by Jen L.
Look at what I got for Christmas.
A KITCHENAID STAND MIXER!!!!! (In a fiery red color!) I know a lot of you have one of these babies and have for years, but this has been the object of my DESIRE for years. To finally have one in my kitchen is, well, life-changing.
I knew I would love baking with it, but I had no idea how many other uses I'd find for this sassy little appliance. Here's a short list of my favorite stand mixer discoveries.
Cookies. Oh, my. The dough is like velvet. The cookies are PERFECT. Even my tea cakes, which sometimes end up a sandy mess in the mixing bowl, we perfectly smooth.
Meatballs. Also? Meatloaf. You can toss all your ingredients right into the mixer and let her go. No kneading through raw meat with your bare hands (well, until you have to form it into balls or a loaf, but still!).
Pulling chicken. A friend at work shared this trick with me. Cook boneless chicken breasts until very, very tender, then throw them into your mixing bowl, put on your hook attachment and voila! It pulls the chicken apart for you. I'm dying to try it with pork, too. This is great when you're making enchiladas, by the way.
What fun uses have you found for your stand mixer?