Finding Fresh Inspiration for Cooking

Finding Fresh Inspiration for Cooking

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How to Choose a Blender

Blender is the assistant that can provide you with fruit and vegetable smoothies, cream soups, sorbet, mousse, minced meat, whipped cream, ground coffee, and crushed ice.

In this article we will tell you how to choose a blender for the home and what device is best for you-stationary or submersible.

Which blender is better to choose, submersible or stationary?

In fact, the best blender is the one that is more suited to your needs. Let’s look at each type in turn. Submersible blenders consist of a plastic or metal “handle” with an internal motor and a rotating nozzle (there may be several).

Grinds, mixes, and whips the submersible blender in any container (yours or the one that comes with the device).

Advantages:

  • compactness,
  • mobility,
  • the ability to handle small portions,
  • the ability to independently change the position of the knife (as opposed to stationary models),
  • versatility due to the presence of nozzles for different purposes.

It turns out that one submersible blender can replace a food processor, coffee grinder, meat grinder, mixer, mashed potatoes, etc.

Carrots, cut into chips and slices with a blender Carrot, cut into chips and slices by using an additional attachments immersion blender.

Cons:

  • blender need to hold (however, it is not so difficult, as the device works quickly);
  • careless handling contents of the container may splash.

Who should choose a submersible blender: those who prepare cocktails/soups often from soft vegetables/fruits/berries, those who often need to cook small portions (for example, fresh baby food for the child), owners of small kitchens.

Stationary blenders consist of a pitcher with a knife on the bottom and a base with a motor.

Pros:

  • the work of the blender almost does not require your participation;
  • it is much easier to cook soups and drinks for several people, and then immediately pour them into glasses.

Stationary blender is cheaper than submersible, it is easier to care for, as most models have a self-cleaning function.

Cons:

  • its main drawback-the inability to cook small portions (most often the volume of the product should be more than 250 ml).

In comparison with the submersible blender, the stationary unit is bulkier. Who should choose a stationary blender:

  • those who often prepare cocktails and smoothies, and in large quantities.
  • For athletes, vegetarians and just people who adhere to a healthy lifestyle, this device is simply irreplaceable.

How to choose a submersible blender for home

Step 1.

  • Power Is the first important criterion for choosing a submersible blender. It can be 140-1200 watts.
  • The more powerful the blender, the faster it works, the less chance it has of overheating and the more solid products it is able to handle.
  • To cope with most tasks, the submersible blender must have at least 450 watts of power.
  • If you want to use a blender to chop ice or process complex products (e.g., meat or carrots), you should purchase a device with a capacity of 600-800 watts.

Step 2.

  • Speeds and modes the Submersible blender can have from 1 to 30 speeds.
  • The more of them, the more accurately you can adjust the speed of rotation of the knife depending on the hardness of the product, your goal or the height of the container (in low bowls, to avoid splashing, blender products should be at low speed).
  • After all, the higher the speed, the more thoroughly and faster the blender grinds, mixes, and whips.
  • But at low speeds, the blender works better with solid and viscous products.
  • Thus, if, for example, you want to cook a delicate pate, the boiled meat should be processed first at a low speed, and then at the highest.

In fact, blenders with a large set of speed modes are needed, perhaps, only for real cooks who cook according to complex recipes.

For most users, 5-8 speeds will be enough. To perform the simplest tasks suitable blender and two speeds. Blender speed control panel in Addition to a set of speeds, submersible blenders can have additional modes.

So, almost all blenders have turbo mode-maximum speed mode, which is useful to include at the end of the work to achieve a particularly uniform and delicate consistency of the dish.

Some blenders have “ice splitting” and “Pulse mode”. Ice splitting is needed, in fact, for splitting ice and making cocktails, as well as processing solid products, for example, frozen fruits or nuts.

Pulse mode is also necessary for the processing of particularly hard products (including ice). But with it, the blender works with short pauses and only when you hold the button, so that the motor does not overheat.

The speed of the pulse mode is controlled by pressing the button, which is very convenient. And one more thing: the speed of the blender can be switched smoothly or in steps. The first option is more convenient.

Step 3.

  • Nozzles and accessories. Most immersion blenders have three basic attachments: a blender attachment for grinding and blending, whisk and chopper bowl. The presence of other nozzles in the blender is great because thanks to them the device becomes more functional. Let’s take a closer look at each type of nozzle.

Blender attachment.

  • Pulverizes and mixes, to cope with most tasks: preparing cream soups, smoothies, cocktails, etc.
  • Has at the end of the knife and closing its dome, which is designed to minimize spattering. Most often, the knife of the main nozzle can not be changed, but sometimes there are models with removable knives for different purposes.

Main nozzle

  • Main nozzle blender with a set of replaceable blades Main nozzle representative of TM blender MX 21 with a set of replaceable blades

Whisk.

  • Corolla needs for whipping cream, eggs, creams, mayonnaise, butter, kneading the dough, etc.
  • The whisk of a blender, like blender, may be teardrop-shaped (liquid mass) or spiral (for thick masses). Most often, the blender has one whisk, but some models may have two mini-whisk (pictured).

Blender with two beaters Bowl-chopper.

  • It is a bowl with a blade leg-mounted in the center, which is actuated by connecting a handle on the bowl lid. Crusher blender Chopper blender is most often used for cooking meat Bowl may have a single-purpose knife for chopping or several replacements. For example, a disc for slicing any soft foods, a potato grater (pictured) or an ice pick.
  • The volume of the bowl-chopper can be 0.35-2.2 liters. Knife for cutting in the bowl and knives-grater for potato

Mill.

  • Looks like a little bowl with a knife in the bottom. It is convenient to grind solid products in small quantities, such as black peas, coffee beans, garlic, sugar, etc.the Volume of the mill can be only 0.05 – 0.7 liters.

Vacuum pump.

  • It pumps air out of special vacuum containers (provided in a set or purchased separately), so that the products are stored in them several times longer. Nozzle for mashed potatoes. It has a plastic, not metal knife that does not whisk, but rubs the potatoes at a low speed, so it easily turns it into a tender and uniform puree. This is a very useful addition to blender because its main nozzle turns the potatoes in a paste. Nozzle for mashing Attachment for mashed potatoes

Step 4.

  • Housing and nozzle material the Housing, both the handle and the main nozzle of the blender can be made of plastic or metal.
  • Different models of submersible blenders it is Desirable that the nozzle was metal, then you can immerse the blender even in a pot of boiling soup.
  • Plastic can handle only moderately hot and warm products, besides it can break when dropped and wear out over time. But the material of the handle body may well be plastic.

Here you should focus only on your taste, and, say, the interior of the kitchen. The main thing is that the handle has rubberized inserts so you can hold it firmly while the blender is working.

The Best Food Processor for Smaller Kitchen Tasks

A full size food processor can take on a lot of jobs, everything from chopping vegetables to making pie or bread dough.

They’re great for making emulsifications like mayonnaise. They’re really good for pesto or hummus. They’re great for dressings, marinades. They’re also a lot less expensive than the full size food processors.

Now, they noted right off the bat that some of the machines tended to go a little fast, the motors were really strong, and that meant that you could too easily overprocess your vegetables. You didn’t get nice neat cuts. You got more like a vegetable slushie, which isn’t good. The opposite end of that problem were the machines that didn’t have quite enough oomph to really chop through this stuff. Like this one, for instance, made this pesto here.

That’s more like a salad. That’s exactly what it’s like. Some of the testers were really nice and described it as rustic, but either way it’s not acceptable. Pesto’s supposed to be a lot smoother than that.

In terms of making mayonnaise, what you have to do to make mayonnaise or any emulsification is to have your egg yolks and the other ingredients going inside the work bowl and dribble in the oil very slowly so that it will emulsify. And in order to do that you have to have some kind of opening in the lid of the machine. There are two types here. This one has a little drip hole, like that. This one has a feed tube, like that. Those four in front of you had neither, so you couldn’t really make a mayonnaise, which is a key task for a small food processor. So we kind of eliminated those based on that alone.

Of the three that did have some kind of opening, two of them made great mayonnaise. One of them didn’t actually make great mayonnaise, and after looking at it very carefully, the testers determined that it was a slightly flawed blade design, in that there was a little too much space underneath the blade. That allowed egg yolks and ingredients to spin around underneath and not really emulsify the way they should with the oil as it dribbled in.

Now, the blade type also made a difference in terms of nice clean cuts. Some of them had serrated blades, like this one. Those tended to chew up the food a little bit, didn’t make very neat cuts at all. Some of them had nice straight blades, like that one. They made much neater cuts, and that’s what our winning mini food processor had.

This is the Cuisinart Elite Collection Chopper/Grinder. It’s four cups. It’s just a hair under $60 and it had everything we’re looking for in a mini food processor: that four cup capacity, it made a beautiful mayonnaise, it had that nice clean, straight edge to make good cuts. It was a terrific little machine.

Well, there you go. Our winner is the Cuisinart Elite Collection. It’s a four cup chopper/grinder.

Best 4 Restaurants in San Antonio

Our first stop brings us to the Alamo, but it’s not this Alamo. Here’s a hint. It’s a neighborhood pizza favorite. It’s Alamo Pizza on south Zarzamora on the South side. Owner Fred Nunez has been tossing pizza for 12 years. Open seven days a week, the two time Blue Plate winner maintains only excellent scores by health department standards.

Coming in at number three.

The food is always good here and sometimes a hole in the walls and best place to go.

He’s talking about Chong’s Korean restaurant inside 410 on Marbach. Authentic Korean food is what Chung Kenna serves up. She allowed us in the kitchen but insisted we didn’t get near her while she cooked. Chong’s Korean restaurant is the winner of two Blue Plate’s.

What I love about this place is they have their health inspections posted on the front door. Eight times a perfect score, not bad.

Coming in at number two. The buffet style favorite is located in the Medical Center off Wurzbach. Bombay Hall, Indian cuisine.

Chicken Curry.

Shrimp cardamom. I like the chicken masala. It’s very good. To tell you the truth this the only place I come and eat it.

The winner of three Blue Plates and six perfect scores. Management here says preparing family recipes daily are key to keeping its customers.

Topping the list at number one on St Mary street. Burger Boy.Double burger working man.Get some bacon on top? Delicious.

That’s the popular burger order here. A cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. The tiny burger joint sits 12 inside and has a drive through that’s been taking orders since 1966. Our camera was allowed in the kitchen, but we weren’t allowed to reveal the family’s secret and how they cook the patties. Yummy burgers here and one very clean kitchen.

Owner Carl Bates says he’s proud of his Blue Plates that he’s won for having a clean kitchen, but had one request for me.

The best food and exercises for heart health

There are many fad diets, but the most important thing about a heart healthy diet, is establishing a healthy pattern of eating that you can sustain over time. The best steady pattern of eating for heart health is the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats in fish and tree nuts. Use unsaturated cooking oils, like olive oil or canola oil, and minimize concentrated sweets, including sweetened beverages and processed foods.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, like walking or biking, five days a week. If you have a step counter, shoot for 10,000 steps a day. Despite amazing progress in the treatment of heart disease, it remains the number one killer in the US.

Eating well, and staying active, are the two most important things you can do to prevent heart disease and stay healthy.

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