Mixer How to Maintain your Mate the Mixer

This is a simple guide on how to keep your food mixer in tip top condition and includes some indicators of what a good mixer is like.

If you have a mixer, old or new it doesn’t matter it is good to know a few tips on how to maintain it and keep it working for a long time.

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Mishandling your food mixer is the most common reason for things going wrong.  Wear and tear cannot be avoided, but mishandling can so take a look at some of the crimes committed whilst using a food mixer.  Remember any mishandling or incorrect assembly may invalidate your warranty so take note. And you could injure yourself in the process if it is not all properly assembled.

Tip number one, Do not be confused

Don’t confuse the hand mixer tasks with the stand mixer tasks.  A hand mixer just cannot cope with the same volume of ingredients that a stand mixer can.

Tip number two, Be kind to your hand mixer

A hand mixer cannot cope with kneading dough, you are gonna break the poor little thing and end up with something that looks and feels nothing like dough

Tip number three, Chop chop

Chop your food into smaller chunks before you chuck into the feed tube

Tip number four, Maximum levels

Only fill the bowl with the maximum amount for dough mixing

 

Tip number five, Get two!

Do not be in a hurry, if you really do a lot of mixing, use two food mixers

Tip number 6, Don’t strain

Make sure you have enough water or liquid, too dry and it will clog up the blades, the blades will struggle to move through the mixture and cause a strain on the motor

Tip number 7, Check your speed

Choose the appropriate mode/speed for the task

Tip number 8, Self-cleaning

Clean it, some have a self-clean mechanism, use it

Tip number 9, Try this

You can clean it on the base with a small amount of soapy water (but take are not to get any water into the electrical parts)

Tip number 10 Check the manual

It may be better not to clean it on the base if you are at all unsure of cleaning check the manual

Tip number 11  Find the manual

If you have no manual the chances are you can find one on the internet

Tip number 12 Switch it off

Switch off at the plug before you remove the bowl

Tip number 13 The base

Clean the outer parts with a soft sponge or cloth, never immerse or soak in water

 

Tip number 14 Dry

Air dry all the parts on a rack before putting them away (or at least use a clean towel to prevent any bacteria from forming)

A little more info on what is good and what is bad in both types of mixer

For example

A good hand mixer;

  • Will not be too heavy
  • Will have a comfortable handle and grip
  • Should balance on the stand in between jobs
  • Attachments should be stainless steel
  • Controls should be easy to operate
  • Ideally with different speed options

A hand mixer is for light users, if you just want a little help with whipping or whisking.

A good stand mixer;

  • Will mix your ingredients quickly and evenly without supervision
  • Should not leave a lot of stuff around the bowl
  • Should be sturdy and stable
  • Will have a splash guard to protect you and your kitchen

As mentioned above, the idea of having a good hand mixer and a good stand mixer can be very useful as you can work away at whipping up the cream whilst the stand mixer does the job of mixing the cake batter.

It really depends on how dedicated you are in the art of baking and if you want to work quickly without comprising your appliances.