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Other uses for a KitchenAid Stand Mixer besides meat grinding?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 27, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I'm delving into the enticing and decadent world of homemade pate, terrines, and sausages. With my Amazon.com gift card burning a hole in my pocket, I'm trying to decide if it is worth the extra money to purchase a KitchenAid stand mixer with a meat grinder attachment rather than just a dedicated meat grinder.

In your paleo cooking, do you find other uses for your KitchenAid stand mixer? Is it an absolute Godsend for any paleo culinary creations? If I only end up using it as a meat grinder, I don't think I'll spend the extra money. If there are other paleo-friendly uses for it, however, I'll go ahead and take the plunge!

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on January 13, 2011
at 04:57 PM

I use the stand mixer for whipped cream, cheese balls, pates, and for mixing cheats like gluten-free, lowish sugar pies a couple times a year. Anything that can be whipped or creamed. I once used it for sourdough rye bread before I went paleo, so if I ever need a huge WAPF cheat, I know the machine can handle it. It gets used 2-4 times a month, which is worth it in my book. I do think I'd prefer a food processor, but this was free, and works fine for my purposes.

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on January 11, 2011
at 04:54 PM

Oh, I forgot about mayo. Yes! Good one. I didn't know there was an ice cream attachment.

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on January 11, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Agreed - the cauliflower is better in my processor. I like using it for the potatoes. If it's the only thing you'll ever use it for, probably not worth it. I should add I got mine for free, so...

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on December 28, 2010
at 05:42 PM

sausage is so on my list this year. Ive had Ruhlman's book since the summer. Now if I can just rig one of those beverage fridges to use as a curing space, Ill be right behind you guys.

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on December 28, 2010
at 01:49 AM

Mshed cauli is much nicer with the cuisinart.

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on December 27, 2010
at 08:26 PM

Great book and fairly simple recipes, I've had fantastic results. Totally agree the meat grinder/wooden spoon would do just fine.

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on December 27, 2010
at 07:09 PM

Do you find that it's worth the trouble of digging it out for the mashed root veggies, or would it be just as easy to mash them with the manual potato masher tool?

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on December 27, 2010
at 07:07 PM

Thanks for the feedback... it seems as though the dedicated meat grinder is the way to go. Smaller footprint and less expensive. Plus, it has a bigger "hold your meat before it grinds" tray.

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on December 27, 2010
at 07:02 PM

Ah yes, Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. I've got to admit, that's the book that got me on this whole do-it-yourself charcuterie kick! They often refer to the KitchenAid in their instruction, but also say that it would be just fine to use a dedicated meat grinder and a big ol' wooden spoon for the mixing.

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on December 27, 2010
at 06:48 PM

I just got a food processor from Santa! I can't wait to use it.

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on December 27, 2010
at 05:42 PM

Good suggestion about the potatoes

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on December 27, 2010
at 05:08 PM

Oh, I use food processor near daily, but not mixer

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on December 27, 2010
at 03:54 PM

Food processor- more versatile for paleo food, http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4865894_using-food-processor-grind-meat.html

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on December 27, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Food processor works for me, and I use it for lots of other cooking. http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4865894_using-food-processor-grind-meat.html

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48a30b4022fff51f4a1b817dbb1ebb84

on December 27, 2010
at 04:20 PM

Well, I also use it to whip cream (or anything, egg yolks, whites, etc.) and for mashed root veges (I eat potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams -- they will "mash" nicely with the paddle). You also can use it to mix any batters you make -- whether they are from coconut flour, nuts, etc. While that might not be an everyday occurrence, if you also intend to make homemade sausages, etc... (or even just homemade ground meat), it might be worth it. I still love mine even though I don't use it as frequently as I might if I were making bread, pastries, etc.

04fa9f1b68df9955780494610a8e4e0e

(255)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:09 PM

Do you find that it's worth the trouble of digging it out for the mashed root veggies, or would it be just as easy to mash them with the manual potato masher tool?

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on December 27, 2010
at 05:42 PM

Good suggestion about the potatoes

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on December 28, 2010
at 01:49 AM

Mshed cauli is much nicer with the cuisinart.

48a30b4022fff51f4a1b817dbb1ebb84

(90)

on January 11, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Agreed - the cauliflower is better in my processor. I like using it for the potatoes. If it's the only thing you'll ever use it for, probably not worth it. I should add I got mine for free, so...

9722850c9a1c47b79edf7c4233040248

(1276)

on January 13, 2011
at 04:57 PM

I use the stand mixer for whipped cream, cheese balls, pates, and for mixing cheats like gluten-free, lowish sugar pies a couple times a year. Anything that can be whipped or creamed. I once used it for sourdough rye bread before I went paleo, so if I ever need a huge WAPF cheat, I know the machine can handle it. It gets used 2-4 times a month, which is worth it in my book. I do think I'd prefer a food processor, but this was free, and works fine for my purposes.

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on December 27, 2010
at 03:25 PM

I have the bigger one, 5 or 6 quart guy. i got it about five years ago when we did a good deal of bread making and baking. I never use it now. Ever. And we cook all our meals, almost never going to restaurants. So, i would say NO, you do not need a kitchenaid if you are eating like most of us here do.

ps: i know you can hook up the meat grinder attachment but i mean, cmon, you know you're not going to do that after your initial once or twice, no?

04fa9f1b68df9955780494610a8e4e0e

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on December 27, 2010
at 07:07 PM

Thanks for the feedback... it seems as though the dedicated meat grinder is the way to go. Smaller footprint and less expensive. Plus, it has a bigger "hold your meat before it grinds" tray.

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on December 27, 2010
at 05:52 PM

If you're going to do terrines, pates and sausages, I think the stand mixer is very useful as you can do the grinding and then mixing required very easily and thoroughly. I've made sausages, terrines and pates with mine and it works wonders (following Michael Ruhlmans book, Charcuterie). However, beyond that and mashed root veggies, I don't find much use for mine any longer.

04fa9f1b68df9955780494610a8e4e0e

(255)

on December 27, 2010
at 07:02 PM

Ah yes, Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. I've got to admit, that's the book that got me on this whole do-it-yourself charcuterie kick! They often refer to the KitchenAid in their instruction, but also say that it would be just fine to use a dedicated meat grinder and a big ol' wooden spoon for the mixing.

F53a74de3f8df19a114c5ac702af2b12

(826)

on December 28, 2010
at 05:42 PM

sausage is so on my list this year. Ive had Ruhlman's book since the summer. Now if I can just rig one of those beverage fridges to use as a curing space, Ill be right behind you guys.

4c8a9bec5a27b66b28d3c5cddeb70e93

on December 27, 2010
at 08:26 PM

Great book and fairly simple recipes, I've had fantastic results. Totally agree the meat grinder/wooden spoon would do just fine.

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on December 27, 2010
at 11:13 PM

I haven't used mine since I went primal, but I am looking into other things to do with it. I think it would be great for making up a large batch of mayo (or baconaise....lol) and I want to get an attachment for sausage. I also want to get the ice cream attachment, but not for ice cream. I want to use it to make coconut/fruit ices, so when my sugar-load cravings hit I can do something other than a plain smoothie. Right now I have it stored in an area that makes it hard to get to, but once I have the attachments I'm hoping to play with it a little more again. But then again, I love cooking, and the only thing I can't find a paleo/primal use for so far is my bread machine. I guess that will be going out the door!

48a30b4022fff51f4a1b817dbb1ebb84

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on January 11, 2011
at 04:54 PM

Oh, I forgot about mayo. Yes! Good one. I didn't know there was an ice cream attachment.

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on November 13, 2011
at 12:21 AM

If you go on the PHD, then you can buy the ice cream maker attachment to make your own ice cream. My wife makes cookies for her non-paleo co workers with it.

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on November 12, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Amazing feedback! We just got one as a wedding gift. I registered because I always wanted one but now that I have one, I think I'll never use it. Return for store credit it is! Thank you. -Kim

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on January 13, 2011
at 08:02 AM

MIne is a Kenwood chef, not kitchen aid. But - I use i t less than I did when making bread, puddings etc. It is great for pates, mincing (grinding) meat etc, and I love the spice grinding attachment. I'll use the main bowl and whisk for mayonnaise occasionally, but really, if I didn't already have it, I wouldn't buy it now.

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I have also grinder for using to make food, its work best to others.its crushed fast when i want to grinding anything.

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on December 27, 2010
at 11:23 PM

You can make nut flours with one of the attachments, too. It's really up to how you want to cook/prepare your food and ingredients. If you see yourself making more complicated dishes it might be worth it, if not, save the few hundred dollars.

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on December 27, 2010
at 08:43 PM

I also own but rarely use. Bought it before I started going paleo. I just don't cook the kinds of things that might make use of it (flour, grains, etc) and I was never into grinding my own meat, making sausages, etc. Pretty much the main thing I do is beef jerky, and that's not a Kitchenaid item. :)

Maybe if I had a big family I had to feed it would be different.

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on December 27, 2010
at 05:02 PM

I bought it to make bread, and my sister has one to make cakes. We don't really use either now. I whip cream in it (only 2 minutes!, but that's it. It sits lonely on the counter most days.

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