It can take a lot of time and energy to create some fabulous foods.
But while delicious dishes are worth some of the work, don’t make it harder than it needs to be.
A stand mixer can make all the difference in the kitchen.
Not only does this tool save you some of the work with its energy and efficiency all built into one compact kitchen appliance, it can also do a world of wonder for your cabinets.
To stay organized and have a happy kitchen, it’s important not to collect clutter.
Check out these 10 tools of a stand mixer to save you time and energy, and allow you to toss 15 kitchen accessories you’ll no longer need!
1. Say ‘See Ya’ to Your Citrus Juicer
The citrus juicer of your stand mixer can easily replace any juice maker.
Frozen juice is easy, sure, but putting a little extra time into making your own homemade juice is totally worth it.
Avoid all the added sugar and preservatives of frozen juice by making your own with your mixer.
If you’re a health-conscious, do-it-yourself cook, or just enjoy the amazing smell of freshly pulverized oranges in the morning, opt for mixing your own morning drink with the citrus juicer.
2. An Accessory All Fingers Can Appreciate—The Slicer/Shredder
Shed the side items for the slicer/shredder of your stand mixer.
These side items include knives, cutting boards, and graters. All these tools can easily be replaced by the slicer/shredder portion of your stand mixer.
Once you discover this, you can be done with slicing vegetables for good!
This means you can also forget your usual slightly askew cuts you make by hand.
With the stand mixer, you can tumble veggies in a slicer and get perfectly sized slices.
Additionally, you can be done with shredding cheese and/or carrots.
Put an end to all those bandages on your fingertips by ditching the graters and using the hands-off accessory on the mixer that all can reduce the likelihood of those nasty grater cuts and scrapes.
3. Adios to These 8 Kitchen Tools, Cause Here Comes the Pasta Maker, Roller, Cutter
That’s right, the pasta maker, roller, and cutter of your mixer can replace a whopping total of eight kitchen tools that are likely to clutter your counter.
Roll away the rolling pin, bench the bench knife, and buh-bye butter paddle! These kitchen tools will no longer be needed with your stand mixer.
Other items you will not need once you learn to take advantage of the pasta maker, roller, cutter of your mixer include those listed above as well as a pasta machine, a hand-cranked pasta machine, a pasta roller, a pasta wheel, and a pastry scraper.
Let’s be honest, there’s a special place in most of our hearts for pasta. So why not try making your own?
This is an especially great option if you’re avoiding gluten in your diet.
But, whether your gluten-free or good-to-go, use your stand mixer to make your own pasta—you likely won’t regret it!
4. Goodbye Grain Mill, Hello Grain Mill!
Yup, you read that right, there’s no typo in that title.
Replacing your grain mill is your grain mill. Confused yet?
The grain mill accessory is for the extreme do-it-yourselfer. This person doesn’t stop at making their own bread, but mills the flour for it.
If you didn’t know that there was a grain mill on your stand mixer, check yours out for a closer look.
This accessory can be a huge hand when replacing your clunky old-fashioned grain mill.
So save yourself some cupboard space and toss your extra grain mill, and simply keep your stand mixer instead.
(For real bread-making DIY street cred, grow the wheat in your own backyard!)
5. Bon Voyage, Chef Boyardee!
Put down the can and step away from the can opener!
The ravioli maker on a stand maker can allow you to dump more than that tasteless canned ravioli and replace it with the real thing.
The good news is, you won’t need your ravioli rolling pin or ravioli form tray anymore either! Even if you want the real stuff, your stand mixer can make that happen without the extra accessories.
6. So Long, Stuffer.
Replacing your stuffer is another stuffer—the sausage stuffer on your stand mixer, to be precise.
The ridiculously oversized standalone stuffers are likely too much for any average home cook.
With your versatile stand mixer, you can stuff what you need with the sausage stuffer attachment.
The best part is, now you get to pick what goes into your sausage. Yum!
7. The Dough Hook Hooks Up Any At-Home Cook
Get rid of items you don’t need to knead.
On your stand mixer, use the dough hook to knead instead.
The dough hook replaces both your hands and a rolling pin.
While kneading is a great exercise, it’s time to give your tired arms a break!
Instead of getting down and dirty in the dough, use the hook for a simpler and less energy-draining approach.
8. Find Less Work With Your Fruit/Vegetable Strainer/Grinder
The strainer must be stopped.
The blender must be banned.
These are both possibilities with the fruit/vegetable strainer/grinder on your stand mixer.
Not only are your strainer and blender no longer needed, but you can toss aside several other kitchen tools as well.
These include letting go of your juicer, masher, and food processor.
In addition to these chef accessories, you’ll also be saying goodbye to aching arms!
Now you can create puree like substances, but with less work.
9. Whip Your Kitchen Into Shape
Whip your kitchen cupboards and cabinets into shape by getting rid of unnecessary tools.
With the wire whip on your stand mixer, you will replace whisks, as well as aching wrists.
While whisking eggs and other light ingredients is simple enough, that’s one thing that whisking into a whip just is not.
This completely different matter can be a major pain—literally.
Use your wire whip of the mixer over a regular wire whisk to save yourself some time, energy, and hurt!
10. Just Beat It
It’s the twenty-first century, what in the world are you still doing mixing dough by hand?
This process is so quarter-of-a-century-ago, and it’s time to get with the times.
Use the beater on your stand mixer to replace wooden spoons, hand mixers, and aching arms—all of which come with mixing by hand.
Instead of putting yourself through all that grief of the old school mixing method, simply flick the switch and just beat it.
The 15 Kitchen Tools You Can Now Replace
So, there you have it folks. Besides the blood, sweat, and tears you can reduce with the ease and efficiency of a stand mixer, here are the 15 kitchen items you’ll no longer need.
- Knives (along with cutting boards and graters)
- Wooden spoons and hand mixers
- Food processor and/or blender
- Rolling pin
- Juice maker
- Pasta machine/hand-cranked pasta machine/pasta rollers/pasta wheel
- Pastry scraper
- Butter paddle
- Ravioli rolling pin and ravioli form tray
- Grain mill
- Sausage stuffer
What are your favorite recipes to make with your stand mixer? Share yours stand mixer food faves in the comments!