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STAND MIXERS

 

 

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What are the different uses for the flat beater, flex edge beater, wire whisk and dough hook?

The Flat Beater is the ‘wooden spoon’ of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. It is used for any gentle folding, slow and fast mixing, cutting/rubbing in, creaming or beating, such as creaming butter and sugar, creaming egg yolks and sugar, combining flour mixtures, combining all-in-one cake and batters or gentle folding, ‘rubbing in’ shortening for pastry, beating of soft fruits and vegetables (rough dip or sauces) and combining dough/pasta mixtures before kneading. This is available with all stand mixer models.

The Flex Edge Beater is a flat beater and spatula combined. It is used for creaming and beating; its action mixes/creams and wipes the sides of the bowl (i.e. creaming butter and sugar, combining cake and batter mixtures).

The Wire Whisk is used for aeration and is suitable for whipping mixtures where aeration is required (i.e. egg whites for delicious and fluffy meringues and mousse mixtures, creaming of egg yolk and sugar mixtures, whipping cream). It is also suitable for ‘sifting’ flour and icing sugar. Available with all stand mixer models.

The Dough Hook is for mixing and kneading yeast doughs. Great for heavy mixtures such as bread, pizza and pasta dough. Designed for speed 1 and 2 only. Available with all stand mixer models.

If you're in need of one of these great accessories, you can buy these separately here.

What speeds are suited to what ingredients?

Speed 1 - Stir for starting all mixing procedures, slow stirring, combining and mashing. Use to add flour and dry ingredients to batter, and to add liquids to dry ingredients. Do not use Speed 1 to mix or knead yeast doughs.

Speed 2 - Slow mixing, kneading for slow mixing, mashing, faster stirring. Use to mix and knead yeast doughs, heavy batters, and candies: start mashing potatoes or other vegetables: cut shortening into flour: mix thin or splashy batters.

Speed 4 - Mixing, beating for mixing semi-heavy batter, such as cookies. Use to combine sugar and shortening, and to add sugar to egg whites for meringues. Medium speed for cake mixes. Use with: Food Grinder, Rotor Slicer/Shredder, Pasta Roller, and Fruit/Vegetable Strainer.

Speed 6 - Beating, creaming for medium-fast beating (creaming) or whipping. Use to finish mixing cakes, doughnuts and other batters. High speed for cake mixes. Use with Citrus Juicer attachment.

Speed 8 - Fast beating, Whipping for whipping cream, egg whites and boiled frostings.

Speed 10 - Fast whipping for whipping small amounts of cream or egg whites and for final whipping of mashed potatoes. Use with Juicer Pasta Maker and Grain Mill attachments. NOTE: Will not maintain fast speeds under heavy loads.

Why are my ingredients not fully mixing?

This might be due to the height of your beater to your bowl!

If the beater is too high, it cannot reach and incorporate the ingredients.

If the beater is too low, it can hit the bottom of the bowl and the white coating can chip off the bottom of your beater.

The clearance between your beater and bowl is adjusted at our factory, but can change over time with use and in transit, but can easily be raised or lowered!

To adjust your beater height, tilt the mixer head down, slide an envelope or folded piece of paper between the beater and the bowl. The beater should not be touching the bottom of the bowl. The correct clearance is the thickness of the two pieces of paper. Lift the head up, you should see a rectangle hole with a flat head screw. Turn the screw counter clockwise or left to raise the beater. Turn the screw clockwise or right to lower the beater. Each time only turn the screw about a ¼ turn at a time and test again with the paper. Throughout the life of the mixer, the height may need to be adjusted as it may alter with normal use of the mixer.

How do I adjust the beater to bowl clearance?

Tilt the mixer head down, slide an envelope or folded piece of paper between the beater and the bowl. The beater should not be touching the bottom of the bowl. The correct clearance is the thickness of the two pieces of paper. Lift the head up, you should see a rectangle hole with a flat head screw. Turn the screw counter clockwise or left to raise the beater. Turn the screw clockwise or right to lower the beater. Each time only turn the screw about a ¼ turn at a time and test again with the paper. Throughout the life of the mixer, the height may need to be adjusted as it may alter with normal use of the mixer.

What stand mixer accessories and attachments can go in the dishwasher?

All the bowls are dishwasher safe. All of the attachments are too, except for the wire whisk. The wire whisk must be hand washed to avoid damage to the wires, and so that the alloy base does not blacken, pit or go powdery.