What do you use your counter top stand mixer for?
Just pick up a used Kitchenaid 5qt Commercial mixer and was wondering what you all use them for in the kitchen. I am just a home cook.
Bread and pizza dough
Grinding meat for sausage.
Grating large amounts of cheese
The list is LONG at our house.
I use mine for all things baking. The KA is a mainstay in American kitchens and many if not most baking recipes are written with it in mind. Yours should have come with a dough hook, a flat beater and a whisk.
For bread if recipe says "knead" use the dough hook.
"Beat" means use the flat paddle attachment. Use to cream butter with sugar for cookies, use sparingly to make crusts, cakes, brownies, mix chocolate into cream bases, etc., etc.
"Whisk" of course means the whisk. Primarily used for whipped cream and meringue.
Lot of non baking uses as well. Good motors, a large assortment of attachments (some work better than others).
Mainly baking, some bread/ pizza doughs and merange. I always forget about it when I have to whip heavy cream I still have to wash a bowl and whisk, so it could save me a couple minutes.
Dough kneading, I use the pasta attachment and the meat grinder too. Both work well for this home cook. Making pasta is a fun family activity we have found, especially when other kids are over, they are amazed and jump right in.
Dough and meat grinding/sausage stuffing, mostly. My wife does all kinds of stuff with it. I used to make mayo with it, but I use an immersion blender, these days.
At work we use them for anything small batch pastry, sausage stuffing/grinding, pasta rolling, etc.
I use mine to take up space on my counter. It's a shame on my part. I bought my mixer 15 years ago with the thought of getting into baking. Health concerns from my Dr. had me nix those ideas and now my mixer hasn't been used more than 60 minutes total in all those years.
I think it's time to revisit that baking idea. I also wanted to get into making pasta, who knows I might get inspired again.
Erilyn! So disappointed! Haha.
Originally Posted by Erilyn75
Don't forget ice cream! Thanks to my friend who gave me the attachment. But otherwise what everyone said. Cookies of course.