Food mixers are great kitchen gadgets. They are perfect for all sorts of otherwise time-consuming and difficult tasks including making bread dough, cake batters and whipping cream. If you are used to using one you will really miss it if it breaks down.
The best way to avoid this is to take good care of your food processor or mixer. Food mixer repairs usually take a few days, so the best way to ensure that you are never without this handy kitchen gadget is to look after it. Here are our top tips for doing so:
Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance routine
Most manufacturers tell you what you need to do to keep their machine running efficiently. Following that advice is the best way to take care of your stand mixer.
Never overfill the mixer
If you are making something and are in a rush it can be tempting to just add in some extra ingredients rather than make two batches. With a mixer this is just about the worst thing you can do. Mixing too much at once will only lead to strain being put on the components that will lead to unnecessary breakdowns.
Clean the buttons and knobs
Food can easily build up and become stuck under the buttons and switches. In time, this food residue works its way under the buttons, which can cause issues because the buttons no longer work, as they should. Wipe down the buttons and use a toothpick to remove any food residue. This will also keep your mixer hygienically clean.
Periodically check the paddle clearance
To work properly the paddle of your food mixer should sit just above the bowl. With repeated use, the paddle position can shift slightly and begin to rub the bowl, for this reason it is important to occasionally check the position and adjust it.
By maintaining your stand mixer in this way, you can keep it working well and do so for longer.