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Dec 4, 2009 03:12 PM

Got my first KitchenAid Artisan Mixer. Recommendations?

Hi I just received my first Stand Mixer... I have to buy a screwdriver so I can adjust the hooks distance from the bowl.

Besides the manual the Mixer comes with does anyone have any other advice to take care of the mixer.

Should I buy a cover for it if I am going to have it in the kitchen? I am moving to a Studio next week and I know it's going to take some counter space, but I would rather not move it and I know I will be using it over 5 times weekly so it's better to leave it there.

Thanks in advance for who can share any info =)


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  1. My best the ice cream attachment!

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    1. re: Jane917

      See? I would have said the pasta kneader and cutter.

      Seriously, congrats! You're going to love it and love all the things it can do.

      I've never covered mine. It doesn't require any babying. It's a work horse.

    2. I keep mine in a cabinet now, but lived in a house with less cupboard space for the first two years I had the mixer and left it out on the counter. I agree with rainey; it's a workhorse, it's tough, and I don't see that it requires covering, unless you happen to prefer that look. But certainly not for protective reasons. I just wiped it down regularly when I was cleaning the kitchen, but since you'll be using it so often, you'll probably be doing that anyway.

      I think it's a great product and I hope you enjoy using it as much as so many of us here seem to.

      1. Thank you guys!

        Now I see ice cream attachment and pasta kneader and cutter... but has anyone used the "Grinder" attachment? I would love to start making my Tamales and I need to grind the Corn, is it worthy?


        PS. Last night I beated egg whites for the the fun of it.. i know im sick... lol.

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        1. re: helenahimm

          I'm actually considering the grinding attachment. What holds me back is that I'm not sure I'd use it that much. What keeps me considering is it that it's harder to find a butcher and things like ground pork when you want them. Plus grinding chunk meat together would mean less handling of the ground meat and an airier mix.

          1. re: helenahimm

            The grinder attachment is my favorite. 7-bone chuck turns into the best hamburgers EVER. When pork shoulder's on sale you can make and freeze breakfast sausage or bulk Italian sausage. Or add the sausage stuffer and make links.

            Don't know how it would do making masa, though; it's a meat grinder, not a grain mill.

            1. re: alanbarnes

              There is a grain mill attachment available!

              I am also a big fan of the grinder and the pasta rollers.

              1. re: alanbarnes

                You KNEW I was going to second the grinder attachment, didn't you?!? And Safeway has whole pork shoulders on sale for 97 cents or 87 cents for the whole one. Homemade sausage is to die for. I recently made "ham salad" for the first time and ground the already-cooked ham. And I recently had some beef get overdone (kiss of death in my house) and I've ground it and will make hash. It's about $50 if I remember correctly and I've gotten my monies worth.

                I started out storing mine on a shelf in the pantry but I use if often enough (not five times a week though) that it's out on the counter. And while I originally thought about getting a cover, I didn't. I don't cover my toaster or toaster oven, so didn't see the rationale.

                I have the pasta attachments also but don't use nearly as much. But DID make Hazan's spinach lasagne noodles the other day and they were great.

                Congratulations. You're gonna love LOVE this machine, I'm sure.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I just bought the grinder last night spurred on by this thread. It doesn't have the stuffing extruder. Do you know if I can buy that separately? Any tips on where to buy casings?

                  1. re: rainey

                    The sausage horn is sold separately. You can get casings at many grocery stores (but they're not prominently displayed, so ask first instead of hunting) or order them online.

                    1. re: rainey

                      It's funny. I have the "extruder" but have never used it. I make my sausage in bulk and freeze in 8 and 16oz. packages. But I realized the other day that my Mexican market would have them because that's how they make their chorizo. So next time I'll do some in links.

              2. I recommend storing it where you want to use it. I have mine on the counter and usually will use it there but yesterday I decided to move it to the island because I had all my ingredients on the island. It was heavy! I have the Pro 600 and it weighs about 8-9 pounds more than the artisan.

                I also recommend testing its limits. The first day I got mine, I made bread and cinnamon buns. The Pro 600 is supposed to handle 14 cups of AP flour. Both of my recipes called for about 5 cups of bread flour (still well under the limit) and the mixer kept overheating. I called customer service the next day and after asking a few questions, the rep decided that mine was defective and sent out a new one right away. I got my new mixer in about 4 days. I put my old mixer in the box and sent it back to them. They have excellent customer service. (Unlike Nikon. I'm still pissed at Nikon. I returned my Nikon and bought a Canon.)

                I have the shredder/slicer attachment but it is still in the box. I use my Cuisinart for shredding. My friend loves his ice cream attachment.

                I love making chiffon and sponge cakes using the mixer. I get several requests for Chinese birthday cake. It is a light sponge cake with fresh strawberries and fresh whipped cream. It is almost like a genoise cake but better.

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                1. re: malisa0607

                  That's a great tip, tomorrow I will test a recipe tomorrow (model KitchenAid KSM150PSOB Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Onyx Black)

                  It's good to hear about the Customer service and I hope I don't get any trouble.

                  Shame on Nikon though!

                2. I'd look at getting another bowl and a bowl cover. It helps when you need to make two things without washing the bowl first. As an example, you want to make cheesecake and need to whip cream.

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                  1. re: overresearched

                    perfect tip, that's what i will get then! plus the grain mill attachment Jzerocsk mentioned.

                    Thanks very much =)

                    1. re: overresearched

                      Second the extra bowl.

                      You'll never have to sift dry ingredients again. Use one bowl for wet ingredients and put dry in the other, use whisk to aerate and blend (lowish speed).