10 Ways To Use Stand Mixers
Stand mixers are very useful appliances; they can be used for so many different kinds of foods and recipes. Stand mixer is essentially a sturdy piece of apparatus with a powerful motor that helps you to whisk, mix, stir things much faster and longer than human hands could ever do. Whether baking or cooking or grinding or whisking, it’s an all-rounder; absolutely invaluable if you want to prepare a range of dishes for a family gathering. Here is a list of its various attachments, followed by a list of the things they are great at helping you make.
1. Flat beater
Also known as the ‘mixer blade’, it is the stand mixer’s central piece of equipment and is perfect for mixing foods of an average or even slightly heavier texture; anything from pastry to biscuits to cakes to mashed potatoes. With the flat beater, you can mix cookie batter or frostings, meatloaf, or shred pulled pork.
2. Dough hook
This is ideal for kneading thicker kinds of pastry and different kinds of dough, anything from pizza dough to baguette dough, or any kind of buns or rolls. If you suffer from any sort of weakness in your hands then it’s a life-saver.
3. Balloon whisk
A bulbous metallic whisk that is suited to whipping cream, whisking egg whites, or mixing lighter cake mixtures or batters. It isn’t suitable for anything heavier and can even get damaged if you try. It can be used to make homemade butter or if you’ve kids, marshmallow fluff!
4. Splash guard
Just like with a bicycle mudguard, this protective lid, either integral or clipped on, will ensure that your mixture ends up in the mixing bowl, not on your face! It is particularly useful when you’re chucking more ingredients into the mix; they can sometimes splash out when they hit the mixture’s surface due to its motion. It can happen when you’re making icing sugar and add icing sugar or flour.
This is really just a Flat beater +. It has the advantage of a rubberized or silicone finish around the perimeter of the beater, which helps scoop up sticky, stuck on ingredients as you go along, thus preventing the common issue of unmixed batter or cake mixture which you then have to mix again from scratch.
6. Jug blender
Mostly useful when making soup, smoothies, or even puréeing food. Some of them come with a dosing hole designed to take liquids, which means you can make delicious homemade mayonnaise.
7. What more can stand mixer do?
Especially if your model has quite a high amount of power, it shouldn’t be relegated just to mixing cake and cookie batter. A stand mixer can also function as a meat grinder, ice cream maker, pasta roller, pasta cutter, shredder, slicer, dicer, fruit spiralizer; essentially, anything you can get an attachment for.
You can purchase a slow juicer attachment, which obviates the need for a separate juicer, a ravioli maker which means you can easily make your own and customize the fillings, a grain mill in which anything from corn to oats to wheat can be ground down to the desired consistency, or a vegetable sheet cutter, perfect for creating your own healthier vegetable sheets for lasagna; made from sheets of cucumber, apples, or zucchini.
Then there is homemade hummus, homemade guacamole, homemade salsa sauce, homemade pesto, homemade sorbet, homemade yogurt, homemade lemon curd, homemade pâté, homemade green juice, homemade zoodles, homemade fondue, homemade marshmallows, homemade souffle, and the list goes on!
8. Keep it clean
It’s worth reading the specification carefully, to see how much of your stand mixer or hand mixer is dishwasher safe. It’s okay if you’re only going to be an occasional user, but if you plan to use it two or more times per week it could become quite irritating having to clean all its attachments and even the main mixing bowl by hand.
Not all stand mixers are the same in terms of noise pollution. If you carefully read the product reviews, you’ll get a sense of those which are noisier than others. If you live with housemates or have a baby or toddler, your late-night mixing might wake them up.
Stand mixers can be used for years and decades if looked after properly. It’s worth getting it tuned up every few years, in a local qualified repair shop. Some manufacturers will even offer after-service so that they’ll send you a ‘shipping kit’ which can then be sent off via FedEx and thoroughly serviced by trained technicians.
Overall, with the attachments you can buy, a properly maintained stand mixer can function in a hundred or more different ways. With minimal effort, you can revolutionize your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and entertaining of guests. Imagine if our forebears could have had one in centuries past. They’d have been blown away!