For the longest time, I’ve denied the fact that I needed a stand mixer. I always just told myself that I would get nice arm muscles from manually creaming sugar and butter together. Also making whipped cream was no problem with a whisk. That was then and this is now.
I love making sweet treats to share with family and friends, but I don’t necessarily have the time or energy to mix it all by hand now. With the Cuisinart Precision Master 5.5 Qt Stand Mixer, I made chocolate dipped matcha shortbread cookies using a recipe by Oh Sweet Day.
Besides the usual functions of baking cookies and bread, here are some ways to use your stand mixer beyond baking:
1. Shredding meat to make pulled pork
Strange but it’s true. Turn on the mixer until it is all shredded. I used to use 2 forks to shred pork or chicken, but now I don’t need to.
2. Whip those mashed potatoes
Once the potatoes are boiled, use the whisk and mix on medium until potatoes are completely mixed with no lumps. As you add items like butter, milk, and herbs, you can gradually increase the speed to make it fluffier. Alternatively, you can also make cauliflower puree too.
3. Egg-cellent idea
If you need to make devilled eggs or an egg salad in large batches for a party and you’re short on time, throw it into the mixer.
4. Meatballs, Meatloaf and Burgers
Mashing meat with your hands isn’t always comfortable, especially when you need to mix pork and beef together. There is also a meat grinder attachment that has a sausage stuffer kit. Sausage for days.
Making guacamole in small batches can be easily done with a fork, but if you need to make a big batch for a party, utilize the mixer to pulverize those avocados and mix in any extra items.
6. Homemade pasta by hand
Did you know, you can get attachments for the stand mixer such as the pasta extruder or the pasta roller & cutter? By utilizing the motor of the mixer, you’ll never have to buy pasta again. Fresh is always the best.
Those are just a few ideas to get your ideas flowing. If you have a stand mixer or considering getting one, it’s more versatile that it seems.