Hands-free mixing, fewer messes and faster results make the stand mixer a versatile kitchen appliance, so it’s important to treat it right.
Here are 5 easy tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your stand mixer.
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The correct beater-to-bowl clearance means better mixing and less stopping to scrape. The bottom of your beater shouldn’t hit the mixing bowl, but it shouldn’t be too far away either. Most adjustments are pretty simple: unplug the mixer, tilt the motor head back and lock it, and turn the screw as needed to adjust the beater. You’ll find complete instructions in your owner’s manual.
What speed should I use?
Your stand mixer has different speeds for a reason. With any mixture, start with a slow speed—unless you like having that cake batter splatter in your face or on your clothes. It’s also important to remember that your mixer may not maintain fast speeds with a heavy load. This slowing is normal, so no need to panic and think your mixer is on its last legs.
Certain speeds are better for different types of mixing, however. Here’s a general guide for a 10-speed Kenmore stand mixer:
1/Stir. For slow stirring, combining, mashing and starting all mixing. Use to add flour and dry ingredients to batter, add liquid to dry ingredients and combine heavy mixtures.
2/Slow Mixing. For slow mixing, mashing, faster stirring. Use to mix heavy batters and candies, start mashing potatoes or other vegetables, cut shortening into flour, mix thin or splashing batters, and mix and knead yeast dough.
4/Mixing or Beating. For mixing semi-heavy batter, such as cookies. Use to combine sugar and shortening and to add sugar to egg whites for meringues. Use this medium speed for cake mixes.
6/Beating or Creaming. For medium-fast beating (creaming) or whipping. Use to finish mixing cake, doughnut and other batters. High speed for cake mixes.
8/Fast Beating or Whipping. For whipping cream, egg whites and boiled frostings.
10/Fast Whipping. For whipping small amounts of cream or egg whites.
Scraping while mixing
Just don’t do it. Turn off the mixer before you scrape the bowl even if the recipe says to scrape continuously while beating the mixture. Stopping the mixer first prevents the scraper from getting caught in the beater and possibly twisting the scraper out of shape. Also, no one likes to taste little pieces of scraper in their cake or cookies.
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Care and cleaning
Always unplug your stand mixer before cleaning. Don’t immerse the mixer in water. Clean the exterior with a soft, damp cloth. Remember to wipe off residue from the beater shaft. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads when cleaning your stand mixer.
You can wash the mixing bowl and beaters for most stand mixers in your dishwasher. Or wash them by hand in hot, sudsy water and rinse completely before drying. Some attachments should only be washed by hand. Check your owner’s manual for washing instructions for your mixer.
Don’t store the beaters on the shaft.
Read your owner’s manual
We’ve already mentioned the owner’s manual several times, so we hope you’ve gotten the hint. Read it thoroughly. Before using your stand mixer. It has a lot of good advice on use and care of your mixer, troubleshooting problems, mixing tips and how to use attachments. Show your mixer a little TLC and you’ll be baking culinary delights for your family for years to come.
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