Hard as it is to believe, until recently I didn't own a standing mixer! While everyone else was talking about the color of their KitchenAid, I was at work with a good ol' hand mixer. Now I have the Breville 12-Speed stand mixer, which I positively love for its hands-off efficiency. But there are times when I reach for the hand mixer, simply because I can't be bothered to lug out its much heavier counterpart. Which do you prefer?
Although the initial cost of a Kitchenaid standing mixer is somewhat pricey, for enthusiastic and adventurous home cooks it's an essential tool worthy of the investment. I use mine once a week and not just for baking needs. The thing that's so great about the Kitchenaid (besides the fact that it comes in a bunch of fabulous colors) is the attachments. I have the electric juicer that is very handy for making large batches of cocktails and the meat grinder that is the key to a perfectly crafted burger. After watching Chef Matt Accarrino make squid-ink pasta from scratch, I'm dying to get my hands on the pasta attachment.
Which attachments do you like? Or which do you dream of one day having?