Let’s Look At How To Use Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachments To Replace Many Small Appliances In Your Kitchen!
By now, I bet you have enjoyed making mashed potatoes, whipped cream, and bread in your KitchenAid stand mixer. The dough hook saves so much time and effort. But have you wondered to yourself, “What’s next?”
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KitchenAid has many attachments that will make your cooking easier. But that’s not even their main attraction!!!
You’ll be able to replace other items in your kitchen freeing up more space!!!
You will need fewer appliances. Who doesn’t need more storage freed up in their kitchen – right?
And like the mixer, all the attachments are built to last.
Optional Accessories and Attachments
You can buy the accessories separately on Amazon.
Also, often, there are kits put together to save money.
And new attachments are being developed, so check here on Amazon for current offerings – KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachments
If an accessory hooks into the main unit, you will want to double-check that you’re getting the right one for your model.
There is a difference in bowl sizes as well as how things hook up between the tilt-top and the lift-up models,explanation here, but generally, all attachments that fit into the Power Hub on all KitchenAid Stand Mixers, fit all KitchenAid Stand Mixers – thank goodness!!!
You will see in some places the attachments that fit into the Power Hub, being called ‘Attachments’. Those that don’t, example, a beater, called ‘Accessories’. Not everyone does this, though – so check before you buy, just to be sure!
If an attachment hooks into the power hub, it will work on your model.
What’s the Power Hub?
The Power Hub is the little hole in the mixer head.
You loosen the screw and remove the disk that says Kitchen Aid. Then you can plug the attachment right in there. And then tighten the screw to complete. Easy!
So let’s look at what’s available;There are so many, so to make this easier for you, you can click on any of the pictures to get more information on each one – go ahead – click away!!!
There are so many, so to make this easier for you, you can click on any of the pictures to get more information on each one – go ahead – click away!!!
KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater
You would use this in place of the paddle attachment.
The bonus of this accessory is that it has a built-in spatula along the edge to scrape down the sides.
It reduces mixing times, so pay attention not to overmix the first time you use it.
Some reviewers were unhappy that it didn’t work with their model. This attachment is different for different sized bowls and mixers. You will want to verify that it is compatible with your specific Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.
The paddle is coated metal, with a rubber scraper on the side.
KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer Attachment
This attachment requires the food grinder.
Put to shame the idea that you don’t want to know what’s in sausage and make your own breakfast or Italian sausage.
The kit consists of two plastic trumpet shaped cones and an instruction booklet. All parts can be washed in your dishwasher.
You can buy casings and place them around the sausage stuffing tubes. They are available in regular and vegan.
You grind up the mixture to make stuffed sausages like Italian sausage.
There are even recipes out there for vegan sausages. So don’t turn away from this is you prefer a meat-free lifestyle.
KitchenAid Food Grinder Attachment
This attachment is plastic and metal. It includes a coarse and fine grinding plate.
There is also a tamper to keep food moving through the top funnel. You can grind meat, cheese, and bread.
Coarsely grind blends of meat to make your own gourmet burgers. Then finely grind the bread crumbs to make meatloaf with the rest of your raw meat.
You can get creative and grind fruits and vegetables into salsas and chutneys.
And you can also use the Fruit and Vegetable Strainer attachment which we’ll discuss a bit further on.
This attachment can be used on all KitchenAid Stand Mixers since it plugs into the power hub.
This could replace some of what your food processor or blender does.
KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer and Meat Grinder Kit With Tray
This specially priced package has both the food grinder and the sausage stuffers, plus the tray discussed below.
So even if you’re not sure you want to make your own sausage, you’ll save money hedging bets and getting this kit.
It’s important to remember that this will be a two-step process.
You first grind your mixture. Then you will remove the blades and attach the sausage stuffers. Finally, you stuff the casings. Some people had difficulties until they realized this.
KitchenAid Fruit & Vegetable Strainer
This attachment is used after you grind food. It strains and purees fruits and veggies quickly and easily.
You can make applesauce without having to peel anything! Just cut up the apples and cook. Then when they’re soft, process them in the food grinder and through the strainer.
Make baby food from organic fruits and veggies at a fraction of the cost!
Do you like making jams and jellies from berries but hate the seeds?
Use this strainer to remove the seeds from the puree before cooking into jam.
Do you remember we talked about salsa?
If you like very smooth salsa, put away your food processor and stick blender. Just grind the tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos. Then strain. You can either serve it raw or you can cook it up a bit.
Don’t forget the cilantro for a fresh taste – Yum!
KitchenAid Food Tray
The standard holding tray on the strainer and the grinder are about a cup. If you need to process a lot of food, you will want to invest in the food tray. It lets you work with larger batches of ingredients.
It’s easy to clean because it’s dishwasher safe.
What I like about the food tray is that if I’m ladling some cooked food into the grinder, the large plastic tray catches all my spills. That makes cleaning up the kitchen easier.
It’s especially useful if you want to replace a food mill or a chinois with the food grinder or strainer and want to pour a large amount.
KitchenAid Citrus Juicer
There are two types of juicer attachments for the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. They both work on all types of KitchenAid Stand Mixers.
The first attaches directly into the power hub and rotates a reamer. You just need to hold your orange up to it, and it will do the hard work. This attachment is great if you just want to juice a few oranges for breakfast, or a lemon for fresh salad dressing.
The second one is a lot more complex, and a bit more expensive. However, if you need no pulp, you will love this. The attachment has three pulp screens.
It’s ideal for working with large quantities of citrus fruits. It’s called a juicer and sauce attachment.
It masticates the fruit or vegetables. This would replace a standard juicer. It also has a reservoir for the pulp, skins, and other waste. It’s perfect if you have a compost bin.
This is a great way to juice carrots and apples and spinach for your morning juice. You can also use it for creating tomato sauce and strawberry jam.
KitchenAid Masticating Juicer And Sauce Attachment
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker
There are two ice cream maker attachments for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. One is for the hinge top models and the other is for the lift up models.
Both process 2 quarts of yummy goodness. Imagine making your own preservative-free ice cream to go with a pie you made with your KitchenAid. And there are also sorbets, using fruit that’s fresh and in season.
If you have a food allergy or sensitivity, you can make your own special dessert using rice or almond milk.
You would mix together all the ingredients in your standard bowl.
The ice cream maker bowl would have been chilling in your freezer.
Then you swap out attachments and bowl and turn on the magic.
The directions recommend pouring in the mixture before turning it on. Most reviewers ignored that and felt that it blends better if you carefully pour it in while the machine was running.
KitchenAid Grain Mill
The joy of making your own flour is knowing it’s fresh.
The KitchenAid grain mill allows you to choose the consistency.
You could grind fine flour and then grind some cracked wheat to add in for texture.
There are three types of mills available. They all work on all KitchenAid Stand Mixers as they plug into the Power Hub.
The standard grain-mill attachment is all metal.
It’s used for home-grinding low-moisture and low-oil grains. A cleaning brush is included. That’s important because leftover flour could turn rancid making the next batch taste off. It’s important never to get this wet.
The other KitchenAid attachment is larger, but essentially does the same thing.
Finally, there is a third party attachment by Mockmill, that’s made out of metal and ceramic. Grinding grains is very heat intensive. The ceramic helps dissipate the heat, protecting your ingredients..
Think how cool it would be to grind corn into a flour and make some corn muffins, to go with chilli on a cold winter night.
Or you could even grind some ancient grains into a flour and use that for baking your bread.
You could also grind flour for pancakes for those sensitive to gluten. This saves a ton of money from the pre-made blends at the grocery store or specialty stores. Plus, you will know that your flours are fresh.
KitchenAid Pasta Roller
Do you know what else you can make with your freshly ground flour? Pasta! You can buy the single pasta roller above.
These work on all KitchenAid Stand Mixers.
And also, there is a three roller set that also plugs into the Power Hub.
The first is used to knead and smoothly work the dough. Then increase the pressure to make thin dough sheets.
The other two attachments are cutters to create spaghetti and fettuccine.
Like the grain mill, this comes with a brush for cleaning. TIP – Don’t get it wet if you can help it!
It’s best to let everything dry and then gently tap the extra pasta and flour off.
KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Extruder
The KitchenAid Pasta Extruder attachment hooks into the Power Hub. The main hopper is made of sturdy plastic.
You insert the dough into the top, and it extrudes the pasta below.
Because there is a simple cutting wire, you can get exactly the size you want – neat!
Also, there are six dies shaped like macaroni, spaghetti, rigatoni, and more.
There is a case to safely store the dies.
And, of course, the auger, pasta ring, and pusher tool are all dishwasher safe.
KitchenAid Ravioli Maker
This attachment would be used after the pasta roller created sheets of dough.
It would work on all KitchenAid stand mixers as it hooks into the Power Hub.
You feed in two sheets and some filling. Then the attachment creates pillows of goodness. Raviolis are great for using up leftovers or hiding vegetables like butternut squash.
These ones aren’t easy to find. So if you see one available on Amazon, you may want to grab it.
KitchenAid Rotor Slicer/Shredder
You can really save a lot of money with this attachment!
For starters, you can buy cheese blocks for less money and grate your own!
Or do you have potatoes and zucchini laying around?
Shred them up and make potato and zucchini cakes for breakfast or dinner.
This attachment comes with four metal cones.
Two are for slices and two are for shredders.
The differences are in the thickness of the slice and the fineness of the shred.
This attachment works on all KitchenAid household stand mixers.
It’s easy to clean because the metal cones can go into the dishwasher.
KitchenAid Food Processor Attachment
Some people didn’t like the rotor slicer/shredders. They felt that their food processors worked better on things like onions and mushrooms. If that’s you, then I have the attachment for you.
The Kitchen Aid Food Processor attachment hooks into the Power Hub.
That means it can be used on all Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers which you can get at Amazon.
It has a work bowl and three disks for slicing, shredding, and julienne. If you buy an upgraded version, you will also get a dicer, which is definitely worth the extra cost, in my opinion –
Unlike a standard food processor, it doesn’t have a mixing blade. But you wouldn’t need that. You can get better results in your KitchenAid workbowl using the standard attachments.
The cuts on the slicers go from about a sixteenth of an inch to almost a quarter of an inch.
Have you hopped on the zoodle bandwagon? That’s where you make pasta out of squash like zucchini.
Amazon has this at a consistently cheaper price than other common high-end kitchen stores. It’s also fun to see the recommended cookbooks.
The KitchenAid spiralizer attachment will make quick work out of spiralizing veggies for your dinner.
It also can peel, core and slice fruits and vegetables. This is great if you want to make an apple pie. Or if you have a butternut squash and you’re not sure what to do with it.
This attachment will work on all KitchenAid Stand Mixers. It includes two slicing blades, two spiralizing blades and a peeling blade. Plus, it’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
Check out 11 Amazing Things To Make With Zoodles Here…
Look below for how difficult it is usually to make Zoodles! Not for you! Use your attachment! Love the recipe that follows!!!
If you have a small kitchen, you will be able to cook a lot faster using a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and a few smartly chosen accessories.
You may need to have a yard sale to get rid of all the other small gadgets and appliances you’ve bought over the years.
That will allow you to buy more attachments!!!
And you will certainly have more room in your kitchen!
Go check out your favorites on Amazon.
Then start planning what you will cook first.
What a terrific idea! I know my mom would love this. Christmas shopping solved for my sister also. She’s such a whizz in the kitchen but doesn’t have room in her new apartment for all the traditional gadgets.
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Thanks for putting everything on one page. It can be very difficult to keep an overview of what’s available and possible. I love the food tray. My kitchen top is a little on the small side. Never thought of going just up a level to use that space ON the Kitchenaid. Must have for me.
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Yes, it’s a great idea for small spaces Ines – another of those amazing ideas that are not so obvious until pointed out.
I’ve always wanted to make my own sausages and now I see how it can be done with my kitchen aid! The Spiralizer also looks like I could have a lot of fun with — watching the video makes me want to try making some Zoodles!
Thanks for the awesome writeup of kitchenaid attachments!
Hi Julie, Thanks for stopping by. Yes sausage making can get a bit addictive – there are so many combinations you can come up with, and experiment with – good luck! And the zoodles are so easy, and tasty!
I love my KitchenAid mixer. I am on my second one in 22 years. These are serious workhorses and between it and my VitaMix, I need almost no other small appliance in my kitchen. I love this list of attachments. I couldn’t use them all, but some I cannot do without. The food grinder definitely tops my list. It is essential for home canning and garden processing. Thanks for the great overview. Now I know what to put on my gift wish list!
Fantastic to hear Quinn! The VitaMix definitely has good reviews too! Thanks for letting me know what you use most in your kitchen!
I have been working in kitchens for many years, and most of them have a kitchen aid, they are always reliable and a great asset to the kitchen. However i was unaware of so many attachment, this is amazing, you have blown my mind. i love the grain mill and the juicer. Thanks
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I came here because I was interested in a spiralizer attachment, and my goodness this is an awesome device! I had no idea how many attachments there are. I am so impressed; this is a lovely article, I particularly liked the fact that it has an attachment for making your own flour and ravioli.
Thank you so much for your detailed review of this KitchenAid Stand Mixer’s attachment, this is a great gift idea for a small kitchen.
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Katie, Hi, I am in awe of the spiralizer myself!, and yes, I too love that there are so many attachments – and grateful – small cupboards, no space for storage etc!!! I see you recently posted a recipe for the Best Chocolate Truffle recipe which is also healthy – I’m definitely going to check that one out – thanks!
I never knew that I needed one of these until I read about the sausage stuffing attachment. Now I have to get one at all costs. I love sausages and this sounds awesome. Come on Santa, I’ve been good this year!
Hey, Martin – the sausage stuffer attachment is really popular – there are so many people that love to try their own combinations! but just as many that make their own sausages for health reasons, and want to know exactly what’s in their sausages! I won’t ask which category you are in – but I’m sure you will love it either way!!!
The kitchenaid is surely the premium kitchen mixer, as you have clarified in this great article! I wish it wasn’t quite so expensive, but hey, it’s looking more and more like it’s going to be worth the investment, the more that I read. I just don’t want to settle for something lower quality to save a couple of hundred bucks, only to have to go through the process all over again later when it breaks…
I know Nick! I have made that mistake myself before – thinking I was saving money on something lower quality, only to end up having to buy the better product later anyway! – you make a good point! Thanks!
The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is wonderful! I think I also need to get this and do away with so many of the appliances taking up space in our kitchen. Thanks for showing all the possibilities for this mixer with the different accessories. It was very helpful!
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Thanks for your comment – it’s good to hear this article has been helpful for you. It’s common to hear that the number of accessories and attachments available for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer are a surprise! But thankfully a useful, and pleasant surprise!