If you're lucky enough to receive (or buy) your first KitchenAid stand mixer, you're probably really excited to use it, but you might not know where to start. Fear not, we've put together the ultimate guide to using your KitchenAid stand mixer, explaining what each accessory is for and also highlighting some of the accessory options you can choose from in the future for even more kitchen fun.
What do these speeds mean, anyway?
Seeing 10 speeds on a machine can seem a little daunting, but the intermediate or unnumbered speeds are for fine-tuning, so you really need to pay attention to the following:
You should always start the mixer at that speed and increase from there. Whenever you add flour to the mixture, you must use this speed, otherwise you will be involved in a cloud of flour. This is also a good speed to use if the instructions say to "stir until mixed".
Speed 2: Slow mix
What should be mixed slowly? Heavy pasta like cheesecakes and mashed potatoes like banana or potato. If baking cookies or any type of baking that involves fat reduction, use this speed. Pancakes and thin crepes should be mixed at this speed so the batter doesn't get all over the place!
Speed 4: Mix and Beat
If you're making a batch of cookies or other medium-sized doughs, this is the setting for you. Use this speed to add sugar to light mixtures such as egg whites. If you are using a cake mix and the instructions call for medium speed, this is it.
Speed 6: Hitting and Hitting
When preparing a dough that turns fat into sugar, this is the speed to use. If you are making a dough and it tells you to assemble it, use speed 6. You should also use this speed to finish the doughs which indicate that you should mix them well.
Speed 8: Fast punches and whips
This is the speed you should use when you need to whip egg whites or make fluffy whipped cream.
Speed 9: Fast stirring
Full speed is used for the same thing as speed 8, but it does the job a little faster. Since the ingredients are mixed at such a high speed, you should only use this speed when mixing small amounts; otherwise your mixture will fly!
What do the accessories that come with my KitchenAid do?
Typical accessories that come with the stand mixer when you buy it are the flat edge beater, the wire whisk and the dough hook. Since they are common, many recipes explicitly state which attachment to use. If your recipe doesn't say which one to use, here are some tips on how to decide which one to use:
flat edge beater
This whisk is basically your (almost) all-purpose tool. For most of your baking and mixing needs, this whisk is fine. Use it for regular to heavy mixes like cookies, brownies, cakes and more. If the recipe says to whip, blend, cream, or puree, this is the accessory to use. Eastpeanut butter cookiethe recipe uses the flat edge beater. This accessory can be used at all speeds.
The stand mixer whip attachment is for mixes that need to be whipped up by adding air. The whip is used to whip cream and egg whites, among other things. It's a safe bet that if the recipe calls for something to be whipped, wire whip should be used. While heavy frostings and frostings like buttercream are made with the beater, lighter style frostings like this oneboiled glazeuse the wire whip. This accessory is intended for use with faster speeds such as 8 and 9.
Not surprisingly, this hook-like attachment is used to make heavier doughs, such as bread. The dough hook assists in the kneading process when making yeast dough. This helps save time because a dough hook can make dough smooth and elastic in a fraction of the time it would take to produce the same results kneading by hand. Emeril Lagasse has a great brochureItalian breadprescription. Speed 2 is the typical speed when using a dough hook.
What attachments and accessories should I get?
In addition to the accessories that come with your KitchenAid stand mixer, there are many accessories you can buy, depending on what you want the machine to do. If you are a lover of Italian food, there are a number of accessories for making pasta and sausage stuffing aids for meat lovers, etc. Check out the list and see which ones you like.
If you are a lover of fresh pasta and want to try making your own pasta then this is the accessory for you. The rolling pin cuts long pasta such as spaghetti and linguine. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you'll never buy pasta at the grocery store again. This recipe will walk you through making a basic yet delicious recipe.Homemade noodles.Use speed 10 with this accessory.
If you're in love with your rolling pin attachment but want homemade pasta with smaller shapes and more texture to hold thick, thick pasta sauces, consider getting a pasta extrusion attachment. This accessory molds the dough into small shapes like fusilli and macaroni. These pasta shapes go perfectly with a thick meat sauce like this one.Bolognesefrom a master of Italian food, Mario Batali. Use speed 10 with this accessory.
The great thing about making your own ravioli is that you can control what's in it! KitchenAid's Ravioli Maker helps you produce identical ravioli pockets so that the top and bottom of your ravioli match and the tong tool helps keep the filling inside the ravioli instead of in the pasta water! 🇧🇷 The Huffington Post has a great slideshow of deliciousstuffed with ravioli!
The food grinder is a practical accessory that allows you to grind meat, cheese, vegetables and nuts, having the option of coarse or fine grinding depending on your needs. If you've never made your own burgers, you don't know what you're missing, they taste great and don't contain any toppings.honest kitchenhas a great recipe for homemade burgers. Use speed 4 with this accessory.
There's a renewed love for deli and the Sausage Stuffer add-on works with the Food Chopper accessory so you can produce sausages small and large in your own kitchen. Your whole family will go crazy over theseThai Chicken Sausagesfrom the Australian website KitchenAid. Use speed 4 with this accessory.
Vegetable purees and sieve
This is a handy add-on that connects to the food mill to let you puree and strain all kinds of fruits and vegetables. This plugin is great for parents who want to make their own baby food and for people who want toswarmsand seedless jams. If you're making fresh spaghetti with the pasta attachment, why not use the colander to make a delicious pomodoro sauce? Use speed 4 with this accessory.
Slicer and Shredder
This is a cone-shaped shredder that comes with four blades, two for slicing and two for shredding. With this accessory you can slice and shred firm cheeses, vegetables and fruits. With this accessory, you can make a chopped salad in minutes and have grated cheese for your pizza in no time. The slicing function makes this deliciousbrussel sprout hashyes, we use brussels sprouts and delicious in the same sentence, trust us!). Use speed 4 with this accessory.
Having freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast every morning is possible with the citrus juicer accessory. With the citrus juicer you can mix and match your citrus fruits to make the perfect drink for you, try mixing some clementine juice with blood oranges, it's delicious! The key lime pie is amazing but the lemons are tiny and take forever to make by hand but you can do it quickly.it waswith the help of the juicer. Use speed 6 with this accessory.
Not getting enough fiber in your life? The grain mill accessory is there to help. This grain mill is used to grind your favorite grains like wheat, oats, corn and rice. With this attachment, you can choose how coarse you want your grains to be, from a cracked style for hearty breads to an extra fine grain perfect for adding a little texture to smoothies. With this grain mill, you make your own flour to create the freshest flavor.without kneading bread🇧🇷 Use speed 6 with this accessory.
ice cream maker
The KitchenAid stand mixer can not only help you bake a cake, but with this accessory, you can make ice cream to go with the cake. The trick to using this accessory is to freeze the container very well, for 24 hours, before connecting it to the mixer to mix the ice cream. We've compiled a list of dozens of tons ofice cream recipes and frozen treatsSo take a look and choose one that looks good for you to try, we recommend the red velvet ice cream. Use first gear with this accessory.
Now that you're more familiar with all the things your KitchenAid stand mixer can do, you'll be whipping up all kinds of delicious treats in no time! Happy Kitchen!