(Closed) Just Ordered a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer… Any Advice?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee

I generally only use mine for bread dough. I find a regular hand mixer is all that I need for most mixing/baking.  

The stand mixer is really only good if you are really heavy into baking- like everyday. OR if you have an attachment that you like to use like the meat grinder or pasta maker.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I use mine for frosting, it makes a huge difference for that! You can really use it for anything you generally use a mixer for, but its not neccesary for most things.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I grew up with a Kitchenaid in our kitchen, so I use it for all baking. Never even touched a handmixer till high school, and I hate using them!

I use my Kitchenaid for cookie dough, frosting, turning egg whites to meringue (fast!), whipping cream (also speedy!), and cakes. My friend throws cooked chicken breasts in it with the paddle for just a few seconds for shredded chicken.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

@babylou: ooh good trick with the chicken! I hate shredded it by hand or with a fork. 

I wish I had space for it on the counter, then I would use it more. But its a pain to drag it out.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Was thinking about getting one, but dont have the counter space. I am okay with my hand mixed, does pretty much the same thing. Love the color your chose!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I mix hamburger/meatballs using my mixer.  It gets everything evenly distributed and I don’t have to use my hands haha.

I love mine, it makes everything so easy and fun. Yay mixer!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@babylou: oh yes this chicken trick is AMAZING!!!! I hate shredding chicken by hand!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I got mine for my birthday in July. I love it!  Do I *need* to use it for all my mixing? Nope, but I do! It’s super handy for when I want to grab or prep something else.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Use it for mashed potatoes, any and all baking, frosting, whipped cream and such. I know you CAN do most of it with a hand mixer however my mixer make it much faster and smoother.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love mine.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Great tip about the shredded chicken, I’m going to try that! I love my KitchenAid (okay, I’m spoiled, I have a 10 year old artisan and I bought myself the Architect Pro Series earlier this year, I needed the bigger bowl!).

I have the ice cream bowl attachment which is great, but I’m still learning the ins and outs of it, and the ravioli maker. The ravioli maker is fun, but not something we use often. I wish I had an extra bowl for my artisan, just because of the amount I bake, and the odd time I’m making something that involves mixing a meringue and something oil based and I need a squeaky clean bowl, it’s always a pain to empty and clean the bowl (not as much of a problem now that I have a second mixer).

I absolutely love mine and my hand mixer rarely comes out at all any more.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love mine and use it all the time for all types of baking – cookies, cakes, etc. I also use it regularly for kneading bread dough and homemade pizza dough. It makes the process of baking homemade bread so incredibly easy and quick.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m in love with my apple green artisan. We make homemade pizza every Sunday and honestly the best dough recipe I have found after many is the one in the book that comes with it. I don’t use it just for baking, but lots of things! Mashed potatos are so good in it. I definetly recommend sn extra bowl; I got the 5 qt glass one last Christmas. So handy when baking alot. Also if you love ice cream, get the ice cream maker! You’ll never go back to store bought ice cream again. Our ice cream maker is used so much in this house I’m suprised it’s still working!

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