Whether you just got a new KitchenAid or you’re in the market for a new one (see all the KitchenAid deals here), these tricks will help keep your mixer running well — and in good use — for years!


1. Use the heck out of your new mixer for the first 30 days to catch any defects.

As with new cars and new electronics, often defects will show up quickly, but only if your mixer is being used. Try to use it at least a few times a week—in a number of ways—while it’s still under full warranty so that if there are defects present, you can return it for a new unit.


2. Keep ingredients contained by draping a towel over the mixing bowl.

Drape a clean kitchen towel over your mixer before you turn it on, and any “flying” ingredients will be caught.


3. Shred cooked chicken easily with the beater attachment.

Throw warm, cooked chicken pieces (boiled chicken works great) into your KitchenAid bowl, and use the paddle attachment on low (1) to shred the chicken. Once the meat starts breaking up, increase the speed. This also works perfectly well with pulled pork.


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4. Get fluffier whipped cream when you chill the beater and bowl beforehand.

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5. Place towel under your mixer so it can slide more easily on the counter.


6. Cover your mixer with a shower cap to prevent dust when not in use.


7. Create your own splashguard with an ice cream bucket lid.

Use the lid from a gallon ice cream bucket, and cut from a hole in the center, adjusting the opening based on the size and movement of your mixer’s paddle. When mixing, you may need to hold down the lid. Just throw it in the dishwasher when done!


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8. Store all attachments in the bowl to save space and time.

To prevent your attachments from scratching the bowl, protect it with an old kitchen towel before setting in the attachments. The towel will also cut down on dust settling in the bowl.


9. Prevent lubricant leaks by warming up your mixer after periods of non-use.

Your KitchenAid mixer uses a food-grade oil lubricant (this is a legal requirement—just in case the oil gets into your food!). But food-grade lubricant separates more easily in cool temperatures. So if you haven’t used your mixer for more than a couple of days, just let it run for a couple of minutes (increase the speed for drier climates) to allow the lubricant solids and liquid to re-mix.


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