After taking a one week break from this series, How to Master Your Kitchen, today I am talking about the piece de resistance, the tool that I would consider the highlight of any kitchen, the stand mixer. A stand mixer had to be on my wedding registry, I could consider my kitchen incomplete until I had a stand mixer, that is how much I love a stand mixer.
How can I say stand mixer any more times in just one sentence?
A stand mixer is a kitchen staple. There is not one week, scratch that there is not a couple of days that go by without my using my stand mixer. My mom always had her trusty stand mixer, in fact she had the same one for as long as I remember. There are a variety of stand mixers out on the market but the creme de la creme is Kitchen-Aid. Kitchen-Aid has different attachments that allow you to not only mix in the bowl, but you can grind wheat into flour, meat, make pasta, make ice cream just to name a few.
The accessories by the way are additional purchases, they are not standard items.I have the Breville stand mixer, which is a trade-off because I don't have all of those fancy accessories but I have a timer on my mixer so I can set it for say 4 minutes and walk away. After 4 minutes, the mixer will turn off.
Any stand mixer will come with three or four attachments. You will get the bread hook, paddle and whip. Each attachment is designed for different reasons and it is important to use the right attachment for whatever you are making. Obviously the bread hook is to make bread machine, the paddle I use most often, it is for cake and cookie batters. The whip is to make frostings, whipped cream, to whip eggs whites.
That being said, a stand mixer will become your best friend in the kitchen. It is the equivalent of your computer at work. Think if how much you wouldn't be able to get done at work if you didn't have a computer. I recognize some jobs don't require you to sit there 8 hours a day, but I'm talking about the jobs that do. A stand mixer is the exact same, if you didn't have a stand mixer try whipping egg whites, your arm will be so tired it might fall off. You wouldn't be able to cream butter as well by hand and you can make bread dough still but you will have to knead the dough by yourself. A stand mixer will a necessity, I tell you, a necessity!
Want me to feature an kitchen tool or have any suggestions for this series?? Let me know, I would be happy to feature any requests.