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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 blender with a set of replaceable blades Main nozzle representative of TM blender MX 21 with a set of replaceable blades
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.