Stand mixers are great tools to have in the kitchen, as they can handle all kinds of jobs with speed and ease, from creaming butter and sugar to kneading bread dough. One minor annoyance to using KitchenAid stand mixers, which are easily one of the top selling stand mixer brands available, is that the included paddle attachment doesn’t do an effective job of getting everything off of the sides of the mixer bowl. You need to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula when creaming butter and sugar or blending in flour for a cake batter. It’s a minor inconvenience, but it does take some additional time and dirty up some additional kitchen equipment. Some companies have come up with spatula-like paddle attachment that eliminate the problem, and while many of them work – and work well – with KitchenAid mixers (such as the Beater Blade), many people with KitchenAids prefer not to take a chance on using a non-KitchenAid approved attachment.
Fortunately for anyone in that boat, KitchenAid has now come out with the KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater. This paddle attachment has been adapted to have a spatula-like bowl scraper on one side and a regular paddle blade on the other, so it gives you the ability to scrape the bowl while you mix and still allows you to mix in chunky things (such as raisins or chocolate chips) which can jam up other brands of bowl-scraping blades. It fits KitchenAid 4.5 Quart and 5 Quart mixers, so it will work on most home models, and it is both durable and easy to clean. It’s a great accessory to add to your mixer and one that anyone who does a lot of baking will get a lot of use out of.