What You Should Know About Fitting KitchenAid Attachments

There are a handful of appliances that any true foodie or home cook probably has in their kitchen, one of them being a KitchenAid stand mixer. The iconic mixer that you've probably seen in many kitchens (in a variety of colors and designs) was originally launched back in 1919 and has since been developed into different models and sizes over the decades. You probably think this machine is a waste of space unless you're really into baking, and while it does take up precious counter space, there's much more you can do than mixing if you invest in many of its attachments.

Let's start with the attachments that come with most standard KitchenAid stand mixers. According to its site, all of the mixers come with a dough hook, used for kneading bread dough; a flat beater, a common attachment that you've probably used for mixing cake batter or creaming ingredients; and the wire whip, a tool used to whip things like mashed potatoes and meringue. As we said, you can use any mixer for a lot more than just cake batter, even if you only use the basic attachments. You can also turn your mixer into a pasta maker, meat grinder, and even a food processor, turning it into an all-in-one kitchen appliance. All of KitchenAid's branded attachments fit all standard mixer models.

Using attachments for your KitchenAid mixer

There are many more attachments that you can buy to turn your KitchenAid mixer into a lot more than just a mixer. Are you a fan of pasta? There are a variety of attachments so that you can make pasta at home. There's the classic pasta roller, which you attach to the front to create hand-cut noodles, and there's also a pasta press to make other varieties such as macaroni and rigatoni. KitchenAid also sells sets if you want to perfect your pasta-making skills.

Not a fan of pasta? There are still plenty of attachments that might pique your culinary interests. There are various grinder attachments for meat and cheese including a food grinder attachment and a slicer/shredder combination attachment. And if you eat more fruits and vegetables than you consume meats, there are attachments for you, including slicers and strainers. KitchenAid also sells attachments to make ice cream, sift and weigh ingredients, create fresh juices, and there are even food processor attachments if you don't already have one in your kitchen.