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KitchenAid stand mixers are known to home cooks as being among the best of the best when it comes to kitchen counter appliances. Not only are KitchenAid stand mixers superior for mixing and whisking and whipping and kneading all your favorite baked goods — but they also come with a variety of mixer attachments to conquer just about any baking or cooking project you could think up.
Are you ready to take your stand mixer to the next level? If the standard KitchenAid mixer attachments, stainless steel bowl, wire whip, dough hook, flat beater and pouring shield, just aren’t cutting it anymore, then you’ll want to check out one of these 17 KitchenAid accessories.
You don’t need to buy an entirely separate pasta maker to make fresh pasta right in your very own kitchen. All you need is your trusty KitchenAid stand mixer and this 3-piece pasta roller and cutter attachment.
The roller produces six-inch pasta sheets at eight different thicknesses, and you can cut those sheets into your choice of either spaghetti or fettuccine. The Italian-made parts come with a cleaning brush so you can keep all of your equipment in perfect working order.
The roller basically plugs into the front of your KitchenAid mixer, so that you have plenty of open space between the mixer and your countertop, to work with your pasta dough and not be left with a tangled up mess.
It’s true that there are pasta rollers and cutters that are a little lighter and easier to use on the go (such as pasta rollers and cutters that are hand-cranked), but if you currently have a KitchenAid stand mixer, this option is a great choice.
If you love fresh juice in the morning, or you just frequently need to juice lemons, limes or other citrus fruits for use in recipes, either baking or cooking, then you might want to invest in this very affordable citrus juicer.
Just like the pasta roller and cutter, the citrus juicer attachment just plugs right into the front of your KitchenAid stand mixer. It’s great for working through large quantities of fruits, as it makes the juicing process quick and simple.
It fits everything from limes to grapefruit and pours the juice directly into a receptacle underneath the mixer, while a strainer basket catches any unwanted seeds or pulp.
If you buy the pasta roller and cutter and discover a newfound love for making pasta, you can further upgrade your KitchenAid accessory collection with the gourmet pasta press, an additional attachment that will help you make even more pasta shapes and styles.
The pasta press can easily churn out six different pasta shapes: fusilli, bucatini, rigatoni, spaghetti and two sizes of macaroni.
How does it work? Just feed your dough (no rolling required, which may be preferable to some home cooks who find pasta rolling a bit tedious) through the attachment, where it shapes the dough into the desired form with minimal effort on your part.
The gourmet pasta press is overall easy to use and, for many, worth the $100+ investment.
Why buy a separate, standalone countertop ice cream maker when you could just employ your handy KitchenAid stand mixer to do the job?
This KitchenAid stand mixer accessory is about the same price that you’ll pay for a standalone ice cream maker, but you get to avoid buying a countertop appliance that you’ll likely only use a few times per year.
The KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment comes with a two-quart, freezer-safe ice cream bowl and a paddle. The bowl fits right where your normal mixing bowl would on the mixer, and the special ice cream mixing arm snaps right into place where you might add a whisk or other mixing arm.
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You’ve heard of veggie spiralizers, but what about a vegetable sheet cutter? This metallic vegetable sheet cutter attachment can handle all kinds of vegetables and fruits — zucchini, cucumbers, squash, apples and more — so you can make layered dishes from carb-free lasagna to fruit-filled tarts.
The sheet cutter offers two cutting settings, so you can pick the thinness to which it slices your veggie or fruit sheets, whether you want paper-thin ribbons of squash for an impressive recipe or thicker ribbons of fruit for simple snacking.
If you don’t have a food processor in your kitchen, you need to add one, stat. Food processors come in so handy when it comes to working with any kind of hard food item, not just vegetables, but nuts, cheeses, and really just about anything. A food processor will shred, dice, slice and julienne in large quantities, with little mess and little work on your part. This food processor attachment can even cube.
While food processors are typically bulky and take up a large amount of cabinet space, that’s not the situation with this smaller accessory for your stand mixer. The cylindrical processor just snaps onto the front of the mixer and then dumps all of the processed food into a waiting receptacle underneath.
A storage case for the processor is included, which also holds all of the slicers, dicers, shredders and other parts you’ll need to use the different functions.
Okay, so this grain mill accessory for a KitchenAid stand mixer is pricey at $300, but it’s very much a specialty item that you’re not going to buy unless you’re a serious home chef. After all, who else needs a grain mill?
For those who aren’t aware, a grain mill is like a grinder that processes low-moisture grains like wheat, corn, rye, buckwheat, millet, oats, corn and rice into fine powders that you can then use in baking (in other words, you’re basically making flour at home).
While the upfront cost of the KitchenAid grain mill accessory is expensive, a lot of users find that having a grain mill can be cost-effective in the long run if you purchase specialty flours often (especially if you’re on a gluten-free diet).
If you want to get basically two accessories with one purchase, then the fruit and vegetable strainer and grinder may be a good choice for you.
The strainer takes cooked, heavy-moisture items (like a cooked apple, for example) and strains some of the moisture out while converting it into a sauce. So, you could use this accessory for making apple sauce, tomato sauce, baby food, jam, jelly or something similar.
The grinder works well if you don’t want to spring for a full food processor just yet, as it can still roughly process vegetables for things like a salsa or a chunky sauce.
If you’ve ever endeavored to make your own sausages by hand, then you probably already know that it’s not exactly an easy process. Lots can go wrong.
This sausage stuffer kit attachment can make things a little easier. You’ll likely want the meat grinder attachment first (see below), but once you have it, you can take all that ground meat and form it into sausages of varying sizes using the casings of your choice.
All you have to do is feed the ground meat through the tray at the top of the attachment and it pushes it through a casings filler on the side.
Sure, you could make veggie and fruit sheets, but what if you want just plain ol’ spiralized vegetables for use in pasta dishes or salads?
But this spiralizer attachment does more than just spiralize. It can also slice, peel and core veggies for easier ingredient prep in the kitchen.
A fine spiralizer blade handles harder and larger vegetables like sweet potatoes and beets. A medium spiralizer blade works for potatoes and zucchinis and a spiral slice blade will core apples and pears with ease. A spiral peeling blade, likewise, will quickly peel your potatoes and apples for use in pies, casseroles and other dishes.
The accessory comes with a storage case and a one-year warranty.
If you’re going to make your own sausages, you’ll need this meat grinder accessory from KitchenAid, but note that it comes in handy for much more than simply sausage. Pulling double duty as a basic food grinder attachment, it not only grinds meats for burgers, meatballs and other items, but it’ll also grind up cheeses, fruits and veggies in a snap.
Why grind your meat at home? Many home cooks find that buying your meat whole and then grinding it yourself results in a higher-quality product, and it allows you to create meat mixtures that fit your own tastes that you wouldn’t be able to find in your average grocery store or butcher shop.
If you don’t want to purchase a spiralizer or food processor just yet, you do have yet another option. The Fresh Prep Slicer and Shredder is like an automatic box grater. So, if you, like many home cooks, hate using a box grater and the threat it poses to your poor fingers, then you’ll appreciate this affordable accessory.
It easily slices and shreds cheese, potatoes, carrots or anything else that you need shredded in a snap.
Yes, there’s yet another pasta attachment for your KitchenAid mixer! The ravioli maker is an excellent additional attachment to purchase if you already have the KitchenAid pasta roller.
You can use your KitchenAid pasta roller to roll out some sheets of ultra-thin pasta and then switch over to the ravioli maker attachment and then feed them through the machine, along with your filling.
The result? Perfectly portioned, equal squares of ravioli, with your filling safely tucked away inside. The ravioli is even perforated, so you can easily pull the dough apart with your fingers and begin cooking.
The ravioli maker does take a few tries to learn and isn’t as easy to use as some of the other KitchenAid accessories, but it is a nice tool to have on hand if you want to make homemade ravioli with less mess.
This KitchenAid accessory is one you’ll use alongside your normal KitchenAid mixing bowl whenever you’re working on a baking project. The sifter and scale attachment takes the place of a handheld flour sifter and a digital baking scale.
The sifter attaches to the front of your mixer. You pour the flour or other dry ingredient that you need sifted inside, and then the accessory sifts and measures your ingredient before dumping it straight into the mixing bowl.
With this accessory, you’re not necessarily going to get an added function for your mixer, but you will be able to upgrade the standard mixing that you do in any baking project. The beater is like your normal stand mixer beater, but it’s outfitted with rubber sides that scrapes along the interior side of your mixing bowl — ensuring all your ingredients are properly combined, and no flour or other residue is stuck stubbornly to the outside edges of your mixture.
Have you ever needed to mix up an ingredient for a baking or cooking project while standing over the stove? Not only can things get pretty hot pretty fast, but you often end up with a sore arm from whisking and whisking and whisking while your mixture comes up to the proper temperature.
This temperature-controlled mixing bowl for KitchenAid mixers will either bring ingredients up to the desired temperature and then keep them there, or will just ensure previously heated mixtures stay at your preferred temperature.
Ready to Get in the Kitchen?
The KitchenAid Accessory shop on Amazon is a great place to continue searching for your perfect stand mixer attachments. One thing you should definitely check out? The custom mixing bowl selection and turn your KitchenAid Stand Mixer into the showpiece of your kitchen. Plus, KitchenAid has other kitchen appliances, cookware and gadgets to coordinate with the color of your stand mixer.
No matter what accessory you have your eye on, double-check it will fit the model of KitchenAid mixer you own or are purchasing. While most will fit the tilt-head stand mixer and the bowl-lift models with no issues, some accessories work exclusively with the 4.5-quart size.
Whatever you dream of cooking up in your kitchen — from fresh pasta to handmade sausages, your own jams and jellies to delicious and savory sauces and salsa — you can do it with a little help. You’re just one KitchenAid appliance away from impressing your family (and yourself!) with your newfound skills.
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The 17 Best KitchenAid Accessories:
- 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter
- KitchenAid Citrus Juicer
- Gourmet Pasta Press
- KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker
- Vegetable Sheet Cutter
- KitchenAid Food Processor
- Grain Mill
- Fruit and Vegetable Strainer and Grinder
- Sausage Stuffer
- KitchenAid Spiralizer
- KitchenAid Meat Grinder
- Fresh Prep Slicer and Shredder
- KitchenAid Ravioli Maker
- KitchenAid Sifter and Scale
- KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater
- Temperature Controlled Mixing Bowl
- Custom Mixing Bowls
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