How to Use Your Kitchenaid Mixer and Attachments

If you’ve got a Kitchenaid mixer, you know how great it is for mixing cookies (and the world’s best cheesecake), but did you know you can also use your Kitchenaid mixer attachments to grind your own meat (so you know exactly what’s in it), make sausage, or shred veggies?

And, the vegetable strainer/grinder is perfect for making your own applesauce or jam.

The best part? You don’t need to rush out and buy more appliances. All you have to do is add attachments to the Kitchenaid mixer you already have.

The beaters on a Kitchenaid use “planetary motion.” That means they move around the bowl, while at the same time spinning in the reverse direction on their own axis (sort of like the earth spins and moves around the sun).

The result looks a bit like a spirograph design. The good part is that this funny motion means it mixes faster and better than other mixers so you’ll need less time to prepare your recipes.




Using the Mixer’s Speed Control

  • Stir – use this when you first start mixing, to add dry ingredients to wet ones, and vice versa.
  • 2 – for slow mixing, to start mashing potatoes, and knead dough.
  • 4 – just the thing for making cookies, creaming sugar, and making meringues. You want to beat the ingredients, and combine them, without overmixing (or your batter will be the wrong texture). Use this speed with the grinder, slicer and strainer attachments.
  • 6 – beating and creaming – set your mixer on this speed for final mixing and to use the citrus juicer.
  • 8 – fast beating – for whipped cream
  • 10- super-fast whipping – at this speed, it goes around so fast you can hardly see it. Only use small amounts of cream or egg whites – or it will all go flying. Set on this speed for pasta and grinding grain.
You can also set the mixer in-between the set speeds, for finer control.

How to Use Your Kitchenaid Mixer Attachments

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KitchenAid Mixer Attachment Pack

If you want to save space (and a bit of money), get this all in one pack. It has a grinder, strainer, and a slicer. Use it to grind meat, make salsa, shred cabbage for cole slaw, cut up veggies for a party platter, or make baby food. And, it all takes up a lot less space than a food processor, a meat grinder, and a mandoline would.

Grind your own meat (no additives or fillers), shred cheese, or cut carrots in waffle-shapes, or make your own perfect cole slaw.

This set comes with the meat grinder (which has two settings, coarse and fine), a slicer/shredder, and a fruit and vegetable strainer.

Get a deal on meat at the market, take it home, grind your own burgers, and freeze them for later use. The slicer and shredder make short work of cheese, carrots, and potatoes. Use the strainer for applesauce, pasta sauce, or your own salsa.

How to Use Your Kitchenaid Mixer Grinder Attachment

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KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment

    • This is great for grinding your own bread crumbs, grated hard cheese, or meat. Grinding your own meat is cheaper than buying it pre-ground. Plus, you know exactly what’s in it, and where it came from. You can see it in action on the image at the top of this page.

I use it to grind my own turkey and beef for meatballs, “unstuffed cabbage,” and burgers. It includes two grinding plates, one fine and one coarse. Both store right inside the grinder, so you won’t lose them.

Some reviewers said they found grease on the grinder when they bought it. I looked, saw a bit of it, and thoroughly cleaned it off. No problem, and nothing weird in the food.

Recipes Using the Kitchenaid Grinder Attachment




How to Make Sausage with Your Kitchenaid Grinder Attachment

Sausage Making Part 1

Sausage Making Part 2

Sausage Recipes and Tips for Your Kitchenaid

Fat is Essential for Sausages

If you don’t have enough fat, the sausages will taste like sawdust (yuck). 15 to 25% is best. Buy extra if necessary

bruce aidell sausage cookbookBruce Aidells’s Complete Sausage Book 

I don’t normally quote reviews, but this one is irresistible. A customer says, “…[T]he sausages were incredible. I practically ate the first batch of Italian sausage all of 3.5 lbs by myself.

I had the hardest time sharing it with my kids who stared at me drooling with those puppy eyes begging to have a taste of what Mama was eating. And when I have to use these sausages for a pasta dish for some visiting friends, I actually regretted inviting them over since I wanted to eat the sausages myself. That bad..and that good!!”

The book is well-written, with recipes that are easy to follow (and tweak – I love tweaking). Recipes include bratwurst, cajun andouille, sausage with apples. There are American recipes with international influences (Asian, German, and Spanish) and then recipes that include sausage (for breakfast, in soups, and in pasta.


Natural Hog Sausage Casings (two packages) 

If you’re going to make sausage, you need casings to put them in. The casings from butcher supply companies are meant for commercial operations — way too much for home use. These come in small lengths. Make sure to soak them and then rinse them before using (so you know they’re clean). It also helps stretch them out and reduces tearing. Don’t worry if you don’t use them up all at once, as they’ll last for years in the fridge.

Attachment for Cookies and Cheesecake

Kitchenaid mixer paddle attachmentNo special equipment needed; use the beater that came with your mixer.

Making Cookies with the Kitchenaid

This woman cracks me up.

Kitchenaid Cookie Recipes

kitchenaid mixer bible cookbook
The Mixer Bible: 300 Recipes For Your Stand Mixer

Now that you’ve got all those cool new Kitchenaid attachments (or even before), you’ll want to know how to use them. This book is packed with recipes for everything from appetizers to sausages, to desserts. There’s potato and cheese pierogies, orange and chocolate chip bundt cake, spinach and garlic dip, tomato and rice soup with basil, and well, I think I better stop now. Otherwise, I’m liable to jump through the computer to get the book.

How to Use Your Kitchenaid Strainer Attachment

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kitchenaid mixer attachment (grinder and strainer)
KitchenAid Mixer Fruit & Vegetable Strainer and Grinder Set 

Use this to easily make your own applesauce, tomato juice, homemade jam, grind cheese and make salsa.  It’s a bit confusing  because Amazon has combined all the reviews for every attachment pack variation together (making it hard to tell which component the reviewers are actually reviewing!).

If you want to make applesauce, just cut the apples in quarters, cook them, and run them through the strainer.  The waste comes out separately, so no coring or peeling is necessary.  You can do this with tomatoes for tomato sauce or juice too (those need to be peeled).    This set comes with both the strainer and the grinder.

Kitchenaid Strainer Attachment Recipes

How to Use Your Kitchenaid Slicer/Shredder Attachment

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kitchenaid mixer slicer/shredder attachment
KitchenAid RVSA Slicer/Shredder Attachment for Stand Mixers
This attachment includes four different slicer/shredder “cones”: you can make thin or thick slices of cheese or cold cuts, shred cabbage, onions, or hard cheeses (like Parmesan). Use it for cucumber slaw, cole slaw, potato chips, chocolate, or nuts. There is a bit of a trick to putting it together (see the video below).

Assembling the Kitchenaid Slicer/Shredder Attachment

Watch for that little notch.

Summer cole slaw – This recipe, from Kitchenaid’s New Zealand page is not your usual cole slaw; it has green beans, sultanas (golden raisins) and hazelnuts.

Conventional cole slaw – If you prefer the standard version, try this recipe.  I do think I’d cut the mayo a bit and replace some of it with sour cream or Greek yogurt.

Mushroom Onion Quiche – With a pre-made crust, this is a quick and easy meal.  I would buy two crusts, make two and pop one in the freezer.

Zucchini Bread – This recipe is very similar to the one that came with my Kitchenaid mixer. Use the slicer/shredder instead of a food processor (only one bowl and appliance to clean instead of two).

You can also grate cheese, make veggie chips (it’s a giant mandoline!) or shred potatoes for hash browns. Or, you could turn those sliced cucumbers into butter pickles.

Recipes Direct From Kitchen Aid

Lots of recipes here, including salsa (attach the grinder), apple crumb coffee cake, borscht (use the shredder), and pizza dough (second page).

 More Ways to Use Your Kitchenaid Mixer Attachments

Pasta Recipes
Bread Recipes
Ice Cream Recipes 

 

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Attachment Recipes

There’s nothing like a big bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day. It’s even better when you’ve made it yourself. Luckily, the Kitchenaid mixer makes that pretty easy to do. Whether you like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or something more exotic (like fig!), just follow the recipes below to learn how to make your own fresh ice cream with your mixer’s ice cream attachment.

kitchenaid mixer ice cream attachment
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment

You can make about 2 quarts of ice cream, sherbet, or sorbet in only 25 minutes or so. Freeze the bowl, make the ice cream recipe, put it together, turn the mixer on, add the ice cream mixture, and mix until it starts to freeze. Then transfer to your freezer to freeze more solidly.

Oh, but first, before you do anything else, do as the first reviewer recommends and carefully black out all the calorie and fat information in the recipe guide!

(One more important note, this attachment is designed to fit US mixers made after 1990).

How to Use Your Kitchenaid to Make Ice Cream

Watch this video to see how the attachment works.




Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes

French vs. Philadelphia Ice Cream

The difference between the two styles is that French ice cream is cooked first, and uses eggs to make a custard. On the other hand, Philadelphia style requires no eggs and no cooking.

Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes

Ice Cream Recipe Cookbooks

ice cream recipesThe Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

David Lebovitz was once the pastry chef at Chez Panisse, and his expertise comes in handy here (so does a long-ago summer job as an ice cream scooper). There are recipes for ice cream, gelato, sorbets, and frozen yogurt.

It tells you both what to do, and why you’re doing it (which helps reduce mistakes). There are lots of familiar flavors, such as fudge ripple, coffee, and French vanilla. Then he throws in a few curves: green tea, fig, and egg nog.

The Best Ice Cream Maker Cookbook Ever

Recipes include butter pecan, strawberry, and even double ginger. Plus, there are also recipes for toppings and ice cream with swirls (like fudge or caramel).


Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

Make your own classic Ben & Jerry’s flavors: Heath Bar Crunch, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Fresh Georgia Peach. And remember their two rules of ice cream making:

 

ICE CREAM RULE #1

You don’t have to be a pro to make incredibly delicious ice cream.

ICE CREAM RULE #2

There’s no such thing as an unredeemingly bad batch of homemade ice cream.

Kitchenaid Strawberry Ice Cream Recipes

  • Strawberry ice cream  A delicious way to eat strawberries in season (or even not in season). Omit the lemon, add a bit of Grand Marnier if you like, or try it with a mixture of different kinds of berries.
  • Strawberry ice cream from Pinch My Salt  Heavy cream, egg yolks, vanilla, and strawberries.
  • Homemade strawberry ice cream  – She has a good tip here about getting creamier ice cream: dry the strawberries thoroughly before using them.
  • Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream  This one has a bit of a twist. Balsamic vinegar and strawberries may seem a bit odd, but it’s actually quite good. If you’re skeptical, try the same combination (strawberries and balsamic vinegar), with some fresh strawberries. If you’re really daring, add a bit of cracked black pepper. This recipe also has helpful step by step photos.




Coffee and Oreo Ice Cream Recipes

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Pasta Recipes

Bread Recipes 

Using Your Kitchenaid Mixer and Attachments

 

Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes

I just love pasta. My friends and family like to joke that I think it’s a food group. Well, isn’t it? And, of course, fresh is much better than the regular kind. It can seem a bit daunting, but with the pasta attachment for your mixer and a few basic Kitchenaid pasta recipes, it’s pretty simple.

Once you’ve tried it, you may never want to eat the dried stuff again. A standard recipe only requires four ingredients, and they’re ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen: flour, eggs, oil, and salt.

My great-grandmother used to make noodles by hand, rolling them out, cutting them, and waiting for them to dry. Lots of hard work, and it took forever. With the Kitchenaid pasta attachment, you don’t have to hurt yourself rolling out all that dough. Great-grandma would have loved it.

Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes Demonstation

Not sure exactly how this works? Here’s a video that will show you exactly how it’s done.




Easy Kitchenaid Pasta Recipes

You’ll need both the standard (paddle-shaped) beater and the dough hook to make these (they both come with your mixer).

Semolina  – Use this easy recipe for linguini, fettucini, or ravioli dough.
Fresh Pasta Dough  – Make your own pasta with just four ingredients: flour, oil, eggs, and salt.  There are also directions for variations such as spinach pasta, tomato pasta, and squid ink pasta.
Spaghetti Recipe  – Good for about 1.5 pounds of spaghetti. There’s an excellent tip here:  if you don’t have a pasta rack to dry your noodles, use plastic hangers instead (just make sure to flour them first so the noodles don’t stick).
Homemade Noodles – This recipe is taken from Kitchenaid, but it’s worth visiting as the page has step-by-step photos, as well as extra tips  for using the pasta attachment.
Thousand Layer Lasagne  – My cousin came back from school in Italy with a recipe very much like this one. Delicious!!

Don’t Overcook Your Pasta

Homemade, fresh pasta cooks much faster than the dried version. It should be ready in a minute or two. Don’t overdo it!

kitchenaid pasta roller attachment
KitchenAid KPSA Stand-Mixer Pasta-Roller Attachment

Make thick or thin sheets of delicious fresh noodles or lasagna. It’s got eight thickness settings so you can adjust the size to suit your taste and your needs. There are recipes included in the user guide. Just follow them. You can even use the attachment to roll out pizza dough.


KitchenAid KPCA Pasta Cutter Companion Set Attachment

Now that you’ve got your sheets of freshly made noodles, it’s time to cut them. You could do it by hand, like my great-grandma used to do (ugh). Or, you could just slide them through this cutter attachment. So much easier. Just trim them to the length you want.




How Kitchenaid was named

When the executives at Hobart were testing the consumer versions of their commercial mixers, one executive’s wife remarked, “This is the best kitchen aid I’ve ever had.” And that’s how the mixer got its name.

Kitchenaid Ravioli Recipes

Ravioli Recipe  – Tyler Florence’s recipe for ravioli dough.  Note this is just for the dough! Also, if your dough is too dry, try adding a tablespoon or two of water to the recipe.

Ricotta Ravioli – Made with ricotta, spinach, and parmesan.  This post has lots of photos, as well as a quick video showing you how it’s done.

Meat ravioli – My dad just loves meat ravioli, and it always seems to be really hard to find. Finding a recipe was tough too!

Butternut Squash and Ricotta Ravioli – This is a great combination, served with a sage butter sauce. There are step-by-step photos to go with the recipe.

Spinach and mushroom ravioli – Ravioli with spinach and mushroom filling, topped with a roasted red pepper cream sauce (anyone else getting hungry?)


KitchenAid KRAV Ravioli Maker

The reviews on this are mixed – HOWEVER – on closer reading, the reviewers with negative comments weren’t using the machine correctly. Put it on setting “3” and watch the Peter Pasta video (see below), and you should be fine.

Making Fresh Ravioli


KitchenAid Recipe Collection

This cookbook has 512 pages of delicious recipes for pasta (and lots more). It’s in a ring binder, so it lays flat, and you can pull out just the recipe you want to follow (and set the rest of the book aside so you have more space to work).


The Pasta Bible

A cookbook with recipes for everything from plain pasta, to Cantonese noodles, spinach pasta, gnocchi, even chocolate (!) pasta. It also includes a bit about the history of pasta, and the recipes are illustrated with plenty  of photos (over 1,000 of them) so you can see exactly what everything should look like.


The Pasta Machine Cookbook

Many of the pasta cookbooks on Amazon presume you are either a professional chef, or have a huge pantry (or both). Lardons? Peekytoe crab? 9 egg yolks for one batch of pasta? No no and no. This cookbook, on the other hand, keeps it simple, and easily within the reach of a hungry home cook.

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Using Your Kitchenaid Mixer and Attachments