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KitchenAid’s iconic stand mixer has found a permanent place not only atop kitchen countertops in the United States but also throughout 115 countries worldwide. This simplistic, stylish, yet powerful appliance has made virtually any recipe attainable by chefs at any level of expertise.
Trendy color options that can fit into any kitchen are not the only aspect of the KitchenAid that gets our attention. KitchenAid’s stand mixer literally stands up to any task; with a powerful motor and sturdy structure, it never falters for making either the most delicate meringue or hearty bread dough. It’s no wonder that it has become a household name.
Whether you are just purchasing a KitchenAid stand mixer or wondering what else your mixer can do, we’ve compiled a list of the essential attachments and accessories that you’ll need for an all-in-one appliance. But first, let’s take a closer look at why we love our KitchenAids.
Why Is KitchenAid So Popular?
Since 1914, KitchenAid stand mixers have transformed the way we bake, both commercially and domestically. At the heart of the mixer’s steadfast design, a powerful motor propels either the paddle, whisk, or dough hook effortlessly.
Because the mixer spins with a retrograde motion, it reaches all the outskirts of the bowl to include all ingredients. You get ideal results for beating, whisking, or kneading ingredients without any strain or burn-out from the mixer.
KitchenAid’s simplistic features are user-friendly. Simply attach the bowl and mix with just the flick of a switch to select a speed setting. The included glass or stainless steel mixing bowl are also easy to clean. The KitchenAid is ready at a moment’s notice for the next recipe.
It’s no wonder that the KitchenAid stand mixer has gained popularity as a one-time purchase that will last a lifetime. Not only is it a workhorse, but it also adorns your countertop with classic style available in unique colors to coordinate with your kitchen’s crockery.
Do All KitchenAid Attachments Fit All KitchenAid Mixers?
When you purchase a KitchenAid, you have the guarantee that any stand mixer attachment will fit every stand mixer. All sizes of KitchenAid’s stand mixers, from the Mini to the Pro Line, are equipped with a universally sized power hub for attachments, regardless of the age of the mixer. Both tilt-head and bowl-lift style stand mixers can accommodate all attachments.
Adding attachments lets the KitchenAid become an all-in-one kitchen appliance for grinding, dicing, mixing, and rolling. Check out these handy attachments for your KitchenAid stand mixer.
1. Food Processor Attachment
Get the benefit of two appliances with the use of one motor. The KitchenAid stand mixer powers this food processor attachment so that you can slice, julienne, and shred ingredients. Make fresh salsas, shred cheese for pasta, chop nuts for baked goods, and even more!
The food processor attachment has a wide feed tube for ease of processing various sized fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Adjust the thickness of each slice by using the ExactSlice lever. It’s that simple. It comes with a storage case to easily contain three blades and a dicing kit. It’s easy to disassemble/reassemble for quick cleaning after use.
2. 3 Piece Pasta Roller & Cutters Attachment
Make homemade pasta in minutes by using your KitchenAid stand mixer. First, knead the dough by using the dough hook and mixing bowl. Then, select an attachment from the 3-piece pasta set to either roll or cut dough.
KitchenAid’s 3-piece pasta set is made from commercial food-grade stainless steel. Set includes one roller (8” thickness), one spaghetti cutter, and one fettuccini cutter. It comes with a brush for easy cleaning.
3. Pasta Press Attachment
Kick your pasta making skills up a notch by using the pasta press attachment on your KitchenAid stand mixer. Choose from six types of pasta to transform your homemade dough into a culinary delight; spaghetti, bucatini, fusilli, rigatoni, small macaroni, and large macaroni.
4. Food Grinder Attachment
Use wholesome, fresh ingredients when you cook by using your KitchenAid stand mixer to grind meats, cheeses, nuts, and spices. Attach the stainless steel grinder to any stand mixer. The large feed tray allows you to work quickly when grinding larger portions.
Get creative by adding fresh herbs and spices to your meatballs and sausages while the mixer does the prep work.
Grinder attachment includes fine, medium, and coarse blades and two sausage stuffers. Stainless steel is easy to clean (plastic is also available) and is conveniently stored inside an included case.
5. Fruit & Vegetable Strainer Attachment
The fruit and vegetable strainer is designed to be used in collaboration with the meat grinder, although the two attachments are sold separately. Using the strainer, you can make purées from either raw or cooked fruits and vegetables. It is an excellent tool for making smoothies, baby food, tomato sauce, apple sauce, and many more!
Attach the strainer to the discharge end of the meat grinder. Thick peels and seeds should be removed from fruits and vegetables prior to straining. Feed fruits and vegetables through the meat grinder to process, and as processed foods move through the strainer cone any existing bits of peel and pulp are removed.
6. Citrus Juicer Attachment
Fresh squeezed orange juice daily is a cinch when you attach the citrus juicer to your KitchenAid stand mixer. At the ready on your countertop, simply slice fruits in half and press gently against the juicer while using a low speed on the mixer. A strainer basket captures seeds and pulp while you capture juice into a cup or bowl below.
7. Spiralizer Plus With Peel, Core, & Slice Attachment
Now you can prepare fruits and vegetables within minutes using the power of the KitchenAid and the attached spiralizer plus. Peel, core, and slice apples all in one go, perfectly prepped for an apple pie. Spiral slice zucchini, squash, and eggplant effortlessly to whip up a savory ratatouille.
The spiralizer plus attachment comes with six blades for slicing thickness options, peeling, and spiralizing thickness options. Store neatly in the included storage case.
8. Sifter & Scale Attachment
Add precision to your baking when you use KitchenAid’s sifter and scale attachment with your stand mixer. Sift ingredients to measure by weight, and slowly add to the mixing bowl using a swivel chute for just the right quantity. It holds four cups of dry ingredients.
The sifter and scale attachment can be used independently on the countertop. The scale uses AA batteries to give you an accurate reading on a digital display. It’s easy to disassemble/reassemble, and parts excluding the scale are dishwasher safe. Keep in a convenient storage case.
9. Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder Attachment
Equip your KitchenAid stand mixer for fast food prep by using the rotary blade slicer/shredder attachment. Hands-free slicing makes ease of cutting vegetables, fruits, and cheeses. You will achieve an even thickness on every slice. Prep potatoes for scalloped potatoes, shred carrots for a salad and cut your cooking time in half when the mixer does the work. It comes with three blades for slicing, medium shred, and coarse shred.
10. Bowl Shield Accessory
Attach a bowl shield to the mixing bowl of your KitchenAid stand mixer so that you can add ingredients without spills while the mixer is turning.
Unlike the other KitchenAid attachments, you will need to confirm your stand mixer model (found on the base of the mixer) to accurately size the bowl shield accessory to fit your mixing bowl.
11. Edge Beater Accessory
The widened, flexible edge of KitchenAid’s edge beater scrapes clean the sides of the bowl with its nylon-coated edge. No more need to scrape with a spatula because you will get every last drop of batter from the beater.
Do check the model of your stand mixer (found on the base of the mixer) to select the right sized edge beater accessory to fit your mixing bowl.
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