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Must-Have Accessories For Your Stand Mixer

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After years of dreaming of having a Kitchen Aid Mixer, I was finally able to get one.  I love having all that power to mix and knead dough, plus all the nifty attachments that are available.  But before buying more gadgets that I might or I might not use, I wanted to do a little homework.  Just which of these attachments are for me?

Note – please make sure, before purchasing any Kitchen Aid attachments, that they will work on your mixer.  Although most attachments will work on any Kitchen Aid model, some attachments are made for the higher powered machines. Some of the lower end models may not accept the attachments.  Always check your machine for compatibility.

First of all, there are some basic, everyday type extras that are nice to have when using your stand mixer:

Pour Shield – This is really nice to have if you like to bake.  Instead of having a cloud of flour every time you start the mixer, this will help keep the dry ingredients contained while mixing.

KitchenAid KN1PS Pouring Shield, 1-PieceKitchenAid KN1PS Pouring Shield, 1-Piece

Glass Bowl – my mixer came with a metal bowl, but no glass bowl.  It’s nice to have an extra bowl that fits the mixer blades exactly, and it’s also great to be able to see what you are mixing to check the progress.

KitchenAid K5GB 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Glass Bowl with Measurement Markings & LidKitchenAid K5GB 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Glass Bowl with Measurement Markings & Lid

Scraper Paddle – This is the ideal tool for mixing cookie dough, shredding cooked meats, etc.  The scraper paddle has a rubber edge that allows you to scrape even closer to the edge of the bowl.

KitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater for Tilt-Head Stand MixersKitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater for Tilt-Head Stand Mixers

 

Ice Cream Maker – Just in time for the warmer weather, the Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker Attachment is one of those tools that you will use all the time.  Just place the bowl in the freezer, put the churn on, add your ice cream mixture, and that’s it!  The bowl fits in place of your regular mixing bowl.  I really like this one!

KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment - Excludes 7, 8, and most 6 Quart ModelsKitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment – Excludes 7, 8, and most 6 Quart Models

 

Food Processor with Commercial Style Dicing Kit – This is one neat tool.  If you don’t want to have multiple kitchen gadgets, or just want a really powerful food processor, this is a great choice.  Slices, juliennes, shreds, and even dices everything from veggies to cheese in the blink of an eye.  This Kitchen Aid attachment works off of the power hub, and you can take advantage of that power.  Imagine slicing or dicing a veggie tray or soup vegetables in less than half the time.

KitchenAid KSM2FPA Food Processor Attachment with Commercial Style Dicing KitKitchenAid KSM2FPA Food Processor Attachment with Commercial Style Dicing Kit

Pasta Excellence Set – If you like pasta, this is the attachment for you.  Fresh pasta is a treat, and with this set of rollers and cutters, you can make anything from pasta sheets, spaghetti and fettucine, to capellini, lasagnette and ravioli.   This one works off the power hub, too, but it takes all of the elbow work out of rolling your own pasta dough.  All metal construction, with a generous warranty.  Kitchen Aid also sells a pasta drying rack that would come in handy.  Kick up your pasta with homemade noodles!

KitchenAid KPEX Pasta Excellence Set with 6 Different Attachments [Discontinued]KitchenAid KPEX Pasta Excellence Set with 6 Different Attachments [Discontinued]

Citrus Juicer – working off the power hub, this one makes easy work out of juicing all of those fresh lemons and oranges.  The citrus juicer comes with a built in strainer, so you don’t get any seeds or other stuff in your juice.  The nicest part about using this is you get all of the juice from the fruit – not like when you are juicing by hand.  It’s easy clean, too – just pop in the dishwasher.

KitchenAid JE Citrus Juicer AttachmentKitchenAid JE Citrus Juicer Attachment

Lastly, if you like to preserve your own foods or make jams and jellies, this is the set for you:

Kitchen Aid Mixer Assortment Pack #1 – Includes a food grinder plus shredder that makes quick work of turning cooked fruit into puree, shredding cheese or veggies, and grinding meat for burgers.  This is a very utilitarian set that would get a lot of use.  Attaches to the power hub, and fits all models.

KitchenAid FPPA Stand Mixer Attachment Pack 1 with Food Grinder, Fruit & Vegetable Strainer, and Rotor Slicer & ShredderKitchenAid FPPA Stand Mixer Attachment Pack 1 with Food Grinder, Fruit & Vegetable Strainer, and Rotor Slicer & Shredder

I know you knew your Kitchen Aid mixer could take on the world, but did you know it was capable of doing all these things?  I bet you didn’t.  Now you have even more of a reason to have one.  Or two or three.

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