How to Clean Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer Making It Last Forever
No matter which type of stand mixer you have by caring and maintaining it your appliances will last forever. Here you can find out how to clean your KitchenAid Stand Mixer and solves all the small problems you might be having.
If you are like many other home bakers you have bought yourself one of the latest KitchenAid stand mixers and want it to last, as it is an appliance you will most likely use a lot.
Your Brand New KitchenAid Stand Mixer Care:
Your brand new KitchenAid stand mixer has arrived and after fighting with all the tape and opening the flaps of the box take a moment and experience the taste of all the creations, you are going to make with your stand mixer. Look at the box as you slowly start removing this magical piece of equipment.
You see, many hidden compartments that contain all the mystifying wonders you need for setting up your appliance. Take out the mysterious book, hold it in your hand, and cherish it, as you will be using it for a while. Now is the time to place that box in a lower position or flat surface.
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Place yourself on the floor, grab that box with your feet and hands, and grab that stand mixer SOOTHINGLY out of the box. Place it on the counter, remove the rest of the wrapping, and behold the glory of this kitchen appliance, and yes, now it is time to start cleaning it before you use it by reading a bit further.
How to Clean Your KitchenAid Stand Mixer
The best way to clean your KitchenAid stand mixer is with warm soapy water. Start by removing all the attachments and make sure to clean the pin and spring that the accessories go on. This one part clogs with food and normally happens when you start your mixer on a high setting and the batter splatters all over it.
If you do find that you are struggling to attach or remove the accessories put a little bit of oil on the pins and spring and move it up and down a couple of times to lubricate it. In addition, always remember if your appliance is brand new, it is best to wash off your appliance and attachments with warm soapy water as well before use to rid it of the dust accumulated in the factory.
Caring for the KitchenAid Attachments:
You will find that the majority of the KitchenAid attachments coated and you can place them in a dishwasher. They are normally white and you will note this in the dough hook and the flat beater. However, if you have the stainless steel accessories you need to hand wash them.
If you do not wash it by hand, it becomes yucky and black stuff starts to form on it. The aluminum material does not wash well in a dishwasher as it causes oxidation that leaves you with that horrible black surface. If this has happened to you, there is a solution to fix this problem.
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Take a pot and add two cups of vinegar to it add enough water when placing the attachment into it that it covers the neck and boil it for 20-minutes. Take a clean rag and wipe it down to rid it of the black substance and if there is, still some stuck reiterate this process until clean.
The best care you can give your stand mixer is to make sure that you always remove all the accessories after using them and wipe clean your mixer with warm soapy water and washing the attachments properly after use.
Solving Minor KitchenAid Stand Mixer Problems
As with any new appliance such as the KitchenAid stand mixer, they need some minor adjusting and tweaking to keep them running properly. Here are some things you may not have known about your mixer and can keep it running like a pro!
Adjust the Beater on Your KitchenAid Mixer
When you receive your brand new KitchenAid stand mixer it’s predetermined and clears the bowl while used. However, after using it for a while, you may find that you need to make some alterations.
The KitchenAid experts recommend that you test the beater to the bowl clearance by placing a dime in the bowl. You turn on the provided flat beater and if it does not move the dime, you will need to lower the beater. On the other hand, if the dime does move around a little bit the clearance is fine.
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Setting the beaters done by one screw and once adjusted properly, you will find that the beater does not strike the bottom or side of the bowl. Do the following:
- Start by unplugging the stand mixer (and yes, we know what you are thinking now – we had to tell you this.)
- In the bowl lift mixer – position the bowl lift handle in the down position and for the lift-top lift the motor head back.
- Now attach your beater and close the top section to see if you need to move it up or down.
- You can find the screw located on the neck of the stand mixer and adjust it so that the beater just clears the surface of the bowl. To lower, the mixing bowl you need to turn the screw clockwise and to lift the bowl turn it counterclockwise. You only need to give it a slight turn and this is the same for the bowl lift and tilt-head mixer. However, you can find the bowl lift mixers screw where the head meets the neck of the stand mixer.
- Now place the bowl lift handle in the up position or lower the motor head to check clearance.
- You can repeat these steps until you are completely satisfied.
Fix the Wiggle on a Tilt-head KitchenAid Stand Mixer:
After extended use of your stand mixer, you may see it starting to wiggle a bit. Here you need to tighten the hinge pin as follows:
- Lock the stand mixers head down and turn it upside down.
- Look deep into the base of the mixer you will find a small screw – this screw presses against the pin.
- Tighten this small screw as much as you can and should solve the problem or reduce it.
- You can also adjust the large screw that controls the head tilt as this helps to optimize the distance between the bowl and the attachment.
Some other helpful tips to lessen the mess:
As the KitchenAid stand mixer is a powerful appliance it can become messy when moving at a fast pace, especially if you have not received a pouring shield or shield for spillage. Take a dishtowel and throw it over the bowl before you turn your appliance on and keep the surrounding area clean.
Store your accessories in a bowl:
As you are using your KitchenAid stand mixer at all times and do not want to keep looking for your accessories – place them in the bowl of the mixer. When you use your stand mixer set the attachments aside and remember to place them back into the bowl once you have cleaned everything. Line out the bowl with some paper towel as this prevents the bowl from getting starches.
Invest in extra attachments and a bowl:
If you are a regular baker why not invest in extra attachments and a bowl as this helps to move on to the next batch without you needing to clean everything first. This may take up more space, but if you do high-volume, baking these additional tools is valuable timesavers to get the job done.