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

Choosing a KitchenAid - 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 KitchenAid model range usually is (it may vary over time):

Model name Professional 600 Professional 600 Design Custom Metallic Artisan Design Artisan Classic Plus
Power (in watts) 575 550 325 325 325 275
Bowl capacity (in quarts) 6-Quart 6-Quart 5-Quart 5-Quart 5-Quart 4.5-Quart

The essential differences are the motor power, the size of the bowl and whether the mixing head tilts back for elevates straight up. Of these, the most important 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.

Below are a few of the current models that stand out:

VERY GOOD: KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer (K45SS)

This one is often on sale around Christmas at Costco.  It works well at all tasks.  If you spend hours at a time using it, like I do, all day making 100 quarts of applesauce, you might want a more powerful model.

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

 

BETTER: KitchenAid KSM150PS Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield

I upgraded to this model.  It has more power and churns through heavier tasks without straining.  I use it for making applesauce, using the seive grinder attachment to separate the skins, seeds and stems from the apple pulp.  It vastly speeds up the process over uising a hand seive like a Foley food mill or lower powered devices, like Villaware seives. I can make and can 100 quarts of applesauce in one day (10 am to 11 pm) using this!

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

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

Same device, just remanufacturer so it costs much less, but still has a warranty.

  • Reconditioned by the manufacturer
  • 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds;
  • Tilt-back head for easy access to mixture
  • Includes flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip; pouring shield not included

 

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

This one has 600 watts of power and the head lifts straight up.  Lots of power to handle any task.

See the seller's website for more information, 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:

 


Above: The food grinder alone

 
Above: 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!

Grinder plus the sieve strainer 

 

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

Features

  • 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

Kitchen Aid Attachments: Mixer Attachment Pack for Stand Mixers

Features

  • 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

 

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.

 

Kitchen Aid Attachments: Pasta Roller

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

Features

  • 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

 

 

Kitchen Aid Attachments: SNFGA Pasta Maker

Features

  • 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