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Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Stand Mixer

If you’re the proud owner of a stand mixer, congratulations! You’ve just joined the exclusive club of those who now have a great tool at their disposal for making all sorts of delicious things. But if you’re like most people, you probably haven’t used your mixer to the fullest extent*. To help you find out if you are giving your stand mixers the love it deserves, we’ve put together this blog post.

Here, we’ll cover what types of food can be made with a stand mixer and whether or not each method is better than working with a traditional method. We’ll also include some helpful tips on how to use your appliance more efficiently and why it’s important for you to clean your appliances regularly.

When you look at the image above a stand mixer can tackle a sizable number of projects. In fact, I was able to give my kids a basic explanation and they were able to see that a stand mixer can help you make almost anything.

A quick scan of the ingredient list on a box of store-bought cookies and everyone is familiar with the idea that you need an electric mixer of some sort to get started. And it’s true: If you want perfect cookies, muffins or bread, these things take time and attention so an appliance is your best bet.

But even with the basics down, there are still some projects that we receive questions about – like making pita bread or pizza dough. In some cases, a stand mixer isn’t the best tool for making these things. For instance, pita bread is best made either by hand or in a food processor.

The stand mixer’s wire whip can handle larger amounts of dough than a food processor, so there’s an argument for using your stand mixer instead of your food processor here but it ultimately comes down to what you’re familiar with and what you have available.

Similarly, pizza dough is ideally made in a food processor. The very high water content of the dough makes it a bit too much for the stand mixer but if you don’t mind doing some kneading by hand (about 10 minutes on a clean, lightly floured surface) you can use your stand mixer to make pizza dough. Because of the high water content, it’s best to only use your paddle attachment for this type of recipe.

There are two main reasons why you’d want to tackle these types of projects with a stand mixer even if they work better with other applicances: time and cost. The same pizzas that we made in the video above were put together quickly and easily by using our stand mixers.

While we would have preferred to use the food processor for a more traditional style crust, it wasn’t available so we used the stand mixer. The result is still pizza and no less delicious. A good stand mixer helps you take advantage of any extra time you have to make something that would usually be complicated and thereby saving you both time and money.

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But don’t let me limit your ideas just yet! Below we’ve included a handful of projects with links where applicable so that you can further explore how you might use your stand mixers. Regardless of what method or appliance you choose, enjoy this list and get cooking!

Mixing: The most obvious use for a stand mixer is as a mixing device. Whether it’s a cake that requires the air to be beaten into the batter or muffins that need to be well-blended, your staple mixer is one of the most powerful tools in your kitchen.

Even in these instances where it might seem like a food processor would work just fine, a stand mixer will more than likely do everything you need for a fraction of the cost and in less time. If you’re considering purchasing your first stand mixer, consider this an opportunity to restock on spoons and spatulas so that you can enjoy using your stand mixer whenever possible.

Baking: As discussed above, there are several things that a stand mixer is better equipped to do than other appliances. One of the most important is whipping air into the batter. The wire whip in a stand mixer creates more volume for your batter with less effort than you could ever hope for from a pair of whisks!

Additionally, there’s something about the ease of use that comes with an appliance like this that makes it much easier to follow even a complicated recipe right to the end. You can now watch your cookies come together as they bake and then remove them as soon as they’re done and cooled to perfection.

Dough: Whether you’re creating quick and easy pizza dough, or trying to make a more traditional loaf of bread, a stand mixer is the perfect appliance for the job. Unlike your food processor, which can work on a very large scale, a stand mixer has a number of attachments that are appropriate for every job depending on what you’re making.

Need more flour? Use one of the paddle attachments. Want to knead some dough? Use the dough hook. Save yourself some time and effort and get one of these appliances today!

Recipes: In some cases, using your stand mixer is best for making certain recipes because it’s easier to get everything just right with the equipment that’s provided. One example is pulled pork: it’s difficult to get large pieces of meat to cook evenly, even with indirect heat and over the long period of time that it takes for the meat to become tender.

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Your stand mixer can handle this task with ease, however. It just takes a little guess work and some careful monitoring to make sure that all of your ingredients are being mixed as they should. It’s perfect if you don’t have an extra set of hands or time to supervise while your meal cooks in the oven!

Gelatin: I wasn’t going to include this, but recently someone came up with an interesting way they used their stand mixer. They wanted to make a homemade marshmallow and attempted this with their stand mixer. I won’t go into details on the recipe itself but suffice it to say that it worked!

I can’t even imagine the amount of time and frustration that would have gone into making marshmallows by hand, so for this person a stand mixer made it possible. It also makes me think about all of the other things you could do with your stand mixer: knead dough, make ice cream and lots more!

Is SMEG a good brand for mixer?

From our research, the following brands seem to be high-end stand mixers on the market in 2018. However, not all of them are made by SMEG. So if you’re looking for a good brand that’s made by SMEG, it would probably be these:

Black + Decker Solo XL: one of the few brands that currently offer a stand mixer at similar price point (around $200). There’s also an extra feature : a dough hook and two other attachments: a whisk and an egg whisk. Although, this model doesn’t have any built-in automatic mixing capability and there are some mixed reviews about its build quality.

Kitchen Aid: one of the most popular brands in the world and most household name in any household. It’s also very light in weight which makes it portable but heavy duty at the same time. KitchenAid Mixers come with a lifetime warranty. One minor drawback is that it doesn’t come with a hand mixer as compared to other brands on this list.

Waring Pro: Waring is another high-end brand that offers a wide range of mixers from home use to professional grade mixing machines. They are versatile and you can find them at various price points; starting from under $100 for their smallest one, up to over $1000 for some of their professional models.

What stand mixer compared to KitchenAid?

We’ll take a look at a few stand mixers that are relatively similar. We’ll show you the pros and cons of each to help you determine what is the best stand mixer model for you. KitchenAid Classic 5KSM1L-WH 5KSM1 from KitchenAid is a great option if cost isn’t much of an issue for you. It comes with many useful features out-of-the-box: A stainless steel bowl, two beaters to whip and knead dough, dough hook and wire whip. It even comes with a bread hook.

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This mixer has been on the market for many years and it’s one of the most popular brands in the world. It’s sturdy, powerful and easy to use. There are only two small cons about this model. One is that you can only put two bowls on it at a time, which isn’t much of an issue if you just need a couple of bowls at one time, but if you plan to bake some large batches at once, then this feature might be limiting for you. The second con is that there are problems with the mixing action in some models (it isn’t smooth).

Which brand of stand mixer do you trust most?

I can’t say which mixer I trust more because each brand offers something different. KitchenAid and Cuisinart offer a variety of models as well as accessories. That leaves you with many choices and also gives you the option to spend as much or as little money on a stand mixer as you need to.

I would say that if you’re looking for something high-quality and willing to spend more money, then KitchenAid is probably the best brand for your needs. On the other hand if you’d like something more affordable and if you don’t do a lot of baking than Cuisinart is probably what you are looking for.

Is KitchenAid still the best mixer?

KitchenAid is one of the most popular brands in the world today and it’s a favorite among many homeowners. I have my fair share of Mason KitchenAid mixers and they’re among my favorite pieces of kitchen utensils. It’s durable, easy to use and comes with an impressive range of features as well as accessories that can make it even more versatile.

However, an even bigger brand has entered the arena recently: KitchenAid also makes stand mixers! Regardless of whether you’re looking for a hand mixer or a stand mixer, you’ve got to check them out. There are many reviews on them; some are good and some not so good – but overall the verdict is that they’re pretty good mixers.

CONCLUSION:

Where should you buy your stand mixer? I highly recommend that you get yourself a good quality home appliance. It will last you years and years and save you loads of money in the future. You’ll be able to use it at least twice as long as with a cheap one. It’s well worth it! The best place to buy your stand mixer is probably Amazon or a similar website, but do note that Amazon’s site isn’t always updated and the prices could change (sometimes for no reason). Therefore I recommend that if possible you follow this link to Amazon.