KitchenAid Rotor Slicer & Shredder attachment: Recommend? When do you use them?
I passed on these at a thrift store a while back, and have been wondering if there are some tasks for which one of the four discs are perfectly suited.
If you already have a mandoline and food processor, are there still times when you use the rotor?
I have the slicer and shredder attachment, but I've never used them. I don't have a regular-sized food processor, so it's not that. Part of it is a space thing--I don't have a lot, and the mixer is already on top of the fridge--but I also haven't found much need for the attachments, I guess.
I didn't get the KA slicer; I use the processor sometimes, more often a mandoline, box grater, or chef's knife. I second the positive reports on the meat grinder, though, and the pasta roller is another good attachment (though the pasta cutters don't work on the pasta after you roll it out.)
I only use mine for carrot salad. I know that's weird. I suppose if I had it to do over again, i would not buy the slicer/shredder thing...but I have it, and I have room to store it, so it is the carrot-salad-attachment. OH, wait. I think I have used it to shred cheese for pimento cheese as well.
BTW, i also have the meat grinder and it is great. We had the old fashioned metal attach-to-the-counter grinder, and it was a huge pain in the butt (grinding venison), but the KA attachment is fantastic.