Not too long ago someone told me they have had a KitchenAid mixer for years, but had never used it.
I was shocked! I mean, there are plenty of kitchen appliances that you don’t need, but I would never put my stand mixer on that list. I use it several times a week because it saves me SO MUCH TIME!!! (and doesn’t wear out my arm muscles)
Then I thought to myself, well maybe she just doesn’t know all the creative ways to use a KitchenAid mixer. I can’t fault her for not knowing!
Hence the reason for this post.
Not only do I want to show you all the AWESOME ways you can use a stand mixer, but I also want you to see how using a stand mixer can save you massive amounts of time and effort in the kitchen. Really, it’s like a set of hands that never gets tired, complains and is dishwasher safe.
Who wouldn’t want a pair of those?!
Plus when I polled the Crumbs Facebook Community, the overwhelming majority said a post like this would be helpful. So here we go.
First, let me introduce you to my family of KitchenAid mixers:
Yep, it’s just a family of one.
My husband and I were gifted a red KitchenAid 5-quart Artisan Stand Mixer for our wedding 10+ years ago. It’s met all of my baking needs so far, and that’s one of the main reasons why I don’t have a set of old-school beaters like these.
I mean, I did have a set of beaters at one time (pre-wedding) and I did use them. I think I paid $5 at Dollar General and they were great for my needs at the time.
In fact, I’d highly recommend starting out with a simple yet good set of beaters if you’re new to the realm of using mixers,. They’ll do 80% of what the stand mixer can do, and you’ll really get a firm grasp on whether you even need a stand mixer or not.
But for me? When we were given the stand mixer, I’m pretty sure I cried tears of joy. The clouds parted and angels sang. I sold the beaters and didn’t look back. My KitchenAid 5-quart Artisan Stand Mixer is one of my kitchen BFFs.
With that said however, there is one thing that’s now on my wishlist:
That my friends, is the KitchenAid 7-quart Pro Line Stand Mixer.
I also think it would be nice to have something with a bit more horsepower (is it weird to say horsepower on a food blog?) so I can crank out a massive baking marathon without a second guess that my mixer might need a break or something.
But it’s certainly not a need. My 5-quart Artisan mixer has been holding strong, despite the toll that running a food blog requires AND dough in the thingamajig, so I’m not complaining.
(Although my fingers are crossed for an early Christmas gift!)
30+ Creative Ways to Use a KitchenAid Mixer
Shredding Cooked Chicken. You know how a lot of recipes say to “shred chicken using two forks?” You can skip that and use the dough hook to shred the chicken for you.
Tip: Instead of turning it on and walking away, let it run for about 20 seconds at a time. That way you get shredded chicken, not mushy chicken. I most often used either roasted chicken or slow cooker chicken.
Shredding Cooked Pork. Same theory as the chicken! The very best carnitas is a perfect candidate for this.
Shredding Cooked Beef. Same theory again, and this way you can have shredded beef sandwiches without shredding the meat for hours!
Mixing Meatballs. This is my favorite meatball recipe. 5 minutes of dumping and mixing and 15 minutes of baking makes dinner ready in a flash.
Mixing Meatloaf. Same concept as the meatballs, but I don’t have a favorite recipe… yet. Got one to share?
Mixing Ground Beef for Hamburgers. My favorite recipe so far is 1 lb ground beef + 1 egg + 2 Tbsp flour + 2 Tbsp (ish) homemade dry onion soup mix. But of course, the mixer does the work. (Find the full burger recipe here.)
Mashed Potatoes (white or sweet). There’s an art to mashed potatoes, which includes not mashing them for too long. Use the paddle and mix when they’re hot so they don’t dry out (which leads to adding too much liquid and too much mixing and gummy potatoes).
Sides & Snacks
Granola. Part of the art of granola is to make sure ALL the dry is covered with wet. The mixer takes care of this beautifully. My family likes both cranberry orange granola and strawberry chocolate granola.
Granola Bars. Every week I make my husband a batch of chewy peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars. I can tell you right now this wouldn’t happen if I didn’t have this mixer.
Guacamole. Mashing one or two avocados isn’t bad, but guacamole for a crowd? Or making it bulk and freezing for later? That’s a mixer job.
Mixing Dips. You know those dips where you add spices to cream cheese and you stir like crazy, but it’s hard because the cream cheese is lumpy? Yeah… those.
Stuffing. I’m talking about stuffed mushrooms and ravioli here – the stuff you STUFF into other stuff.
Egg Salad. Use the wire whisk for this one after a rough chop and you’ll have the perfect egg salad, every time.
Breads & Dough
Pizza Dough. This is my pizza dough recipe for our famous Friday night pizza tradition. I bust out the mixer every Friday at 4pm, like clockwork…
Cinnamon Rolls. These are THE BEST cinnamon rolls on the planet. Well worth the loads of butter and overnight rise.
Scones. Similar to the reasoning for biscuits (cutting the butter is SO EASY NOW), except you can add the liquids and mix-ins too and never EVER mix it by hand. Try cranberry orange scones OR chocolate chip scones. Both are awesome!
Quick Breads. Pumpkin bread is my favorite, but I don’t have a recipe. Got one to share that’s low in sugar?
Tortillas. Homemade tortillas are THE BEST, and since you need to cut the fat, they’ve never been easier.
Brownie Batter. I usually make black bean brownies, but if I were inclined to make traditional brownies, I’d use my mixer.
Cake Batter. This is my homemade yellow cake mix recipe… Mmmm… did someone say cake?
Cupcake Batter. Technically speaking, cupcakes are different than cupcakes, but for normal baking people like you and me, we’ll just use our favorite cake recipe, mkay?
Meringue. NOTHING whips up egg whites into glossy firm peaks better than a stand mixer.
Whipped Cream. Ditch the processed can and get heavy whipping cream instead. A smidgen of powdered sugar and you’ve got delicious homemade whipped cream (without the arm ache).
Frosting. Whipping butter into submission – by hand – for butter cream icing is no easy feat. Using a mixer makes this SO much easier.
Cookies. You like it when the chocolate chips are evenly distributed in oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, yes?
Pie Crust. I repeat, CUT THE FAT people. Trust me on this. You’ll never look back. (Here’s my recipe.)
Marshmallows. They don’t happen often, but when they do, they ONLY happen in a stand mixer.
Other Awesome Kitchen Hacks
Brown Sugar. I actually quit buying brown sugar when we quit processed sugar altogether. Now I use this ratio for molasses and Turbinado sugar – in my mixer – to make my own.
Natural Peanut Butter. 99% of the jars of natural peanut butter I buy come with a layer of oil at the top. I dump it all in my mixer, whip it up, scoop it back into the jar and store it in the fridge. Never again do you have to make a mess, spilling oil over the kitchen counter when you open a new jar of peanut butter.
Scrambling Eggs. One or two eggs get scrambled in a mug. But when I’m hosting company? Or making a quiche? Into the mixer they go!
Already own and love your KitchenAid mixer? Let’s talk attachments.
Looking for tips and advice on attachments? Me too!
I still have the same 3 tools my red KitchenAid 5-quart Artisan Stand Mixer came with: wire whisk, paddle attachment, dough hook. My mother-in-law gave me a flex-edge paddle one year for Christmas, and that’s super cool too. So awesome to not scrape the bowl in the middle of a cookie recipe!
Apparently there are other awesome attachments too though, like the pasta maker, meat grinder and ice cream maker, but I have zero experience with any of these. I can see though, how they’d be life-changing if I had them (perhaps I should add these to my wish list too?)