough with the dough hook accessory. The Pasta Sheet Roller Attachment makes it easy to transform your dough into thin, flat sheets perfect for cutting into noodles. The various pasta cutters allow you to make different sized noodles like spaghetti and fettuccine, or add some color to your plate—and your palate—with pink beet pasta. The varieties and styles of pasta are endless, allowing you to explore pasta traditions from around the world, or create flavorful fusions that are all your own.
5. Knead Your Own Dough for Bread and Pizza
Whether it’s bread, pizza or pasta, the root of any good carb is dough. The KitchenAid® stand mixer comes equipped with a dough hook that is perfect for preparing dough for bread, pizza, pastries and more. Honor traditional recipes like homemade challah bread, or chart your own territory with pretzel churros and rum-glazed donuts. This accessory combined with the power of your machine incorporates all of the ingredients in your bowl, making doughs that are evenly mixed and properly kneaded without tiring your arms and wrists.
6. Shred Chicken
Did you know it’s possible to shred deboned chicken with a mixer? After baking or broiling chicken breast or thigh, put the chicken in the KitchenAid® mixing bowl while it’s still warm. Using the flat beater accessory, set your mixer to a low speed. In around three minutes, you’ll have shredded chicken for tacos, chicken chili or Indonesian shredded barbecue.
7. Make Homemade Juice
Start your morning with a fresh-squeezed glass of juice. The masticating Juicer and Sauce Attachment has an extra wide feed tube and stainless steel slicing blade to accommodate fruits and veggies of various sizes and hardness. There are even three pulp strainer options so you can make juice with your preferred texture and consistency. Serve fresh orange juice with breakfast, then finish the day with pear and ginger saketinis.
8. Mix Batter
The key to any good cake, brownie or even pancake is the batter. Stand mixers help create an even mixture and allow you to have more power and control over the mixing process. Bring new flavors to classic favorites like chai-spiced carrot cake, or Nutella sea salt molten cakes. Make deliciously delicate savory crepes, sweet chocolate and toasted coconut crepes, and even ice cream cake. Whatever’s inside, your batter is sure to come out with the perfect texture and consistency be it silky smooth or light and fluffy.
9. Make Homemade Ice Cream
Like any good meal, this article also ends with dessert. Thanks to the Ice Cream Maker Attachment, you can make ice cream and frozen yogurt your own. Build custom blends by adding your chosen fruit, chocolates, cookies, caramel or anything else you think would treat your sweet tooth. Create unique flavors like lavender and honey, and Thai tea ice cream, or reinvent a classic with s’mores ice cream bars.
A KitchenAid® stand mixer unlocks your potential in the kitchen and beyond. It’s versatility fuels creative explorations for passionate Makers, curious curators, and adventurous home chefs everywhere. Discover even more ways to use a stand mixer in your own kitchen and open a whole new world of making with KitchenAid® stand mixer attachments.
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