Are you looking to make a cake or bread but not sure which beaters or hooks you should use? This article will solve all these problems with beaters, mixtures, hooks, and paddle attachments.
Hand Mixer vs. Stand Mixer
Hand mixers are a general houseware item that can be found in every home. It’s small in size and simple to operate. A hand mixer will not cost more than $30 if it is not a high-end model. It comes with all-purpose metal beaters.
On the other hand, stand mixers are big. It comes in different speed levels and gets the job done quickly. Stand mixers come with several paddles, including a dough hook, paddle, and a whisk. You can do other tasks as well while the stand mixer whips itself.
The difference is between Whisk and Paddle.
Make sure you understand the difference between these two before making something. Otherwise, you will be ruining whatever you are making.
The main difference is the whisk draws in the air, but the paddle doesn’t.
Whisk attachments are used when beating egg whites, whipping cream, meringue, and light frosting. However, Sponge cakes are made using a whisk.
Flat beater attachment or the paddle attachment is the right tool for most cake-making jobs, creaming ingredients, cookie doughs, making batters, and heavy frosting. It doesn’t incorporate too much air into the plain cake batter.
Substitute for hand mixture
My cake recipe specifies using a Stand mixer with a paddle attachment. What are the substitutes I can use without changing the consistency of the cake?
The safe way to do this would be to beat it by hand, but this requires a lot of effort.
You can try using a hand-mixer with flat beaters for making your favorite recipes. But please make sure not to run the hand mixer on “high.”
A dough whisk is another great substitute for a hand mixture.
Even a flat spatula (rubber or silicone) would do well after adding the flour orient the spatula like a knife (i.e., vertically) -with a swift motion. Then “slice” the spatula through the bowl towards you. Gently fold the batter over itself, so it mixes slightly; (don’t vigorously stir it) -rotate the bowl 22-45 degrees and repeat -continue until the batter is evenly mixed. Make sure you are not overmixing, or else the final product becomes tough and dense.
Which Attachment for Cookie dough?
The best way to mix up cookie dough is by hand. But you can use a wooden spoon as well.
If you plan to use a paddle attachment, there is a risk of overmixing it, and baked cookies are with the desired texture.
In a stand mixer, you start with your butter on a low setting. Then speed it up for the next 30-60 seconds until the butter begins to stick to the sides. To speed up, you can cut the butter into squares before adding them.
Which Attachment for Buttercream?
Paddle attachment in a stand mixture works the best for making buttercream because it does not make too many air bubbles. A paddle with 3 wires also works perfectly well.
If you are using a hand mixture, use the two whip attachments. So the buttercream will turn out nice and fluffy.
The whisk attachment in a hand mixer may work, but it is only capable of doing so to a certain extent without any add-ons such as a whisking egg white attachment.
Which Attachment for Royal Icing?
If there is a paddle attachment for your mixer, please use it.
Royal icing is thick icing before thinning out with water at the end. So avoid using the delicate whisks, or else the dough hook will be pretty useless.
A tip for perfect royal icing: Making the icing the night before you use it, thin it out, cover the bowl with a wet towel and cover it with Saran wrap or a grocery bag overnight on the counter. When you come back to use it the next morning, it will have lost most of the air bubbles in it, making it a lot smoother and easier to work with.
Best mixer to use for cheesecake?
If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, use it with the regular flat paddle or with the wide-open-center spatula (scraping) paddle or the hand mixer.
Even Sunbeam stand mixer works well.
The Cheesecake fill turns out well even if you mix everything by hand. As a tip, you can also use a food processor for mixing.
For Mixing Meat: mixer paddle or dough hook?
You can get a better mix by doing it by hand with less smear. A six-pound batch would mix up real quick by hand. It tends to liquefy or break up the fat too much if you use any mechanical mixing procedures.
However, working with the hand would be a bit tiresome. If you want to use your mixer, go with the paddle attachment of your stand mixture.
For better results, put the paddle and the mixing bowl in the freezer overnight and put your meat in the freezer for a bit to get it extra cold. Then take everything out, assemble the mixer parts and do the job fast. If you use the mixer, you can always add ice water (with some ice still in it) at the rate of 2 ounces per pound of meat to keep things cool. Cold everything is your friend while grinding and mixing.
Which Attachment for Pizza dough?
Yes, as you have guessed, it is always the dough hook for making doughs for bread, pizza, or pasta.
If you have a food processor with an 11-cup or 14-cup capacity, you can use that to mix and knead the ingredients.
Otherwise, you can mix and knead the dough by hand.
Tip – add the dry ingredients first and then turn on the mixture when you start adding water and the rest of the wet ingredients.
Where to buy a Stand Mixer?
You might want to keep an eye out on eBay if you’re looking for a stand mixer in the future. They sometimes list refurbished ones which can save you money. You can get one for 50% off, even factoring in the shipping costs. It would last more than 7 years without any issue. Older ones seem to sell for $85 or more on eBay.
Kitchen Aid is very good about repairing mixers when they break. They want you to think that your mixer will serve you for a long time.
If you’re looking for used, look for a KitchenAid made before the mid-80s. (1985, I think). The older ones were made by Hobart and had metal gears. They’re indestructible. You can also buy a used or refurbished KitchenAid stand mixer for about $200.
Kohls usually put their Kitchen Aids on sale every year. You can generally preview the sales flyer online a few weeks beforehand to see what they have on sale.
If you have a restaurant equipment supply place nearby, they often have older (and sometimes sturdier) used Kitchen Aid stand mixers for sale.
Craigslist has a lot of newer Sunbeams for as little as $15. But Consumer Reports had them at the very bottom of the rankings.
At Mark Bittman’s Minimalist column on basic kitchen essentials hoping he had a suggestion for a cheap mixer. He puts them in the list of inessentials. inessentials http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/dining/09mini.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0