10 smart KitchenAid hacks you never knew

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My husband and I received a KitchenAid when we got married almost 12 years ago, and I love it. We use it all the time. As much fun as it is to have a one-stop-shop tool for most of your baking needs, there are still a few ways to make it work just a little better, at least according to some of these hacks I found.
Check out a few of these interesting tips and let us know how they worked for you.
1. Use your Kitchen Aid to store stuff
We live in an apartment so space is at a premium. We store several of the attachments inside the bowl of the KitchenAid to save space elsewhere.
2. Keep it clean
Keep the bowl of your KitchenAid clean by covering it with a shower cap. It's cheap and it's easy to reuse.
3. Warm it up
If your gadget feels a little funky when you turn it on after a few days, let it run for a minute or two to warm up to let the food-grade lubricant to get loose and ready to work.
4. Use an ice cream lid to keep messes in check
While some KitchenAids come with attachments to help keep flour and sugar from flying all over the kitchen, they aren't perfect. (I learned this the hard way). Try cutting a hole in the center of a plastic lid from an ice cream gallon. Slip it over your beater (see image at the top) and mix, as usual, Krazy Coupon Lady recommends.
5. Try a towel instead (h/t Krazy Coupon Lady)
If you don't have a lid available, try tossing a towel over the top of your KitchenAid instead.
6. Make your KitchenAid easier to move
While handy, these babies can be pretty awkward to shove around the counter. Try slipping a dish cloth under the bottom of the KitchenAid to make it easier to slide. Or if you're feeling... adventurous, replace the foot pads with marbles.
7. Give your KitchenAid personality
If your KitchenAid is looking a little drab, put your artistic talents to good use and paint a design. Need some inspiration, check out these cool ideas from Un- Amore.
8. Make Butter in your KitchenAid Mixer
Forget using a butter churn, you can get the same results (much faster and with less arm strain) with your KitchenAid. All you need is Buttermilk and water. Check out the full tutorial from Leaf.
9. Make your own flour
You can buy a grain mill attachment that hooks to the front of your KitchenAid stand. Choose the coarseness of your grain (by twisting a knob), add grains inside the mill and turn on the KitchenAid. You can even use it to make cracked wheat! You can portion control so that your flour is fresh every time. Check out this video from Williams Sonoma demonstrating how it works. ​
10. Know your KitchenAid
Your Kitchen Aid can probably do more than you think. We had ours for two years before we realized we had gadgets included that let us grind meat and shred cheese!
Next time you reach for your KitchenAid, try one of these ideas and see if it makes you love that machine just a little bit more! ​
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