Over the past few weeks I’ve been testing out quite a few of the KitchenAid stand mixer attachments, and I’ve covered everything from the KitchenAid Precise Heating mixing bowl to the KitchenAid Ice cream maker attachment and the KitchenAid Ravioli maker.
I’ve always loved my KitchenAid stand mixer, and although I knew it was an amazing small appliance all on its own, I’ve been pretty surprised at all of the cool things you can do in the kitchen with KitchenAid attachments.
This week I tried out the most versatile of the KitchenAid attachment packs: the KitchenAid Mixer Attachment Pack. This pack has three KitchenAid attachments you can use for different tasks, and I’ll go through each one and show you in my review video how I tested out each one.
Attaching KitchenAid stand mixer attachments
Before I get into each attachment on its own, I just wanted to go over the attachment process. Like most KitchenAid attachments, the KitchenAid Mixer Attachment Pack includes pieces that mount to the front of your KitchenAid stand mixer.
All you have to do is unscrew the cap on the front of the mixer, pop on the attachment you’d like to use, and tighten the cap. There’s instruction books included in the box so you can refer to them for speeds and best uses for what you’re doing, but I think you’ll find they’re really easy to install and use without a lot of trial and error.
Testing the Rotor Slicer Shredder
What do you do when you want to make a homemade carrot cake? Before I had the KitchenAid Rotor Slicer Shredder at home, I found shredding carrots or vegetables by hand to be seriously time consuming. I’ve got a hand shredder and a mandolin, but while I’ve been lucky enough to not to take off a finger tip more than once, I wasn’t properly shredding the vegetables for use in cake or as part of my salads.
With the KitchenAid Rotor Slice Shredder, I could leave the mandolin in the drawer. It comes with 2 slicing cones and 2 shredding cones, so it can slice up vegetables thin, thick, or shred them into pieces. It also shreds cheese, which really comes in handy when you want to save money by buying a big block of cheese and shredding your own.
Using the KitchenAid Rotor Slicer Shredder is really easy. Just choose the cone you’d like to use and attach the base unit to your KitchenAid Stand mixer. For the purposes of my test and the cake I was planning on baking, I tried one of the shredding cones.
Once I attached the cone I turned the machine on to speed four. We fed a handful of organic mini carrots into the hopper, but if you are using full sized carrots be sure you slice them up first.
The carrots fed really easily into the cone, and the carrots came out shredded and perfect for carrot cake.
Cleaning the KitchenAid Rotor Slicer Shredder
All of the parts included in the Rotor Slicer Shredder are dishwasher safe. I did try to wash them in the dishwasher and they came out clean, but I don’t think it would hurt to hand wash them to avoid water spots and any possible wear.
You may see some discoloration after using the Rotor Slicer Shredder with vegetables like carrots, but that’s a normal part of use.
Testing the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Parts
Out of this pack I was most interested in seeing how the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer worked. I’ve tried a juicer and a blender, I wasn’t quite sure what the strainer did. It turns out that it does a lot of things, from practically juicing an apple to pureeing a peach.
Installing the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable strainer was easy, and it’s made up of pieces that attach to the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment. Just clip the KitchenAid Food Grinder to the front of the KitchenAid stand mixer, insert the food strainer cone, and add on the cup to catch the juice and puree.
I put several apple pieces in and pushed them down into the grinder, and the strainer extracted the juice and pushed the puree out of the tube. It all happens within minutes, and it’s actually a pretty fun process to watch. I only did apples on my video and ended up with some apple sauce and juice in the bowl, but you can also do peaches, tomatoes, or anything you’d like to use in sauce.
Cleaning the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable strainer pieces
The KitchenAid Food grinder is the main component of the KitchenAid Fruit and Vegetable strainer, and that piece as well as the food holder can go straight into the dishwasher. The cone itself needs to be hand washed, but all I did was give it a good rinse and the apple pieces lifted right off.
Testing the KitchenAid Food Grinder
You can buy the KitchenAid Food Grinder as a separate attachment on its own, and you can read my review of the Food Grinder by clicking here. This attachment comes with two grinding plates and a blade that inserts inside the KitchenAid food grinder.
Just for a quick recap, I made hamburger patties with the KitchenAid Food Grinder. To do so, I used the coarse grinding plate and cut up pieces of beef and placed them in the holder of the Food Grinder. Although grinding your own meat is a pretty cool process, the real beauty of this attachment is that you can add in spices and additions like garlic and onions. By doing so, you basically infuse the flavour into the meat mixture.
Grinding my own meat made for the most flavourful burgers I’ve ever tried, and I highly recommend doing this come BBQ season.
Cleaning the KitchenAid Food Grinder
The KitchenAid Food Grinder can pop right into the dishwasher, but you’ll have to wash the grinding plates and blade by hand.
Overall thoughts on the KitchenAid Mixer Attachment Pack
If you’re interested in trying out an attachment or two for your KitchenAid stand mixer, you can’t go wrong with the Mixer Attachment Pack. It has everything you’d need to speed up tasks in the kitchen, and if you’re like me you’ll cook up new dishes just to have a chance to use these fun attachments.