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What do you use your KitchenAid stand mixer for?

teriwttteriwtt Super Moderator Posts: 12,525 Super Moderator
edited January 2012 in Parent Cafe
I have been thinking about getting one for a while and have a gift certificate to spend from the holidays. Saw one at Costco today, and was tempted, but thought I'd better do my due diligence first and research thoroughly. There are several models with varying degrees of capacity and power.

I'm not a huge baker - I'd be in big trouble if I were... don't need the pounds! So what I want to know is, for those who have a professional-grade stand mixer, what do you use it for? They take up so much room, and seem rather heavy, so it seems like it'd be something you'd want to keep out on your kitchen counter as opposed to in a cabinet.
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Replies to: What do you use your KitchenAid stand mixer for?

  • toledotoledo Registered User Posts: 4,807 Senior Member
    I keep mine in a cabinet, below the counter, but it's a pain in the *%^ to lift it out when I need it. I only use it about once a month at most for things like cookies, cakes, and whipping cream.
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,857 Senior Member
    Cookies, cakes. Whipped cream. Mashed potatoes.

    It's an investment. You'll have it for 30 years. I love mine, even thought I don't use it that often.

    Before I had it, I used to cream butter and sugar by hand. No wonder I never baked!

    We also got an attachment for it that grinds meat, so DH makes his mother's chopped liver a few times a year.
  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 32,752 Senior Member
    Teri, I got the smallish one from Macy's the year our nest emptied to replace the Oster mixer that I had for almost 2 decades. I mostly use the mixer to make dough for dumplings, and I also have a fantastic meatgrinder attachment that I use to make hamburger ( I do not like "mystery" store-ground meats) - I'm sure there are other attachments that can be useful, such as juiciers, etc. That's pretty much it. It does take counter space, but I park it inside the appliance garage in the corner that is not very useful as far as the counter space goes. I slide it in and out - never had to lift it.
  • MomOf3StarsMomOf3Stars Registered User Posts: 822 Member
    I use the whipping whisk for excellent mashed potatoes (sweet and regular). Sometimes if I am making large batches of meatballs and/or meatloaf to freeze I use the beater attachment for mixing those.
    Excellent for whipped cream as a toledo said. You can freeze the bowl and the whisk and it is done in no time flat (you just have to remember to check on it because it is so fast).
    It is also good for whipping up a large number of eggs for quiche, or whatever you might be making.
    Mine stays out on my kitchen counter. I have had it for 11 years and it is still running fantastic. Best Christmas present my DH ever gave me!
  • mrsrefmrsref User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 555 Member
    I also keep mine in the cabinet, right below the island counter where I do most of my food prep. I use it almost solely for baking- cookie dough, cakes, muffins. I bake weekly. DH is a cookie monster, and if I don't bake he buys cookies at the store. At least when I bake him cookies I can make some healthy substitutions to lower the fat content and add extra raisins or craisins.

    I've had my KitchenAid stand mixer for 20 years and it's still going strong.
  • MycroftMycroft Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    I love mine and keep it on the counter all the time. I use it for mashing things, mixing batters for muffins, meat for meatballs... I use it for all kinds of dough as I love to bake. Anytime I have to mix something, I usually do it it the KitchenAid. I did get the slightly smaller one, with the tilt head. It fits under my cabinets better and I actually do like the feature of tilting it back to add ingredients. It is heavy and I would not want to lug it out to use it. I have a cluster of a few appliances on my counter, tucked into a corner so I have a space for it, and can slide it forward when I want to use it.
  • momofthreeboysmomofthreeboys Registered User Posts: 15,419 Senior Member
    Mine is on the counter and I use it primarily for baking...but I do a fair amount of that. Mine is in a corner and I pull it forward when I use it so I can tilt it back to add ingredients.
  • milkandsugarmilkandsugar Registered User Posts: 2,869 Senior Member
    I love my Kitchenaid. I have 2. I just got another one in cinnamon red. They are both the tilt head models. I pretty much use them for cookies and cakes. I also use them to make doughs for pies or savory doughs for vegetable gallettes. I make dips such Feta dill herb spreads. I've made bread dough. I also have the ice cream bowl to make fresh ice cream, which I have done. French vanilla and maple walnut. I make whip cream as well. I have made chocolate pecan tortes from crust to filling. I have even whipped potatoes. There is so much to make. I don't use it everyday. Sometimes weeks and months go by. I love the new flex blade that scrapes the bowl as it mixes. I don't work for them. I just love that it is a work horse.
  • momof3greatgirlsmomof3greatgirls Registered User Posts: 817 Member
    I use it most for cookie dough, bread, cakes and whipping cream. Mashed potatoes and whipping egg whites are needed sometimes. It is kept on the counter because it is too heavy to move around a lot. I have multiple bowls so I can do than one thing in it at a time.
  • MarilynMarilyn Registered User Posts: 2,899 Senior Member
    I drag mine out for chopped liver, latkes, and Passover sponge cake. We use a hand blender for whipped cream, and a big fork for mashed potatoes. I seldom bake but have used the mixer to make pasta dough from time to time. It's one of those items that I don't need often, but when I need it, I really need it.
  • parent56parent56 Registered User Posts: 7,658 Senior Member
    i use mine to make whipped shea butter for foot creams i make.... only mixer that seems to be able to keep up with the hours it takes. then i have a cheap mixer for baking.
  • teriwttteriwtt Super Moderator Posts: 12,525 Super Moderator

    Never did I expect so many responses so fast! Thanks. Keep 'em coming.
  • vlinesvlines Registered User Posts: 3,579 Senior Member
    everything! I keep mine out, it has it's own little table with wheels that I can move out of the way if I need to.
  • FallGirlFallGirl Registered User Posts: 7,483 Senior Member
    Mine sits on the counter b/c H insists on it being there and I have no other space for it. I have used it exactly twice (in about 4 years) and prefer my hand mixer. The kids use it for baking and it is a pain to clean.
  • milkandsugarmilkandsugar Registered User Posts: 2,869 Senior Member
    It actually looks really nice on the countertops. Especially the new colors that they come in.
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