KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer Attachment Review

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I must admit that I have always wanted to make my own sausages, so when we got a Kitchenaid stand mixer I just knew that we would be have to buy the necessary attachments to make them.

We actually needed to buy two different attachments – the Kitchenaid Sausage Stuffer Attachment as pictured and the Food Grinder Attachment. We’ll just be reviewing the Kitchenaid Sausage Stuffer Attachment on this page so click the following link to get to the Food Grinder Attachment Review.

When you purchase the KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer Attachment you get two different sized stuffing tubes – one for those smaller style breakfast sausages and a larger one for regular sized thick sausages.

Interestingly enough, this attachment gets very mixed reviews with people either loving it or hating it. As it is, you can get this attachment for around $10 so at this price it is not a huge loss if it doesn’t work out for you. At this point we have only run through one test using this attachment so it’s too early to give our final opinion. As we perform further tests we will update this page with more info.

Our First Test

One of the reasons why I really wanted to try this KitchenAid mixer attachment was that I love knowing exactly what goes into my food. Sausages are one of those products that you never really know what sorts of fillers or food additives have been added. So I was really keen to get this working. Unfortunately however it didn’t really work as well as I would have liked….however we realise that this was more our fault rather than the attachment.

Sausage Skins

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Putting the meat through the mincer

You will need to buy some sausage skins from your butcher. We purchased natural casings which are made from the intestines of pigs, cows or lambs. The come already cleaned and the ones we brought were  salted so they  needed  to be rinsed under cold running water and then soaked for around 30-45 minutes.
The easiest way to rinse them is by holding one open end over the tap and letting the water run down through the casing. Soak for another 30 or so minutes  in clean cool water and simply leave them soaking while you prepare your meat. Any excess cases can be kept in the freezer until you are ready to make another batch of sausages.  The beauty of using natural cases is that they are easy to work with and the size is versatile so that you can you use them for a variety of sausage types.

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The first step was grinding the meat. So we attached the KitchenAid Food Grinder and away we went. This wasn’t a problem…the meat went through easily and came out fully ground.

For the next step we had to attach the Sausage Stuffer Attachment which we did and that was easy enough as well. This just fits on to the Food Grinder Attachment – you need both attachments to make sausages. We slid the sausage casings over the Sausage Stuffer Attachment and were ready to go. So far, so good.

The next step however wasn’t so easy. When we started feeding the meat into the food grinder we found that it took an awful lot of force to get the meat to go through the grinder and out of the tube. It was agonizingly slow and it seemed that each time we pushed down on the food pusher and pulled it up again, the same amount of meat that we put in would come up with it so nothing really had gone through at all.

However, I now realize that the reason it was so difficult was because:

1. We didn’t grind the meat at least twice before using as suggested in the manual.
2. We didn’t add enough lamb fat to the mix which we only realized at the end when we actually cooked and ate the sausages and realised that they were very meaty…not like regular sausages at all.

So a conclusion can’t really be made from this test as yet. We will do a second test shortly so will update this page when that happens.

Where Can You Buy the KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer in Australia?

We found that KitchenAid attachments are quite expensive in Australia so we purchased our Sausage Stuffer Attachment from Amazon for a lot cheaper price. This is the one we purchased and it works perfectly on our Australian Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer.

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Photos from our first attempt at making sausages using the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer and the Sausage Stuffer.

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Sausages made with KitchenAid mixer and sausage stuffer

 

 

 

 

 


KitchenAid Slicer/Shredder Attachment Review

41Xt84q-0RLAs the name suggests, this KitchenAid attachment slices and shreds food. It comes with two shredding cones – one fine and one coarse and two slicing cones – one thick and one thin. So you can shred or slice cheese, chocolate, nuts or vegetables.

Unfortunately, like the KitchenAid pasta maker attachment, this attachment hasn’t been rated very well by many consumers. The main complaint is that it turns the food into mush. However, many have said that it shreds cheese really well. So unless you are going to be shredding large quantities of cheese, this attachment is probably not worth the expense.

Our First  Test

We have to agree with other reviewers on this one. We had issues not only with the outcome of the food but with the device itself.

We tried this out first with carrots, cucumber and cheese. We used the fine shredder for the carrots and the cheese and the results were pretty good for the cheese. I would be happy to use this again for grating cheese especially in large quantities. However, the carrots came out a bit too sloppy in my opinion as if they were over processed and the cucumber was just mush.

Also when we finished using this attachment we had a lot of trouble removing the grater/slicer cone to dismantle the slicer to wash it.

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Review: KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand Mixers

KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand MixersIf you have a KitchenAid mixer and you have always wished that you had something that would allow you to add more items to mix without having to keep grabbing handful after handful, they have heard your requests.

The KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand Mixers can be attached to all KitchenAid stand mixers and will allow you to fill the tray with the ingredients to be mixed and then sit back and let the machine do all the work.

No longer do you have to hold your hand over the mixer to avoid splatter while trying to reach across the counter and grab the next bunch of ingredients to be combined. No need to waste time reloading anymore!

If you also have a grinder attachment for your KitchenAid mixer, this will allow a smooth constant flow of items to be mixed to pour into the bowl. This is especially helpful if you tend to cook larger quantities.

When it comes time for clean up, no problem. The whole tray is dishwasher safe, as long as you put it on the top rack.

What We Like:

  • Less Spillage than trying to mix most things in just a mixing bowl.
  • If you are grinding up ingredients to be in a soup, this will help reduce the splatter as new ingredients go in.
  • Makes the kitchen much easier to clean after a day of mixing.
  • You are able to put all the items in at once and let them feed through the tray instead of running back and forth grabbing handfuls of ingredients.
  • This makes big mixing jobs much easier to complete.

What We Don’t Like

  • You can’t pour liquid ingredients in with this attachment as it is not waterproof and liquids will leak through onto the counter.

Where Can I Buy the KitchenAid FT Food Tray Attachment for Stand Mixers?
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KitchenAid FVSP Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Parts for Stand Mixers

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It’s important to note at the outset that the Kitchenaid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer only works if you already have a Kitchenaid Food Grinder and of course a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

You don’t need extra tools to assemble the parts to a food grinder. It can all be done by hand.

With the fruit and vegetable strainer you can make applesauce, baby food, tomato sauce and homemade jams.

This KitchenAid FVSP Fruit and Vegetable Strainer has received exceptional reviews on the net with most extremely pleased at how well it makes applesauce. Those that had problems generally used fruits like raspberries, blackberries and grapes. These are not recommended in the Kitchenaid Strainer as the small seeds can clog the strainer.

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You can read reviews for the Kitchenaid Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Attachment at Amazon and Cooking.com

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?

We found the best price at Amazon and Cooking.com

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Cloth Cover

kitchenaid-stand-mixer-cloth-coverIf you own a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer then you’ll know that it is a big investment and you’ll want to keep it in the best condition possible.

If you leave it sitting out on you counter then it can attract dust, splatters from food and everyday grime build-up. A KitchenAid Stand Mixer Cloth Cover can help prevent this by keeping your stand mixer cover when not in use.

This cover fits both the Kitchenaid tilt head and bowl lift stand mixers and is made from 100% heavyweight quilted cotton.

The front of the cover has a large pocket which you can use to store accessories, utensils, instruction manuals or cookbooks.

The cover comes in three colors – black, khaki or white and is machine washable.

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You can read reviews for the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Cloth Cover at Cooking.com

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?

We found the best price at Cooking.com and Amazon