One sure sign that you’re a grown up is when you start to get excited about kitchen appliances. When you choose to buy a small appliance instead of a pair of shoes, consider yourself fully domesticated. I made this transition some time ago, when I purchased my KitchenAid Blender instead of going to get a mani/pedi for my birthday.
A few weeks ago, my hand mixer died in the middle of a batch of gluten free cookies. I’d heard of hand mixers biting the dust, but it had never happened to me. Of course it’s going to happen to nearly every hand mixer owner at some point, and it’s going to happen when you need the mixer most. It’s just the way the world works.
This time around, I splurged on the KitchenAid hand mixer, because I’ve had nothing but love for the blender I bought a few years ago. The five speed mixer comes with beaters, dough hooks and a liquid blender attachment. After about three weeks of regular use, I am happy to say this mixer is a keeper.
The Beaters: My old mixer came with only beaters, and they were more flat instead of round. This made for good beater-licking (everyone does that, right?), but pulled a lot of batter out of whatever I made. These beaters are more round, with less surface area.
The Dough Hooks: Last night I made gluten free pita bread (so, so good), and was probably more geeked than I should have been to try out the dough hooks. Guess what? They worked like a charm. They mixed the thick dough with no problem, and they definitely handled the dough better than beaters would have.
The Liquid Blender: I admit it, I had to look up what this attachment was for, it’s true. But now that I know, I will have the smoothest smoothies around. Basically, this attachment will blend liquids- think chocolate milk. blending salad dressings, and mixing the oil into the peanut butter (right in the jar). It doesn’t quite replace an immersion blender, but it’s good for some things (where only blending, not chopping, is needed).
All in all, I’m very happy with my Kitchen Aid hand mixer. I don’t have enough space for a stand mixer, nor do I really bake enough to warrant one. The attachments with this mixer though, add some flexibility without taking up additional counter space.
What was your first exciting kitchen appliance? You can tell me. I totally understand.
Disclosure: I did not receive any product or compensation for this review. I just got this new toy and wanted to share with you how much fun it is to play with!