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If you’re anything like me, your KitchenAid stand mixer is the most prized possession in your kitchen. (If you don’t yet own one, one of the brand’s best stand mixers is on sale right now at QVC.) I get daily use out of my 5-qt. Tilt-Head. And while I utilize the machine for tasks other than baking (like my daily juice), the former pastry chef in me can’t help but experiment with sweet treats as often as possible. That being said, I have plenty of friends and fam who don’t have a pastry background and still get serious use out of their KitchenAids. And there’s one essential I tell all of them to add-to-cart immediately: a pouring shield.
What exactly is a pouring shield? It’s that clear, circular, spouted top that fits on top of a stand mixer’s bowl so that you can add ingredients without interrupting the mixing, whisking, or kneading processes. This little tool aids in measurement precision, minimizing spillage (which, if you’re a klutz like me, is a total game changer), but what I love most of all is that it prevents my kitchen from getting covered in flour.
You know when you add your dry ingredients to the batter and immediately you and every surface in your kitchen are coated in a fine layer of King Arthur’s (or cassava flour if you’re a celiac like me)? Well, the pouring shield totally does away with that unpleasant baking side effect by containing the flour-ful air within. The spout channels all the dries directly into the bowl to reduce spills, keep your countertops clean, and ensure you are adding exactly the right amount into the bowl. Because baking is all about precision.
This must-have KitchenAid helper is not just for dry ingredients. In fact, some of its most helpful duties are in protecting countertops from hard-to-clean milk spills, melted butter, and sour cream. Plus, when you’re working with wet batters and doughs, the pouring shield acts as a handy splash guard. Believe me, in the days of my doughnut business, the shield kept my face (and kitchen) clear of spattered butter as the dough sloshed around the oiled bowl, taking its sweet time to incorporate the fat. When you’re ready to clean up, just pop it in the dishwasher. Could it get any easier?
I should mention that the pouring shield is only meant to sit atop KitchenAid’s metal bowls, not the ceramic, glass, or textured versions they offer. And while I do think those gorgeous options add a whole lot of flair, I’d take the Splash Pouring Shield over a pretty bowl any day.
Buy: Splash Pouring Shield For KitchenAid, $12.99
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