5 Things to Know About the Stand Mixer
Meet the baker's best friend.
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.
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.