2 years ago, on my 23rd birthday, my Nonna Linda gave me a very grown-up gift: my very own KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. It was love at first sight: Tiffany blue, shiny and just begging to whip up cookies, cupcakes and other delicious desserts. For the past two years, I’ve been baking up a storm. From the dozens of failed batches of macarons to cupcakes that have won over two sets of coworkers, my little KitchenAid and I have had some good times.
I’ve been so focused on baking that I completely forgot that KitchenAid Stand Mixers are good for so much more than that. About a month ago, I had the chance to visit Cirillo’s Culinary Academy for the Attached 2 KitchenAid event…and meet Chef Lynn Crawford of Ruby Watchco! Did you know you can use a KitchenAid Mixer for pretty much anything? At the event, we were able to demo 4 KitchenAid attachments: The Food Grinder, Ice Cream Maker, Pasta Roller, Pasta Extruder & Rotor Slicer/Shredder (PS. All attachments are currently on sale at Amazon.ca – bonus!)
If you’ve always wanted to make your own sausages and meatballs 100% from scratch, the KitchenAid Food Grinder + Sausage Stuffer attachments are for you. Effortlessly chomping through meat + stuffing it into casings, these attachments make it easy to know exactly where your food is coming from and customize sausages to your preferred spiciness level – ideal for picky eaters like me.
The citrus juicer + Rotor Slicer/Shredder attachments were the next on the demo block. The citrus juicer takes most of the manpower out of having to juice lemons, limes, grapefruits + oranges while the roto shredder/slicer effortlessly slices + shreds fruits + veggies. Oh, and cheese.
For citrus and salad-lovers, these tools are an affordable way to get more out of your mixer. Also, I want to point out that when I gave the juicer a try, Chef Lynn came up behind me and grabbed my biceps. Fangirl moment, I won’t lie.
The Chef Lynn lovefest continued over at the pasta station, where we tested out thePasta Roller & Pasta Extruder attachments. Growing up in an Italian family, I’m no stranger to homemade pasta. A lot of people overestimate how time-consuming and hard it is to make. With the KitchenAid attachments, you not only don’t need to worry about difficulty, you can also say goodbye to the hand-cranked pasta roller (sorry, Nonna).
All the pasta above can be made with the Pasta Roller & Pasta Extruder. It was like magic. While you can eat the spaghetti and fettucini-type pastas immediately, the pastas made with the extruder generally have to be dried out before they can be boiled. One of the coolest things about the pasta rollers? You can customize not only the dough but also include things like fresh basil into it after mixing.
Last but not least…the Ice Cream Maker. I’ve always wanted one, but this girl still lives at home and has used up her allotted counter/storage space many times over. The rule is pretty much “no more appliances!” at this point. However, no one ever said anything about ice cream maker *attachments*.
Once you’ve prepped your ingredients, all you need to do is dump them into the pre-chilled ice cream maker bowl while the motor is running and churn until you reach your desired consistency. It’s that easy. The hardest part is a) deciding which ice cream to make first and b) remembering that you need to plan ahead by putting the bowl in the freezer for 15 hours prior.
I was lucky enough to be able to choose one attachment to take home with me and I went with my beloved Ice Cream Maker. It now lives permanently in my freezer so I can make fro-yo and ice cream on a whim. More on that later…
The best part of the evening, other than the demos and hanging out with Chef Lynn was dinner! Everything we had was created using the KitchenAid Stand Mixer Attachments we’d been testing out, from the delicious lemonade to the lobster mac & cheese. This event was a perfect example of inviting based on fit. The lovely KitchenAid team from H&K invited me after seeing photos from my Smitten Kitchen S’mores Cake adventures, featuring my beautiful Ice Blue KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer. The other bloggers there were also KitchenAid mixer owners, so we had lots and lots to talk about while we mowed down on the deliciousness.
I had trouble deciding which ice cream to make first, but I’d been dying to test it out so I finally bit the bullet and decided to throw together whatever was in my fridge. Most recipes for ice cream require, duh, cream. Since that’s not a staple in our house and I was feeling excessively lazy last night, I decided to combine my Liberte Coconut Greek Yogurt and limes to make a summery fro-yo. It smelled just like my favourite LOVEFRESH Key Lime & Coconut sugar scrub and tasted even better.
The recipe is really simple – use what you have on hand. For about three servings of frozen yogurt, I zested and juiced one lime. Next time I might go a little easier on the zest – the fro-yo was a bit chewy due to all the coconut + lime shreds! When I had some of it today, I added in graham cracker crumbs for a key lime pie-tasting treat. Delish!
- Coconut Greek Yogurt (OR plain yogurt + shredded coconut)
- Limes (1-2)
- Zest 1-2 limes and squeeze the juice (to taste) into the Coconut Greek Yogurt.
- Add 1-2 tbsp of milk and whisk to combine.
- With the machine running, pour the mixture into the bowl of your KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Ice Cream Attachment.
- Churn until desired texture is reached
PS. Frozen yogurt freezes really really really fast. Make sure you scoop out all of the yogurt when you’re done churning and put it in an airtight container. Whatever’s left in the bowl will freeze rock solid and be quite the task to get out. Not that I spent half an hour scraping out fro-yo last night to salvage it for today’s snack or anything…
***Disclosure: I was provided with the KitchenAid Ice Cream attachment as a thank you for attending this event. I’m sharing it with you today because I love it and think you will too! This post contains affiliate links – you’re supporting this site when you click through & place your order!