Do you love having a smoothie or any sweet dessert with ingredients you personally blended? Most people just love a refreshing, tasty smoothie, especially when you’re at the beach in the summer season. If you’re one of those people, you will find this topic interesting and useful in creating your perfect handmade dessert.
So just so you know, blenders are a type of appliance primarily used in kitchens to crush, mix, or blend foods in a glass or plastic blender jar. They can also be used in laboratories and sometimes called as a mixer or a liquidizer in other countries. Blenders have different types as well, and these types have different uses depending on the kind of food you want to prepare.
If you’re into baking or any food preparation, you must have seen or used this kind of blender. It is technically an egg beater attached to an electrical motor, so it can be operated automatically at different speeds.
Hand mixers are commonly used for baking and preparing desserts. These are lightweights and do not have any cutting blades attached to the equipment, which is best when you need to beat something for a long time, such as creams and egg whites.
Immersion Blender and Stick Blender
For this type of blender, the names immersion blender and stick blender can be used interchangeably and still has the same usage. This type of blender is the most common of all types of personal blenders. They are handheld sticks with the chopping or blending point at one end.
Immersion blenders or stick blenders are primarily used to stir or mix hot soups and to blend powdered ingredients with a liquid, such as powdered milkshakes and flavored puddings. Also, you should not have any problems using these stick blenders while you are cooking in a hot pot, as you can use them for stirring directly. Some disadvantages of using immersion blenders are the need for you to push its button for them to be effective in blending, and they are only good for stirring soups and mixing powders.
Single-serve blenders or otherwise known as bullet blenders, are named because of their usage and blender shape. The shape of their blender has a wider circular shape at the base and gradually narrowing the circular shape as you go to the top of the blender. Their primary usage is to chop fruits, nuts, and ice to blend it with your liquid to create a perfect smoothie. That’s why some folks would even call these blenders the smoothie maker. Also, these smoothie makers are good at preparing the batter in baking since they can make them sleeky smooth as desired. In case you’re wondering if you can even use them for preparing baby food, then these blenders are your best bet for pureed food in a jiffy.
Single-serve blenders’ greatest advantage is their ability to mix and blend ingredients in a short amount of time. On the other hand, their blending speed could also cause the blended ingredients to leak from the blender.
If you are familiar with hand mixers, you should have no problem using a stand mixer. This type of blender is also known as cake mixers since they are commonly used in preparing cake batter. Stand mixers are more powerful blenders than hand mixers because their design has a metal base mounted on a kitchen countertop. With the proper attachments and accessories, these stand mixers can be the perfect tool for mixing bread doughs and heavy cookie doughs that requires great consistency.
Its great advantage as a mixer is its powerful motor that can handle sticky and heavy ingredients that no ordinary hand mixer can do. That is why these tools are common in bakeries for commercial purposes. However, despite their power, stand mixers are difficult to clean since they come in several attachments, and the ingredients their handling usually sticks on most parts of the mixer. Comparing to other mixers or blenders, most people will have to spend more time cleaning their parts before leaving the kitchen area.
Although all of them are blenders, it does not mean that you can use a single kind of blender for different purposes. There is no such thing as a multi-purpose blender. You will need to identify first the food or drink you need to prepare before using a particular blender you need to serve its primary purpose.