Functions To Consider
Material … Consider what material you want your blender to be made from. Stainless steel blenders are very strong but can be difficult to clean and are quite heavy. Plastic is easy to clean and lightweight. However, some people are concerned with the chemicals that can seep into the food from plastic. The best thing to do is to buy a blender that allows you to remove the blade and place it in the dishwasher.
Blades … Blenders have 2 different types of blades, an "Immersion" blade and a regular "Spiral" blade. An immersion blade will sit directly in the cup of mix and rotate. An immersion blade is great if you are simply juicing fruit to eat or drink. The spiral blade will take up a little more space but is ideal for thicker, wetter mixtures such as soup.
Speed Settings … Determine what it is you wish to blend. In order to get the right consistency when blending, it is important to have a variety of speeds. A regular blender should have a LOW, HIGH and ICE setting. A puree or juice drinker would need a LOW, HIGH and PULSE setting. The pulse setting will help keep your blender cleaner by evenly distributing the mixture around the blades.
The 5 Different Types of Blenders
When the idea of home entertainment was first introduced, blenders first came into use. The first blenders looked rather like mixers. They were stationary, and you had to hold onto the lid to keep the blender from flying off the top. The blades were made of wood or stone.
They are kitchen workhorses and the blender of choice for most smoothie lovers. A counter-top blender combines the power of a heavy-duty, stand-mixer with the convenience of a smaller appliance.
Counter-top blenders range from about 500 watts to 1,500 watts. They produce fast, powerful results, and come with one or more of the following features:
- A blade to chop, puree, mince, and crush ingredients with ease.
- A container that makes it easy to add ingredients, adjust the blending speed, and pour out your smoothie or slushy.
- A separate container to hold the fruits or veggies you’re blending.
- A tamper that’s used to push ingredients into the blade.
- A safety mechanism that turns off the unit if the lid is not properly attached.
- An additional jar or attachment that’s used to make salsa, peanut butter, or batters and dough.
- An accessory jar with a top that allows ingredients to slip out slowly or quickly, creating a thick or thin consistency.
- An ice-crushing feature that quickly makes a thick, icy blend in seconds.
- A programmed feature that mixes, blends, and stops at specific times and power levels.
If you just want to make a single serving of a smoothie, smoothie bowls, or frozen drinks, a single-serve blender might be the best bet for you.
Some examples to consider are the KitchenAid KSB1575ER 5-Speed Diamond Blender, the Nutri Ninja Pro (BL480), and the Tribest Personal Blender (PB-250).
There are countless brands of these single-serve blenders available, so it just comes down to the specific features that matter to you.
Blender bottles are designed to hold your smoothie ingredients on the go. They are designed for people who don’t want to carry around a blender while exercising or commuting.
Blender bottles are usually a little wider at the bottom than the top to make your ingredients easier to mix while shaking the bottle.
There are many different caps, lids, and top components to blend your smoothie. Some blender bottles have a built-in blade to smush your ingredients while you shake.
Some have a strainer built into the lid to sieve out the solid ingredients, and others have a button to press that causes the blade pusher to push the blade up.
The blender bottle with the button requires you to hold the button down while shaking. It is a better option if you think you will be shaking the ingredients for a longer time.
The blender bottle with the sieving lid is a better choice if you want to separate your smoothie into two containers for different occasions.
They are also a good option if you want to pour out the smoothie without any of the residue.
Immersion blenders are mostly intended for one purpose: making soups. Though they can be used for other things, an immersion blender really shines when making soups. They’re especially useful if you’re trying to cook a soup winter you don’t want to turn your oven on.
Since these blenders are so specific, it makes sense that they’re really only used for one thing. They are designed for use with a pot or a container.
To use an immersion blender, you need to stick the blender’s blades into the soup or other food you’re trying to blend. You can then turn the blender on if it’s a manual one, or if it has a power cord, you can plug it in and let it work its magic in the pot or container.
You can often purchase immersion blenders that are made specifically for cleaning purposes.
Blender Combo Systems
A blender combo system includes a single appliance which can handle multiple tasks. These systems run the whole gamut, and with the hectic modern lifestyle and schedules, you may find one that suits you just right.
These systems can also be cheaper than buying the parts individually, which is one of the main reasons people choose a blender combo system. And besides, they usually come with multiple recipes as well.
So if you don’t have the time or don’t want to go through the hassle of searching for each appliance, this might be the best option for you.
Revamping your kitchen can be a huge endeavor. Whether you are building a new kitchen from scratch or adding one element at a time, it is a worthwhile investment.
Getting a new kitchen appliance can really make your life easier. Today's kitchen is fast paced and demanding. So you need a kitchen that can keep up with your lifestyle and your entertaining needs.
A high-performance blender for example, can cut down your cooking time and help make cooking fun.
And ultimately getting what you need to prepare healthy, delicious and nutritious meals, in the quickest possible time.
I hope this article helped you find the right blender for your kitchen and your cooking needs.
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