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I know you have heard about KitchenAid attachments. Do you know how to use them? Read on to find out how!
This week I am going to teach you “How to Properly Use Your Kitchen Aid Mixer Attachments.”The KitchenAid Kit is an essential tool for any kitchen, it has many different attachments that allow you to mix things in various ways.
The attachments are used for mixing dough, whipping cream, kneading bread, and much more. Now, check out my tips below. Enjoy!
The Right Tools for the Job
If you’re new to using attachments, start with the whisk attachment. It’s easy to use and comes with detailed instructions. Next, move up to the dough hook attachment. Feeling confident enough, try the Flat Beater or Paddle. Each one has different uses and benefits which we will discuss below.
FYI: The above attachments come with the purchase of a KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
Using the Whisk Attachment
The Wire Whisk is used for mixtures that need air incorporated to help them mix up better and be lite, fluffy, and delicious. Ingredients like eggs, egg whites, heavy cream, boiled frostings, sponge cakes, angel food cakes, mayonnaise, and some candies.
For long-lasting results of your Whisk attachment, make sure to wash it after every use. Allow to air dry for a few minutes, and dry with a soft cloth. Store it in your designated area like a drawer or cupboard.
If your wire whisk is stainless steel, I recommend hand washing in warm soapy water. Allow to air dry for a few minutes, and dry with a soft cloth. Do not put it in a dishwasher. This will prevent any rust from forming on your attachment. Prolonging its life.
Using the Dough Hook
The Dough Hook mixes the dough. It works by pulling the ingredients through the mixing bowl with the help of the paddle. This process helps to incorporate air into the dough, making it easier to knead.
Use it for mixing and kneading yeast doughs that include bread, rolls, coffee cakes, and buns for quick tasty results.
Wash your dough hook after each use in warm soapy water. The dishwasher causes rusting. And this lessens the life of your attachment. Allow to air dry for a few minutes, and dry with a soft cloth. Store in a drawer or cupboard you have for your baking utensils.
Using the Flat Beater or Paddle
To use the Flat Beater, simply attach it to the beater shaft after you tilt the head of the mixer back. Rotate the beater shaft until it locks into place. Next, lower the head of the mixer into the bowl, and lock the motor head in place. Pick desired speed and start mixing your ingredients. FYI: You use this same process for the above-mentioned attachments.
The flat beater is best for mixing normal to heavy mixtures. Here are some examples: cakes, creamed frostings, candies, cookies, pie pastry, biscuits, quick bread, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes.
Make sure to wash your flat beater in warm soapy water. If it is stainless steel, let it air dry a bit. Dry with a soft cloth, and store in a drawer or cupboard.
FYI: The above KitchenAid Mixer is mine. It comes with three attachments shown in the picture. The flat beater is attached to the mixer my daughter bought me. Notice the rubber on the side? I love it! It helps to scrape the sides of the bowl. You get the stainless steel flat beater along with the wire whisk and dough hook.
Now that you have finished reading “How to Properly Use Your Kitchen Aid Mixer Attachments” I know that you are confident that you can do this and have a good understanding of how these three attachments work: the whisk, dough hook, and flat beater or paddle as it is sometimes called.
As you can see the Kitchen Aid Mixer is an indispensable tool for any baker’s kitchen. It can help you get a lot of things accomplished in a short period of time, like mixing up cakes, cookies, pie dough, biscuits, cornbread, and even meatloaf!
I absolutely love my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and can’t imagine my life without it. For me, it is way better than a handheld mixer. But this is what I prefer because I do lots of baking and cooking around the holidays.
Donna Kennedy 🍰