6 Kitchen Hacks to Get the Most Out of Your Tools
When you finally get that beautiful and sleek Chef XL, or that ever-versatile Multipro Sense you’ve dreamed of - there’s so much more it can do than just sit prettily on the counter or its basic functions. Extra attachments aside, there are already so many other ways to hack your kitchen helpers and get the most bang for your buck. While these trusty mixers and food processors are great at doing what they are known for, it only takes a little bit of experimenting to discover just how much they can improve your culinary creations and save you precious time. The possibilities are truly endless. But here are 4 kitchen hacks you can start with.

A fluffy, cloudy and smooth meringue made effortlessly

A baker is only as good as their perfectly whipped meringue. It easily transforms a classic lemon tart into a beautiful dinner centrepiece and is delicious as little melt-in-your-mouth sugary bites. However, making meringue is an unavoidable challenge. It’s can be tricky to get meringue to rise in hot and humid weather or with a bowl less than perfectly oil-free, or even with the wrong mixing attachments. Sometimes, it may seem that getting the perfect fluffy and cloudy meringue needs nothing short of the stars aligning. But here’s your hack: chill the bowl. That’s it! It’s that simple. Pop the mixing bowl and beater in the freezer and keep the egg whites chilled in the fridge before whipping, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the mixture fluffs. (This works for whipped cream, too!)

Shred cooked chicken with your mixer

Salads, sandwiches, porridge topping, or even a quick snack - shredded chicken is a painful process. Well, put away your forks and save your arms the ache. Simply pop cooked, warm chicken pieces into your mixing bowl and use the K-beater on low speed to break up the meat. Once the meat breaks down into bite-sized pieces, crank up the speed, and marvel at how quickly your shredded chicken presents itself! “Ugh, shredded chicken is boring”, you think? We’ve got you. Do this with pulled pork, ground beef, and any tender meat you need to be broken down - the world is your oyster.

Homemade butter

If you’ve purchased a Kenwood stand mixer or a Multipro food processor, chances are that you’re looking for it to make your life simpler, easier, and quicker. We get that. While making butter from scratch doesn’t exactly scream “efficient”, hear us out. Homemade butter is fast, easy and tastes fresh and delicious. With a large bowl and good sturdy mixer like the Chef XL, you can make a large batch at a go, and freeze it to store. If you want a small batch, just whip (pun intended) out your food processor and it does the trick as well! All you need is love (and cream). And three easy steps:
  1. Put the whole cream into your mixer (or food processor) and whip on high. (Just keep whipping until it passes the whipped cream stage and moves into a thick, creamy, butter-like consistency).
  2. After 2-10 minutes, you’ll notice the milk fat and solids separate. Drain away the buttermilk, and squeeze the butter under running water until it runs clear.
  3. Squeeze it tight, drain it, pack it, and enjoy!

Bingsu, Ice Kachang, Snow Cone, Mojito - take your pick!

This is one for the food processor. In warm and sweaty days, there’s nothing better than a cool icy treat. Pick your poison, be it the Instagram-worthy bingsu, or the classic childhood favourite Ice Kachang, or even a boozy Mojito - they’ve all got one thing in common. Shaved ice. A shaved ice machine is large, clunky, and takes up space on your countertop. Your food processor’s got you covered. It’s as simple as placing your ice cubes in and pulsing until finely ground. Here’s where the Multipro Sense is worth every cent - to crush hard ingredients like ice, nuts and more, a good motor and sharp durable blades are important. You don’t want to have to replace your equipment every few months or have dulled blades!