You can use your KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make thousands of different recipes, but it has the power to do SO MUCH MORE! These tips and tricks will show you just how versatile your mixer is — and how easy cooking, cleaning, and storing your KitchenAid mixer can be!
1. Keep ingredients contained by draping a towel over the mixer bowl.
Drape a clean kitchen towel over your mixer before you turn it on. The towel will catch any “flying” ingredients or splatter, and your countertops will stay shiny and clean.
You can also reduce splatter by adding ingredients as close to the side of the bowl as possible. Hitting the moving beater is bound to make a mess of your kitchen.
2. Easily shred chicken with the KitchenAid Beater Attachment.
The flat beater attachment is included with your KitchenAid Stand Mixer and its shredding powers are swoon-worthy.
Throw warm, cooked chicken pieces (boiled chicken works great) into your KitchenAid mixer bowl, and use the paddle attachment on low speed (1) to shred the chicken. Once the meat starts breaking up, increase the speed. This also works perfectly with other KitchenAid Mixer recipes (like pulled pork)!
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3. Create your own splash guard with an ice cream bucket lid.
Ready for the easiest DIY hack ever? Use the lid from a gallon ice cream bucket as a splash guard for your mixer!
Cut from a hole in the center of the lid, adjusting the opening based on the size and movement of your mixer’s paddle. You may need to hold the lid in place while mixing. But when you’re done, just throw it in the dishwasher!
If you’d prefer a legit splashguard, you can buy the KitchenAid 1-Piece Pouring Shield to stop rogue ingredients from leaving your bowl.
4. Get fluffier whipped cream by chilling the KitchenAid whisk and mixer bowl beforehand.
The fat in the cream will melt at warmer temperatures, so it helps to chill the bowl beforehand to keep your mixture as cold as possible.
Chill your KitchenAid mixer bowl and whisk in the freezer for 24 hours before starting your whipped cream recipe. You’ll be stunned by the results!
5. Upgrade your mixer with added KitchenAid attachments.
There are tons of KitchenAid Mixer attachments and accessories you can buy, but some are better than others.
One attachment worth the upgrade is the Flex Edge Beater. It acts as a spatula while stirring, so you’ll avoid constantly stopping your mixer to scrape down the sides of your bowl. If you’re looking for a much smoother mixing experience, it’s totally worth the investment.
The Flex Edge Beater is included with select KitchenAid Mixer models, but it’s also available as an added accessory.
6. Wash face masks in your mixer bowl.
Instead of hand-washing your face masks or losing them in a heap of laundry, you can wash them with your KitchenAid mixer in less than a minute.
Place your dirty face masks in the mixer bowl and add just enough water to cover the masks (but don’t fill your bowl more than halfway). Start your mixer at low speed (1). While it’s mixing, gently pour in ½ cup of laundry detergent. Increase your mixer’s speed to medium (4) and let it mix for about 10 seconds.
You may have some soapy water to wipe off your countertops, but it’s a small price to pay for this easy hack.
7. Stick a command hook on the back of your mixer to keep the cord hidden and out of the way.
As pretty as your KitchenAid mixer is, the power cord is not as sightly. You can keep the cord out of the way (and out of plain view) by attaching a Command hook to the back of your mixer.
First, wipe the back of your mixer down with rubbing alcohol to clean the surface. Then, firmly press the adhesive hook onto your mixer and loop the cord around it for easy access and organization.
Save on Command hooks with these Command coupons!
8. Save on baby food by making your own with the Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Set.
Making your own baby food is actually less expensive than buying it premade (even if you use organic produce). It may sound like a huge commitment, but the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Attachment will save you time and money.
The attachment removes seeds and reduces prep time by turning fresh produce into smooth purees — so you can feed your baby nutritious food with ingredients you know are healthy.
To further cut costs, stick to seasonal produce or frozen organic produce for your baby food recipes. And don’t forget to use these produce coupons!
9. Store all KitchenAid attachments in the bowl to save space and time.
To prevent your bowl from getting scratched, protect it with an old kitchen towel before setting down your attachments. The towel will also reduce dust that settles in the bowl between uses.
10. Place a towel under your mixer so it can slide more easily on the counter.
You may need to move your KitchenAid mixer out of the way during the cooking or cleanup process. To make it easier to move around, set your mixer on top of a towel so it can easily slide from one spot to another.
This will prevent it from grinding across your counters (and possibly leaving marks). Plus, you won’t have to lift it to move it.
11. Cover your mixer bowl with a shower cap to prevent dust.
Dust is bound to gather in your KitchenAid Mixer bowl as it sits idly between uses. But here’s another easy KitchenAid hack: Cover the bowl with a shower cap to prevent dust from getting in. You’ll avoid having to clean the bowl twice before you use it again.
12. Let your mixer wash itself for quick and easy cleanup.
When your mixer bowl is covered with dough or batter, cleaning it can make a mess all over again. Make your cleanup easier by pouring hot water and dish detergent into the dirty bowl. Spray it twice with Dawn dish soap spray (or five drops of dish detergent) and set the bowl back on your mixer. Run it on low speed (1) for about 30 seconds and watch it scrape away the scraps that remain!
13. Remove residue from your mixer bowl with olive oil.
You may not notice it, but some new KitchenAid mixers have residue in the bowl that won’t come off in the dishwasher or by hand-washing. The residue isn’t harmful — it’s just a common result of polishing stainless products.
To get rid of the residue, put a small amount of olive oil in the bowl and spread it around inside. Let it sit for several minutes, then wipe it down. After removing the olive oil, wash the bowl with VERY hot water and a good dish detergent.
14. Use the heck out of your new mixer for the first 30 days to catch any defects.
Every KitchenAid Stand Mixer comes with a one-year limited warranty, but it doesn’t cover damage resulting from accident, alteration, misuse, or use with products not approved by KitchenAid.
With that being said, it’s best to catch any pre-existing defects within the first 30 days. That way, any defects you discover can’t be attributed to anything else.
Try using your mixer at least a few times a week — in a variety of ways — while it’s still new and fully covered under its warranty. If you do catch any defects, KitchenAid will send you a new unit and arrange to have your original mixer returned.
After your warranty is up, these maintenance tips will show you how to prolong your KitchenAid Mixer’s lifetime.
15. 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.