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13 KitchenAid Mixer Hacks You Probably Didn't Know

They don't call it Kitchen ~Aid~ for nothin'.

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First things first: Get yourself a KitchenAid if you don't already have one.

You can get tons of different sizes and colors of mixers, plus accessories, on Amazon.

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1. Put a kitchen towel over the bowl to keep ingredients contained while they mix.

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Just make sure it's a towel you don't mind getting messy. Read more here.

2. Or create your own splatter guard by cutting an ice cream bucket lid.

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Simply take the lid from a gallon ice cream bucket, mark a circle in the middle, and cut it based on how widely your attachment moves. Read more here.

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3. Make the fluffiest marshmallows.

The key to making quality marshmallows is to thoroughly mix your combination of sugar syrup, gelatin, and vanilla extract, a task better managed by your mixer than by your tired arms. Recipe here.

4. If you live in a high-altitude location, use this little cheat sheet to adjust your baking recipes.

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Lower air pressure at high altitudes causes cakes to rise fast and high. Use these adjustments to prevent your cakes from collapsing. Read more here.

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5. Use a shower cap to keep your mixing bowl dust free when not in use.

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Because let's be real, this thing is expensive, and should be treated as such. Get one here. Read more here.

6. Shred cooked chicken with the flat beater attachment.

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The flat beater works well for all foods with texture, like mashed potatoes, cooked meat, or even buttery dough (like flaky pie crust) that would benefit from a noncreamy texture. Read more here.

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7. Make children's play dough.

Add food coloring and glitter to your liking. Recipe here.

8. Get fluffier whipped cream by chilling the mixing bowl and beater for an hour beforehand.

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It'll keep the whipped cream stiff and prevent it from melting into a pool of cream. Read more here.

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9. Personalize your KitchenAid mixer by painting it.

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All it takes is some tape, a sanding block, and your spray paint color of choice. Read the tutorial here. And if you're especially in love with your mixer, you can even pay someone to design over it here.

10. Make pizza dough from scratch.

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Obviously, the mixer is optimized for all your dough-kneading needs, and savory dough is no exception. Recipe here.

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11. Save space by storing all your attachments in a towel in a bowl.

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Then just take the towel out, with all the attachments in it, when you're ready to use the mixer. Read more here.

12. Place a towel under your mixer to easily slide it across your counter.

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Because moving a 20-pound piece of equipment can get exhausting really fast. Read more here.

13. Actually take advantage of all the attachments you can use on your KitchenAid mixer.

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With the right attachment, you can make pasta, spiralize vegetables, temper chocolate, make ice cream, take over the world β€” you get the picture. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Did we miss any tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments!

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