If you follow this blog or my baking blog, Oh My! Sugar High you know I’m in love with my gorgeous green apple KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer. You’ve probably seen it featured as my partner in crime while I’m in my kitchen, whether I’m baking something sweet or cooking up something savory. This is an appliance that I always wondered if I would use enough to justify the cost and now I never doubt its value. My stand mixer sits on my kitchen counter and I can assure you, it does not just collect dust. I use it multiple times a week and sometimes I can’t help giving it a little squeeze, a little mixer love if you will, as I move it to my island to use. Call me sappy or plain silly but I don’t mind. There are worse things than having a love affair with a mixer.
The only thing that can make this sweet machine just that much sweeter is some of the amazing attachments that are available for your stand mixer. You can make plenty of homemade products from pasta to sausage to ice cream, all with an attachment and your mixer doing the heavy duty work for you. And you thought your stand mixer was only for baking. Ha!
I’ve been playing around with the KitchenAid Rotor Slicer and Shredder attachment. It comes with four different cones, two for slicing and two for shredding with varying thickness.
At first I was a bit nervous working with it, wondering if perhaps I might injure myself in the process. But I quickly learned that by reading the instructions to feel comfortable first and always putting safety first by unplugging the unit before touching the cones, it really is quite simple and safe to use.
Over the course of the summer I used this machine to shred various firm fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Once we got it set up sometimes it is hard to stop. When we shredded cheese it breezed through it so fast that large brick was almost gone before we knew it! This would be fantastic for those of you (like us) who prefer freshly grated cheese from a block versus purchasing pre-shredded. It also is great to feed crowd!
I shredded a lot and I do mean a lot of zucchini with this bad boy. I tried both fine shredding and coarsely grated, both of which worked great for baking. To slice or shred, simply cut the fruit, vegetables or cheese into sections, lift the handles of the food pusher and place food in the hopper. Set the mixer setting to 4 and push down on the food pusher handles.
You may remember my monster zucchini post and I can’t even imagine trying to process this much zucchini by hand!
Yummy! Typically we would chop potatoes for grilling the but slices were such a nice change of pace. Now we can slice them ourselves instead of having to purchase pre-sliced potatoes. Having something to create such even slices quickly is simply awesome.
Check out the Rotor Slicer and Shredder Video Demo to learn more!
The Rotor Slicer and Shredder is only one of many KitchenAid attachments available. There are many others I’m drooling over such as the pasta and ravioli makers. We love pasta in this family and I’m already imagining all the different types of homemade pasta, just begging me to make them. And how could I possibly forget the ice cream maker attachment? My sweet tooth is aching just thinking of homemade ice cream.
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AND NOW THE BEST PART…
Now that you’ve had a chance to get a bit more familiar with the selection of KitchenAid attachments, I’d love to know more about what attachment is catching your eye and making you drool. Do you want to slice, shred, grind or strain? Do you want to experience homemade that this truly homemade? Can you imagine these attachments helping you with your holiday cooking, summer grilling or fall harvesting? I want to know and I’ve got a giveaway for you to reward you for sharing!
KitchenAid would like to make one of my lucky readers VERY happy by giving away their choice of stand mixer attachment!
MAIN ENTRY: Visit KitchenAid (or look at the table above) and tell me what attachment you would choose and why. I want to know how this will make your life easier or allow you to make something you wouldn’t normally.
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Disclosure: I received a sample for the purpose of this review but no other type of compensation was received. This has no bearing on my completely honest review above. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with these products are my own and yours may differ.