Updated: Mar 10
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Whether you've always been a Bosch user or you just made the switch from KitchenAid, here are some tips that are real game changers!
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1. Don't buy the Baker's Bundle. There's only one extra attachment I reccommend and I'll get to that. Those attachments are not made by Bosch and can break easily. I am (obviously) a baker and so when I bought my Bosch, I bought every possible attachment with it, thinking I needed all of them. The baker's bundle comes with:
Dough Hook Extender
Below you can read my evaluation of each attachment. Keep in mind that none of these come with the Bosch. They all cost extra money on top of the Bosch. The only attachment that comes with the Bosch is the metal dough hook.
The metal driver, how do I put this, it shrunk? For some reason it became harder and harder to remove from the center shaft, until on time I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to get it off and I never put it on again. I have no idea what caused that. I never put it in the dish washer and I'm baffled as to why that would happen, but like I said above, it is not made by Bosch and so I can only guess that it just isn't as compatible as the actual Bosch attachment. (The metal dough hook is the only attachment made by Bosh.)
The bowl scraper was cool at first and I thought I would use it ALL the time, but I quickly learned that putting it on, taking it off, and cleaning an extra attachment wasn't fun. It's faster and easier to take a spatula to the bowl and give it an extra mix at the end.
The cookie paddles are plastic. You can use a metal driver (the part that hooks to the center shaft) but the actual paddles are plastic. These paddles shattered the first time I tried to mix chocolate chips into my cookie dough. I don't know about you, but I did not buy a $400+ mixer to then have to mix chocolate chips in by hand! (Don't worry I have a solution to this problem down below.)
The cake paddles I actually like, minus the problem of the shrinking metal driver. I've never used the plastic driver because I was afraid of it shattering like the cookie paddles, but it might not have the shrinking problem. (My grandma has never had the shrinking driver problem and she primarily uses the plastic driver.) I realize I might've just got a faulty driver. So, I like the cake paddles. I just hate the drivers. The drivers are also kinda sucky to clean. The cake paddles are plastic, same as the cookie paddles, but cake batter is not as thick as cookie dough so I wasn't afraid of these shattering.
I tried the plastic driver once, but was scared it would shatter like the cookie paddles.
The dough hook extender was the same story as the bowl scraper. It was nice, as long as you don't mind having an extra part to hand-wash. I'm a busy mom/student/blogger/business-owner with a million tiny things to do all day so if there is any way to shave off a few minutes of clean-up I'm all for it.
Scraping a bowl with a spatula and then throwing the spatula in the dish-washer works better for me. Plus, the dough hook extender costs extra, so there's that.
The whisk attachment is the only extra attachment I use and I only use it for whipped cream or other recipes that have to be WHIPPED, like meringue or really fluffy, light frostings. I don't use this for thick frosting like my cream cheese frosting. (This tutorial was filmed back when I had my KitchenAid.)
After a month of testing all the extra attachments and being a little let down by 90% them, I discovered the best Bosch secret ever! Are you ready for it?
2. Just use the dough hook for everything! (minus the few recipes that require a whisk like I mentioned above.)
I was hesitant, wondering if it would be able to mix everything as good as the cookie and cake paddles, well it does!
I use this dough hook for:
Cream cheese frosting
Shredding batches of chicken
Mixing is a little different this way which, brings me to my next tip:
3. Don't mix it like you would with a KitchenAid. With a KitchenAid, you add a few ingredients, then mix, then add some more and mix. While you can do that with the Bosch, it can be tricky when the ingredients are so small and the bowl is so big. The solution is to add all the ingredients and mix at the end! If you are making cookies, add all the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, etc. And then mix it all together. After the dough forms, do one extra mix to add chocolate chips. You might be asking yourself if the dough will mix properly with this method, and it will! Just make sure your butter is nice and soft so it incorporates into the dough easily.
4. Hand wash everything. If you're new to Bosch, you'll quickly discover there's a bit of a learning curve that comes with it. With KitchenAid, clean up is pretty self explanatory. Bosch, however, is a bit more complicated. The only thing that is dishwasher safe on the Bosch is the lid that goes on the bowl. Everything else must be washed by hand. And make sure not to skip the center core that runs through the center of the bowl. Take that out and wash every time or else it will quickly fill up with old rotten batter that was left behind. Yuck! To remove this, turn the bowl upside down and untwist the center. It will click and allow you to pull out the core or driving axle.
5. Double your batches. The AWESOME thing about Bosch is how big its bowl is! This is the entire reason I switched to Bosch. I've found doubling my batches helps with mixing. I've also found that so much of what I make can be stored in the freezer for future use, like bread dough and cookie dough! So, overall the Bosch can save you time!