Hand Blender: Detailed Manual


“Is the hand blender the one with the foot?” They asked me one day. Yes, he is. And he is also immersive, because this very leg works as a “method of immersion”. Submersible blenders are the most diverse category, there really is plenty to choose from. The device consists of a handle, where the motor is built in, and the attachments are “legs” with knives and a “bell” preventing splashing. A submersible blender in the simplest configuration is a motor and a “leg”. Sometimes there is also a mixing glass.  Most often the set includes a nozzle-whisk for whipping. Even the simplest submerged blender can be used to make everything the same as stationary, but in that container, which is convenient, and without significant restrictions in terms of volume. You must grind four liters of soup – please, directly hot, on the stove.

The evolution of a submersible blender knows no bounds. The motor unit can be connected to bowls of different sizes. Inside these bowls can be just knives, and can – nozzles for graters, shredding, cutting cubes, cooking slices for french fries – that is, a complete set, like an advanced food processor. Manufacturers often assure that with a similar functionality, the blender takes up less space. Oh, is it? Keeping attachments and additional bowls-shredders is compact almost impossible, but many blenders have stands or wall mounts for vertical compact storage. For the same purpose in some models, design engineers worked with a wire: it can be spiral and stretch-shrinking or even hide in the handle – both options are more convenient than a conventional cord.

There are wireless blenders that run on batteries, which gives freedom in moving around the kitchen and eliminates the fuss with the cord while storing – where to put it, how to roll, etc. But it must be understood that the cord base still has a cord. On it, the blender is stored and charged in an upright position. Models without a cord are from Kitchen Aid, Philips, Braun. It is worth this pleasure dearly, and there is such a nuance: forget to charge – you will not be able to use it. Well, and for those who “have a day without a blender,” in a year and a half will have another concern: how to change the battery. After all, even the best of them is destined to develop its own resource.
Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender
In many models there is a smooth switching of speeds – somewhere there are 5 of them, somewhere around 20, but if you are not a professional culinary expert, you will not feel the difference. With grinding, a blender with two speeds will normally handle, but for smoothing proteins for meringue or creams for cream, smooth switching of speeds (at least five!) Is very important. The presence of a turbo mode (impulse mode), which allows a short-term increase in power, is available in almost all models. It is needed if something badly succumbs: an insufficiently homogeneous consistency, a stubborn clot in puree, etc. A few years ago, Braun company offered an impulse switch of speeds in a submerged blender: push harder – speed increases, weaken a little – falls. All as with the gas pedal in cars with automatic transmission. Conveniently, it is possible to react more quickly to changes in the structure of the mixture. But every “chip”, and this is the most, makes the blender more expensive.

What is interesting is in the package and there is not every manufacturer? The know-how of recent years is a nozzle for cooking mashed potatoes, which is a mini-colander through which the ground mass is passed. Puree is aerated and not sticky, which is often the case with simple chopping knives. The pioneer was Moulinex, now it is also found in other brands.

A set of blenders includes vacuum containers and a pump that pumps air. Very convenient: prepared directly in this container, pumped out the air and put away for storage – in a vacuum its term is prolonged several times. Such containers are included in some Braun models.

Nozzle for cutting cubes – for those who cook olive and vinaigrette basins or in large quantities makes vegetable stews and all sorts of billets. For one bowl of lettuce to buy such a thing is not worth it, but for large quantities – the very thing. There are some models of Philips.

Power is an important parameter, but manufacturers indicate the maximum power consumption when the engine is blocked, and not the working one. It is important to understand: if you write “1000 W”, it does not mean that at maximum speed there will be such power. Therefore, it is more important to rely on the reliability of the brand: there are companies-experts in this field, for example, Braun, Kenwood, Moulinex, Philips, Panasonic, Electrolux, Bamix (incidentally, the last 120-watt AC motor produces fantastic results comparable to the performance of professional devices). The less well-known in our country, but Steba, Rommelsbacher, Russel Hobbs and others, well-known in Europe, worthy blenders, can be found at Vitek and Oursson. Of course, this list is not complete.

Some models of submersible blenders are equipped with additional small replaceable knives and disks, which are worn directly on the same working “leg”: as a rule, such models are positioned as professional or semiprofessional ones. One knife is used for grinding meat, the other for chipping ice, the third for multifunctional, that is, it is suitable for vegetables, mashed potatoes, and fish … The attachment disc, which is worn instead of a knife, is usually intended for fast and efficient whipping of proteins – professionals already not so often use rims, the discs do better. Such models are in Bamix, Steba and some other brands.

And in conclusion of the survey of submersible blenders – a few words about safety. The main danger is accidental activation. Therefore, in the safest models, the buttons can not be activated by slightly pressing or hitting them – the motor turns on only if you make an effort. It is the desire to make the device safer, and not harmful to engineers, due to the tight and heavily sunk control buttons, which users like to complain about. This is a safety feature for the model! In addition, the foot of the blender should be quite long – if you immerse it in a pot of soup, the motor part should still be quite far. True, there are blenders that can be immersed directly with the body part – it is reliably isolated (for example, Bamix has such models), but this is not possible for most submerged blenders.

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