If there is one appliance in the kitchen that is indispensable it is a KitchenAid® stand mixer. It is not a small investment but it is so useful that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. There is so much more that you can do in addition to just mixing your cake batter, breads and whipped cream. It will become your go-to appliance for many of the cooking tasks that you may have always wanted to try. The key to making the stand mixer even more versatile is the attachments that you can purchase beyond the three that come with the basic machine — the wire whisk, flat blender and bread hook.
Ice cream maker
One of the all-time most popular attachments for the KitchenAid® stand mixer is the ice cream maker attachment. There are two different ice cream makers depending on which of the stand mixers that you own. It can make up to two quarts of soft ice cream, sorbet and other frozen desserts. The attachment comes with several recipes to get you started as well as a one-year guarantee. The price of the attachment runs around $100.
The food grinder attachment opens up a whole world of possibilities. It can turn your chunks of beef into hamburger, whole nuts into ground, chunks of ham into ham salad and much more. It can also grind firm fruits and vegetables. There are also several attachments that go along with this attachment. There is a sausage stuffer and a tray to help you with your work.
If you would like to be able to have fresh orange or other citrus juice, the citrus juicer attachment is what you are looking for. In addition, there are several accessories for this attachment. You can purchase a reamer, strainer and even a bowl to catch the juice.
There is a vegetable strainer attachment that works with the grinder to puree and grind fruits, vegetables and cooked meats. If you are into making your own baby food, this would be the perfect attachment.
Whether you are looking to make your own ravioli, spaghetti or fettuccine, this attachment will provide the rollers and the cutters that you need to produce professional style pasta. There is also a pasta press attachment that provides that opportunity to make several other varieties of pasta.
Roto slicer with shredder
If you want to slice or shred cheese, this attachment allows you to customize the thickness of the slices or how fine the shreds are.
Gourmet specialty attachment package
If you are looking for a great deal, this package gives you several of the popular attachments all in one handy pack. It includes the food grinder, the slicer shredder and the pasta maker attachment. For less than $140 this is a bargain.
The KitchenAid® stand mixer is so much more than just a standard mixer. It can help you to tackle tasks that you never dreamed you could handle. From top to bottom it could cost more than $500 and as high as $1,500 to have a mixer with all the bells and whistles, but it is one expenditure that you will never regret. For a full list of the available models and attachments, check the KitchenAid® website.