Happy Day After Mother's Day everyone! Time to get back to reality (if you ever really got to leave it). I have an awesome opportunity for a belated Mother's Day gift for yourself today. KitchenAid will be giving one of my readers two attachments: the Grain Mill Attachment (KGM) and Pasta Press Attachment (KPEXTA).
My jaw dropped and I did a fun, albeit probably somewhat unsexy, happy dance when KitchenAid told me I would get the opportunity to review these attachments myself and give another set to a reader!
Here are my new lovely ladies. My Grain Mill Attachment is a beauty. I have sent so much quinoa through already that I just don't know what I did without her. My Pasta Press and I haven't gotten along quite as well...I didn't trust my first pasta dough recipe and ended up adding waaaay too much liquid. So, we had a bit of a spat. But after my Quinoa Egg Noodles experience, we're getting along much better. It wasn't her fault after all. I just had a case of the nervous nellies about using her again after that messy experience.
Grain Mill Attachment~My thoughts on her so far (after about 1 month of use):
- Crazy easy to clean (I basically just have to dust it off)
- Easy to operate...just pour in the grain and crank that baby up to 11...err, I mean 10.
- It works! After researching grain mills for a while now, I thought I'd need a dedicated grain mill even for small jobs. But no, the KitchenAid attachment is absolutely perfect for milling grain for pasta and small batches of bread.
- One downside, if you're making crazy amounts of bread (which I'm not), you do have a relatively small hopper capacity (about 2.5 cups of grain). And, it's not recommended to grind more than 10 cups of flour in a sitting. You need to shut it off for 45 minutes to let your stand mixer cool down between batches if you're doing a ton of flour. Now, I've never needed more than 10 cups of flour in a sitting, but perhaps some people do.
- It's crazy cheap compared to dedicated grain mills. If you're just getting interested or started in grinding your own flour, this is definitely the way to go. While this Grain Mill Attachment retails for $149.99, most dedicated electric grain mills start around $250.
- Space saving=awesome. Since I've started the whole Get Real thing, I've noticed my kitchen shrinking. With all the extra cooking and experimenting, I'm running out of room. The relatively tiny attachment grain mill is great for small or overcrowded kitchens.
And now for something completely different...the Pasta Press Attachment.
Pasta Press Attachment~My thoughts (after about 1 month of use...granted, I was scared of her for about 2 weeks of that...so really half a month):
- When you use it, ahem, correctly...it's easy to clean. You just let the pasta dough dry up and brush it off. If you're an experimenter like myself and tend to use recipes as a jumping off point (not always to your advantage), and send through super wet dough...it's kind of ugly. You can't submerge the main unit in water, so you have to work around and scrape of the dry bits of dough after a long wait. Sigh. Never let me near a dough recipe with variable water amounts, EVER AGAIN.
- A little bit more complicated to operate, but simple once you get the hang of it. With the pasta press, it's not just a matter of cranking it to a certain number on your stand mixer. It varies by pasta. Also, while you place walnut-sized dough balls into the hopper, they don't always come out perfectly without a little assistance from the included food pusher. I was pretty bad at the food pushing at first. I had to have Mr. Meaty show me how to do it correctly.
- A little more "intense" than the grain mill. With the grain mill, you can pretty much just sit back and let her rip. With the pasta press, you have to be actively engaged. Pushing the dough ball through the press and using the attached slicer to cut lengths of noodles requires your attention throughout the process.
- Once you get the hang of the process, it's pretty easy! It's not as intuitive as the grain mill, but once you run a couple of batches through the pasta press, it's just a matter of waiting for your noodles.
- Variety of pasta plates is way cool. The unit comes with SIX pasta cutting plates: interchangeable pasta plates to make fresh spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, and small or large macaroni. Awesome! And, BONUS, the pasta press gets to wear the plates inside it's cute little clear plastic hat. Win! That saves space and keeps me from losing the plates, too.
Overall, I had a great experience with both attachments. They're my new babies and I would definitely recommend them to a friend who is getting into making their own bread and pasta. Another feature I'm super excited about, but that I haven't tried yet, is grinding dry beans and corn. It will be so awesome to have protein-packed bean flour to mix into vegetarian and vegan meals.
You have until 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 21 to enter to win these KitchenAid attachments. Good luck to everyone!
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