Finding the right blender for your needs can seem complicated because there's lots of models, different types of blenders and features which you may or may not need. But choosing the right blender really comes down to making decisions as to function and capacity - basically looking at what you will use it for. I'll take you through the various types of blenders so you can better decide what's best for your kitchen.
There are basically two types of blenders - the jug/jar counter blender which is the most common and the stick model which is also called a hand or immersion blender. Your first buying decision will be to decide which function better meets your needs. That being said, many households have both types of blenders. If you choose a jug blender, you'll then need to decide on size amongst other features. And though there are similarities, blenders are not food processors, unless they are designed to handle this additional function.
They are the most common style of blenders, have a stand-alone design with a jug/jar to blend the foods in. This type of blender comes in either a compact personal size for small batches or single servings, or in the more common 48 oz capacity, though you can find some in-between sizes. Some common uses include blending pancake batter, sauces, puddings, dressings, smoothies, frozen drinks.
Hand blenders have become quite popular and though most are corded, there are some cordless models on the market. Stick blenders use a hand-held operation and are very handy for pureeing or blending small batches right in a bowl, or taking lumps out of the gravy by blending in the hot roaster. Some hand blenders come with chopping accessories which increases their function as a handy food prep tool.
It really depends on what you want to do with your blender, but these are the most important features to consider:
A hand blender is not a good choice, if making smoothies is your main reason for buying a blender. Choose either a personal model or standard size blender with an ice-crushing blade. Avoid multifunction units if you have no interest in using the chopping attachments; a solid, standard size jug blender would be a better choice.
A blender is one of the most economical counter appliances and it offers lots of value in a durable, convenient kitchen tool. While prices do vary with types and included accessories, most blenders are well below $100 and you can find stick blenders for around $30. But you will pay over a hundred for heavy duty blenders and even more for those with food processing functions.
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A blender can become an essential appliance in your kitchen, but most tend to limit its use without meaning to. Be creative, read blender recipes and books to get the most out of this handy appliance. And follow my tips on use to make sure you're not overextending blender capability and enjoy this versatile and fun to use appliance.
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