What’s It For? The Ultimate Guide to KitchenAid Mixer Attachments
What is the most popular item that everybody puts on their wedding registry?
If you answered KitchenAid stand mixer, you’re right. It has been a staple in American kitchens basically since it debuted in 1919.
Chances are, even if you didn’t put it on your wedding registry, you got one anyway. You might not even be 100% sure how to use it. What are all those attachments for anyways?
Let’s take a look at the top KitchenAid Mixer attachments and what they do.
Bread is so delicious and nothing beats the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. But kneading the dough can get time-consuming and tiring.
With the KitchenAid dough hook, you can take all the work out of bread-making. Simply toss your ingredients in the bowl and let the machine have at it!
When guests come to visit you can wow them with your delicious homemade bread. It’s up to you whether to tell them how easy it was to make.
Ready to bring out your inner Italian chef? Whip out the pasta maker attachment and you’re ready to make homemade pasta that is far more delicious than anything you can buy in a box.
With your KitchenAid attachment, you can eliminate all the rolling and cutting that makes making pasta such a process. You’re not limited to only spaghetti either. You can make bucatini, rigatoni, large or small macaroni, and fusilli.
Making pasta becomes so easy you might make it a weekly staple!
What is even more delicious than pasta? Stuffed pasta!
Ravioli is a family favorite for many people, but making it by hand is time-consuming. Speed up the process by using the ravioli maker attachment. Fill the hopper with your ravioli filling and set up your sheets of pasta on the roller. Then let the machine do the filling, sealing, and cutting all at once!
We’ve been talking a lot about pasta and bread, which are already delicious foods. How can you make them even more delicious? By milling your own grain and KitchenAid makes it easy.
The grain mill attachment can produce a range of textures from coarse ground to super fine. Thus, you can make your bread exactly how you like it.
This is also a handy attachment for those looking to eat a gluten-free diet. Sometimes it is hard to find suitable replacement flours. With this attachment, you can make your own out of oats, corn, rice, buckwheat or any other low-moisture grain.
Never worry about finding the right flour again!
How would you like to grind your own meat to go with your homemade hamburger buns? You can do that too with a KitchenAid attachment.
Get creative with your meats. You can use the attachment to grind turkey, chicken, lamb, pork, beef, or anything else.
You’re not limited to just meat with this versatile attachment either. You can use it to make chunky mixes like salsa. If you don’t have the specialty grain mill or grater, you can use this attachment to make breadcrumbs or shredded cheese. It won’t be perfect but it works in a pinch!
Ice Cream Maker
You certainly can’t leave out dessert and ice cream is the quintessential summer treat.
The KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment is far easier to use than a traditional ice cream maker. You don’t have to worry about rock salt or ice or any of that messiness.
Many recipes can be made in half an hour so you don’t even have to wait long to satisfy your craving!
A standard food processor is a huge time saver in the kitchen. It makes quick work of chopping, shredding, or grating vegetables, cheeses, and more.
How do you make this amazing kitchen tool even more amazing? You attach it to a KitchenAid!
No more worrying about overwhelming the motor of your food processor. The power of the KitchenAid can cut through even the toughest vegetables.
Cleanup is a breeze as you can toss the whole thing in the dishwasher since the motor is separate. This attachment is so handy you’ll find yourself pulling it out almost daily.
Ready to make homemade applesauce or apple pie? Peeling all those apples can be a drag. But not with your KitchenAid. The blade spiralizer makes quick work of peeling anything from apples to potatoes.
You can also use it to turn vegetables into “pasta” or make quick work of turning sweet potatoes into curly fries. Its the perfect way to make getting more vegetables in your diet quick and easy.
Want to get in on the juicing craze? It’s a good way to get more healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet. When you use the KitchenAid attachment you don’t have have to spend a bundle on a quality juicer.
KitchenAid uses a mastication technique, or slow juicer, to extract the juice from the fruit while retaining the nutrients as much as possible.
You can also use it to make sauces and salad dressings. With a little creativity, this attachment can help you add all sorts of healthy foods to your diet.
The Best KitchenAid Mixer Attachments
This list doesn’t cover all the KitchenAid mixer attachments that you can get. However, it does give you an idea of the most common and useful ones.
For your style of cooking, you might like more specialty attachments like a flour sifter and scale or a heated mixing bowl. But this guide gives you an idea of where to start. Feel free to keep exploring the wonderful world of KitchenAid!
To learn more about the different KitchenAid mixers, check out this helpful comparison guide.