The KitchenAid food prep set is one of my favourite kitchen appliances. This is NOT a sponsored post. I’m simply sharing with you a tool that I find valuable in my kitchen. Earlier this year, I told you about my Cuisinart food processor.
I brought my KitchenAid food prep set along with me on our most recent vacation. We’ve just returned from a lovely month-long road trip through Missouri and Colorado with our travel trailer. Mostly we visited with family, including three little grandsons! Our travels took us through some very hot weather in the Midwest, high winds in Kansas, and beautiful, cool evenings in the mountains of Colorado.
There were campfires,
swims wading, and hikes. We shopped outlets, downtowns, and malls. We ate in a variety of restaurants, in our daughters’ homes, and in our trailer. Charlie built a bird house with the 5-year-old, got a truck running for one family, and replaced a water heater for the other. I made butter tarts, lemon power breakfast balls, apple pie, and pizza. The lemon balls were a request of the 5-year-old who remembered my making several batches of them while I was developing the recipe during our Christmas visit. It’s very encouraging to have the endorsement of a five-year-old!
Best of all, we spent lots of time playing and cuddling with our little boys, one of whom was born barely two weeks before our arrival!
KitchenAid Food Prep Set
I don’t bring my main electric kitchen appliances with me when we travel, although you could. I did, however, bring my KitchenAid food prep set along this time. The set consists of a handheld immersion blender with several chopping attachments and a whisk. My kit also came with a small food processor and a blender jar. The food processor is great for small chopping jobs while traveling, and the blender jar makes small smoothies, salad dressings, or mayonnaise.
Although I have a high-speed countertop blender and a Cuisinart food processor at home, I like to have an immersion blender for pureeing hot soups right in the pot where I’ve cooked them. It’s much easier than transferring manageable amounts of piping hot soup to the blender to be processed.
Care of Stainless Steel Pots and Pans
I chose this particular immersion blender for its guards that protect my stainless steel pots. Metal utensils and abrasive cleaners scratch stainless steel cookware, making it more difficult to clean later. Ever since I bought my current set of stainless steel cookware, I’ve been a stickler for not allowing them to be scratched. No metal utensils are allowed in them, and nothing abrasive is used to clean them. As a result, after a few years of use, they are still very easy to clean.
On the rare occasion that a pot doesn’t come completely clean in the dishwasher, a little polishing with a sprinkle of baking soda and enough water to wet it restores the beautiful shine! My previous set of stainless steel cookware was scrubbed with SOS pads and endured the scratching of metal utensils. I can attest that my new, unscratched set is much easier to keep clean!
Other Benefits of the KitchenAid Food Prep Set
I also find that the immersion blender on slow speed in its accompanying container is better for making mayonnaise than a high-speed blender is. The little food processor chops smaller amounts than are practical in the full-size food processor, it takes up less room in the dishwasher, and is often reached for when the full-sized one is dirty. I used it in the video for Vegan Veggie Dip.
I’ve been through several less-expensive immersion blenders in the past. Invariably, the motor mechanism soon wore out. I’m hoping this one will do better.
Let me know in the comments below if you like to use an immersion blender and, if so, what brand you like.