I mentioned the other day that I am a self taught baker. That means, I did not go to culinary school or undergo any sort of formal training - it was just me in the kitchen trying to figure it out as I went. Overall, it has worked out pretty well - but there were definitely a few things that took me a little longer to learn than others. One in particular was how and when to use the kitchenaid attachments. For the longest time I only used the whisk attachment. I know I should have figured out that the machine comes with different attachments for a reason, but for some reason, I thought the whisk was kind of universal.
It wasn't until I started working in a cake shop that I learned there are different uses for the different attachments. Each one has their own specialty. My mind was blown. But, when I started working there, I obviously pretended like I knew this the whole time. One of my first conversations went something like this...
"Hey Lindsay, can you use this recipe and make the vanilla cake?"
"Sure." I headed over to the mixer to set up. "Umm...where is the whisk attachment?"
"Why do you need the whisk attachment? You are making a cake. The flat beater is already on the mixer."
"Oh yeah. Of course. The flat beater. You always use the flat beater for cakes. I don't know what I was thinking!"
Lies. Lies. And more lies. But whatever - you live and you learn - and that day I definitely learned (I never made that mistake again). We used the flat beater for all of our cakes and the whisk for all for our buttercreams. Once I started figuring out what the different attachments were supposed to be used for, I started seeing the difference in my final product. It is amazing to see what happens when you actually use the equipment the way it was intended to be used!
Anyway, I put together a quick guide to help you guys understand these attachments. It's nothing too crazy, just a little something to explain what each attachment does and when you should use them. Trust me, it will make you a better baker - or at least keep you from having to lie to your boss on the first day of work.