We've spent years trying to find kitchen tools and accessories that make our mixing better. You've probably done the same - and have a drawer full of gadgets to show for it!
Earlier this year, we downsized our gadgetry and ended up with just a few must-haves. Below is our list of "favorite things" we use with our stand mixer and for baking in general.
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1 - silicone measuring cups & mixing bowls
2 - ball whisk
3 - cookie scoops
If you don't own some of these, you have no idea what you're missing! We use several sizes to make different kinds of cookies. They also are great for portioning out meatballs, butter and sorbet. (We need bigger scoops for ice cream). This is the key to uniformly sized cookies.
4 - QUALITY METAL MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS
We've had lots of measuring cups and spoons over the years, but decided to splurge on these heavy duty models nearly 20 years ago. It's worth it! While the plastic and thin metal items were donated, we can't live without these. Ours are from Williams Sonoma. Look for sturdy handles and standard styles. Avoid cute, fashion shapes and colors. You want to be sure they measure accurately and will last. They get a real workout!
5 - medium size fine-mesh sieve
6 - flat icing spatula
7 - glass 2-cup measuring cup
8 - thin, flat spatula
We have a great one in our store. We use it all the time, for jars, bowls and general scraping. They work well for cleaning batter and dough off your beaters.
9 - stand mixer
For heavy mixing, nothing is better! Not surprisingly, we use ours a lot. (We had 9 at one time, but we only use two or three on a regular basis).
For more casual baking, we suggest a tilt-head model. Tons of cute colors and it fits under most cabinets. If you're into cooking and baking and need more power, you may like a bowl-lift mixer. They come in LOTS of sizes and shapes and powers. If you plan to make lots of heavy doughs, pay the extra money for a more powerful motor (expressed in Watts).
Wholesale clubs offer great deals on KitchenAids this time of year.
10 - sideswipe beater
Of course, we have to include SideSwipe! If you have a mixer, we know you'll love this tool. You can purchase at our online store or on Amazon.com.
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Recipes and mixing tips
Simple recipes for home cooks using SideSwipe + your mixer. Tips for using + caring for your mixer. Our goal = Helping you get a perfect mix + great taste.