The blender is one of the most versatile kitchen appliances available, capable of performing a wide variety of tasks. From blending smoothies and juices to puréeing soups and sauces, the blender can do it all.
There are two types of blenders: immersion blenders and countertop blenders. Immersion blenders are handheld devices that can be inserted directly into a pot or bowl to blend ingredients. Countertop blenders are larger, more powerful machines that sit on the counter and have a pitcher or jar attached to them.
The standard blender is a countertop blender with a glass or plastic pitcher that holds between four and eight cups. Most standard blenders have between three and ten-speed settings, as well as a pulse function. Some also have additional features such as pre-programmed settings for specific tasks like making smoothies or crushing ice.
Blendtec is one example of a company that makes quality standard blenders. The Blendtec Classic 575 Blender has six preset programs (smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, sauce, whole juice, and ice cream), as well three manual speed settings. It also has an LCD display that shows the remaining time on each cycle so you can keep track of your blending progress. This particular model comes with an eight-year warranty, which is much longer than most other brands’ warranties.
Vitamix is another popular brand known for its high-quality countertop blending machines. The Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender has five pre-programmed settings (smoothie, frozen dessert, hot soup/sauce, purée/dips & spreads) plus two manual speed settings and a pulse function. Like the Blendtec model above, it also has an LCD display showing how much time remains in each cycle; however, its warranty is only for seven years instead of eight.
While there are many different brands and models of standard blenders available on the market today,, choosing the right one for your needs can be a daunting task. To help narrow down your choices, consider what you will primarily use your blender for. If you plan on making mostly smoothies, look for models with multiple speed settings as well as presets specifically designed for making smoothies. If you want to make soups, sauces, or dips, look for models with presets or speed settings designed specifically for those tasks.
Additionally, pay attention to the size of the pitcher. If you entertain often or cook large meals regularly, you’ll want at least an 8-cup capacity pitcher so you don’t have to blend multiple batches at once. Conversely, if you live alone or typically cook small meals, then a 4 cup capacity pitcher will suffice. Also, take note of the material of the pitcher. Glass pitchers tend to be heavier than plastic but they are also shatter-resistant which may be important if you have kids in the house. Finally, think about what type of finish You prefer on your kitchen appliances. Stainless steel appliances are very popular these days but they do require more upkeep to maintain their finish.
Assuming you have a standard kitchen blender:
The best way to use a blender in a kitchen is to first identify what tasks you need it for. Blenders can be used for many different things, such as making smoothies, milkshakes, soups, sauces, and even ice cream. Once you know what you need it for, gather all of the ingredients and tools necessary. For example, if you are making a smoothie, you will need fruits or vegetables, milk or yogurt, and ice.
Next, prep your ingredients. If you are using fresh fruits or vegetables, wash them and cut them into small pieces. This will make them easier to blend and produce a smoother result. If you are using frozen ingredients, there is no need to thaw them first; simply add them to the blender along with the other ingredients.
Once everything is prepped and ready to go, add all of the ingredients into the blender jar in the order that they are listed in the recipe (if following one). If not following a recipe exactly, start with liquid ingredients first and then add solid ingredients on top. This will help prevent your blender from getting stuck or becoming overloaded.
Securely attach the lid onto the jar and blend on high speed until desired consistency is reached; this could take anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on what you are making and how powerful your blender is. Once done blending unscrew the lid (being careful of any hot liquids)and pour contents into serving cups or containers. If necessary, use a rubber spatula to help scrape everything out.
Wash the blender jar and lid immediately after use; if left too long, ingredients can harden and become difficult to remove. Simply rinse with warm water and dish soap, then scrub with a sponge if needed. Be sure to also clean the base of the blender where it made contact with the countertop or other surfaces.