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6 Things I learnt about about my stand mixer that you should know

You finally got your new Stand Mixer home, it doesn’t matter whether you got it due to the holiday pressure or because you were in dire need of one, you finally have it now. So now that you have got it home, you need to know a few of the tricks and tips to make your whole experience much more fun and easy.

We have compiled our list of Stand Mixer’s hacks (for a complete recommendation guide, read the stand mixer reviews by HomeGuyd) which you should know about and which would definitely make you fall in love with your mixer.

Always have extra bowls and accessories

Yes you will see that you get plenty of bowls and attachments with the mixer but if you are mixing ingredients multiple times or if you are one of those people who like to bake a lot of cakes, then it would be advisable to get a few extra sets of bowls with their attachments so that your cooking experience is smooth.

You won’t need to clean your utensils after every mix and you would save a lot of time while cooking too. So make sure that the first thing you do after getting a mixer is getting extra sets of utensils.

Keep attachments inside the respective bowl

If you are one of those people who aren’t too familiar with the attachments and which utensil it belongs to, then you need to pay extra attention while storing the bowls and their attachments.

Make sure that you store the attachments in the right bowl as this will avoid them from getting lost or disfigured. While using your mixer, keep the extra accessories aside and then when you have cleaned everything, put them back together.

Get more accessories

Now there is a chance that your mixer might not have come with a good whisk or blades or other accessories. It might have come with a metal blade which is prone to lose their gloss sooner and might not be very effective in scraping the mixer too. In this case, you can get a silicone scraper blade as these are good for use and dishwasher-safe too.

You can get other accessories also to replace the complimentary ones to enhance your whole experience and help your cooking.

It can shred your meat

Yes, I know it’s too good to believe but one of the tasks which your stand mixer can perform for you is to shred the meat for you with a great ease.

Gone are the days when shredding meat was considered a humongous task, now all you have to do is keep your juicy meat in your mixer and add a few flavorings and seasonings and use the wire whip to shred the meat in just under 15 seconds. Sounds amazing, right?

Paddle height can be adjusted

The paddle which lies above the bowl and is used to mix the contents of the bowl can be adjusted and kept at a height so that it mixes the ingredients without touching the bottom of the bowl.

This will ensure that the bowl doesn’t get scraped from the bottom and its coating doesn’t come off anytime soon. With this feature, you can adjust the paddle according to the food requirements making your work a whole lot easier. Here’s how it’s done

You can adjust the speed

You must have noticed that there are loads of different speeds which can be used for various food items. So what do you do with them? Well, you make sure you learn about all the speeds which are available so that when you start cooking you don’t use the wrong speed and turn your kitchen into a disaster.

For example Speed 2 is used for slow mixing like mashing bananas or mixing pancake and cookies batter, anything that includes cutting fat. Another example is that Speed 8 is perfect for fluffing up your whipped cream or whipping up your egg whites.

 

5 Items I never leave around in the pantry and neither should you

“Prevention is better than cure.” We all know this saying very well and it’s time we applied it to our pantry items too. Now you might ask why?

Well, our kitchen is filled with such items which are actually harmful to us but we aren’t aware of them because these are the most common items used. Here is a list of all those items which you need to keep an eye out for and probably remove from your kitchen right now:

Canned Foods

Probably one of the worst things you could do is eat food which was previously canned. We know that such foods are so much more convenient to store and serve than fresh food but there are many side effects to this.

A plastic known as BPA(Bisphenol-A) lines all these cans which have been proved to disturb your hormones and cause infertility, breast cancer, etc. So if you do choose canned products, it would be better to be vigilant and go for only those products which don’t have a BPA lining.

Aluminium Foil

It has been long known that this product causes degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and it has been proven that cooking in aluminium foil increases its level by 378%.

Apart from foil, this chemical is found in many utensils, water bottles, canned foods, etc. and its prolonged exposure could seriously affect your mental health. So even though you might think that it may not hurt to use it every now and then, but imagine what would its long-term exposure do to you?

Plastic Containers

It’s a common knowledge that plastic is detrimental to our health if used for long periods of time. Plastics which contain PET (polyethylene terephthalate) such as water bottles, cooking oil bottles, etc. are known to discharge acetaldehyde which is a possible human carcinogen.

Another kind of plastic commonly used in packaging of food is phthalates. These are known to affect the male brain, testosterone levels in babies, etc. So next time you decide to keep food in a plastic container, better make sure that this won’t turn out to be a bad idea after all.

Food Coloring and Dyes

A lot of our food products contains added colors and dyes which could be detrimental to our health. Researchers have found that several kinds of dyes can cause thyroid, cancer and hence are banned in cosmetics and drugs. Many other dyes have known to cause hyperactivity in kids.

This might prove dangerous in the long run so the most logical step would be to make sure you only use food products which don’t have any color added to them. They might look less appealing but hey, at least you won’t have to worry about falling sick because of them.

Antibacterial Soaps

If you think using these soaps is going to keep you clean and safe, then think again because these soaps are known to be more harmful than normal soaps. Most of these soaps and bars have a harmful substance called triclosan in them which can affect your hormones and cause several problems.

It also causes other problem such as thyroid dysfunction, allergies, etc., so it is better to stay away from these soaps. Also, it has not been proven that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular soaps, so why to take the risk?