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What does a stand mixer do

Modern stand mixers have become an essential part of many kitchens, helping bakers, passionate cooks, dabblers, and chefs create classic dishes or explore new ones. These versatile appliances can be used for a wide variety of baking and cooking needs, with uses far beyond mixing dough for cookies.

While a stand mixer may be thought of as an appliance strictly destined for baking, this guide will teach you how to make the most of a stand mixer and unleash your creative side in the kitchen.

If you're an avid baker, a stand mixer may seem like the perfect complement to your kitchen. Stand mixers can often be seen being used on popular baking shows, creating a range of doughs, breads, pastries, and cakes. Do you know that KitchenAid® stand mixers can also grind and shred meats and chicken, slice fresh fruits and veggies, dice them, and spiralize them?

A stand mixer from KitchenAid offers a high-speed motor and numerous accessories and attachments, making it an incredibly versatile device to add to your kitchen. No matter what you make in your kitchen, a stand mixer enables you to explore alternatives that go well beyond baking.

No matter if you’re looking to buy a new stand mixer or already own one, here are nine tips on getting the most out of it.

WHIP POTATOES, CREAM, BUTTER
& EGGS

The hardest part of making fluffy potatoes, whipped cream, butter, or delicious eggs is keeping your mixture airy and frothy. The easiest way to do that is to use your stand mixer's highest speed and use the whip attachment to add more air to your mixture. 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.

Blue KitchenAid Stand Mixer with attachment

SALSAS, CHUNKY DIPS & SPREADS
With the KitchenAid® Food Processor Attachment you can shred, slice and julienne fruits and vegetables for a smooth salsa, chunky dip or spread. It even features an adjustable ExactSlice system to get the desired sized pieces every time

Red KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Food Processor Attachment

GRIND MEAT, CHEESE AND BREADCRUMBS (PLUS: STUFF SAUSAGES)
Several KitchenAid® attachments, including the Metal Food Grinder, can be used to grind meat for classic dishes like burgers, chili, or unique ones like turkey souvlaki sliders and spiced lamb burgers.

This special attachment can also cut hard cheeses, old bread for breadcrumbs, and raw vegetables to make salsa and sauce. Or, you can grind up your own falafels and veggie lentil burgers spiced to perfection.

Now you can prepare for grilling season with homemade stuffed sausages made with a Sausage Stuffer Kit and Metal Food Grinder Attachment. Add your own taste with new recipes such as sriracha chicken sausages, or add cranberries to your sausage mix for an unexpected twist.

Silver KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Food Grinder attachment

HOMEMADE PASTA
No matter its form, pasta will always hold a special place in someone’s heart. Especially if it’s fresh and made from scratch. The good news is, pasta is only one of the many things you can make using 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. It is easy to create thin, flat pasta sheets with the Pasta Sheet Roller Attachment, ideal for noodle cutting.

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.

Red KitchenAid Stand Mixer with pasta attachment

DOUGH FOR BREAD AND PIZZA
The foundation of any good carb is dough. The KitchenAid® stand mixer features a dough hook for making your own bread; pizza; pastries; and more. Honor tradition with homemade challah bread, or get creative with pretzel churros and rum-glazed donuts.

This accessory combines perfectly with your machine to ensure that all your ingredients are well blended. The result is dough that is evenly mixed and properly kneaded without tiring your arms and wrists at the same time. .

Fresh pizza

SHREDDED 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.

Red KitchenAid Stand Mixer with beater attachment

HOMEMADE JUICE
With the masticating Juicer and Sauce Attachment, you can enjoy fresh-squeezed juice to start your morning. An extra wide feed tube and stainless steel blade let you handle a multitude of fruits and vegetables of different sizes and hardness. There are even three pulp strainer options, so you can get your juice with your preferred texture and consistency. Enjoy fresh orange juice for breakfast, then top off the day with ginger or pear saketinis.

Freshly squeezed orange juice

SMOOTH BATTERS
A good cake, brownie, or pancake starts with the batter. Stand mixers create a smooth and even mixture. They also give you more control over the mixing process.

Bring new flavors to classics like chai-spiced carrot cake or Nutella molten cookies. Make delicious savory crepes, sweet chocolate and coconut crepes and savory pancakes. Your batter will come out silky smooth or fluffy. .

Pink KitchenAid Stand Mixer

MAKE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
Like any good meal, this article also ends with dessert! The Ice Cream Maker Attachment lets you make this favourite frozen treat in your own kitchen. Customize your flavors by adding your favorite fruit, chocolates, cookies, caramel, and anything else your sweet tooth could enjoy. Try lavender and honey ice cream, or Thai tea ice cream bars, or a s'mores ice cream bar for something new.

Silver KitchenAid Stand Mixer mixing fresh ice cream