When you need to quickly cut something, chop or beat it during cooking, you will not find a better assistant than a blender. But how to choose this “miracle” of technology so that it does not burn down and does not bring disappointment only because of the impossible tasks that were set before it?
Types of blenders
Consists of a glass or plastic bowl attached to the stand. At the bottom of the bowl is a knife, which consists of four parts, arranged cross-wise and looking in different directions. This feature allows us not only to bring down the products we need, but also to give them a lighter, airy consistency.
This blender is designed to make mashed soups, cocktails, necks, mousses. It is more correct to call it “shaker”. The advantages of such a unit include the fact that it does not need to be held in the hands.
The disadvantage is his inability to chop raw foods – minced meat, carrots, apples, nuts, too hard for him. But, if there is a child in the house, he will cope with his task with a bang. For this, it may not be very powerful, only 200 watts.
It is a flask, on top of which is a nozzle motor. Inside the tank is a knife chopper, the main function of which is to capture as much space as possible around you.
This type of blender perfectly grinds boiled vegetables into a cream soup, makes minced meat from meat, chops up ice, and cuts raw vegetables (for example, carrots, potatoes) into equal small cubes. Its power should be at least 350 watts.
The grinder is universal, but its peculiarity is that it copes with small portions and you can use it for a short time (about a minute), after which you need to take a break and turn it off for 15 minutes in order to avoid device breakdown. But it is ideal if using it to cook a child.
This is primarily the submerged part, represented by a metal (stainless steel) or plastic foot. If you need to immerse in hot substances, it is necessary to ensure that the plastic is heat-resistant.
It copes well with soft foods, transforming them into cream soup. The recommended power is from 450 W, but it is better if it is 600 W and more.
The disadvantages include the fact that during operation it must be held in hand and simultaneously press a button.
They combine the qualities of both a chopper and an immersion blender.Usually, additional nozzles go along with them: a vacuum pump for pumping air out of the tank, which allows cooked products to be stored in it longer; a whisk for beating eggs, cream, batter and creams.
Important characteristics of the blender
When everything becomes clear with the type of blender, it’s time to pay attention to other details.
- Blenders differ in bowl size, so if you are going to cook for yourself or a child, choose a smaller model, and if the family is large and you have to process a significant amount of food, buy a blender with a large bowl volume.
- The material of the bowl is also important, the glass bowl is stronger, but it is easy to break, it is unbreakable from plastic, but during operation and washing, scratches appear on it and it becomes cloudy.
- Another parameter is the number of speeds, ranging from 1 to 30. A greater number of them helps in the proper preparation of the dish, but increases the cost.
- Important details such as the length of the cord and its ability to mount on the wall. These little things are needed for comfortable work with the device.
The stationary blender is considered the safest. It can be turned on and left unattended for a short time. While working knives are deep in the bowl.
An immersion blender presents a certain hazard if handled carelessly – hot spray can get into the eyes, and knives are more accessible. You should always ensure that the device is disconnected from the power supply during cleaning, so as not to be injured by accidentally pressing a button.
Thus, it is necessary to choose a blender according to needs, depending on what task it has to solve.