5 Things to Know About the Stand Mixer

Meet the baker's best friend.

June 21, 2012 | by Rachelle Santos

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For the avid baker, a stand mixer is an indispensable gadget. This motor-powered appliance performs fundamental baking tasks, efficiently mixing, beating, kneading, and whipping ingredients. The stationary mixer is mounted on a stand, and comes with a stainless steel bowl that locks in place, as well as three basic attachments: a paddle or flat beater for mixing batters; a wire whisk for whipping creams and egg whites; and a dough hook for kneading dough.

Power tool
Compared to a handheld mixer, a stand mixer has a larger and more powerful motor that makes it suitable for performing medium- to heavy-duty tasks. It mixes ingredients faster and is capable of handling heavy batters or tough doughs.

For the multi-tasker
With a mounted beater, the baker is free to attend to other chores while the batter is mixing.

Fine motor skills
Planning to buy a stand mixer? Look for a model with a powerful motor and a range of speed options (at least six levels, from light folding to quick whipping). Also, choose a mixer with substantial weight so that it stays in place when mixing heavy doughs. Consider also models that can perform other tasks by offering optional attachments such as a meat grinder, a pasta maker, or a juicer.

Where to buy
You can find stand mixers in leading department stores and appliance centers, and some baking specialty shops.

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Photography by Patrick Martires | Styling by Rachelle Santos | Stand Mixer from Kitchenaid, Distributed by Focus Global Inc. (www.focusglobalinc.com)


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