If you have a stand mixer, you probably know that it is a wonderfully powerful kitchen tool. Tasks that are a major pain with a hand-held mixer – or nearly impossible by hand – just require you to throw the ingredients in the bowl, turn it on, and go.
But you probably are also familiar with a major drawback: the scrapedown. Jobs take twice as long as they could because food gets stuck to the side and bottom of the bowl and won’t get incorporated properly into the mixture unless you stop the machine and scrape it off.
The solution seems obvious: a blade for the machine that scrapes the sides of the bowl as it mixes. And finally, someone has made the obvious a reality. I present to you: the BeaterBlade.
I picked one of these up a couple of years ago and haven’t looked back. It does exactly the job it was designed to do, with no drawbacks I’ve found except a slight squeak if you aren’t mixing a lot of stuff. If you have a stand mixer, you need one of these. The one pictured is the model I have, for KitchenAid 5-quart tilt-head mixers, but there are styles for all major brands of mixers.
Since I bought my BeaterBlade, a competitor has arrived on the market: the SideSwipe. The design looks promising, with room for nuts and chocolate chips to pass through – and apparently Cook’s Illustrated rated it above the BeaterBlade. I can’t vouch for it personally, but customer reviews seem similar.
Put one of these on your wish list. You’ll be amazed how much they improve the experience of using your stand mixer.