Blenders, mixers, food processors and juicers are all great kitchen appliances that can save you time and energy in the kitchen. But, what exactly are the differences, and which is best for your cooking style? Here, we explain each type to help you pick the perfect model for your home.
Blenders are ideal if you like to make smooth soups or nut butters.
They can liquefy ingredients in just a few minutes, including harder foods such as ice, chopped up vegetables, nuts and oats. If you want to try home-made smoothies, a blender is the healthiest way to make them – it blends up the skin and fibre so you don’t lose any of the nutrients.
There are two kinds of blenders, a jug or hand held. The hand held version is much smaller and cheaper but needs a bit more effort to use – you have to hold it, and manipulate it into the corners of pans to ensure you reach all of the food.
Regular blenders are usually a bit more expensive but can work with much larger quantities. They can also handle harder food without any problems.
If you’re a serious baker, then a food mixer will make a great addition to your kitchen.
There are two types available, a stand or hand held, which will suit different lifestyles.
A stand takes up a lot of kitchen space and can be fairly expensive. But, they generally last for a longer time, come with numerous types of blades and mixers, and can deal with different cooking requirements.
For serious bakers, a food mixer will make a great addition to your kitchen.
Hand held types, also known as electric whisks, are better suited for doing small tasks such as whipping cream or mixing eggs. However, the larger stand variety can easily cream butter and sugar, as well as mixing batters. Some fixtures can even be added to churn ice cream.
A food processor is a great time-saving appliance, as it can chop, shred, slice and grate food items that are a faff to do by hand.
It’s less powerful than a blender so doesn’t pulverise food to a liquid, but can make chunkier mixtures such as hummus, pesto, stuffing and mayonnaise. If you’re into making bread, it can even knead dough! Just change the blades and discs to create the perfect tool for whatever food you’re making.
A food processor is a great time-saving appliance, as it can chop, shred, slice and grate food items.
Juicers have become very popular with those who are trying to eat healthily, as they’re an easy way to consume more fruit and vegetables.
A juicer separates the juice and the insoluble pulp of fibre and skin from food items. This will give you a thin, watery juice that’s easy to drink.
Juicers are popular with those who are trying to eat healthily.