A KitchenAid mixer is a stand mixer that most people use to mix up cake batter and cookie dough. However, these mixers can do so many more things if you would only give them a chance! First off, KitchenAid mixers have a high-speed motor that is powerful. That alone makes it possible to use this kitchen item to tackle so many things in your home. If you do not own a KitchenAid mixer yet, and are considering one for your home, trust us when we say this is one of the most versatile items you will ever own. And once you start using this mixer, you will never be able to go back to using another type of mixer ever again!
21 Uses for Your KitchenAid Mixer
1. Make Delicious Homemade Ice Cream
Have you always wanted to make your own homemade ice cream? It is super easy to do if you have the ice cream maker attachment for your KitchenAid mixer. You can add anything you want to your ice cream too. So, consider all those cookies, candies, fruits, and even caramel syrups! We recommend testing out lavender and honey ice cream and making s’mores ice cream bars if you have the chance.
2. Whip Mashed Potatoes
Mashing potatoes is never an easy task, especially when you are trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Lumps usually stick around, creating groans from everyone at the table. It is better to let your KitchenAid mixer do the work for you! Simply add the whip accessory to your mixer to mash your potatoes. We guarantee you will have light fluffy potatoes every time.
3. Cream Butter and Eggs
There are so many recipes out there that call for creamed butter and eggs. You can do this with a handheld mixer, but that involves you standing there for the entire process. With a KitchenAid mixer, you can get it started and then work on something else, while the creaming process continues.
4. Grind Meat
You can easily grind your own hamburger meat if you have the metal food grinder attachment for your KitchenAid mixer. Simply place the attachment on your machine, add the meat, and turn it on. You’ll have ground meat in seconds. You can even grind up vegetarian options if you prefer.
5. Knead Dough
Kneading tough can be difficult and time consuming, so why not have a machine do it for you! Simply attach the dough hook to your KitchenAid mixer and turn the machine on. You can make dough for breads, pizza, and even pastries. We guarantee you will be amazed at how much faster you can prepare all these goodies with the help of your mixer.
6. Mix Batter
Above, we mentioned that you can use your mixer to make cakes and cookie dough. Well, honestly, you can use it to mix up all types of batter. This means mixing brownies, cookie dough, cake batter, and even pancake batter is easier than ever. Your arm won’t get tired out and your batter will be ready that much faster. Don’t forget to try to mix crepe batter in your mixer too. The end result will be a batter that cooks into thin crepes you can fill with all sorts of sweet and savory treats.
7. Make Yummy Homemade Juice
Have you ever tasted freshly squeezed juice? If you haven’t, you have no idea what you are missing out on! It is absolutely the best and it is so easy to make with your KitchenAid mixer. Simply attach the juicer and sauce attachment to your mixer. This attachment has an extra wide tube, which is perfect for when you are adding the fruit of your choice. The best part is there are three strainer options, so you can choose the one that will deliver the amount of pulp you prefer.
8. Shred Chicken
Shredding chicken can be a time-consuming task, but not if you let your KitchenAid mixer take over! All you need to do is make sure your chicken is either baked or parboiled. It is best to do this with boneless chicken breasts, because the bones are removed for you. However, if you use bone-in chicken, you can easily remove the bones before you start the shredding process.
Add warm chicken to your mixing bowl and use the flat beater accessory on low to start shredding your chicken. It only takes approximately three minutes to shred enough chicken to make buffalo chicken dip, chicken chili, or dozens of other shredded chicken dishes.
9. Make Delicious Homemade Pasta
Do you love making homemade versions of different foods? If you answered yes, you are going to love the option of making homemade pasta with your KitchenAid mixer. Attaching the pasta sheet roller attachment will make this process so much easier for you.
Once you have mixed the dough using the dough hook, attach the item mentioned above. Simply section your dough out and roll out sheets in the thickness you desire. Use the multiple pasta cutter options to cut your pasta into the size you want. There are so many options when it comes to homemade pasta, so let your creativity go wild!
10. Slice and Dice Fruits and Vegetables
Most people turn to a food processor to do this type of work in their kitchen. However, you don’t need both kitchen items if you already own a KitchenAid mixer. All you need is the food processor attachment, and you can be slicing and dicing in no time at all. You can choose the size you want, and the mixer will do the rest for you.
11. Mix Up Guacamole
Making guacamole isn’t difficult, but the mixing can be taxing, especially if you love smooth guac. We recommend adding the avocados, seasonings, garlic, and lime juice to your mixing bowl. Add the paddle attachment and turn your mixer on medium speed to mix all those ingredients together. Once everything is all mixed together, you can easily stir in onions, jalapeños, diced tomatoes, and other favorites.
12. Mix Up Filling for Stuffed Shells
Making stuffed shells is a process and it takes a lot of time. You can cut down on some of that time by mixing your stuffed shell filling in your KitchenAid mixer. Simply mix your cheese, eggs, seasonings, and other ingredients together in the mixing bowl. It is best to use the paddle attachment for this process. Once everything is mixed together, you can easily scoop it out to fill the shells.
13. Make a Yummy Dip
Some dips are super simple to mix together by hand. However, there are certain dips that use ingredients that are difficult to mix. Those dips must be made in a KitchenAid mixer if you want to save time and energy. Any dip that requires cream cheese and other ingredients like shredded cheeses, spinach, and other vegetables end up being really thick. Most of those dips are actually placed in the oven to warm up after the mixing process.
We recommend throwing everything into your mixer and then scraping it all into an oven-safe pan when you are finished. Your dip will be ready for the oven, and ready to eat, in no time at all.
14. Scrambled Eggs
Have you ever made scrambled eggs for a crowd? Let us say that if you have, you will appreciate your KitchenAid mixer even more! Scrambling up eggs for one or two people is easy by hand. Scrambling eggs for a dozen people requires a little assistance. Use the whisk attachment on your mixer to whip your eggs before whipping again with a little milk and seasonings.
15. Prepare Meatloaf
What happens when you mix meatloaf by hand? If you are like most people, you end up with hands covered in meatloaf mixture! You can prevent this by simply using your KitchenAid mixer to prepare your next meatloaf.
To make your meatloaf in your mixer, we recommend starting by beating the eggs. Add the milk, breadcrumbs, and other ingredients before mixing again. Finally, add the meat before the final mixing. The end result will be a perfect meatloaf where everything is mixed well together, and nothing is left sitting at the bottom of the bowl.
16. Make Homemade Butter
Have you ever made your own homemade butter before? If you haven’t, you must try it really soon! You don’t even have to go the homemade route to have delicious butter with your next meal. We recommend starting by placing softened butter in your mixing bowl. Add the seasonings you would love and let your KitchenAid mixer combine everything completely. Store the butter in an airtight container until you are ready to use it.
And if you want to make your own butter, add heavy cream to your mixer. Whip the heavy cream on high until butter forms. Simply drain away any excess liquid and your butter will be ready to eat.
17. Make Marshmallows
Going to the store and grabbing a bag of marshmallows to make s’mores is something you see everyone doing when the weather is nice. But what if you could use your KitchenAid mixer to make your own marshmallows?
Find a wonderful marshmallow recipe and add the ingredients to a pot on the stove. Once everything has come to a boil, add it all to your mixing bowl. Beat the liquid on high until it is thick. It will double in volume by the time it is done. Pour it into a pan and cut out your marshmallows. You get bonus points if you create cute shapes instead of squares!
18. Make Homemade Candy Hearts
Despite the time it takes to cut out all the candy hearts, making this sweet treat in a KitchenAid mixer is fairly easy. Since this candy dough is thick and sticky, it is not something you want to mix by hand. This is why so many people pull out their KitchenAid mixers to make this candy, as well as other types of candy.
19. Make Homemade Playdough
You don’t need to run to the store every time your playdough gets dried out and is unusable. Instead, all you need to do is make your own homemade playdough. Simply mix all the ingredients together in your mixer before placing in containers. You may want to wash your mixer out in between each color, so your colored playdough turned out vibrant instead of a muddled mess.
20. Make Your Own Meringue
Making meringue is a long tedious project, especially if you are using a hand mixer. We recommend putting the whisk attachment on your mixer, adding the ingredients, and start mixing away. It will take some time for the peaks to form, but once they do, your meringue will be almost ready for you to use.
21. Make Frosting
Most people run to the store to buy containers of frosting when they need to make a cake. However, it is just as easy to throw a few ingredients into your mixer! In fact, we think it takes less time than a trip to the store.
You can make buttercream frosting, peanut butter frosting, chocolate frosting, and so much more. No matter what type of frosting you make, it will be lightweight and delicious!
You can easily use your KitchenAid mixer to do these twenty-one things in your kitchen. However, these are not the only things you can do, and make, using this mixer. We know you can find many other uses for your KitchenAid mixer if you simply take a step back and think about it for a minute or two! We recommend asking your family and friends what they use their mixers for, because they can share a wealth of ideas too.
Take your KitchenAid mixer out of storage today and see what yummy treats you can make with it! We guarantee you will save a ton of time in the kitchen and that means you can make even more goodies than you have in the past!