Sometimes, it just takes a very small change to make a big difference. This is true in many things, but it is equally true in the kitchen. The BeaterBlade is a great example. This stand mixer attachment has a silicone “blade” that extends from what is otherwise a regular paddle attachment. It scrapes the bowl as it mixes, making blending easier and faster than with a regular paddle attachment, particularly for things like creaming butter and sugar. The same company, New Metro Design, has come out with another kitchen innovation, the MixerMate Bowl.
The MixerMate is a bowl designed to improve the efficiency of your hand mixer (because not everyone has a stand mixer or those who do don’t use them all the time). The bowl has an unusual shape: oval, with sides that taper in towards a relatively narrow bottom. This is a contrast from rounder, straight-sided bowls. The tornado-inspired shape of the bowl is supposed to reduce mixing time by up to 30%, while the extra-tall walls of the bowl will reduce splatter.I found the bowl to work just as promised. My butter and sugar creamed extremely fast and I didn’t need to move the beaters around the bowl as much to get everything blended. I was also able to whip up cream and frosting even faster than usual. I didn’t expect there to be much difference between this bowl and my other bowls, but I was pretty impressed with how well it performed!
The bowl also has two pouring spouts and the handles can double as pouring spouts, so it is very easy to get anything you put into the bowl out again, and there is a nonslip base on the bowl to prevent it from sliding around the countertop. It comes in four colors and is a great little tool to add to your kitchen, especially if you use a hand mixer frequently.
KenniFebruary 18, 2011
What kind of frosting did you make? Have you made a meringue at all? I’m curious because this would be a God send if it works well with meringues.
NicoleFebruary 18, 2011
Kenni – I made a simple buttercream frosting and whipped up heavy cream to see if it really did improve whipping time. I haven’t done a meringue in the bowl (as of yet) but the info that comes with it says that the shape of the bowl makes meringues quicker whether you beat them with an electric mixer or whip them by hand. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I have no reason to doubt that. It definitely speeds up other mixing times.