Affordable cook – why to get a blender
A blender is a basic component of modern kitchens. It helps make smoothies and shakes by mixing soft ingredients together more effectively than when done manually. Some also come with ice crushing features that make cold drinks easier to create. When mixing liquids with solid food, blenders are the best, easiest option.
Safety is of an essence – how to use a blender
When using your blender, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure you are using your appliance properly. Primarily, when using the blender always have a hand over the lid to keep it in place. When blending, make sure what you blend is not too hard otherwise it could damage the blades. Having liquids in the mixture makes the blending easier.
Avoid any hot foods in your blender as they can exhaust dangerous steam when you open the blender.
Tips on cleaning your blender
The easiest way to do this is by dripping dishwasher liquid into your blender along with a cup of water. Blend this on medium speed for a few seconds, 10 at best, to properly clean the interior of the blender. Though this technique is efficient for cleaning the interior, there is a possibility of the blades rusting. To prevent this, some people prefer removing the blades and cleaning them separately from the body of the blender.
Never soak any of the mechanical moving parts of the blender as you risk waterlogging the mechanics and ruining the performance of the blender.
Features to consider while buying the perfect blender under 200 dollars
Blenders come in a large variety now. There are compact, portable, enhanced blenders in the market that all promise something more pleasing over the other. When purchasing a blender, the following features are key to keep in mind.
One of the basic features to consider when buying anything, size determines if you can store your blender away or if you have to keep it on the counter. Blenders can be up to 17” tall and when they reach this height, they are certainly countertop blenders. If you are looking for a countertop model, then consider the Hamilton Beach Professional 58800 or the Cleanblend 2001 as some great options. The size of the blender needs to complement your counter space and overall size of the kitchen. You don’t want to have a blender taking up all of your cooking space, nor do you want one that does not perform up to par. Or a more compact version that doesn’t take away from the functionality of the lender, consider the Nutri Ninja BL642 or the NutriBullet models recommended here.
The power of the blender can vary based on the type of blender it is. Usually, the range varies from 500 to 750 watts in your everyday modern blender but some other blenders have tipped this scale with power as low as 300 to as high as 1500. Power depends on the blades as well if they are cutting edge or in need of some sharpening. The MengK CB606 packs a powerful punch with an astounding 1500-2000 watts.
Controls come in a wide variety and depend on your preference. Simplistic designs have dials that you turn around to reach your desired speed. Push buttons are easier to use, as you can simply press the desired speed to need, but you do risk causing a mess when turning to high power suddenly. Flip switches are simple enough to use but are very limiting in power options in contrast to dials and buttons.
Modern designs now have touchpads to use which are easy to clean and use. Preferably they should be large on the blender so that navigating over it is easier. Some like the NutriBullet do not have controls and can even start automatically once you fill the container and seal the lid.
Containers can be either glass or plastic. When using a glass container, you risk it breaking or cracking when in use but otherwise they are much sturdier than plastic containers.
The best part about having a plastic container is that it will not shatter. They can take some damage but still prove usable and they are flexible in comparison to glass. Cleaning is the only situation where glass can reign over plastic since plastic has the tendency to absorb the smell of the food you blended which may not smell all that good when put all together.
Blenders don’t all offer the same speed. In fact, some blenders may only offer two while others seem to have a different blending speed for every other food. Depending on the specifications you want, you can get a blender that has pulsing, ice crushing and leveling options or stick to the generic low medium and high speeds. Sticking to the latter does make using your blender easier, but it also limits you in contrast to those that have a wider span of speeds.
Blades have to be sharp and angled properly inside of the blender. There should be a decent distance between the blades and the edges of the container so that the blades do not constantly slice at the container interior. Just as well, the blades should be angled properly so that they balance and evenly cut everything inside.
Some blenders like the KitchenAid blender, do not come with removable blades from the interior, which is something some people may find an inconvenience.
Weight can also be a prime determinant of whether your blender can be stored or not. They should be lightweight but at the same time robust so their structure does not collapse. Countertop blenders can be considerably heavier than compact 2 piece blenders as they aren’t intended to be moved from their position often.
Accessories can be replacement parts and additional instruments to ease your usage of the blender. Padded rings for the blender lid and removable bases so that you can easily lift your blender off the stand are accessories you can receive on or after purchase. Something to keep in mind though is whether or not you are getting the same brand accessories as they may not fit with your blender if they are not so.
Blenders can come with some malfunctions like improper angling of the blades or a faulty cord or plug that doesn’t fit in any outlet. In any case, it is always better to purchase with a warranty offered. This way you can remain confident in your purchase knowing you can always go back.