Very simply put, a kitchen aid blender is a small proportioned electrical appliance with a tall container and has blades that grind, chop and puree foods and beverages. The kitchen aid blender – of varied types like the gas-powered blender, the immersion blender, and the kitchen hand blender – becomes your very own time-saving assistant in the kitchen, helping you to churn out soups in a jiffy, crush ice, prepare smoothies, shakes, and malts, to make sauces and frozen drinks.
Differences Between a Food Processor and a Kitchen Blender
Kitchen Blenders – be they gas-powered blenders or handheld blenders- and food processors do have areas where their functions overlap, but each also excels at tasks where the other is not quite so brilliant. In general:
Kitchen aid blenders are more suited to working with liquids and are also termed liquidizers /liquefiers. Food processing machines work best with solid foods. The best blenders are being seen in use behind the bar. In the kitchen, they are used to grind and liquefy fruit, blend drinks, puree soups, and emulsify and smooth sauces. They work well to chop herbs and bread crumbs. Their blades can work at speeds touching 18000 revolutions per minute.
The food processor allows you to do many tasks much faster than if they were to be done manually. Its interchangeable blades and disks- especially the S-shaped chopping blade- help in the grating, shredding, kneading dough, and slicing. The food processor can cream soups though not as silkily as kitchen blenders’ would. The food processor is good at chopping and pureeing vegetables, grating cheese, and grinding bread into crumbs. Most food processor models work at one speed, and are therefore slower than blenders; but their pulse function gives its user greater control in the cutting, kneading, and chopping processes.
The hand blender introduced into kitchens in the 1980s and shaped like a wand help bring the pureeing and emulsifying power of the blender to the container of your choice. It helps to blend larger quantities of food than would fit into a standing blender’s jar.
Finally, we can infer that both appliances have their uses, and help those for whom time is a constraint, to prepare dinner, entertain, and do so with variety.
Types of Blenders
There are different types of blenders. They include:
The Immersion Blender
The Immersion Blender also known as the Hand Blender is an electrical wand-shaped appliance that has a blender blade at the bottom. It is long enough to be immersed in a tall glass for a blended drink, or a container of soup to be blended to the right consistency. Only the detachable wand needs to be washed and can be put into the dishwasher. Its additional attachments like a mini chopper – which helps in cutting small amounts of vegetables, herbs, onions garlic- and a whisk- which helps in whisking fruits into fruit smoothies in the summertime- are added advantages.
The Food Blender
This sturdily constructed appliance is the key to saving time and yet helps retain quality. You can have fresh soups, diced vegetables, and smoothies served up in a jiffy. Its jars do not retain odors, so you would not get the taste of yesterday’s vegetables in today’s smoothies. Its hardy exterior and stylish finish is resistant to marking and staining. It has been designed keeping your busy lifestyle in mind and is marked by its simplicity in operation.
The Gas-Powered Blender
This totally portable blender with no cords or other limiting factors is ideal to take around for your favorite camping or sporting event outdoors and to whip up your favorite frozen beverage.