Kitchen Blender

Blenders are among the most common items used in kitchens across the world. They are found in both professional and residential kitchens. They are chiefly used to blend various foods and drinks to make them into a liquid or semisolid consistency. In fact, because of this, in some parts of the world, they are referred to as liquidizers. Blenders can take in hard items and break them into smaller pieces, like they can prepare crushed ice from ice cubes, especially for cocktails such as Zombie and PiƱacolada and they can reduce spices into their powdered forms. They are also used for whisking foods such as yogurt and mayonnaise. One more important use of blenders is in whipping eggs.

The principle of a blender is very simple. It has a motor attached within an enclosed box. The motor has a shaft that protrudes into a vessel which can be attached above this box. The shaft can be fitted with a variety of blades. The stuff to be blended is introduced into this vessel which has a very tight-fitting lid provided. The motor is energized by electrical power. When the blending process is to begin, the power is switched on and the motor sets into operation, which makes the blade move. This enables the blending of the food. The lid ensures that the food does not fly off as it is being blended.

The motor can be adjusted to various speeds, which decides the extent of the blending that can be done. There is also a flash speed button provided sometimes which will make the blade move at a superfast speed for a short time.

Another type of adjustment is through the blades provided. There are usually three to eight blades provided with blenders. These are of various sizes and edges and are meant for various purposes. The blades add the utility of the machine. Some of these fixtures could be non-blades, such as the attachments for whisking creams and whipping eggs, which do not really have sharp edges to them. However, in some blenders, only one multipurpose blade is provided, which is fitted to the vessel. These are the cheapest blenders.

The vessel is made transparent so that the user can see the food as it is being processed. The options are glass and plastic. Glass blenders are pricier but are better favored because glass cleans completely, is more durable and is harder than plastic. These vessels are calibrated (graduated) so that they can also double up as measuring cups when needed.

A variation of the traditional blender is the immersible blender, also known as the stick blender or the hand blender. This blender is fashioned like a long rod and the blades can be attached at one end. It is held rather like one holds a gun and the controls are where the fingers are meant to grip the blender. These blenders are meant to be immersed directly into the foods that are meant to be blended. They do not have vessels of their own. Some of these have heat-resistant parts so that they can directly be used in a utensil that is cooking food on a stove. Even these blenders come with various attachments of their own.

Immersible blenders are favored by people who cook small amounts of food at a time and who do not actually relish the idea of washing up after the blending in a traditional blender is done. Since the hand blender will blend within the cooking utensil itself, there is no additional cleaning involved. These blenders have various speeds too, but because of the absence of a lid, the chances of splashing the contents are high. Stick blenders will, therefore, pick up their speed slowly so that they prevent the splashing of food.

This Kitchen Blender Review is Written/Updated on Mar 23rd, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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