Kitchenaid

Hello,
We live in France and I have just received my first Kitchenaid stand mixer as a gift. I am a little intimidated. What do I use it for besides whipping cream and kneading dough? How do you use your mixer?

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MrsMehitabel May 24, 2012
Just think of it as ethical slavery- any repetitive motion you don't want to do, it can probably do for you. I bake with it a lot- it's nice to turn it on and have the butter all creamed by the time I've measured the flour. Et cetera.
 
Slow C. May 24, 2012
Basically, I think of mine as a time saving device, especially if I need to cook in bulk (in the same way that I think of my food processor). I do love it and use it often, but I don't think that it is necessarily superior to hand mixing/whipping/kneading. It does, however, allow you to multi-task. Every so often I make sure I keep my skills solid by whipping cream by hand or mixing cookies with a spatula (etc.), and I (almost) always use my hands to make pie crust (but, yes, that has been done in the KitchenAid too, afterall, home processing is better than store bought--but never better than formed purely by hand!).
 
Sadassa_Ulna May 23, 2012
I use mine for anything involving whipped egg whites (like puffy omelets) or creaming butter with sugar (easy chocolate chip cookies). I also like the dough hook for yeast breads. I love mine, especially in December for holiday cookies.
 
Nozlee S. May 23, 2012
Agreed -- I got my KitchenAid after my hand mixer broke, so it's my only option. You can use it for everything!
 
Aightball May 23, 2012
How don't I use my mixer might be the better question, lol! I use it for EVERYTHING, trust me. I use it for dough (mine kneads dough), whipping cream, cookies, anything that has to be mixed, whipped, or kneaded. No need to be intimidated, either, it's easy to use. As others have said: play with it. Find out what it can do and what it can't do. So far, there's nothing mine can't do and it makes work in the kitchen ten times easier.
 
pierino May 23, 2012
I own two Kitchenaids (okay, I'm embarassed) but they are the work horse of my kitchen. Dough is the obvious use but if you want to plunge into the world of attachments, as others have noted you expand your repetoire. The grinder for meat---I love that--- and the pasta rollers are something to think about.
 
SeaJambon May 23, 2012
Mine is the tool I use the most in my kitchen. I totally LOVE it. But, I bake quite a bit, and tend to find that it has a use in just about everything I bake.

No need to be intimidated by it -- it is your new kitchen TOY, so just "play" with it and enjoy it. And, unlike most toys, it is really, really hard to break! Mine is 20+ years old, gets a regular workout, and just keeps chugging along (kind of like me...except the age is a bit on the plus side of 20+). ;)
 
Louisa May 23, 2012
I've had my Kitchen Aid 35 years, a gift from my mom because she knew I loved to bake. It's seen heavy use, and not just for baking. It's done service through everyday baking, birthdays, holidays, dinner parties and comfort food for hard times. I'm sure you'll enjoy yours too!
 
SKK May 23, 2012
I use my meat grinder attachment all the time!
 
aargersi May 23, 2012
It makes it easy to mix quick breads and cake batters, also we have the meat grinder attachment so we can make our own ground meats. I don't use mine for every single thing, but I do use it for a lot!!
 

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HalfPint May 23, 2012
Things that are just easier with a Kitchen Aid:

marshmallows
meringues (like meringue cookies, pavlova, etc)
swiss/italian buttercream frosting
nougat/torrone
Angel Food cake
 
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