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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.

 

Love cooking? Got these 5 countertop appliance yet?

Well not every appliance is perfect for your kitchen. Whether it’s an upgrade or the cheapest or the most expensive there are plenty of factors you need to take into account before you go on a shopping spree. So if you’ve just setup a new kitchen or a restaurant here’s a comprehensive guide about the appliances every kitchen needs.

Slow cookers

One of the most useful pieces of equipment is a cooker and a slow cooker is one you’ll need every day especially on hectic and tiring work days or wintery days when all you need is bowl of hot soup.

Just throw in your favorite ingredients and voila, your favorite soup in minutes, Apart from that stews, potluck dinners etc. a slow cookers is ideal for it all. Opt for models with detachable stoneware attachments for more versatility.

slow_cooker

Espresso Machine

Find the Starbucks coffee too expensive but yet love its taste? In that case a high-end espresso machine is what you’ll need. With these machines you’ll no longer be wasting time standing brewing and grinding coffee beans for hours.

Capable of producing 4-5 coffee cups at one go, it’s exactly the machine one needs to spend some quality time with friends and family on a quiet weekend. It’s minimal effort for maximum quality. Learn to use one below.

 

Toaster ovens

Looking for a quick-fire on the go breakfast? What tastes better than bread toast with some butter and ham or veggies on top isn’t it? But before you get on with that make sure you have a good quality toaster oven.

A toaster oven unlike general belief isn’t a luxury but at times a necessity. It also efficiently heats up buns, bakes cookies, cakes etc. and when required reheats food too.

toaster-oven

Stand Mixer

While a toaster oven is perfectly capable of baking stuff for you it’s important that the dough, batter etc. are prepared correctly and quickly. For this purpose a stand mixer alone is the solution. Whether you need cupcakes, muffins etc. for a party or a large event a stand mixer is the ideal baking partner.

With its tons of attachments and upgrades available at your disposal you can also cover tasks such as grinding, chopping etc. This multi-purpose equipment isn’t one you’d want to leave out. Learn more about my picks for 2016.

 

 

Wine coolers

Another appliance most would consider a luxury but if you love wine and host parties on a regular basis a wine cooler will come in more handy then you first thought. The higher end models come with top notch features such as temperature control as per the bottle etc.

These coolers also store and dispense wine thus your wine stays fresh and exotic even weeks after opening.

wine-cooler

A few other important machines that you’d like to add to your bucket list are blenders, a food processor and soda maker for some yummy mocktails and cocktails. Let us know what you think about it? Did we miss out on something?