Do you do this? We've never known any other way of corralling all our mixer attachments. Our mother put hers in the bowl, and we've always done the same. Whether your mixer is a KitchenAid or something else, those whisks, dough hooks, and paddles are unwieldy and hard to shove in a drawer. So this is our solution, but we've improved on our mother's method just a bit.
She always used a paper towel to cradle the attachments in the bowl, but it tended to, eventually, get smushed down or torn up. We started using an old kitchen towel. It keeps the utensils from scratching and banging against the bowl, and it also cuts down on the dust that settles in the bottom.
When we use the mixer, we just pick up the edges of the towel and lift out all of the attachments, which sit patiently on the counter until we're finished. We can wash and toss an attachment into the bowl without hearing a loud clanging through the apartment. And we save drawer space while making use of a bowl that would otherwise sit empty.
Simple, we know. But we're sure we're not alone. Anyone have any other tips?
(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)