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 handy hints 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 banged up, you’ll find a tutorial for how to take it apart and repaint it so it looks like ashiny new Kitchenaid 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.
Fixes & Tips
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 Mixing Meat: (can also use the paddle) The result is a finer textured meatloaf (and meatballs) 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 solution 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 Repairs/Solutions: Covers a few issues such as oil leaking, overheating, working with non-KitchenAid recipes and overkneading.
Kneading Advice For Various Flours: (webarchive) The time difference between white flour; part white flour; whole grain flours.
Easy Pulled Pork: (link no longer available) Cut meat into 2 pound pieces (remove excess fat & 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.
Head Lifts Up & Down: Lift the tilt head and tighten the screw in the neck, if it’s too loose then the tilt head will not lock, if too tight then beaters will be too low.
And here’s how to do the famous Beater Level Test using a dime: (Source: cakecentral.com)
- Get a dime and a flat head screwdriver.
- With the bowl and beater in place, put the dime into the bowl.
- When the beater is turned onto the “Stir” setting, it should be moving the dime 1/4 inch per rotation.
- If it is not touching the dime, the beater needs to be adjusted. With the flat head screwdriver, turn the screw that is just to the left of the mix handle 1/4 turn counter clockwise and retest.
- May have to test more than once before it’s fixed.
Good luck and I hope these tips helped get things repaired and running smoothly again for you!