Blenders come in all size and shapes, and can also be called mixers and food processors. There are two main categories of blenders; there is a self standing variety, you know the ones, mostly large, amazing looking units which seem like small factories sat on your work area. These really are the food processors with their many different attachments, and blades they can tackle and form of kitchen, chop, mix, puree, blend, aerate, mince, and even grind. They have large powerful motors and are made to be able to cut through the toughest and most challenging of materials. There are even videos of these things on you tube cutting through electrical products (no; not for eating!).The other type is the basic hand or immersion blender.
As I get more and more confident with my own, I find myself using it for tasks I did not think it could handle, provided that what your asking it to cut, chop, grind of blend is not so large the actual blades cannot get to it, it will virtually manage everything you are able to toss at it. I'm tempted to let it have its way with my frustratingly moody Television remote!
The immersion blender rates big on convenience, accessibility (can live out of site in cupboard or draw), and versatility. In fact it's now my number 1 used kitchen gadget!
Weighing between two to five pounds, a handblender is about 17 inches long, and comprises a handle end which houses the motor, after which a clip on attachment. Most commonly a 4 - 8 inch arm with a blade on the end, I also make use of the whisk attachment a lot also.
With a hand blender you'll be able to grind nearly every kind of ingredient. Due to its unique caps that prevent splattering, you may manage the power and make sure that all food is going to be remaining inside the pan.
Improvement in battery technology mean that you can right now obtain cord less hand blenders, that is a great step of progress. I personally didn't go for one of these, simply because I use mine so frequently that I did not want to run the danger of needing it, whilst it was re-charging.
Blending, pureeing, whipping cream, and also grinding solid ingredients such as Parmesan cheese, creating smooth gazpacho, combining beverages or crushing the ice, things that you simply would likely usually do by hand - all of this is actually not a problem for hand blenders. They will overcome this kind of problem inside just a few seconds!
A hand held or immersion blender costs anywhere from $20 to $500 for a super powerful bone mashing expert kitchen unit. I paid $80 got all of the attachments I required and am thrilled with mine.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, for $500 or so, you will discover commercial grade, high quality immersion mini blenders. These types of not only should work harder and longer, but are often bigger (with a longer immersion arm for larger pots) and may often accommodate tougher foods (such as, say, whipping potatoes).