Welcome back to Equipment Corner. These days there are so many kinds of kitchen blenders and depending on what task you’re wanting to carry out. Whether you cook regularly or from time to time, it makes sense to have a countertop kitchen blender. Blenders are so handy when preparing sauces, salsas or creamy soups. Blenders save you time and allow you to prepare meals faster. Blenders keep everything inside eliminating splashes, sprays and messes which can occur with immersion blenders. Immersion or hand blenders come in handy when wanting to smooth part of a soup or sauce, for example, to thicken your recipe. Immersion blenders cannot be lifted from your container but must remain submerged while blending. I know from experience about splashes and messes from accidentally removing the hand blender. What a disaster! However, immersion blenders are so handy.
So, what do you look for when purchasing a blender? The key feature to take into consideration is the power. The power gives you the ability to vary cooking portions whether large or small and to pulverize various ingredients from hard to soft. The more power your blender has the more versatile the outcome. Lower powers are great for liquids yet if you intend to crush ice, crush nuts and dried fruits more power is needed. Also pay close attention to the type of blade because some are better at pureeing soft fruits and vegetables while others can blend meats.Check out brands like KitchenAid, Vitamix, Blendtec, and Oster to name a few at your local small appliance store or online.
Material and design is the last important factor in making your purchase. These features enable you to match kitchen decor and refresh its appearance. It is important to consider cup capacity and what the blender is made of. Weight and durability are important, too. Glass is sustainable, ecological and transparent but can be heavy. Plastic on the other hand is lightweight and convenient while metal is non-transparent yet durable. .
No matter if you’re in the market for a new blender to replace an old one or buying for the first time, my hope is I’ve helped deciding what brand, style, color you choose to purchase easier. I use my blender quite often, making icy cocktails to pureeing salsas and creamy soups to smoothies. Can’t imagine my kitchen without one and I think you’ll feel the same. Tell me what you use your blender for. Until next month…