Stand Mixers are my all-time favorite. As I love baking, I use it a lot in my kitchen. With the passage of time, I realized and figured out some tips to use the Stand Mixers correctly.
Most of us are very conscious when we decide to buy something. We do research on it, ask our friends and different relatives to take genuine reviews. But what we usually neglect is the correct way of using the product. It is one of the most neglected things which most of us do. We do not give it importance and start using the product on our own which leads us to bad experiences, and we started to blame the company or the product.
Here are the tips that I have learned over the past few years.
Must Read Instruction Manual
Make it your habit to read Instruction Manual before using any product. It will prevent you from many problems. Every product either its kitchen appliances or any other machine has some restrictions and precautions that are needed to follow. So, reading the instruction manual beforehand will make your life easy.
Use The Right Attachment for Right Purpose
This is a very common mistake that people usually make. They don’t take it seriously that different attachments need to be changed for different purposes. The simple logic to understand it is that, if a company is giving you an attachment along with the machine so, there is some reason behind it which is based on research work and different experiments. If they are providing you some extra thing so it means, it’s not at all extra. It has some reason and logic behind it. Because no one will give you anything extra if it is of no use.
So, use the right attachment for the right purpose. To understand the purpose of each and every attachment read the instruction manual carefully. Use a beater for the beating and liquid mixing, similarly, the dough hook is for kneading dough. If you will use them opposite, you will not be able to achieve the desired results as the beater cannot knead the dough and vice versa dough hook cannot beat or whip the cream.
Use Chilled Bowl and Beater for Perfect Frosting
The reason that your frosting is not as perfect as shown in different tutorials or even they are not as perfect as the cakes available in the shops. The secret technique is to use a steel bowl and chill your bowl along with the beater before using them. It will give your cream a constant chill temperature to maintain the thickness and richness while whipping.
Start Mixing with Slow Speed
Starting the mixing with high speed is a big NO. The reason is that it can create a lot of mess if you will start mixing directly from the high speed. To avoid the mess and to keep your countertop clean, start with a slow speed. Then gradually increase the speed so the ingredients may not spill out of the bowl. By trying this small technique, you can save the time and effort that will be needed to clean the messy countertop.
Fit The Attachment Properly
Sometimes a little mistake leads us to bigger problems. Fitting the attachment right is very important. If it’s not fitted properly, it can put you in great trouble. You can even damage your appliances by not fixing their parts properly, even they can break and become useless.
It is my personal experience. I attached the beater to my stand mixer, and it did not work. I tried different ways to fix it but it was all in vain.
Then I also tried unplugging it and plugging it again. It didn’t work.
Then I changed the socket thinking maybe there is some socket problem but no it also didn’t work.
After that I thought that maybe the wire has been damaged so, I even changed the wire. This effort also failed.
Then I thought it may be a fuse problem so, I thought to open it, to figure out the problem. I was about to open the machine our doorbell rang, and it was my sister. When she saw me stuck with my stand mixer, the first thing she did was she took out the beater and fixed it again. Guess what?
Yeah, you guessed right!!
It started working. I was mind blown at that time. I was stuck to it for an hour and the problem was that the beater was not attached properly which wasted my1 hour and exhausted me as well.
Clean Your Attachments Properly
Cleaning is a very important part if you want your kitchen appliances to last longer. The best way to keep your kitchen appliances clean is to clean them immediately after use. It will reduce your effort, time, and product to clean.
What will happen if we do not clean it properly?
You will not notice its impact immediately but with the passage of time it will start rusting, or different bacteria can be developed on it which is unhealthy as well. Even if its not rusted, it will become so hard and difficult to clean it once it’s dry and stuck to the surface. Even it can change the taste of the food if not washed properly. So, the best way to prolong the life of the product and to maintain the hygiene of the product, clean it properly before keeping it back for next use.
Do Not Overload the Mixing Bowl
It is mentioned in the instruction manual that what is the maximum quantity of the ingredients a bowl and overall stand mixer can hold. Do not exceed that limit. It will not function properly, and you will face different problems like it will not give you the desire results, it will take more time also and the machine can be overloaded which can affect its shelf life.
The prescribed quantity is the ideal because company suggests it on some tests and research. They have gone through multiples experiments to achieve this ideal limit. So, do not try to overload it. It will damage your machine and nothing else.
Fix The Height Time to Time
The company sends you the stand mixer with the ideal height of the beater/hook. But with multiple usages, it may get lose and needs to fix often. Too high or too low height will not give you the perfect result. To achieve the perfect results the height of the mixer should be ideal, it should not be too low that it will scratch the bowl and it should not be too high that it will not touch the ingredients properly.
So, keep fixing the height according to bowl size and even need to fix it when used on the same height for so long because it sometimes itself gets low so, needs to be fixed from time to time.