Hubs bugged me for more than a year before I gave in and bought him a KitchenAid for his birthday. And it turns out we are saving a lot of money on groceries because we use our KitchenAid for so many foods we would otherwise buy. A bunch of readers helped me brainstorm ideas for this post on our Facebook page. Don’t miss the conversation!
Here are 14 foods we save money on by making in our Kitchen Aid.
1. Bread crumbs. Does anybody eat the ends? We do when we don’t have another loaf on hand. Then I freeze the ends and, until recently, used the hand grater to make bread crumbs. This morning I tossed five or six end slices that I’d been saving in the freezer (yes, I’m a freezer diva) and my KitchenAid churned them into bread crumbs in two minutes flat! I’m never buying bread crumbs again!
2. Shredded cheese. Aside from saving money, if you shred your own cheese you can avoid additives and preservatives.
3. Grated almonds. Why buy fancy sliced almonds when you can grind up almonds in your KitchenAid?
4. Ground meat. This requires an attachment and a firm stomach. But at least you know exactly what is going into your ground meat.
5. Fruit leather. Got a dehydrator? Make delicious and extremely cheap fruit leather by pureeing your choice of fruit in your KitchenAid, then drying it in your dehydrator. Great for fruit you’ve bought in bulk or that is starting to turn.
6. Frosting. Just mix a bit of softened butter, confectioners sugar, and a teaspoon or two of milk is required to make frosting. Thanks for the suggestion, Tara!
7. Hummus. You may need a Kitchen Aid attachment or a food processor for this one. (I’ve never actually tried making hummus in my Kitchen Aid, only in my blender. For the record, it’s a lot cheaper to make your own hummus.) Thanks Sola, Erica, and Tammy!
8. Whipped cream. Pour heavy cream into your mixer, beat on high, and turn it off when stiff peaks form. I add a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. If you whip it too much, it’ll turn to butter! Thanks, Tammy!
9. Brown sugar. Tammy gave me this idea – still waiting for a recipe. Do you just add molasses to white sugar to make brown sugar?
10. Pizza dough. I use the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. Thanks, Tammy!
11. Salsa and pico de gallo. Thanks Ceri, Nikki, and Debi! Debi says, “Fresh tomatoes make ALL the difference!” Cheri says, “tastes sooo much better fresh than from a jar.”
12. Almond butter. Not sure of the recipe for this one as Pam suggested it. Do you need a food processor, or can a regular Kitchen Aid make it? Or maybe you need to use a specific Kitchen Aid attachment? Thanks, Pam!
13. Smoothies. Yazmin shared a bunch of smoothie recipes way back when. Thanks, Nikki!
14. Shortbreads. Thanks, Tara!