A stand mixer has raised the bar when it comes to baking and cooking. It is because they have the capability, the power and the accuracy to handle mixing thoroughly. If you have bought yourself a new stand mixer or you are the receiving end of a gift and received the best stand mixer, there are important things that you should know before using the stand mixer.
Speed Control Guide
Speeds #1 and #2 are ideally used for sifting and folding ingredients, and for starting whipping of cream & egg whites. Also, these speeds are for stirring ingredients.
Speeds #3 and #4 are ideally used for creaming butter, incorporating eggs and kneading bread and pasta dough. These speeds are for slow mixing of ingredients.
Speeds #5 to #12 are ideally used for “cutting in” butter to flour and mashing potatoes and vegetables. These speeds are for fast beating, mixing, creaming and whipping.
Before assembling your stand mixer, you should be able to identify the different parts and what they do. You should be able to identify the attachment port and accessory port. For the tilt-back type of stand mixer, you should also be able to identify and familiarize the head-lift release lever. Once done, it is time to assemble the stand mixer,
1. Raise the mixer’s head by pushing down the lever and lock it in place.
2. Attach the accessory to be used, i.e. wire whip, dough hook, or mixing paddle, to the port.
3. Secure the mixing bowl on the base.
4. Lower the mixer’s head by pushing down again the lever and tilt back the head to its original position.
5. Attach the splash guard after securing the head.
6. Remember to plug the appliance only when you are about to start for safety reason.
If the stand mixer is up and running and then it suddenly turns off, the unit probably has overheated. If this happens, shut off the unit and unplug it from the power source. Reduce the load of the unit by taking away some ingredients. Let the unit rest for a while and then plug in. If it does not restart, let it again stand for a few minutes. If the problem persists, contact the customer service.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Remember to clean your stand mixer right after each use to prevent build-ups. First thing first, unplug the stand mixer from the power source. Then wipe the power unit using a damp cloth. Do not use abrasives solution nor submerge the unit in water. After that, wash the bowl manually or load it into the dishwasher. Do not use steel brush or bleach in cleaning the mixing bowl. Also, wash and dry the accessories thoroughly. The kneading hook and mixing paddle are dishwasher-safe while the wire whip should be washed manually. If attachments have been used, clean them up according to their manual. For other maintenance concerns, only authorized service representatives can perform. Also, ask the customer service representative about the warranty and return policy of the unit.
Learning all these will make the life of your stand mixer last for years.