Make Baking Easy With the Right Food Mixer
Food mixers come in three different forms: hand mixers, stand mixers and kitchen machines. Hand mixers are appropriate for those quick mixing jobs, but holding them too long may cause hand fatigue. Stand mixers are ideal for whisking, kneading and mixing. Kitchen machines tackle the same jobs as stand mixers, but also feature additional ports for attachments that often let you blend, slice, chop and blend. Stand food mixers are typically less expensive, but food machines save on counter space by eliminating the need for other kitchen appliances.
Accessories like attachments, splash guards and flexi-beaters help you perform baking tasks easily with your mixing device. Splashguards cover the bowl while you mix, keeping ingredients inside. Flexi-beaters feature flexible spatula edges that scrape the side of the bowl while you mix. Kitchenaid, Andrew James and Kenwood mixer machines often feature included attachments, such as biscuit cutters, food processor attachments, pasta makers and sausage makers.
The size of your kitchen counter and the amount of storage space you have determines the size of food mixer you opt for. There are many different style options, with some more compact than others. Consider available space and the height between the cabinet and your countertop prior to purchasing.
The size of the Kenmore, Andrew James or Kitchenaid stand mixer bowl typically varies between 4 and 5 litres. Smaller capacities often suit typical baking tasks. However, if you find yourself often baking multiple cakes or loaves of bread at one time, you may need 5 litres. Check and see if the bowl and attachments are hand-wash only or dishwasher-safe as well.
Consider the Kenwood or Kitchenaid mixer settings available on the model you want. Most feature multiple speed options, but some come with buttons like pause, soft-start and fold. There are even options that have timers.
For an easier time baking, turn the variety of options and choose the hand mixer, stand mixer and food mixer machine that suits your particular needs.