The holidays are right around the corner now. Are you done with all of your shopping already? Probably not, as most people don’t even start their holiday shopping until Black Friday. However, Black Friday is coming earlier and earlier each year as retailers attempt to beat each other to the punch on sales. Here are some really good gift ideas for that person on your list (or yourself!) who has a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and would like some o the amazing attachments for the mixer.
The Beater Blades and Wire Wisk
There are four styles of beating blades for Kitchen Aid stand mixers. Each of these beater blades has its own unique features. You might think that one blade is enough, but once you understand how each of these operates, you realize it’s better to have more than one.Read More »
The Coated Flat Beater
This beater comes standard with most Kitchen Aid mixers. However, you might want or need an extra so that you don’t have to wash the beater before immediately reusing it to mix up something else. If you are right in the middle of mixing up a lot of holiday treats, it’s nice to have a second beater blade to keep going and not stop in the middle of what you are doing.
Be sure to buy the right size of blade for your machine as Kitchen Aid mixers come in 4.5, 5, and 6 quart sizes. The blades have to fit with the size of the machine. If you are buying these accessories for a person on your shopping list, you are going to have to carefully suss out what size of mixer he/she has.
Flex Edge Beater Blade
It isn’t easy trying to get a spatula into a spinning bowl to scrape the sides of the bowl. With this flex edge beater blade you don’t have to. The rubber edge along one side of the standard flat white beater blade scrapes the sides of the bowl for you. The rubber edge acts as a spatula and catches all of the ingredients missed. It then neatly folds the missed bits of ingredients into the rest of the batter or soft dough.
Flex Edge Beater Blade With Three Accessories for the Pastry Chef
Accessories for the attachment? Yes, that is exactly what this attachment is about! It looks just like the single flex edge beater blade except that it comes with three accessories for the pastry chef. These accessories include a two-edged cake spatula that creates perfect lines in frosting all the way around a double-layer cake, a cutting and smoothing spatula to create the perfect size dough balls or smooth frosting easily, and the smoothing spatula to smooth out lumps in your frosting or fix frosting and icing errors.
A pastry chef or budding cake decorator would appreciate having the beater blade and the accessories for the cakes he/she makes. Given that it only costs just a few dollars more on Amazon than the standard single-flex flat white beater blade, it’s a worthwhile gift.
Wire Whisk Whip
Rather than beat eggs or whip egg whites into a froth by hand, the wire whisk whip attachment for a Kitchen Aid mixer can do it for you. Just make sure to set the mixer on medium-high or high when using this attachment. Some mixers already come with this attachment included, but having a backup helps. It is made from kitchen-safe steel like the beater blades, except that it is not powder paint-coated and sealed white (or any other color).
Chopping, Grating, Dicing and Slicing
Throw out your blender and your mandolin! These attachments do all of the chopping, grating, dicing and slicing with zero injury to your hands, fingers, and knuckles. If you or your gift recipient grates a lot of cheese, dices and slices veggies for parties or for recipes, or grates everything from potatoes to cheddar, these are the attachments to have for a Kitchen Aid mixer. Choose from the following Amazon deals when purchasing these holiday gift items.
This attachment looks diminutive in size when attached to the front of a Kitchen Aid mixer, but it makes up for it in what it can accomplish in seconds. Three internal barrel accessories can be inserted and removed to create thin slices of vegetables, finely grated foods and coarsely grated foods. All parts are dishwasher safe, saving the user’s hands from being unnecessarily savaged during the cleaning process. As an added bonus, this set includes a cleaning brush to remove small trapped bits of food before you place the slicer or chopper barrel in the dishwasher.
The Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer
An eighteenth century invention bolted to the kitchen table made slicing, peeling, and coring apples and other core fruits so much faster and easier. Fast forward and you have the modern version as a Kitchen Aid attachment. The mixer acts as the heavy base that will not rock, pitch, or move while peeling, coring and slicing. The attachment makes short work of all of those apples for pies, or for any other fruit desert requiring cleanly sliced and cored fruit.
A non-Kitchen Aid brand compatible peeler/corer/slicer has four extra attachment pieces to create large core, small core, large slice and fine slice pieces. It might be a nice gift if the recipient wants something a little more than just the standard peeler/corer/slicer. on Amazon the price for either of these attachments is pretty reasonable in terms of gifts to give.
The official Kitchen Aid attachment is a spiralizer, which means that it spiral-cuts instead of doing what the above attachments do for coring, peeling, and slicing. If you or your gift recipient only want Kitchen Aid brand attachments, then this is your choice for these particular tasks. It will cost you two to four times as much as the aforementioned similar attachments, but comes with the Kitchen Aid warranty.
The Actual Food Processor
This attachment blows people’s minds. It is an actual small food processor powered by the Kitchen Aid mixer. It comes with five circular food processor blades, each one doing something different. Throw out the old food processor and make your Kitchen Aid stand mixer do more work. The only downside is the price, being that it is an official Kitchen Aid accessory and that it costs almost as much as a mixer on sale. If you’re a big spender this holiday season, then the price probably won’t bother you at all.
Not a lot of people will spend time making homemade pasta, but for the person that loves to try everything once, the pasta-making attachments are a lot of fun. They can also be used to teach kids how to make pasta, or used to cut strips of homemade dough or salt dough for the kids to play with. The spaghetti attachment is the most common, but you can buy more than one pasta attachment that each do their own type of noodle.
Three Attachments in One Gift
Amazon offers a set of pasta-making attachments from Kitchen Aid for a Kitchen Aid mixer. The set includes a pasta roller (which rolls out dough nice and flat), a spaghetti cutter, and a fettuccine cutter (which can also be used to cut large egg noodles to make homemade soups).
Each of these attachments may also be sold separately, but buying them together saves you a lot of money. It also looks like the recipient of this set is getting a lot more in terms of a gift than just a pasta roller or a spaghetti cutter. You might buy these attachments separately IF the gift recipient already has one or two of these attachments.
Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer
Generally, people don’t grind their own meat or make their own sausages. It is an option if you want to create great tasting homemade hamburger and sausage with no added fillers or chemicals, but a lot of work goes into using this meat grinder attachment to create these meat products at home. If you or your gift recipient still wants a meat grinder for various reasons, you can buy a stainless steel set that is completely dishwasher safe. The blades are small and will need to go into the flatware baskets in the dishwasher, but everything else will wash nicely in the top rack of the machine.
Dough hooks are used to first stir the bread dough and then gather the dough into a manageable ball. If you are into making your own bread, you will use this attachment a lot. One dough hook is really all anyone needs, and they often come with the machine. If you ever need to replace a dough hook, however, Amazon has that too
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