Tired of standing at the counter with a hand on a mixer when you could be doing other things? A KitchenAid Mixer with attachments can be a game-changer.
I used to be stuck at my counter while whipping potatoes, icing, and cake batter. I could not grab spices or other ingredients while I was stabilizing a bowl. I made a colossal mess making bread. I purchased three to five hand mixers at Target in as many years and fried all of them. They couldn’t handle the task. Then, somebody gifted me a KitchenAid mixer with attachments, and life was never the same. Here’s why:
This KitchenAid mixer is great for beginners
The KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer is a great appliance for home bakers of every skill level. None of the parts are flimsy on this super heavy-duty mixer. All the attachments lock in easily and securely and it has a sleek and aesthetically pleasing design.
Baking, made easy
The included bowl is the perfect size – large enough to make double batches of batters and doughs, but also the right size for smaller projects. This tool makes baking less scary and onerous. There is no having to wait two minutes to mix something. It makes you feel like you are killing it in the kitchen, like Betty Crocker.
Functional and durable
I’ve owned my KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer for 10 years and it is still going strong. I have not had to replace any parts (though Kitchenaid parts are available online if you need them). I put the bowl and all the attachments in the dishwasher and they hold up just fine.
If I had bought it for myself, I would have picked a flashy color; it comes in a rainbow of 20! Kitchenaid attachments are nearly as plentiful – everything from a pasta cutter to a meat grinder to an ice cream maker.
Tips and Tricks
Do KitchenAid food mixers require oil to work?
In order to prevent wear, KitchenAid uses H1 Quinplex Synthetic Food Grade oil. It prevents rust and oxidation, and is safe if it comes in contact with food.
How do you clean a KitchenAid mixer?
- Unplug the mixer before you clean it to make sure it’s safe to start cleaning. Double-check this.
- Hand-wash in warm water and dry parts thoroughly before putting away.
- Clean mixing bowl in either hot, soapy water by hand or load into the dishwasher. Also, if you have your mixer stored on the counter it is a good idea to use stainless steel cleaner for the bowl and other components. If you buy the model with the glass bowl, dry with a soft towel.
- Clean any stuck-on food, and wipe the stand with some soap and a clean cloth.
- Ideally, it is a good idea to clean the hard to reach areas with baking soda mixed with water and a small brush (a toothbrush is useful here).
- Clean inside the attachment area and unscrew it from the plate in order to make sure this area is cleaned well.
- Check the motorhead and thoroughly clean this area by tilting it back at an angle and locking it into position.
- Clean the beater shaft well by using a paper towel or small brush; this area can accumulate food if not checked.
- Pay attention to a build-up of ingredients near the rim and the lipped area on the back of the motorhead. Using a cotton swab can help clean this area.
- Clean crumbs and dust out of the ventilation shaft. This can be completed with a toothpick or tiny brush.
- Finally, do not forget to check underneath the mixer. It is helpful to lay down the mixer on its side to wipe down the bottom. Use a small brush or paper towel and some cleaning spray to ensure everything is cleaned.