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22 KitchenAid Stand Mixer Tips & Troubleshooting Help

BowlI love my KitchenAid and although I haven’t had any problems with it yet (knock on wood), I decided to put together a page full of tips and tricks that I’ve bookmarked from around the web so I have them on hand “just in case”.

So far there are basic maintenance solutions and fixes but I’ve also found a few neat ideas to try (such as shredding chicken, pulled pork, making homemade butter, etc.).

If you’re a lucky duck who has an old workhorse mixer that just won’t quit (pre-1986) and it’s getting a bit beat up, you’ll find a tutorial for how to take it apart and repaint it so it looks shiny new again.

Is there a goody I missed? Please feel free to share your experience in the comments section below. I’ll be adding more helpful ideas to this page as I find them so you may want to bookmark it for reference.

PS: Don’t miss the appliance cover tutorials I have listed on this page [1], these will help keep the machine dust-free.

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How To Grease It [2]: Here’s a well done tutorial with plenty of pictures showing how to take it apart and grease it (for maintenance).

Leaking Grease Fix [3]: (video) This can happen if it sits too long between uses.

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milehimama.com

Converting Bread Machine Recipes [4]: Especially useful for recipes that call for the bread machine’s dough cycle.

Shredding Cooked Chicken [5]: Uses the cookie paddle attachment and takes just a few seconds!

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simplyhealthyfam.blogspot.ca

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How To Adjust The Beater [6]: (video) Shows how to make small adjustments to the screw, testing is done with a dime in the bowl so you can tell when the tweaking is ideal.

Use The Dough Hook For Meatloaf [7]: (can also use the paddle) The result is a finer textured meatloaf that holds its shape well.

tasteofhome.com

tasteofhome.com

thekitchn.com

thekitchn.com

Drape A Towel Over The Bowl [8]: (when mixing) This helps protect from a cloud of flour kicking up.

Dump In All Dry Ingredients At Once [9]: (instead of incrementally) No more fussing with trying to add scoops of flour!

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Head Wiggles [10]: You’ll need to do a simple hinge pin adjustment. This quick video will show you how.

Brown Ooze Around The Drip Ring [11]: (alternative fix to leaking grease mentioned above) Turn on Speed 10 for 2 minutes then wipe up any oil.

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youcraftmeup.blogspot.ca

How To Paint It [12]: If you have an old one that’s getting pretty shabby, here’s how to re-paint it and add vinyl decals.

Roll It On Marbles [13]: (comment from January 7, 2009) Remove the 5 rubber feet at the bottom and replace them with marbles. Rest on a dry sponge to avoid it sliding off counter.

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kitchenstewardship.com

kitchenstewardship.com

Make It Easy To Slide [14]: By setting it on top of a dishcloth or small towel (the page has more tips too).

DIY Fixes [15]: Covers a few issues such as oil leaking, overheating, working with non-KitchenAid recipes and overkneading.

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judysbakeryandtestkitchen.blogspot.ca

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thekitchn.com

Make Butter [16]: Two quarts of cream will make a pound, whip at high speed, rinse well, wrap and freeze.

Kneading Advice For Various Flours [17]: The time difference between white flour; part white flour; whole grain flours.

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sharealikecooking.blogspot.ca

tasteofhome.com

tasteofhome.com

Pin “Won’t Push In” Fix [18]: Wipe spring with a hot wet cloth then apply a drop of vegetable oil and wipe again. Work the spring by hand a few times before trying attachment again.

Easy Pulled Pork [19]: Cut meat into 2 pound pieces (removing excess fat & the bone first) and use the dough hook for 20-30 seconds at a time.

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tasteofhome.com

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How To Cream Butter & Sugar [20]: Some great advice in this thread including: Make sure to use the paddle, beat butter first then add sugar (and more).

Hand Painted Designs Gallery [21]: No tutorials here but wow! these are too beautiful not to share. Lots of inspiration if you’re planning a makeover.

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un-amore.com

sweetsugarbelle.com

sweetsugarbelle.com

DIY Splash Guard [22]: Cheap & easy to make by cutting a hole in a plastic lid.

Make Your Own Flour [23]: Requires the grain mill attachment, Chef Adam Kaye states that recipes will take on a whole new dimension.

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