The KitchenAid Stand Mixer, for many who love to cook, is the most commonly used piece of equipment in the kitchen aside from the stove, fridge and dishwasher. What makes this particular product so appealing is its versatility. The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is not just a mixer--far from it. This product can be used to make many things that may not be initially obvious.
People who own a KitchenAid mixer never have to hand-knead dough again. The mixer will handle just about any type of dough using the C-shaped dough hook that comes with the standard model.
Add the ingredients for your favorite yeast bread, pizza dough, cookie dough, pretzels, or any other dough-based food item you can imagine, and flip the switch. The mixer is far more efficient than two human hands and gets the job done in a fraction of the time. Rolling it out to the shape you desire and putting it in the oven are the toughest parts of making bread products when this mixer is involved.
An optional add-on attachment for the KitchenAid mixer allows the owner to roll out homemade pasta and feed it through an apparatus that attaches to the top and front of the device. The attachment cuts pasta in a variety of shapes, including spaghetti and fettuccini. You can even cut the dough wide for your very own lasagna noodles.
If you have never tried making Italian pasta dishes from scratch, right down to the pasta itself, then you are certainly missing out. You'll never think that pasta is just pasta ever again.
With the KitchenAid meat-grinding accessory, cooks can customize their own sausage or other ground-meat products using multiple types of meat and a variety of spices. This exciting gadget is available at an additional cost, but it is a culinary experiment waiting to happen. Make breakfast sausage like you've never tasted before, or grind beef and custom seasonings to make your own style of hamburgers. Once a cook gives this a try, it's likely the accessory will be used over and over again.
The Best Meringue
It's true that meringue is a simple recipe as far as ingredients go. The fluffy white stuff found on the tops of pies is nothing more than egg whites, cream of tartar and sugar. However, people have a heck of a time getting it to turn out right.
The best way to make this sweet topping is to use a KitchenAid mixer for the heavy lifting. While it is certainly possible to make a successful meringue using hand methods or the typical hand mixer, no meringue is likely to turn out as perfectly--and as easily--as that which is made with the stand mixer.
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