KitchenAid makes a beast of a stand mixer that also has a power hub for driving an array of additional accessories. How can you provide additional value to your KitchenAid investment with these accessories? Let’s find out!
A standardized front power hub was introduced on KitchenAid mixers all the way back in the 1930s on the KitchenAid Model “K.” Since then, this port has been used to drive attachments made by both KitchenAid and third-party manufacturers. All KitchenAid stand mixers have powerful motors, and taking advantage of that power only makes sense. Using these accessories will help you save storage space and avoid the higher cost of purchasing multiple separate devices. You have a great motor. Use it!
The KitchenAid pasta maker attachments excel at processing pasta dough into different types of pasta. Pasta makers either flatten and cut dough through rollers, or they expel dough through a press attachment. Here are a couple of great examples.
- KitchenAid Pasta Roller and Cutter: This set of three attachments includes a pasta roller, fettuccine cutter, and fine linguine (spaghetti) cutter. The roller flattens the dough to prepare it for running through the other pasta slicers, for cutting into wide lasagna noodle slices, or for cutting into squares that can be made into ravioli by hand. It also comes with a cleaning brush and toothpicks to help get bits of dough out of the hard to reach places. KitchenAid also makes a five attachment version that adds lasagnette and capellini cutters.
- KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press: This press attachment includes six pasta disks for making spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, large macaroni, and small macaroni. It also has a built-in wire cutter, so you can precisely control the length of your pasta. It comes with a cleaning tool and has its own storage case for easy access.
Slicers, Shredders, Spiralizers, and Food Processors
Preparing fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cheeses are best left to this class of KitchenAid attachments. These attachments can handle all your chopping, pulverizing, slicing, spiralizing, and shredding needs.
- InnoMoon Slicer Shredder: This device keeps it simple with a fine blade shredder, coarse blade shredder, and a slicing blade. The slicer can zip through cucumbers or potatoes for a chip-like result. The coarse shredder is great for carrots and other root veggies. The fine shredder is perfect for hard cheeses, nuts, and chocolate bars. It also comes with a food push.
- KitchenAid Spiralizer: The spiralizer can peel, slice, or spiralize fruits and vegetables into small or medium-sized spirals, perfect for making healthy dishes. It can also turn potatoes into curly fries if you’re looking for fried comfort food.
- KitchenAid Food Processor: For more precise control over slicing, dicing, and shredding, the food processor attachment comes with the ExactSlice lever system for variable control from thick to thin. It includes special disks for slicing, dicing, shredding, and julienne, as well as a storage case for easy access.
Food grinder attachments can be used to mince or grind meat, cheese, vegetables, and fruit. Most come with different size grinding plates as well as tubes for stuffing sausages. Grinders can be made of hard plastic or all stainless steel and can come in varying degrees of versatility, both of which affect cost.
- KitchenAid Metal Food Grinder: It never hurts to match the quality of a grinder with the quality of the KitchenAid mixer. The all-metal KitchenAid grinder comes with fine, medium, and coarse grinding plates, as well as small and large sausage stuffer tubes. It also includes a large food tray, food pusher, and a cleaning brush. It comes packed in a case that is form-fitted to the individual parts for easy storage.
- Kenome Metal Food Grinder: The Kenome is also an all-metal option that provides similar features to the KitchenAid but at a reduced cost. This set includes very fine, fine, medium, and coarse grinding plates, as well as a large food tray, small and large sausage stuffer tubes, a food pusher, and a cleaning brush.
- Antree Food Grinder: The Antree is a hard plastic option with fewer accessories and a lower price tag. It comes with fine and coarse grinding plates, as well as small and large sausage stuffer tubes. Additional handy accessories include the typical food pusher, cleaning brush, and a wire whisk.
Juicers for the KitchenAid range from simple citrus juicers that deliver just the juice, to fully-featured masticating juicer attachments that can produce juices from any fruit or vegetable with the additional fiber.
- KitchenAid Citrus Juicer: This citrus juicer is a simple device that extracts citrus juice into a container while also catching seeds in a built-in strainer. The user cuts a piece of citrus in half and mashes it into the rotating juicer element. The juice runs through the strainer and into the container below, resulting in mostly pulp-free juice extraction.
- KitchenAid Masticating Juicer: This attachment produces sauces and juices by first slicing up fruits or vegetables and then forcing them through a pulp screen. It includes three different pulp screens for making different types of juices, sauces, and jams. The pulp screen determines how much pulp fiber makes it into the liquid.
These unique attachments are a little niche and don’t really have much in the way of competition. But that doesn’t mean they’re any less useful!
- KitchenAid Vegetable Sheet Cutter: This attachment makes thin (or thicker) sheets of fruit or vegetable. These sheets can be a pasta substitute, used as a wrap for handheld foods, or easily dehydrated into snack chips. It comes with two blade sizes for thinner or thicker sheets as well as a form-fitted storage case for easy access.
- KitchenAid Grain Mill: The grain mill has 12 grind levels for grains like wheat, oats, corn, barley, rice, or just about any other low-fat, dry grain. It can produce textures ranging from cracked grains to extra-fine flours. It also comes with a cleaning brush.
These KitchenAid power hub accessories are driven by a stand mixer motor that’s designed to last a very long time. Purchasing high-quality accessories that use this drive system adds value to that big mixer purchase while also justifying its large size because it takes up space on the counter. Can you imagine kitchen gadget storage mostly full of stackable accessory cases instead of bulky appliances with power cords running everywhere? I can!