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Reviews of KitchenAid Stand Mixers / Strainers and Attachements for Home Canning

Selecting a KitchenAid mixer is relatively easy.  Below is a selection across the KitchenAid model line, all of which are good for home canning.  The essential difference is power.  Quite simply, the more powerful, the better, because the extra power allows the device to move the food faster and handle more difficult foods easier. But it is a matter of budge and affordability, too. But I will point out that these last more than a lifetime; my 86-year-old mother gave her basic model KitchenAid ( a wedding gift in in 1952) to my sister a few years ago, and it is still going strong!

If you are looking for a review and information about the KitchenAid Food Grinder and Fruit/Vegetable Strainer (also called the sieve/grinder) see this page.

GOOD: KitchenAid K45WSSWH Classic Series 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer with Spatula, White

See the seller's website for features, pricing and user reviews!


BETTER: KitchenAid K5SSWH Heavy Duty 5-Quart Mixer, White

See the seller's website for features, pricing and user reviews!

BEST VALUE: Factory-Reconditioned KitchenAid RRK150ER Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Empire Red (or other colors)


  • Reconditioned by the manufacturer to "like new" condition; includes 1-year warranty
  • 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds; 5-quart stainless steel bowl
  • Tilt-back head for easy access to mixture
  • Includes flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip; pouring shield not included
  • Measures 14 by 8-2/3 inches by 14 inches


BEST: KitchenAid KP2671XWH Professional 6-Quart Stand Mixer, White

See the seller's website for features, pricing and user reviews!



KitchenAid Attachments: Food Strainer

Add these to any of the KitchenAid's above, and in addition to the mixer dough maker and other attachments included you can make applesauce with ease, strain seeds from blackberries, make seedless/skinless tomato sauce and ketchup, make sausage grind and strain all kinds of fruits, vegetables and meats.

If you make more than a dozen jars of applesauce per year, it's worth it for that alone!

I've had mine for 20 years and make about 120 quarts of applesauce every year with it, so I know it works and holds up!

To use the strainer you will ALSO need the grinder, to which the strainer attaches. See the next item below:


The food grinder alone

  The food grinder plus the sieve


Kitchen Aid Attachments: Food Grinder

You can buy the food grinder by itself, or bundled with the food strainer / sieve.  If you have neither, obviously, the bundled package is the best value!

I've had mine for 20 years and make about 120 quarts of applesauce every year with it, so I know it works and holds up!


KitchenAid RVSA Slicer/Shredder Attachment for Stand Mixers

Kitchen Aid Attachments: KitchenAid RVSA Slicer/Shredder Attachment for Stand Mixers


  • Includes two shredding cones, fine and coarse
  • Includes two slicing cones, thin and thick
  • Each works in conjunction with plastic housing and metal shaft
  • Works with all KitchenAid household stand mixers
  • Instruction book includes uses for cones and recipes
kitchenaid food grinder sieve and more

Kitchen Aid Attachments: Mixer Attachment Pack for Stand Mixers


  • Includes food grinder, slicer and shredder, and fruit and vegetable strainer
  • Grinder has fine and coarse grinding blades
  • Two slicing and two shredding cones included
  • Can be used with any KitchenAid stand mixer
  • Most parts are dishwasher-safe


kitchenAid ice cream maker attachment

Kitchen Aid Attachments: Ice Cream Maker Attachment

No need to buy a separate ice cream maker when you can just get this attachment for your KitchenAid.

 kitchenaid pasta rollers

Kitchen Aid Attachments: Pasta Roller

And with this attachment, you can make your own fresh pasta.


  • Stainless-steel set includes pasta roller, fettuccine cutter, and linguine fine cutter
  • Fit all KitchenAid stand mixers
  • Clean with included wooden cleaning brush and toothpicks
  • Attachments measure approximately 9 by 3 inches
  • 1-year warranty; made in Italy



kitchenaid pasta maker attachment

Kitchen Aid Attachments: SNFGA Pasta Maker


  • Makes five different kinds of pasta
  • Use with any KitchenAid household stand mixer
  • Includes storage case, cleaning tool, and food grinder attachment
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • One-year full warranty



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Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
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