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KitchenAid Stand Mixer - Must Have Kitchen Appliance!

Updated on January 8, 2017

I love my new KitchenAid Blue Willow Stand Mixer

Recently we renovated our house and a new kitchen was top of the list. New tiles, new cupboards, new major appliances, and new gadgets galore.

I was shopping for pots and pans in a specialty kitchen shop and behind the counter was the perfect stand mixer for my glamorous new kitchen.

A KitchenAid Artisan mixer in Blue Willow.

Although I thought long and hard (for a moment or two!), I brought one home.

Wow!

My KitchenAid mixer

Here she sits in all her glory In her own special spot on the counter. I decided that I had to go back to cooking as I used to when I had all my kids at home.
Here she sits in all her glory In her own special spot on the counter. I decided that I had to go back to cooking as I used to when I had all my kids at home.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Sorry Ms Barrett Browning!

There are so many things I love about my stand mixer, I'll just tell you about a few.

  1. The colour
  2. It's so stylish
  3. Easy to operate
  4. Comes with three beaters
  5. Comes with a stainless steel bowl
  6. I can buy accessories for it (My birthday's in January!)
  7. It comes with a 'splash guard'. (It's really called a shield.)
  8. It's made of all metal, no plastic bits.
  9. Change beaters fast
  10. 10 speeds, each with 'soft start'

What did I make first with my new stand mixer?

A yummy cake? A pavlova?

No, just a 'Nanna's Impossible Pie'!

You know the one — all the ingredients in the bowl in one go — and Bob's your uncle.

Of course you know he's not my uncle, he's my husband, and he loves Nanna's Impossible.

The shield which I have christened the splash guard, stopped flour and stuff from going all over the kitchen and me. Love that!

I just had to buy a mixer cookbook too

A beautiful book written by Kay Halsey.

Recipes have very clear instructions, some with step by step pictures showing how to complete a task, for example: how to make a basic pasta dough.

What's inside?

The first part of the book deals with how the mixer works, including information about each accessory, showing pictures of each one.

Like any all-round cook book, the main section contains recipes for starters, main courses, vegetable dishes, pasta, desserts, cakes, breads and cookies.

Each recipe gives the country of origin and some of the background of the dish — a fun addition.

At the back is an index.

Special features

All the recipes have:

  • a colour photo of the cake or dish, as you would expect
  • a wonderful feature for the new mixer user: a little icon at the top of the instructions showing which beater to use (my favourite feature)
  • an icon for any accessory that is used in the preparation of the dish
  • a photographic guide for specific accessories (such as the juicer) when that accessory is used in the recipe
  • the speed setting for each step is included in the instructions (great for new mixer owners)

Great for new mixer owners

I love this book and give it ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Even if you are not a new user, you will find much to enjoy inside the pages, so that you can get the best use out of your mixer.

As it says in the title, effortlessly!

Thank you Kay Halsey.

Want to learn more about using your mixer?

KitchenAid[dot]com has many helpful videos.

Jo Richardson, KitchenAid Home Economist, is easy to listen to as she demonstrates.

Each video in her series offers Jo's hints and tips for:

  • recipe preparation
  • using the mixer
  • modern takes on classical recipe preparation.

A favourite tip was sifting the flours together in the mixing bowl using the flat beater on speed 1. No more messing with old fashioned flour sifters!

Additionally, she explains which beater is best for the task, and why.

As well as Jo's videos, there are several (featuring other presenters): one for each of the attachments for the mixer, such as the juicer or the pasta maker, so you can see exactly how they operate.

An excellent learning resource for you.

Make perfect cupcakes with Jo Richardson

Make ice cream easily with Jo Richardson

You can get an Ice Cream Maker attachment

Love the idea of this accessory. Won't this be fun in the summer months?

I have tried many ice cream makers over the years and none was really that great.

I decided to ask Santa for one of these. I'll tell you how I found it if he delivers one.

Scones (biscuits) with my KitchenAid Mixer

In Australia, we can buy a brand of scone mix which uses a special recipe from the CWA (Country Womens Association) and donates to them for each packet purchased.

The instructions suggest a mixer with a K beater.

Method

  1. Empty the packet into the bowl.
  2. Add the water.
  3. Two minutes on speed 2.
  4. Let sit for 5, cut and bake.

My kind of cooking!

Thanks to the packet mix and my Blue Willow mixer, I am a champion scone maker. VBG!

Wonderful idea - get your very own KitchenAid Artisan mixer

KitchenAid KSM150PSBW Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield - Blue Willow
KitchenAid KSM150PSBW Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield - Blue Willow

I use my stand mixer for everything I can think of, and even some I hadn't.

I love my Blue Willow colour as it matches my kitchen.

Psst! It comes in other colours too.

 

My cooking must improve ...

.... now I have a fabulous stand mixer.

I want to play with the new attachments Santa brings me. (Hint, hint!)

I hope Santa is nice to you too.

Tell us what you wish for — Is it a diamond? A stand mixer from KitchenAid? Or a date with George Clooney?

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 5 years ago from Australia

      @morach2009: I bought another blade called a scraper blade which I use lots.

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      morach2009 6 years ago

      My wedding gift mixer (a Sunbeam Mixmaster) turned 33 a week before Christmas, and my husband thought it was time for me to have a new one. He gifted me on Christmas with the KitchenAid 5 Qt. Artisan in white. I love this mixer and leave it out on my counter, something I never did with the Mixmaster. I recently purchased the citrus juicer attachment from Amazon and am very pleased with it as well. I have not read all 109 previous reviews on this site, but I have read a few that were disgruntled because their Artisans did not mix well.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      @WindyWintersHubs: The colour makes it mix better you know VBG!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks for visiting, Brenda. For the blessing, lensrolling, thanks heaps.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      What a lovely color for a mixer! I have an old Oster stand mixer and I would really love a new Kitchen Aid one!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      @TreasuresBrenda: Hi Brenda

      Thanks for the blessing and maybe Santa will bring you one!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great job& blessed! You are so lucky to have one of these mixers & I love your color! I'm lensrolling your lens to my page about the Kitchenaid mixer, I've written about Martha Stewart's Kitchenaid stand mixer. I don't own it but I sure would love to!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to Ladydove62] Perhaps I could mix him up a batch of??? Thanks for visiting.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to oztoo] Such a problem! Oz for eva!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to JenniferAkers] It's so cool! Glad you dropped in!

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      It's George hand downs but then they say the way to a man's heart is through his tummy.

      Beautiful kitchen.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Lovely lens and your new kitchen looks great. But if I had to choose between a kitchen aid and George Clooney.....Hmmm decisions!!

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      JenniferAkers LM 7 years ago

      My mom had a KitchenAid stand mixer. I remember her showing us all the neat accessories and how easy it was to use. Great recommendation. BTW, gorgeous kitchen. :-)

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to Heather426] We have such good taste, you and I! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to jgelien] My mother didn't cook so we only had a very basic mixer, not such a gorgeous one. Glad you liked the lens.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love it! I have the same one in Cobalt Blue.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I grew up with a Kitchen-Aid mixer. It was a wonderful appliance back then and still is today.

      They last forever it seems. I love your lens.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to happynutritionist] It eyes me each time I go near and says "Come hither and play!" Thanks for the stars

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to mmkellis] You said it! And I just did cook a lovely dinner for Bob and me.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Cute lens! I like the way it just sits there waiting so patiently for you:-) 5stars ~claudia

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      mmkellis 7 years ago

      How can you not cook in that kitchen?! Enjoyed this greatly.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to SpellOutloud] Tell him he needs one to make you a spectacular cook. VBG! Thanks for the comments about using the modules. And the border.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to theraggededge] They sure are! The old (from the previous bachelor owner) one had dark brown slate on the floors and the splashback. Uggh! Now it's clean and crisp and blue and a milo-ey colour. Thanks for looking!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to bdkz] Thank you so much, Ma'am!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to seashell2] When I get to be an awesome cook from using it, I'll show yu! Thanks for visiting!

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      SpellOutloud 7 years ago

      Great job incorporating so many modules in a relavant way! Love your Rocket Mom's border. I would love a Kitchen Aide. We had a hand-mixer but the kids have lost one of the beaters and I can't find a replacement. We've been doing all the mixing by hand---it just doesn't work the same! LOL! Maybe I"ll forward this to my dh.... ;)

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Your kitchen and your mixer are beautiful!

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Great lens... looks awesome in your newly renovated kitchen! :-)

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Love, love, love this one!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 7 years ago from Australia

      I've been using a hand held electric beater mixer for years, so this is real treat to play with. Thanks for visiting.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My mom has one of these and thinks it's fabulous! She bakes frequently, so it has been fondly used many a time!