Have you ever turned on your mixer while making a batch of cookies and immediately received a cloud of flour in your face? How about when the milk you just added splashes out of the bowl and all over the counter?
We have a very simple fix for that very situation.
To avoid a face full of flour or any other messes, just grab a clean kitchen towel and drape it over your mixing bowl after adding your ingredients. Do this before you turn on the mixer — once you start the mixer beating, any splashes or puffs stay neatly contained in the bowl. Throw the towel in the wash once you've finished mixing, and cleanup is done.
I usually just drape the bowl so the mixer's controls are still easily accessible, but you can also drape your towel over the whole mixer if you're worried about the towel getting caught in the beater.
This post has been updated — first published December 2009.