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Which Kitchenaide Mixer Attachment/s Do You Recommend?

I have a Kitchenaide Mixer and love it.
I am looking at a shredder/slicer attachment as I seem to be using my box grater a lot.
Have also thought about the pasta roller attachment.
Have never *successfully* made my own fresh pasta but am feeling a desire to explore the joys of fresh pasta.

Which attachments do you have and love?

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  1. We have the grater/shredder and the meat grinder. Both get used although the grater/slicer sees more use. The meat grinder is used rarely having decided that a Cuisinart does a fine job with meat and does it quicker although it is more of a chop than a grind. It also shreds hard cheese quicker than the attachment. My advice, and that is all it is, is to buy what you need to do what you want. I know the attachments are not inexpensive, so you may want to look at thrift stores, ebay and the like for a bargain.

    The attachment are great but I sometimes feel that dedicated standalones might be better/faster. However, you need a lot of storage room and/or counter space. But for most people with average space, the attachments make sense and perform well. Goos luck.

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    1. re: dcrb

      I've had a search going on eBay for KA attachments for over a year. There have been NONE that are bargains. I check thrift shops occasionally but nothing so far.

      1. re: greygarious

        greygarious,

        You are correct on the issue of bargains. A lot of the attachments made of metal are rare and command a high price on eBay, possibility because of collector demand. I just checked and there is an all metal root slicer that looks bright and shiny. Not cheap. There are also some rather rough looking metal attachments also commanding a kings ransom. I too look at thrift shops and charity bazaars; quite often one can find a true treasure and a great price.

    2. Sparklebright,

      I have an older Kitchenaid model I bought ~25 years ago. I loved it so much I bought an identical one for my Mom, and my best friends when they moved into their new house. For someone used to making $7 an hour, that was a huge investment I have never regretted.

      For pasta, I would strongly recommend an Italian hand roller unless you make a lot of pasta several times a week. For a small family, a Mercato Atlas or Iperia (watch out for imitation knock offs) Italian pasta machine is a real joy to use and only runs ~$50 or so on Ebay (less if your patient ;-).

      The grater works real well on large blocks of cold cheese but, to be honest I don't use it. The meat grinder is nice but, again gets very little use. I thought I wanted a grain mill but, to be honest I don't grind enough grain to make that worthwhile.

      While I love my Kitchenaid mixer for "mixing", I rarely use anything out of my original 4-pack of accessories. The accessories work fine but, I find a dedicated machine just works better if I use it enough to be worth the effort to mount a similar thing to my mixer.

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      1. re: Sid Post

        I'm using a 50+ year old Italian hand roller for pasta. I was going to buy the KA attachment after trying a friend's but, when I realized the price, I decided to take my grandmother's offer of a long-term loan of hers. I find that a hand machine is very easy to use and much more convenient than that attachment. There was a slightly steeper learning curve for me but it's definitely worth it.

        I also have a hand-me-down grain mill from my boyfriend's mom. I have never used it nor can I think of a reason to as of yet. I have the space for it now but, should that change, it's gone.

        1. re: Sid Post

          I have a different take on the pasta attachment - I LOVE mine and use it all the time.

          I had roll pasta, have a hand crank Atlas roller, and the pasta attachment for my KA. On a weeknight if I'm making pasta my go-to without a doubt are the KA attachments. I can roll out much more, much more quickly, and with less effort. I rarely pull out my Atlas anymore (though it works perfectly well and I have nothing against it - it served me well for years).

        2. We have nearly every attachement. We use the meat grinder for ground beef and sausage 90% of the time. I prefer my box grater and food processor to the attachement. Think about what you cook. What do you already have?What do you really need? some thing works just fine with a good knife. Most of my attachments take up room and just don't get used.

          1. We use the meat grinder more than any other attachment.

            1. If you can find them, the old aluminum attachments are far better than the newer plastic ones. I ended up replacing my plastic ones as they would seriously crack around the place where it joins to the hub. Which attachments you should get is of course entirely dependent on what you cook. I use the meat grinder and the slicer/shredder constantly. The slicer/shredder is actually terrible for slicing, I only use it for grating hard cheese - but I use it 3 or 4 times a week for that so it is tremendously helpful to me! I also am very happy with the pasta roller attachment. With my old hand crank machine, I really had only one hand available to use - the electric motor means I can use both hands to feed the dough through, which is super helpful.

              If you don't know if you will use them often, the newer attachments are cheaper and easily available. If you'd like the old aluminum ones you'll have to hunt - estate sales, tag sales and eBay are your best bet.