BY MANDY ELLIS
YOU MAY RECOGNIZE the KitchenAid mixer as
the powerhouse of any baker’s kitchen, but this magnificent mixer can do more than make a mean batch
of macaroons. KitchenAid’s versatile attachments
make a variety of tasks faster and easier.
It spiralizes, peels and cores. The trendy spiral-izer creates veggie faux pasta in seconds and has five
blades, letting you toss out handheld items that are
clogging up your drawers. “It not only spiralizes, it
peels and cores. The peeling is great for apple pie or
potatoes, and makes it very little work,” says Costco
member Derek Ernst, vice president of global marketing and product development at KitchenAid.
It slices and shreds. Skip spending gobs of time
slicing fruits and veggies. Virginia Willis, a chef,
food writer and Costco member, advises using the
KitchenAid to reduce the prep time for processes
like grating carrots, and thinks it’s perfect for big
gatherings where serious prep occurs.
It processes. A smaller attachment dices, slices,
shreds and juliennes. “The technology in our high-end countertop processors, like exact slicing and
dicing technologies, is baked into this attachment. It
truly operates like a top-of-the-line food processor,”
It makes pasta. “The pasta attachment is absolute genius, because the hand-cranked ones are still
well made, but you need another hand. With this
roller, it does it for you,” explains Willis. You can
now create fresh pasta, even gluten-free pasta and
macaroni noodles, quickly and easily.
Ron Graham, Costco member and senior territory manager of small appliances at KitchenAid,
suggests using the roller to create your own tortillas.
It tempers and slow-cooks. Offering a ton of
versatility is the precise heat mixing bowl. According
to Ernst, it holds temperatures so well that it can
temper chocolate and can be used to cook anything
made in a traditional slow cooker.
It juices. Speed up your juicing with the juicer
and sauce attachment. “There are so many inferior
single-use machines, but this attachment can be
used, then put in a drawer for less clutter while
maximizing your mixer,” says Willis.
Alyssa Rimmer, recipe developer and photographer at Simply Quinoa, recommends using this
attachment for fresh-squeezed citrus juices to save
time over hand juicers.
It grinds. With the meat grinder attachment, you
can grind anything from meats and sausages to coleslaw and spices. You’ll know the ingredients in your
ground meat and enjoy a fast, simple appliance.
It makes ice cream. “Rather than having a separate ice cream maker, you have just a single small
bowl,” explains Rimmer. Pop the bowl in the freezer
for a few hours, then attach it to your mixer when
you’re ready to make ice cream or its healthier siblings, gelato, sherbet or sorbet.
It mills. By using the grain mill attachment, you
can significantly cut your custom-flour prep time.
“With the grain mill, you can control the coarseness
of it. So if you’re gluten-free like me, I oftentimes
have to piecemeal different grains together to get the
texture I want. This attachment allows me to make
just the amount I need,” says Rimmer.
It strains. Break down ingredients and remove
peels speedily for fine purees with one attachment:
the fruit/vegetable strainer. In addition to using it
for smooth sauces, Graham suggests utilizing it to
make applesauce. C
Mandy Ellis is an Austin-based freelance writer
covering food, travel and health topics
Master your mixing
Did you know?
FOR YOUR HOME
KitchenAid is a workhorse of versatility
Costco members will ;nd a
selection of KitchenAid mixers
at Costco warehouses and
on Costco.com; they include
a 6-quart stainless steel bowl
with handle, dough hook,
;at beater and wire whip.
Additional attachments can
be found at
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IN 1919 THE KitchenAid stand
mixer was created, based on
industrial-design mixers. Clunky
and expensive, the mixers were
not popular with retailers, so
KitchenAid mixers were origi-
nally sold door-to-door by
women (one of the few
open to women at the time).
In the early years, KitchenAid
mixers went through several
style changes and models in an
attempt to make it as user-
friendly as possible. By the end
of the 1930s, KitchenAid
released the Model K, a stream-
lined and much less expensive
model, which looks pretty much
like the iconic design seen today.
The KitchenAid mixer remains
one of the most requested items
on wedding registries.
—T. Foster Jones