There is perhaps no more ubiquitous kitchen appliance than the KitchenAid stand mixer. It's not only good at what it does, it can take a beating and keep on mixing. Despite the premium on Manhattan counter-space, my KitchenAid, with its sleek silver finish and sexy lines, gets its own special spot on the counter.
Still, it's not a perfect creature, and I've always been annoyed with having to stop the mixing to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Then there's the perennial problem with the little dimple at the bottom of the bowl. Despite my best scraping efforts, the dimple always seems to harbor little pockets of flour. Sure, you can adjust the mixing head to go closer to the bowl, and some people have even devised "hacks" like not screwing down the bowl all the way. But all these are just hacks and it's all fun and games until your food starts tasting like metal from the beater hitting the bottom of the bowl.
Oh, and did you know the original paddle isn't dishwasher safe? I didn't... until I pulled mine out of the dishwasher one day only to find my hand covered in gray metal residue.
Enter the BeaterBlade for KitchenAid. In the same way a carefully prepared Bordelaise improves a perfect steak, this little gadget makes the KitchenAid just a little more perfect. A clear acrylic paddle with soft silicon "wings", it actually scrapes down the sides of the bowl while mixing. This not only saves you time and tedium, it ensures your ingredients get mixed more uniformly.
The first time I saw one, I thought it was kind of gimmicky, not to mention expensive. Then, a few weeks ago I found out I had a store credit at a local kitchen shop. A mini spring-form pan, a set of pastry tips, and a couple clearance items later, I found myself face-to-face with a whole rack of these things. This time I didn't have the price excuse and curiosity got the best of me.
Having used it for almost a month now, I can say that it is worth every penny. The only scraping I do now is at the very end to get the mixture out of the bowl and the flour-in-dimple problems are a fading memory. Perhaps the best part of the BeaterBlade is the cleanup. Because of the shape of the blade, it's much easier to scrape clean than the standard paddle. It's also dishwasher safe, making it a cinch to get that stubborn butter cream out of the nooks and crannies of the paddle.