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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Soaking-the-sausage-skins

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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Triple Chocolate Ice Cream – Made with the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker

We recently purchased the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker to review for our beautiful KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, so naturally, we had to promptly set about trying out recipes from the manual that came with the ice cream maker.

Well! one that has become a firm favorite is the Triple Chocolate Ice Cream. This divinely decadent ice cream is not hard to make and the chocolate flavor just hits the taste buds with that overwhelming feeling of pure pleasure.

Ingredients:

  • 450 ml (2 cups) whipping cream – divided
  • 1 square 30g (1oz) extra dark chocolate cut into chunks
  • 1 square 30g (1oz)  dark chocolate cut into chunks
  • 450 ml (2 cups) half-and-half (milk and cream)
  • 230g (1 cup) sugar
  • 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 bar  50g (1.55oz) milk chocolate chopped

Directions:

  1. In small saucepan, place 120ml whipping cream, extra dark chocolate, and dark chocolate.
    Heat over medium-low heat until chocolate melts, stirring frequently.
    Remove from heat; set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half-and-half until very hot but not boiling, stirring often.
    Remove from heat, set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cocoa powder. Set aside.
    Place egg yolks in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and wire whip to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and gradually add sugar mixture; mix about 30 seconds or until well blended and slightly thickened. Continuing on Speed 2, very gradually add chocolate mixture and half-and-half, mix until well blended.
  4. Return the combined chocolate and half-and-half mixture to medium saucepan, stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge and mixture is steamy. Do not boil. Transfer half and half mixture into large bowl; stir in remaining 330ml (1 1/2 cups) whipping cream, vanilla and salt.
  5. Cover and chill thoroughly in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
  6. If using the KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment – Assemble and engage freeze bowl, dasher and drive assembly as directed in attachment instructions. Turn to STIR Speed (Speed  1)
  7. Using a container with a spout, pour mixture into freeze bowl. Continue on STIR (Speed 1) for 19 to 15 minutes or until desired consistency, adding milk chocolate during last 1 to 2 minutes of freeze time.  Immediately transfer ice cream into serving dishes, or freeze in an airtight container.

Yield: 16 servings  120ml (1/2 cup) per serving.

Trust me, this is one ice cream recipe that you will make over and over.  I have yet to move onto the other ice cream recipes which I can tell from the ingredients will be just as nice, but chocolate is my weakness.

Some of the other ice cream recipes included in the manual are:

  • French Vanilla which can be served simply as vanilla ice cream or used as base for variations such as Strawberry ice cream and Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream
  • Caramel Pecan ice cream
  • Gingerbread ice cream

And then there are the delicious Sorbet’s etc

  • Creamy Lemon-Orange Gelato
  • Fresh Raspberry Sorbet
  • Minted Mango Sherbet.

However, there is nothing to stop you being inventive and using your own favorite recipe.




Melt the Chocolate



Heat the milk and cream



Combine the sugar and cocoa powder



Separate the eggs



Mix and reheat the mixture



Freeze mixture. Then Serve & Enjoy


The Amazing Range of Colors of the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

I have just taken delivery of a beautiful shiny Empire Red KitchenAid Artisan Stand mixer. And I have to say that it looks absolutely stunning on my kitchen benchtop. I was tossing up between the Empire red and the new limited edition Candy Apple Red but finally decided on the Empire Red and I love it.

The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer offers plenty of power and room for mixing everything from pizza dough or ice cream to citrus juices and bread dough. It has a huge 5-quart capacity and a powerful 325-watt motor, 10 mixing speeds and an impressive selection of add-on accessories.

As if all the power, convenience and versatility weren’t enough, today there’s even more to love about KitchenAid stand mixers– the rainbow of colors you have to choose from when you purchase a KitchenAid Artisan.

It used to be choosing accessories was the only way to personalize your KitchenAid mixer, but now you can choose among so many different colors. The amazing range of color choices available makes buying, owning and using a KitchenAid more fun than ever.

All KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers feature a gorgeous, polished stainless steel mixing bowl and attractive retro style. Yet it’s up to you to decide which color best suits the Artisan’s style and design, to match your personal taste and your kitchen décor.

If you think a blue KitchenAid Artisan would be ideal, you have plenty of options. There’s pretty, bright Cornflower Blue, rich Blue Willow, or deep, majestic Cobalt Blue. For a cheerful blue-sky type of hue that ideally compliments the Artisan’s retro design, you’ll love the brilliant turquoise color Ice.

Those who would rather own a green KitchenAid mixer won’t have an easy time of choosing among the three beautiful Artisan green-hued options. There’s the bright look of green apple, the rich deep foresty green look of Bayleaf and the light, almost creamy color Pistachio.

You even have KitchenAid Artisan color choices if black would best suit your style. You can choose the almost frosted black look of Imperial Black, rich and glossy Black Onyx or the somewhat in-between, elegant Caviar.

KitchenAid Artisan stand mixers are available in a wide variety of bright as well as soft and subtle colors. There are three different varieties of orange colors, three different yellows, three greys, two almond and even two white options to consider.

If you’d like a bright red stand mixer, Empire Red is your choice, while Cinnamon Red offers a slightly more burgundy flavored red hue. There’s even a beautiful purple Boysenberry KitchenAid Artisan.

The variety of Artisan colors makes mixers more fun, but it also makes it easy to justify keeping your KitchenAid out on display. This appliance isn’t small, and its solid craftsmanship makes it rather weighty. You’ll enjoy added convenience and the chance to show off your beautiful Artisan displayed on a countertop instead of hiding it away.

KitchenAid Artisan –  a great stand mixer that gives great results and looks stunning.  What  more can I say  apart from – I love it.

 

 

A History of the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

As our regular readers are aware, we love the KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer and have written a detailed review on the benefits of owning one. So I thought you might like to read the history behind this great looking, excellent performing machine.

The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer has its origins in the first standing mixer powered by electricity. This first mixer was designed by Herbert Johnson in 1908, and it was primarily designed for commercial use in large bakeries. 

Johnson’s 80-quart electric stand mixer was scaled down to a home “food preparer” and was sold by the newly renamed KitchenAid company in 1919. The new 1919 version of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer was still a bulky machine that weighed around 65 pounds. On top of that, it cost $189.50, or around $2,300 in present day cost.

 In 1936, KitchenAid hired an industrial designer to redesign their stand mixer. Three new models were produced, and the Streamline KitchenAid shape that still characterizes these machines was developed. The price was cut to around $55, making KitchenAid mixers much more affordable for home use. 

Over the years, KitchenAid stand mixers gained a reputation for quality and versatility as a food preparation tool. Virtually from the start, KitchenAid offered a variety of attachments that would allow the machine to perform many different functions. Early attachments included the food grinder, citrus juicer and pea shucker. 

KitchenAid began to offer stand mixers in a bright array of colors in 1955. KitchenAids became available in Petal Pink, Satin Chrome, Sunny Yellow, Island Green and Antique Copper.

Although more than 90 years have passed since the introduction of the first KitchenAid, the machine has remained much the same in many ways. Today’s stand mixers are still produced in the same factory in Greenville, Ohio where the very first 1919 model was manufactured. The mechanics of the original mixer have been altered so little, attachments made in 1919 will still fit today’s KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. 

Today there are many more colors to choose from when it comes to purchasing a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, but the spirit behind offering the original color varieties in 1955 remains the same. Colorful choices make buying, owning and using a KitchenAid stand mixer more fun and exciting for owners. 

The tradition of designing useful attachments that allow the KitchenAid to serve as many roles as possible in the kitchen is also in place now as it was in the past. Today, the Artisan Stand Mixer can not only mix dough and batters, but can serve as a food grinder, citrus juicer, sausage maker and pasta maker, to name but a few roles it can serve.

So there you have it, the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer – a product manufactured with performance and style, just right for your everyday baking needs.