Why you need a blender

​My blender does lots of things for me like whizzing up some milkshake making homemade mayonnaise even getting that creamy soup just perfect. I can pulp baby food or make breadcrums. I can even grind nuts and make crushed ice in seconds.

Blenders are also know as liquidizers. They can come as a free standing unit or as accessories to large food mixers. Or even as a portable wand-like hand-held blender.

A chunky soup with large pieces of vegetables floating in stock or stewed soft fruits, are soon reduced to a smooth and creamy perée by the flashing blades of a blender

The sharp blades of a blender rapidly cut dry stale bread. Or biscuit into crumbs

1. Non-slip feet – Stops the blender from vibrating across the work top.

2. A veriable-speed control knob – Adjust the spinning of the blades. A pulse option gives thick or dry mixtures some time to settle before the blades start spinning again.

3. A trio of blades – These whirl around copping, puréeing or blending your food efficiently and swiftly. For small quantities look for a blade set low in a narrowing goblet.

4. The jug-like goblet – The jug has a 1-1.5 litter (1½-2⅔ pint) capacity. This will be marked on a scale up the side. The best blenders are made of toughened glass or heavy, see-through plastic and they come apart from the blade for easy washing.

5. A small removable plug – This allows you to add ingredients to the blender without being splashed. It’s also useful when dribbling oil or melted margarine to make mayonnaise or hollandaise sauce or if you want to drop biscuits or bread in for crumbling.

Safety first.

  • Spare yourself or anyone else a nasty cut – don’t drop your blades into a sinkful of soapy water.
  • Wash your blender blades with a brush to keep your fingers away from the sharp edges.
  • Before doing any cleaning or maintenance on your blender always unplug it first. Then it can’t accidentally switch on while you are touching the blades. To avoid getting a electric shock make sure your hands are dry when handling the plug.
  • Always store the blades protected by the goblet.
  • The blades are very sharp and pointy so take extra care when setting up the blender for use or taking apart for cleaning.

Heading toward the hand-held options.

When you want to save on space and money then the handheld is it. It is more portable and better to use when dealing with small quantities.

It’s the magic wand of blenders – marvelous

Its great for blending light, smooth sauces mashing up baby food or puréeing soft or stewed fruits like raspberries. And it safes on washing up to cause you can blend in the pan.

Hand blenders

1. Press-button control – A hand blender only works while you hold the on/off button.

2. An electric motor – This is housed at the top of the blender and spins the rotating shaft with the blades.

3. The sharp blades – Are shielded by a slotted cowl. They spin around very fast mixing ingredients.

4. The interchangeable attachments – In some deluxe models various attachments come with the blender and can be attached to the electric motor unit.

  • It’s great to have a balloon whisk. By spinning it really fast it takes the ache out of whipping eggs or cream.
  • It’s useful to have a small food mill for chopping nuts and herbs.

For making a smooth butter sauce, the hand blender is an efficient and speedy way to mix butter and stock.

Secrets of success

  • Always check the blenders handbook to make sure the blender can handle the quantities you want to blitz.

Free-standing blenders

  • I know this sounds obvious but it happens a lot. Make sure you fit the lit on securely on top of the goblet before switching it on! Otherwise you and the kitchen will get sprayed with liquid.
  • Never take the lid off the goblet to push food down. Not only is this very dangerous but you also stand the chance of damaging the electric motor.
  • When you turn your blender on its contents will rise as the blades rotate. So never fill your goblet over full especially with hot liquids.
  • Hold a clean folded tea towel over the lid just in case the steam forces it off.
  • Let hot foods cool down for a few before blitzing them.

Hand-held blenders.

  • Never try to clean or to remove chunks from the blades with your fingers while it is plugged in.
  • Although the blades cause a whirlpool that drags materials in. Move it around a little to obliterate all the lumps.
  • Remember water and electricity do not mix. Always unplug your blender before attempting to clean it.
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