One of the most useful pieces of equipment found in any well kitted out kitchen has to be a blender. Whizzing up just about anything from soups to smoothies, it brings with it an absolute powerhouse of potential and, in many instances, is truly a chef’s best friend.
Although sometimes confusing, there’s a very distinct difference between blenders (or liquidisers) and food processors (or bowl cutters). Blenders are used to mix, puree or emulsify food into silky smooth sauces, batters, dips, dressings, spreads, beverages and desserts, while food processors deal with breaking down more substantial ingredients like meat, nuts, cheeses and hard vegetables, the results being courser and more robust.
MIXING THINGS UP
In the blender line, there are two main options: immersion and stationary. Immersion blenders are usually found in a “stick” format and can conveniently be submerged into vessels of food. They are perfect for performing smaller tasks like whipping up cream or beating eggs, and are fabulously compact and easy to clean. Stationary blenders, on the other hand, act as a fixed, counter-top unit and, although a little harder to maintain, are super-powerful and ideal for creating ultra velvety textures and dealing with bulk batches and slightly firmer ingredients.
Here are a few basic guidelines that will ensure your blender works optimally:
- Cut solid food into small pieces before adding them to the blender.
- Make sure the lid is on properly before use.
- Start at the lowest speed and then turn it up if necessary.
- Only fill it up a third of the way, food expands when liquidised.
- Use a tamper to gently push down the ingredients if they get “stuck”.
- Add all liquids gradually.
- If the blender gets too hot, take a break before continuing.
- Never walk away while the blender is in use.
THE HAMILTON BEACH BRAND
Choosing a blender depends very much on what you’re going to use it for, and how often. If you’re aiming to churn out 100 smoothies or frozen drinks a day, then you’re going to need something robust and industrial. If not, then perhaps a slightly lighter model would be more appropriate. Hamilton Beach, one of the most renowned names in foodservice equipment, manufactures a wide range of exceptional blending apparatus, with an assortment of powerful, durable motors to suit your every need. Browse the Chef’s Depot website or ask our friendly staff to help you find the right one for you!