15 Unexpected KitchenAid Stand Mixer Hacks (& the Attachments You'll Need to Do Them)Kitchen Appliances
If you've ever taken a look at any couple's wedding registry, it's likely there's been one item on everyone's list — the KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
From mixing batter to whipping up egg whites or creaming butter, these handy mixers from KitchenAid have saved cooks from aching arms since their inception in 1919.
Today, while still used in traditional ways, more and more KitchenAid Mixer hacks are popping up on Pinterest and the rest of the internet. We've rounded up our favorite unexpected KitchenAid Stand Mixer uses — and the attachments you'll need to do them yourself!
15 Unexpected Uses for Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Kneading Pizza Dough
Give your arms a rest and use your KitchenAid Stand Mixer to prep that Friday night homemade pizza crust — or work your homemade bread or biscuit dough instead! All you need is the KitchenAid Dough Hook, shown above.
Just attach the dough hook as shown and get to kneading! Check out this video for further instructions, or use your KitchenAid instruction manual.
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Making Homemade Playdough
Don't put that dough hook away just yet! You can also use it to make your own homemade Playdough using the dough hook anytime.
Here are a couple of video tutorials you can follow to make your playdough, including Easy Peppermint Homemade Playdough, DIY Aromatherapy PlayDough, and an Easy No Cook Play Dough recipe in written form. Don't be afraid to try different colors, shapes from cookie cutters, aroma/essential oils, and more! You'll also need air-tight storage containers to store the playdough in to keep it from drying out, so you may want to give that some thought before you make it.
Save time and energy making your next batch of pulled pork, beef, or chicken for sandwiches, enchiladas, or tacos when you use your KitchenAid Mixer meat shredder attachment.
Image Credit to Southern Plate
Just pop your fully cooked meat pieces into the mixing bowl while still hot and attach the flat beater, as shown above, mixing on low speed for 30 seconds or so. For recipe tips, check out this video from Southern Plate.
Nothing beats fresh ground meat for hand-formed burgers on the grill, savory spaghetti sauce, or sweet sloppy joes, and you can make them all happen in a jiffy with your KitchenAid Mixer Meat Grinder attachment.
A video demonstration of proper meat grinding with the KitchenAid Mixer can be followed here.
Straining & Canning Fruits and Veggies
In addition to the meat grinder above, you can actually use the FVSFGA Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Set with Food Grinder to do the same type of grinding of fruits and veggies (as well as meat).
Want to make your own sausage once you've ground your meat? You can do it with KitchenAid Stand Mixer attachments — specifically by adding the Sausage Stuffer shown above.
Follow this video to see how the KitchenAid Stand Mixer meat grinder and sausage stuffer are used together.
Another of the more surprising KitchenAid Mixer attachments is the Grain Mill. Mill your own flour, corn meal, and more at home for a more nutrient-dense, affordable alternative to pre-ground options anytime with your own Grain Mill, shown above.
You can adjust the fineness/coarseness of your flour as well. Check this video for instructions on how it's done.
Spiralizing Veggies, Coring/Peeling Fruits
Craft your low-calorie zucchini pasta, peel and core an apple, and plenty more with your KitchenAid 5 Blade Spiralizer Mixer attachment.
Check this video for instructions on how to attach and properly use your Spiralizer.
Making Ice Cream
Blend up to 2 quarts of your favorite ice cream, sorbet, or gelato in the KitchenAid KICAOWH Mixer Ice Cream Maker attachment. Watch this video for instructions on how to attach and use your ice cream maker properly.
Head's up on this one, though — you'll need to pre-freeze the bowl part of your ice cream maker for around 15 hours prior to use.
Making Homemade Pasta
Create your own mouth-watering pasta at home with the KitchenAid KSMPRA 3-Piece Pasta Roller and Cutter Attachments.
Fitting all KitchenAid Household Stand Mixers, the Pasta Roller and Cutter Attachments cut 6-inch sheets of pasta which can be cut into either spaghetti or fettuccine with your choice of 8 thickness settings.
Making Homemade Rigatoni, Fusilli, or Bucatini
Prefer something other than spaghetti or fettuccine? Another of the more fun KitchenAid Mixer attachments is the Extruder, which can make pasta in several different sizes and shapes. View this video for a demonstration of how to attach and use the Extruder.
Making Homemade Butter and Buttermilk
A pinch of salt and 2 cups of fresh cream is all you'll need (besides your whip/whisk attachment) to make your own homemade butter and/or buttermilk. Just pour it in, whisk it up, and monitor thickness to reach your desired consistency.
Watch ThatEverydayKira make her butter here.
Making Fresh-Squeezed Citrus Juice
Enjoy fresh-squeezed orange, grapefruit, lemon or lime juice with your JE Citrus Juicer KitchenAid Stand Mixer attachment.
This attachment fits all KitchenAid Household Stand Mixer models and includes a handy basket for collecting all discarded seeds and pulp.
Making Slow-Juice, Sauces, and Jams
Another of the more unique attachments for KitchenAid Stand Mixers is the KSM1JA Masticating Juicer and Sauce Attachment. This attachment works with a variety of fruits and veggies, first slicing, then processing them. Select settings for high pulp or low pulp juice, jams, or sauces.
When you're ready to make your sauces, jams, or juice, slide your KitchenAid to its highest setting and begin. Follow video instructions here or here to properly attach and use your juicer. Comes with 3 Pulp Screens, a Pitcher, and a Waste Container.
Making Homemade Marshmallows
Make your own homemade marshmallows to decorate your hot cocoa, adorn your gingerbread houses, and dazzle your guests. You'll use the whisk attachment that comes with the original mixer (reference above, or here) once again for this endeavor as well.