A Versatile Tool: 5+ Unusual Uses For Your Stand Mixer

A Versatile Tool: 5+ Unusual Uses For Your Stand Mixer

If you are a cook, your kitchen is your kingdom. You have to know what is in every cupboard and drawer, and you need to be intimately acquainted with your cooking implements. If you don't know what you can do with your tools in your kitchen, then how are you going to cook the meals?

In this guide, we are going to be taking a look at some uses for a stand mixer that may seem odd at first, but you will find that they are quite creative and useful. A stand mixer can be one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in your kitchen, but only if you know all of the ways you can use it.

Without further delay, let’s take a look at the most unusual uses for your stand mixer.

Use Additional Attachments

A stand mixer may be known as a mixer by name, but it is far more than that, especially if it is equipped with a power hub for additional attachments. Most high-end kitchen mixers will feature bits of equipment that can be used in specialized situations.

Kitchenaid stand mixer attachment.

With extra attachments, you can make culinary masterpieces with your mixer. The uses for these accessories range from creating homemade Asian meals to creating a dessert to impress your friends and family.

Let’s take a look at some of the other applications for which you may use your stand mixer and its attachments.

Making Ice Cream

Some mixer models allow you customize and create a frosty desert with an ice cream maker attachment. It can make about 2 quarts of frozen desert including sorbet and ice cream within 40 minutes or less. Of course, the amount of time you leave your ice cream to freeze is up to you.

If you prefer harder ice cream, you can leave your ice cream in the freezer overnight so that it may set. On the other hand, if you are a fan of soft serve ice cream, you can just leave it in the freezer for thirty minutes to an hour (depending on the temperature).

There is an endless range of recipes to choose from, and the ice cream attachment is easy to use, even for beginners.

Making Pasta

If you are tired of boxed noodles being passed off as authentic pasta, you'll love the roller, pasta maker, and cutter attachment for your stand mixer. The pasta attachment allows you create your own customized pasta dishes.

Kitchenaid stand mixer pasta roller attachment.

This ingenious attachment can replace six different tools such as the pasta machine, the bench knife, the butter paddle, the pasta wheel, and the pastry scraper. You can make spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, and many other types of pasta by using this attachment.

You can even add flavors to your pasta while you are mixing the ingredients for the noodles! If you are a fan of Italian cuisine, this attachment is almost a necessity.

Stuffed Sausages

With a sausage stuffer attachment, you can make your own sausage in a manner of minutes. If you buy this item, you'll save money by not purchasing a large kitchen appliance that you won't even use that much. Also, you'll be able to control the ingredients you put into the sausage since you're making it on your own.

The attachments consist of a meat grinder, which makes the meat filling that goes into your sausages, and a sausage stuffer, to make the casing.

Both of these attachments are sold separately for specific stand mixers, so you will want to ensure that you get them both. Keep in mind that the sausage stuffer is useless without a meat grinder to make the filling.

While you may think that most sausages are broadly similar, you will find that you can stuff your own sausages with almost anything. If you want to make cheese-stuffed sausages, you can go ahead and do it, if you prefer spicy sausages, just add a few chili peppers to the mix.

Fruit And Vegetable Juices

If you don’t think a full-sized fruit juicer is worth investing in, you finally have a solution.Your stand mixer can make squeezed orange juice and other healthy fruit and vegetable juices.

We recommend that you use a citrus fruit to extract the juice, though you can use any fruits or even vegetables.

Depending on the fruits or vegetables you use to extract your juice, it can be more or less healthy, but it is almost guaranteed that your freshly-squeezed juice is healthier than store brands.

Many juicer attachments feature an innovative way of determining how much pulp ends up in the finished juice. You typically have a choice of three screens for your fruit juicer, each of which determine whether there is high pulp, low pulp, or no pulp.

Face Masks

One of the advantages of the face mask is that it is one of the most dynamic ways to treat a range of dermatological problems.  While it may be tempting to rely heavily on purchasing store brand products exclusively, you are cheating yourself if you don’t take advantage of home remedies. 

Portrait of a mature woman with a facial mask on.

They are cheap and easy to do, and even cheaper and easier with a stand mixer.  With just a bit of lemon juice, honey, and ginger, mixed in with oatmeal and purified still water (no chlorine added), you can have a useful and easily reusable facemask that coats your pores and removes blemishes over time.

Mixing It Up

Mixers, like many appliances in the kitchen, are only as useful as the person that is wielding it.  These ideas that we have offered are just a few of the many, many, opportunities that exist for your mixer to be a boundlessly useful tool.

Whether for improving your skin or for crafting quality cuisine, the only limits for your stand mixer are your creativity and willingness to experiment.

Do you have any unorthodox techniques or uses for your mixer? Share below!

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