My best suggestion is to read the manual for any attachment
before you buy it - and see if it will do what you want it to do.
If you use the Food Grinder Attachment (FGA
) according to the instructions I don't see how there would be any liquid leaking into the mixer. I've used mine for about 7 years ... ground probably more than 200-lbs of meat, and made more than 50-lbs sausages using the sausage stuffer accessory (SSA
) with no problems. But, I followed the instructions.
I have the Pasta Roller Set (KPRA
) and haven't had a problem with it - but I follow the rules I learned from Italian cooks on TV - after you mix, knead, and roll your dough let it rest and dry a bit before you try to cut it with the pasta cutter attachments (otherwise it doesn't cut clean and will stick like crazy). FWIW - Those are also the instructions you'll find with most hand-cranked pasta makers like the Atlas or Imperia/VillaWare.
I got the Mixer Attachment Pack FPPA (food grinder FGA - see above, Roto Slicer/Shredder RVSA
, and the Fruit and Vegetable Strainer Parts FVSP
that work with the FGA food grinder). I've used the RVSA for grating cheese, carrotts, onions - grating cabbage, slicing vegetables, etc. with no problems. Although I will admit I've never tried to use it as a mandoline to slice cucumbers. I wanted to use the fruit/vegetable strainer for something a few years ago but it thrued out that what I was wanting to do was a no-no according to the instructions ... bummer ... so that has never been used.
I also have the Pasta Maker Plates (SNPA
) which, after reading the instructions, I've never used. Maybe someday I'll try it ... but since it stresses the mixer to extrude the pasta ("NOTE: Mixer must rest at least 1 hour after extruding 2 consecutive pasta dough recipes") - I've never been that eager to try it. But, it should also be noted that dedicated extruder machines have similar restrictions/limitations.
If I lived in Southern California, South Texas or Florida where fresh oranges were cheaper than bottled/frozen concentrate juice - I would seriously consider the Citrus Juicer (JE
) - but for the limited number of times I need to juice fresh citrus each year it's not a financially feasible option.
I can not for the life of me think of why I would need to buy the Can Opener (CO
IMHO - there is nothing wrong with the KA attachments - as long as you read the manuals and understand their uses/limitations before you buy them. Are there better options? Yeah - maybe.