Bamix accessories and attachments
Bamix isn’t just for Christmas. It’s a friend for life !
It seems that everything the Bamix says it can do, it does quietly, quickly, evenly, and expertly! It’s no wonder that three of its products came at the tip top of our hand blender recommendations for 2018, and again for 2019!
The Bamix models come with different accessories or attachments. The accessories and attachments are made to the same high standard as the main Bamix blenders (see our in depth Bamix gastro 350 review here). The Gastro range and the SwissLine were both equal winners in our best Pro grade hand blender 2018, and Superbox ( essentially the SwissLine + accessories) also got top spot for our best pro grade hand held food processor.
One of the reasons why we love Bamix is the sheer power that comes in such a small neat package, same goes for the accessories. True to its roots as the inventor or the hand blender, the Bamix accessories are also small and neat and stay mostly in the hands when blending. Have you seen the size of the tiny blades! The blades are sometimes reported to be hard to take off but in fact they just fit snugly so you just have to be firm with them – they are blunt edged and safe to handle. We now invested in a Bamix ourselves (links on this page are for Bamix accessories UK and also Bamix accessories USA), and find that when you use the chopper you automatically hold it in your other hand and work the chopper by moving it around. Have a look at the video below, or see Gordon Ramsey demonstrating also that on our celebrity hand blender page.
The bamix hand blenders are made of stainless steel and the motor is so well protected that you can even immerse the wand well past the end ..if you need to. There are several models and 3 stick ( or Bamix like to call it ‘shaft’ ) lengths.
This is effectively the main component that clicks into the attachments, so we feel it’s important to point something out here. Unlike some other brands where the stick can be separated from the engine part in the handle, you cannot actually do this with the Bamix models. So this means you cannot just change your shaft ( or wand or stick if you like) to a longer or shorter one. So, right at the beginning, you need to choose the model that has the length you want. In general, the shaft feels great to handle! It’s a nice shape to hold, has a balanced weight, and it’s quiet. Its fast and seems to work miracles with very few ingredients. Frothing up skimmed milk with strawberries is one of its most popular tricks!
The main blade is the multi-purpose blade, then there are 3 others – the beater blade, the whisk blade and the meat blade. The stands or wall bracket seem like just an accessory but as an owner of Bamix ( SwissLine) we find that we use the stand a lot ! Its a precious piece of kit and its important to put the stick back on the stand firmly instead of standing it on its own or laying it down on the counter top. The next accessories are jugs and beakers, and a grinder( for dry ingredients) that comes with the deluxe model, or its updated version called the food processor (i.e. a wet & dry grinder) that comes with the SwissLine. The powder disk just takes things further and turns things… into powder! The SliceSy is what we would call a food processor and does all the grating and slicing. The Bamix hand blender is going to last you a good while, and its nice to be able to easily add accessories for future birthday gifts or stocking fillers!
Bamix shaft blades
You’ll be happy to know that the Bamix blades are made of food grade stainless steel but also feel quite blunt, so good for handling when the power is off of course! It’s really the Bamix engine that powers the blades that help it do such a good job. From reviews it looks like you do have to careful to line the shaft and the blade end up very well to get them to connect easily. Pulling the blades off can be difficult for some people, so just make sure the power is off when you’re concentrating on this bit!
We actually started to get a bit bamboozled with all the blade names and what they meant. What was the difference between them, and what do they all do? More importantly what food can we make with each blade? After a bit of research here is our guide on how to decipher the terms. It includes all the techniques you can apply with each blade, and also the resulting food it will help you create.
We also tell you what letter Bamix give it ( e.g. A blade) and what they look like by the way because some sales sites online mix the names up. That doesn’t help but if you know what it should look like and what it does then that’s 99% of what you need to know before choosing which one to buy.
Bamix multipurpose blade
This is also known as the chopper blade or the C blade.
It’s great for pureeing soups and sauces, and ideal for baby food, chops and blends fruit and vegetables for juices, shakes and smoothies. Minces meat (although the meat blade does this specifically) or raw or cooked veg, and heavy batters. So you can easily make shortcrust pastry, brioche, and bread ! You can also make amazing ice cream and flavoured butters with its hard crushing action works wonders on ice or nuts.
Bamix whisk blade
Also known as the blender blade or the B blade.
It’s a stirrer, a mixer, whipper or emulsifier. Think of it as ideal for mixtures that need a thick consistency like light batters. Fabulous for emulsifying mayonnaise, making pancakes, crepes, waffles and omelettes. It makes all sorts of drinks and cocktails, sauces & creams, dressings, and marinades. It even mashes your potatoes, makes cakes, purées cooked fruit and vegetables, and wow and behold, it makes face-masks! (Quick note: sometimes in Europe, (even in a Bamix office !), when they translate to English, they mix up the names between this and the beater / aerator blade. So, just always look at the pictures as well as words)
Bamix beater blade
Also known as the aerator blade or the A blade. (Be careful as some sites also mistakenly call the Beater blade the B blade!)
Basically, it tilts a little which allows it to get air into the mixture, hence the name aerator. Think of using it for anything that needs beating with a light touch. So you can now see why it is also called a foamer, or a creamer, a sauce maker. It’s fantastic for whipping egg whites or fresh cream and you will find it famous for turning skimmed milk into the consistency of cream (just add strawberries for a delicious drink!). So what can you make? How about meringues, sauces, soups, thick milk shakes and smoothies, whipped desserts, light sponge cakes, sabayons, milk foams, bernaise sauce, tiramisu, Chantilly cream, and hollandaise sauce. We could go on !
Note: A little heads up on this little blade. If you have eagle eyes like Aoibheann… the ‘disc’ can look like it’s not quite straight ( i.e not exactly 90degrees to the stem). So don’t be alarmed if you think it’s damaged. It’s mean’t to be like that to work properly
Bamix meat blade
Also known as the mincer or slicing blade or the S blade.
Basically it minces meats and creates pastes. Its designed specifically to slice through, and mince and chop hard meat or fibrous vegetables, and even boned fish. It’s a very versatile blade so you can still use it to chop and puree the veggies for your baby food or to get the lumps out of mashed potatoes or a roux sauce. Its good for fibrous ingredients so think of using this tool when you want to make a smoothie with difficult fruit and vegetables like rhubarb, leeks and asparagus. Do bear in mind though that it is not meant to be used to crush ice. The multi-purpose blade does that.
Other attachments and accessories
Bamix wall bracket
Depending on the model you buy, it can come with either nothing, or a wall bracket, or the countertop stand. The wall bracket is a simple soul, it fits all models but it is usually delivered without screws! You can buy them separately. The stand is really a storage unit but it looks so cool on the counter-top, and holds the wand nicely at the front so you can grab it easily and put back when you’re finished. There are three stand types. One that comes with the deluxe models, one with the swissline or superbox sets, and one that comes with the classic selection set…pictures coming soon.
Bamix dry mill
The Grinder (aka the Grinding Mill) is designed to grind dry herbs, spices and many other dry ingredients. We’re really not sure which came first.. the dry or the wet dry grinder, but it seems that the both wet and dry one is the supported one now to act as the catchall mini processor attached for Bamix hand blenders, and the powder disc only works with this one to provide the ultimate pulversing tool!
If you do end up with a dry grinder only, its not the end of the world as, although it is meant for dry ingredients only, most people say you can also use it to chop herbs (leaves that you have removed surface water from for example) or veggies (again, dry surface). I also found an unusual use for the ‘dry’ grinder when a user reported it works well as a stand! Surprisingly stable it seems.
The blade in the “dry” grinder is like a short steak knife and is great for grinding spices to powder. The Bamix Wet and Dry Mill is a grinder mincer “processor” add on. Not very big at all and very like a coffee or spice grinder or miniprocessor size.
All components are dishwasher safe and BPA-free. This item is compatable with all Bamix models.
Also known as the Wet and Dry grinding mill or the processor. It has 5 elements: the lid, the base, the bowl, the stainless steel shaft and the blade.
It is designed to grind both wet and dry ingredients. So, like the dry grinder, it is brilliant at grinding dry spices like vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom etc. It equally grinds nuts, grains, chocolate, coffee beans, and even ice. However it also grinds herbs, onions and tomatoes and much more. Actually its been developed for grinding, milling, blending and mincing! It’s fantastic for making your own condiments like salsa, mustard, guacamole, harissa, tapenade, hummus, relish and curry pastes. It can also make your pates, nut butters, or just simple take the tears out of onion chopping! It can be used to grind ice, hard or soft cheese, or for making crumbs out of dried bread, fish or mushroom, or for grinding herbs and citrus peels. Its fantastic for small portions of home-made baby food, spreads, or to make fast salad dressings. It’s fast at mincing garlic, coconut, chilli, horse-radish, all kinds of herbs and small quantities of meat or fish. You will need the extra pulveriser powder disk piece below to do the sugar and salt to a very fine consistency.
It’s just 12 x 12 x 9 cm so a nice small size to hold in your one hand, whilst you have the blender in the other hand. Try not to fill it more than 2/3rds full. There’s also a reason you see people demonstrating it in mid air… it works best if you move and shake it about a bit whilst grinding. That way you get nice even grinding. Officially, its capacity is confirmed as 200ml, but really people have said that it can be 250ml max. I suppose it depends what foodstuff you’re talking about. A helpful foodie mentioned it takes a large slice of bread torn into bits to make breadcrumbs, a large handful of herbs, about 4 or 5 oz sugar ground down to caster sugar, or a handful of nuts to be chopped. It’s easy to wash with warm soapy water, and all components are dishwasher safe and BPA free.
We have so much to write on this accessory. Can you tell we’re sold on it? We had a separate mini grinder / chopper already so we know how useful it is.
One really top tip I found is that it does need enough moisture to form a paste and often this is more moisture ( water will do) than the recipe calls for. It’s also easy to reduce garlic & ginger to a paste simply by adding a little water. (No need for us to buy those tubes of paste then!). I found a handy recipe online for garlic paste.. 4 cloves of garlic with a 3 tablespoons water.. add the water a little at a time to get the paste you are looking for. By the way, apparently any excess water goes away when you start cooking with the paste in hot oil. Neat! It’s also great for spice and nut grinding.. making flour from seeds (try sunflower seed powder / flour and use that in place of breadcrumbs or just to thicken things!) For the freshest coffee grind your own fresh coffee beans. For sugar, start raw and do a fast refine yourself to castor sugar, and then further to icing sugar…in seconds.
It’s compatible with all Bamix models and we think this handy little attachment to the Bamix will save you time, money and effort!
Watch the wet and dry chopper in action video here.
( Note: the powder disk is included with the wet/dry processor in the U.S. link below)
Bamix powder disk
The Powder Disc is an accessory to the Wet & Dry Grinding Mill and is not compatible with any other Bamix product. The Powder Disc sits on top of the Blade inside the Wet & Dry Grinding Mill and is designed to grind herbs and spices (e.g. pepper, coffee, sugar, cinnamon, etc.) to an extra fine powdery consistency. The Powder Disc is made of a transparent polycarbonate plastic, which is durable, shatterproof and dishwasher safe.
Add the SliceSy and you get the food processing unit that we would use most for little jobs like slicing and grating. It’s such a time saver and much safer to use than a mandolin. Personally, I do love chopping with a knife when I have time – I find it so therapeutic. Many reviewers talk about having arthritic hands though, so the Bamix is a godsend for that. It’s also so perfectly engineered that it produces nice even slices, even for onions. I certainly can’t do that with a knife!
The SliceSy usually has a large main S blade for larger amounts of chopping and 6 extra accessories.. . A thick and a thin slicer, and both a coarse, medium, and a fine shredder. So you can process vegetables, fruits and cheese to make simple easy salads. It can even slice olives, nut and grapes to top them off nicely. You can make a nice tartar or burgers from lean meat or fish, and short pastry or cake dough.
Washing the top part of the slicesy seems to be a sore point though as this is one accessory that cannot be completely submerged in water. The rest can go in the dishwasher! The attachments are also sharper than the wand blades so be careful.
Watch the SliceSy in action making dough for baking here.
Bamix slicing grating blades
Add even greater versatility to the Bamix SliceSy food processort attachment with this trio. 3 extra blades in durable stainless steel for the Bamix SliceSy. This set includes fine and medium graters, and a thin slicer. Ideal for helping chop, grate and slice fruit, vegetables and more. Dishwasher safe.
Bamix beakers and jugs
A 400ml small size and the 600ml medium size come with markings on the side, a pourer, and a snap on lid for better food storing. The measurements by the way don’t show the final limit. For example the 600ml beaker shows 500ml as its top measurement but if you fill it to the top it is probably 600ml when full. The 400ml is a nice smokey-colour. The 900ml or 1L size are jugs with a handle and measurement markings, and all are BPA-free. The beaker is made of Polycarbonate which is break and shock resistant . It’s suitable for use in fridges, freezers and microwave ovens, and is also dishwasher proof. The 600ml is the most popular at 15.4 x 10 x 10 cm it is about a two person portion. It seems though that all sizes are very useful and a lot of people have talked about getting the lot!
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