Blender is a very important and useful tool for any kitchen. A good blender grinds, mixes, purees, whips and chops products for just several seconds. This small appliance is great for making exotic smoothies, creamy soups, and unusual sauces for pasta. And if you still have not got this buzzing kitchen device, maybe it is time to consider its purchase.
As a first step, you need to determine the type of blender which best suits your needs. There are basically two different types available – standing blender and immersion (or stick) blender.
Standing blender consists of a jag mounted on a base with a built-in motor. It is mostly used to prepare cocktails, frozen drinks, shakes and smoothies. It is not suitable for blending hot food such as soups and boiled vegetables. In case you buy blender solely for making smoothies and other drinks, then standing blender is definitely a good choice. Otherwise I would not recommend choosing standing blender for home use, as it is not multi-functional and takes too much space.
Immersion or hand blender is basically a stick with rotated blades at the end of it. The stick is to be inserted into the container with the ingredients for blending. It is perfect for preparation of liquid mixtures such as cream-soups, salad dressing and sauces. Immersion blender is usually supplied with various additional accessorizes. I would recommend choosing a model which comes with a chopping and a whisk attachments. I usually use chopper for crushing ice, making frozen drinks, and chopping hers and nuts. Whisk attachment is used the same way as a mixer.
Power is a key feature which determines the price of the blender. In case you want your blender to be able to complete such complex tasks as chopping nuts and crushing ice, you need to choose between models of at least 500 W.
Blender jars are generally made from either glass or plastic. Each material has its advantages as well as its drawbacks. Plastic containers are more practical as they are durable and light. However, plastic can be easily scratched especially if you crush ice in it. And what is much worse, plastic jars tend to absorb food odors. Glass jugs don’t change its look over time, and do not retain any smells and tastes. But they are much heavier, cost more and can be broken.
Buying an immersion blender check the material the stick is made from. The wand (its bottom part with blades) can be either plastic or metal. I would not recommend buying the one with a plastic guard because it should not be in contact with hot food.
Make sure the size of the chopper container is big enough for your needs. In case you intend to make smoothies in the chopping attachment as I do, choose the one with a large cup (minimum 60 oz). Keep in mind that the net volume of blender jar is less than the total volume approximately by 15 oz.
Hand blenders can have up to 30 speed options. I believe that three speed options in most cases are sufficient. My blender has only two speed options and I think it is enough.
The costs of blenders vary from USD 30 to USD 1,000 depending on the model, function, power, brand and even color. Good immersion blender of medium power (about 600 W) supplied with chopping and whipping attachments can be bought for USD 100.
There are cordless blenders which enable to use them anywhere without being plugged. I don’t dispute that it is rather convenient and in some cases this can be an important factor. But in my opinion, there is little sense in this improvement. In addition, the prices of cordless models are significantly higher.
I hope that this article will help you to find the right blender which will become your reliable personal kitchen assistant in cooking delicious and healthy food.