Lucky you! You’ve welcomed a brand-new stand mixer into your kitchen, shiny and prepped to be the workhorse of all your baking projects. But your stand mixer is good for a whole lot more than baking—so here are suggestions for making the most of your new stand mixer.
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A stand mixer is certainly a baker’s best friend, but there’s also plenty of ways to use it that don’t revolve around baking. Whip perfect mashed potatoes, scramble eggs, shred meat, master homemade soft serve, and even make your own Play-Doh.
The best way to level up a stand mixer is by investing in the bevy of attachments KitchenAid makes. Transform your stand mixer into a pasta maker, slice vegetables into single sheets, and make your own juice, just for starters.
Toss away those grocery store cans and purchase some heavy cream instead. Making fluffy, cloud-like pillows of whipped cream using the stand mixer’s whisk is incredibly easy, and so much tastier than the tubs of cream you buy in the store.
With a dough hook, making bread is so much easier at home. And we’re not just talking your regular run-of-the-mill loaf: You can even make lavash, a speciality of Armenia, which boasts just four ingredients.
With the KitchenAid meat grinder attachment, you can make your own sausage at home, filled with all your favorite ingredients. No need to wait for Oktoberfest.
You’ll never have to buy the store-bought variety once you learn to whip up your own marshmallows at home (and you don’t have to pipe them into Peeps).
The key to macarons is expertly whipped egg whites—which the stand mixer can properly complete for you in no time.
There’s perhaps nothing more nostalgic than chocolate mousse, so why not treat yourself—and let the stand mixer do the heavy lifting?
Ever thought about making candy hearts from scratch? Well now you can: All it takes is a bit of food coloring and homemade fondant. Valentine’s Day will never be the same.
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