I 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 , these will help keep the machine dust-free.
Leaking Grease Fix : (video) This can happen if it sits too long between uses.
Shredding Cooked Chicken : Uses the cookie paddle attachment and takes just a few seconds!
Use The Dough Hook For Meatloaf : (can also use the paddle) The result is a finer textured meatloaf that holds its shape well.
Dump In All Dry Ingredients At Once : (instead of incrementally) No more fussing with trying to add scoops of flour!
Brown Ooze Around The Drip Ring : (alternative fix to leaking grease mentioned above) Turn on Speed 10 for 2 minutes then wipe up any oil.
Roll It On Marbles : (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.
DIY Fixes : Covers a few issues such as oil leaking, overheating, working with non-KitchenAid recipes and overkneading.
Kneading Advice For Various Flours : The time difference between white flour; part white flour; whole grain flours.
Easy Pulled Pork : Cut meat into 2 pound pieces (removing excess fat & the bone first) and use the dough hook for 20-30 seconds at a time.
Hand Painted Designs Gallery : No tutorials here but wow! these are too beautiful not to share. Lots of inspiration if you’re planning a makeover.
Make Your Own Flour : Requires the grain mill attachment, Chef Adam Kaye states that recipes will take on a whole new dimension.