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8 KitchenAid Mixer Mistakes Everyone Has Made

You love your KitchenAid mixer, but are you using it properly?

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Starting on too high of a speed

We know you’re so excited to bake something yummy. But there’s nothing worse than putting ingredients into a bowl and turning your stand mixer on high. Flour, milk, butter—or whatever ingredient you have in the bowl—will go all over the kitchen. Plus, you risk ruining the recipe with inaccurate measurements. Play it safe by always starting on the lowest speed and letting ingredients incorporate a little before cranking it up. KitchenAid mixers are one of those kitchen appliances that will last for years to come—here are the others.

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Not testing your bowl clearance

If you’ve never tested your bowl clearance, you could be making a major mistake. A too-high clearance results in gobs of unmixed batter, while a too-low clearance can scratch the bottom of your bowl. Luckily, there’s an easy fix. Look for a tiny screw on the head of your KitchenAid, and turn it a little bit at a time until the mixer has proper clearance. Here’s how to get that gray residue off your new KitchenAid bowl.

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Not chilling the bowl

Whipped cream won’t, well, whip? Try tossing the bowl (and the attachment!) into the freezer for a few minutes. The extra hit of cold will help you reach perfectly stiff peaks fast. Check out these 12 baking mistakes you didn’t know you were making.

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Plugging your mixer into a power strip

It’s tempting to plug all of your kitchen appliances into a power strip or surge protector. But some gadgets, like your KitchenAid, need to be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Because your stand mixer uses a considerable amount of energy, channeling power through a cord can increase your risk of fire or cause damage to your mixer’s motor.

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Using the mixer only for baking

If you only use your KitchenAid to whip up cakes and brownies, you’re missing out. The super-versatile appliance can be used to shred meat, mix dips, mash potatoes, and much more. Here are just some of the things you can make using your KitchenAid mixer.

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Using the wrong attachment

Though there are many KitchenAid attachments you can buy, the most common mixers are the flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook. Each attachment is designed for a specific purpose: The flat beater is perfect for mixing together cookie dough and batter; the wire whip makes quick work of frosting, heavy cream, and egg whites; and the dough hook expertly kneads bread dough. Using the wrong attachment for a recipe won’t necessarily hurt your machine, but it can shorten the life of or even break an attachment. Find out which other 36 everyday items you’ve been using wrong this whole time.

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Storing your mixer improperly

Ideally, you’d leave your stand mixer out on the counter, but when that’s not possible, store your appliance in a chest-height cabinet. When stashed too low or too high, you’re at a greater risk of dropping the mixer or injuring yourself. You also want to make sure the mixer is stored upright and not on its side. Find out how to fix your KitchenAid mixer with the turn of one screw.

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Not using a splash guard

If you’ve ever splashed cake batter on your shirt or ended up with egg whites in your hair, listen up. Even when you start a project on low speed, there’s still a chance for batter and dry ingredients to go flying around your kitchen. Invest in a splash guard to minimize the risk. The small piece covers the bulk of the bowl while leaving room for the mixing element, and a small chute makes it easy to add more ingredients. Don’t miss these other 50 kitchen mistakes you’re probably making—and how to fix them.

Originally Published on Taste of Home