The kitchen is the most visited and used place in the home after the bedroom, one where we love to eat and mingle with others. Many have meals and drinks there alone or in company, and for more enjoyable dining it’s good to have a well-equipped and orderly kitchen.
Useful and reliable appliances are necessary for preparing and serving great food at home. Most consumers buy a range and maybe a cooktop, a refrigerator and freezer, a dishwasher, and perhaps a microwave for the convenience. But there’s more to food preparation and service than these basic tools, and one of the more useful is the blender.
Basic unit of mix: The blender
A blender is a common appliance which buyers look to buy after kitchen basics like a range or refrigerator or microwave oven. These units are good for mixing foodstuffs and drinks, and most general-use models are good at traditional tasks like blending fruit smoothies and pureeing and whipping ingredient. If you use your blender infrequently, there are highly-rated budget models which do much of that and can also crush ice. The higher-end types tend to be more consistent at blending difficult stuff like pesto and salsa.
Heavy-duty blenders have the power to grind flour, blend hot ingredients and heat cold ones, and puree very smooth mixes. Some can juice hard-to-pulverize leafy vegetables such as kale. The best ones last for years and are easy to use and clean.
An inexpensive, general-use blender with a few settings is good for most needs. But the pricier ones can service a wider variety of blending, mixing, and chopping tasks. For serious and frequent food preparation such as kneading flours or nut butters, a heavy-duty model would make more sense.
That said, there’s no need to invest in a heavy-duty model if you’re only looking to do basic smoothies and shakes. In that case an inexpensive single-serve blender would be great as they’re designed for quickly whipping up and consuming smoothies and shakes. Many come with packable serving cups, others feature several. Some are almost full-sized units, however a full-size, general-use blender is usually better at a bigger variety of tasks. (more…)