Pimp My Mixer

Kitchenaid From the Department of Twitter May Be Useful for Something, we learn about the SideSwipe Spatula Mixer Blade (Cook's Illustrated's Christopher Kimball tweets it "works great"), a tricked out replacement for the standard Kitchen Aid mixing paddle.

Made of reinforced nylon with silicone "wiper fins," the attachment is designed to reduce hand scraping with a spatula. The blade is configured to mix ingredients horizontally and vertically, directing the contents downward and wiping the bowl clean as it rotates. Its creators also claim that it allows chunky ingredients to be mixed easily without being crushed or jammed against the bowl. $24.95 to $29.95, depending on the size blade that will fit your mixer model, at the SideSwipe Store.



I never thought something like this would excite me. Oh, but it does.


I have had one of these for about a year. It does work quite well! There's one caveat: When installing it (the directions do state this) you must raise the height of the adjustment screw a bit by taking a screwdriver to your mixer - which alone, isn't too much of a big deal. But, when you want to use a different mixer attachment - like the wire whip - you'll then need to get out the old screwdriver again and lower the adjustment screw, because otherwise the wire whip won't reach the bottom of the bowl. Basically, it takes a few extra steps and some trial and error to switch attachments. Food for thought. ;)


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