This KitchenAid Mixer Attachment Pack includes the:
The Grinder comes with both fine and coarse grinding blades.
There are two slicing and two shredding cones included with the slicer and shredder.
You will find that most parts are dishwasher-safe.
|This KitchenAid Stand-Mixer Attachment Pack includes the:
By using the grinder, tray, and nozzle you are able to create healthier ground chicken,beef, and sausages. Simply because you know exactly what is going into your food.
The simple-to-assemble citrus juicer is easy to use and has a built-in strainer to remove seeds and pulp.
You can pop most of the pieces into the dishwasher; but you need to hand-wash the wooden stomper and all blade components.
|The KitchenAid Pasta Excellence Set Attachment Pack includes the:
We didn’t buy the full attachment pack when we purchased the pasta set, so we will definitely need to buy the KitchenAid Ravioli Maker Attachmentto review it. The reviews on Amazon are almost equal great and bad.
These Chrome Pasta maker attachments are made in Italy, and they will fit any KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
There is a brush included with the set that aids with cleaning.
We used our pasra roller attachment set to make both Spaghetti and flat linguine type pasta. Both were an outstanding succes. – Read Review
This attachment not only does the job of grinding meats for burgers but it also grinds vegetables and turns unpeeled apple slices into a smooth applesauce.
It provides both a fine and coarse grinding option. And although it’s great for meat it can even grind dried bread to make breadcrumbs, grate cheese and grind up foods to make baby food.
For starters, you need to be aware that the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment isn’t an industrial machine – it’s made for home use only so don’t be thinking that you can throw a whole steak through the machine and expect it to work. The meat needs to be cut into manageable sized pieces first. But that appears to be the only drawback with this great little attachment.
We’ve run this food grinder through it’s paces a number of times now and it has done the job beautifully each time.
Our First Test – Making Sausage Mince
We decided for our first test to make up a batch of sausages which we go in to more detail in the sausage stuffer section but as part of the process we needed to mince the meat up first. We bought some lamb and cut it into pieces as suggested in the manual and proceeded to feed it through the machine. We used the food pusher to push the meat through and it didn’t take much effort at all. The meat simply worked it’s way through and we ended up with nicely ground lamb.
The manual that comes with this food grinder attachment does suggest grinding the meat through twice if you want to get a more tender result. We didn’t do that at the time and we probably should have because in our first attempt to make sausages using the sausage stuffer (see sausage stuffer review) we had a tough time getting the meat through the machine to stuff the sausages.
Our Second Test – Grating Cheese
Our Third Test – Making Bread Crumbs
- Food grinder
- Two plates – one coarse and one fine
- The fine plate according to the manual is used for grinding foods such as raw meat, cooked meats, spreads and breadcrumbs.
- The coarse plate is used for raw or cooked meats, firm vegetables, dried fruits and cheese.
- ·Food pusher
What others are saying
Most of those who have purchased this grinder have raved about it with many stating that it is their favorite amongst all of their KitchenAid mixer attachments. We love it too and it is one we certainly recommend.
Some have complained about ‘black goo’ coming out of their machine. This actually never happened to us, however it is suggested that you run some bread through the machine first. One of the reviewers on Amazon actually asked a chef friend about this problem and this was their response:
“Yes, that happens with all meat grinders, especially when they are new. The blade and the die need to wear down a bit until they are completely flush with each other. Does the goo continue coming out for a long time, or is it only right at the beginning? It should stop after a couple seconds of grinding, after which just get rid of the stuff at the beginning. the rest of your grind should be clean if your meat is cold enough. Eventually this’ll stop as the grinder gets broken in.”
A couple of other reviewers also mentioned that the ‘black goo’ is a food grade lubricant so although it doesn’t look the best, it isn’t going to kill you. Even so, I think most of us would probably pick those bits out rather than have them end up in our food.
You can read more reviews here.
Where can you buy the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment?
We purchased our food grinder from Amazon.com. We purchased it as part of an attachment pack which made it a lot cheaper than buying it separately. The attachment pack included the food grinder as well as the slicer and shredder attachment and the fruit and vegetable strainer attachment. So all up it was a pretty good deal for the price. And yes, all the pieces in the pack worked on our Australian KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. However you can also purchase the food grinder on it’s own from Amazon here if you don’t want the rest of the pieces.
Since it sits quite high on the mixer you can open tall cans and the heavy weight of the mixer itself means that even larger heavier cans can be opened with ease.
This is yet another of the KitchenAid stand mixer attachments that has received quite mixed reviews with most loving it but quite a good number hating it. I just wonder whether some consumers have received their can opener attachment from a bad batch. It’s just a bit odd that the reviews are so extreme.
We haven’t had a chance to review this one yet but we will add it to our list.
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.
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.
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.
As 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.