When I was trying to decide the topic of my first post, I tossed around a variety of ideas, but none of them really seemed to be laudable enough to bear the honor of the first post. They didn’t pop. Then it hit me. Why not write about the quintessential kitchen tool. The one appliance that I tell every aspiring cook is a must-have: KitchenAid’s Stand Mixer.
KitchenAid offers a variety of models for this multifaceted tool. When I bought myself a stand mixer for Christmas in 2006, I chose the Artisan Series. This model in particular comes in 26 different colors, so you can go as neutral or flashy as you desire (or like Food Network star, Sandra Lee, you can change your mixer daily to match your wardrobe). I chose Cobalt Blue. I was in a minute minority of college students that owned a stand mixer (I knew of only one other), but it made my time in the kitchen just that much easier.
I never really knew how much time and energy this machine saved until I was living on my own in college. Growing up it was something I took for granted in our kitchen. Baking cookies with my mom and Nani, I never fathomed the idea of making cookies or cakes with anything else. But this powerhouse does so much more than improve the ease of making baked goods. With the multiple attachments that can be purchased separately, you can do anything from grind meats and grains, freeze ice cream and even roll and cut pasta. I won’t delve further into the versatility of these attachments, as each deserves a future post of their own.
Each mixer comes with a flat beater, wire whip, dough hook and pouring shield. The flat beater is perfect for making cookies and cakes. The wire whip is useful for whipping cream, egg whites or frosting. And although I’m usually partial to the culinary therapy of kneading dough by hand, the dough hook is a quick and effective alternative for those occasions when you’re in need of a quick knead. The pour guard comes in handy when a cloud of flour is imminent, especially when making a double-batch of chocolate chip cookies. A unique 67-point planetary mixing action ensures KitchenAid’s stand mixer incorporates your ingredients completely and the 10-speed, 325-Watt motor is powerful enough to knead the toughest dough and whip at top speeds.
Although this stand mixer’s MSRP of $349.99 is a little steep, many stores discount this price as low as $200 throughout the year, especially around the holidays. This machine is well worth the price tag. I highly recommend the KitchenAid stand mixer. Buy one and you will not be disappointed.