Blenders, like food processors, are essential in any well equipped kitchen.
They are used for mixing and pureeing foods
and for such tasks as chopping ice. They
are a great way to make delicious drinks
or smoothies. Blenders can be purchased for
under $30. Better models will have more speeds
and heavier duty motors. Waring, Oster, Kitchen
Aid and Cuisinart are commonly found manufacturers
of blenders. |
Look for the following features
if you are
considering buying a blender:
- The blender jar should be made from a clear
shatter resistant material. Heavy duty glass
is the most common. The jar should have a
tight fitting lid to prevent whirling liquids
from flying all over the room. A handle for
pouring liquids is a real convenience.
- The blender base houses the motor, and it
should also be made from a
high quality shatter
proof material such as plastic
Larger capacity blenders need
to have heavier
duty motors. If you are planning
a lot of ice, be aware that
models may quickly wear out.
- Check the number of speeds the blender has.
A simple on and off switch may be all you
need, but more expensive blenders offer up
to ten or more speeds, allowing for more
Manufacturers have recently introduced machines
that combine blenders with food processors.
These have two different tops that share
the same base, but neither top may have the
same capacity as those on separate models.