Stand mixers handle the work of mixing, kneading and blending so you don’t have to do it by hand. A stand mixer is generally more powerful than a hand mixer so it can handle tougher jobs or make the work go faster. It doesn’t have any sharp parts, but a stand mixer can be dangerous if not used properly. Use these safety tips for your next mixing job.
Before you even plug in your stand mixer, you need to make sure you set the machine up correctly. Choose a flat surface that is solid. A large area of counter top is ideal. If you use a separate stand, make sure it is stable and large enough to accommodate the mixer. When on a high speed, a stand mixer is likely to shake or vibrate. If it sits too close to the edge or is on a wobbly surface, it could tip or fall.
Before you plug in the mixer, do a visual inspection to make sure everything looks like it is in good working order. Look for loose wiring or any other potential damage. Check the on/off switch to ensure it is in the off position. Secure the bowl on the stand before plugging in the machine. Put on the selected attachment. Raise the bowl into position. Then you can plug in the machine.
Unplug the machine whenever it is not in use. This prevents an accidental turn on when you’re doing other tasks. If your child is helping, unplugging is especially important. You don’t want her to accidentally turn the machine on while you’re adding ingredients.
Recipes often require you to add more ingredients as you go on. It is often easiest to add the ingredients while the mixer is working. You may find that some of the ingredients stick to the sides of the bowl without getting mixed in fully. Stop the machine before using a spatula or other tool to scrape the side of the bowl. Keep your hands away from the moving attachments.
Any time a stand mixer is in use, you should stay near, especially if you have kids in the home. An unattended mixer is a major danger for young kids. The unit can also shift as it runs. If you aren’t there to watch it, the stand mixer could end up moving over the edge of the counter. When you watch the mixer running, you can quickly shut it off it a problem arises.