- What is different from other models
- Design and function
- Features of choice: pros and cons
Increasingly, experienced housewives choose an easy-to-use multifunctional blender chopper to work in the kitchen, preferring it to bulky food processors and heavy meat grinders. A simple and compact device helps to cut, grind or whip up food for cooking and decorating dishes as quickly and accurately as no skilled chef does.
What is different from other models
The main difference between a shredder and a simple blender is in its fundamental approach to cutting and the difference in the final product.
An ordinary kitchen blender is needed to create a homogeneous food mass.
Although some of his nozzles also work as knives and are able to chop vegetables, fruits and greens, but they rather turn them into mush, and this is not always suitable for cooking delicious food. Therefore, it is most often used for the priming of welded products and the mixing of liquids.
But in one miniature grinder all the basic and most necessary kitchen functions are combined in the best way.
With its help, any ingredients in a few seconds crumble into ideally even identical pieces, the size of which can vary according to your discretion. He easily cuts and turns the meat veins and is able to make gentle stuffing from anything.
The blender grinder is adapted for thorough grinding of even frozen or very hard products. - carrots, cereals, spices, nuts, beans and coffee, as well as for kneading and liquid, and hard dough, for beating emulsions of any density and for rubbing even cooked, at least raw, even mixed ingredients. Whereas an ordinary blender does not always have such tasks.
Design and function
The basic principle of operation of the blender-grinder is a uniform cutting of raw or ready-made products or frozen semi-finished products.
It is carried out with sharp knives or nozzles., which are built in or inserted into the container and driven manually or rotated using an electric motor. Unlike traumatic work with a kitchen knife, the cutting process in a shredder is completely harmless, and it also happens much faster, easier and more aesthetically.
The design of the blender-grinder is simple - it is a miniature durable container for loading ingredientsin with a rod attached to its bottom, where various nozzles are put in the form of sharp blades, shredders or graters and a lid with a manual or electric drive that starts the operation of the knives.
Kitchen blenders grinders are light, compact, multifunctional, aesthetic and very convenient for everyday use.
Some manual shredders are like a coffee grinder, where the knives are rotated by hand using a special pen.. In others, a cover with a knife attachment is used for cutting ingredients, which is lowered like a press by mechanical pressing from the top. However, the scope of their application is rather limited by weak functionality and a poor set of chop-friendly products that will prove to be within the limits of manual labor. They are inexpensive, and made of quality materials serve for a long time.
Electric shredders are much more expensive, but much more functional and more practical, moreover, much faster and more productive than mechanical ones.
Knives they run with the help of a motor that runs on a power supply network. From its power depends on the speed and quality of cutting ingredients.
The container for loading and crumbling products of the blender-grinder can be made of metal either impact resistant glass or plastic. Its bottom is usually equipped with rubber or silicone feet or suction cups so that the unit is firmly held in place during use.
Another pleasant innovation bonus of a complete set of many models is the possibility of wireless power supply of the engine. But it is especially appreciated that there are several bowls of different capacities for crumbling large, medium or small portions of products that are suitable for use in the microwave, for storage in the refrigerator, and for cleaning in a dishwasher. As well as a large selection of additional interchangeable nozzles and knives, designed not only to masterfully crush various ingredients, but also whip them, and mix, and grind into mashed potatoes or smoothies, and knead the dough of any consistency.
The functions of the blender-grinder, as well as the size and shape of the products cut into it, directly depend on the configuration of knives and replaceable nozzles and on the size of the container for loading ingredients and engine power of this kitchen unit. By the way, he alone is quite capable of replacing not only ordinary and specialized knives, but even a whole food processor.
Instead of a knife in the hands of the cook, the blender-chopper independently chops any products, and masterfully, effortlessly and perfectly perfectly, which is beyond the power of any chef.
He literally in a few seconds will cut onions, garlic and greens, masterfully chop cabbage, potatoes, carrots and beets and in the blink of an eye, walnuts or hazelnuts - even small, large.
This small kitchen unit is quite capable of the functions and functions of a meat grinder: it can grind and turn even frozen fish and meat into uniform stuffing - even chicken fillet, liver or breast, even the tender flesh of catfish, salmon, turkey meat or chicken, and at least veined pork or beef tenderloin.
The blender-grinder can also work as a juicer by scrolling and passing tomatoes, berries and fruits through the openings of various nozzles.
It is suitable for grinding raw and boiled vegetables (including fresh beets and carrots), and for cutting bread crusts and nuts, and for grinding spices and coffee, and for chopping ice.
He also carefully masters boiled and steamed ingredients., it easily grinds into flour and even oatmeal, flax seed, buckwheat, sesame, peas and other beans, grains and cereals and kneads dough of any consistency well, and the herbs and herbs chopped with it will retain all their juice and flavor and give away its only cooked dish.
By the way, if you mix beautifully crumbled lemon, apples, dates, exotic dried fruits with a small amount of heavy cream in the bowl for loading the ingredients of a blender-chopper, then add there delicate cottage cheese, liquid honey or sugar and mix it all up nicely, you will get a delicious dessert.
Features of choice: pros and cons
If at purchase of the blender-grinder the main criterion is its low cost., you should choose any manual model - with rare exceptions, almost all of them are cheap, compact and quite convenient to use. And if, moreover, they are made of durable materials, then they will serve for quite a long time.
But when functionality, reliability and practicality become decisive, it is better to choose a powerful electric blender-grinder from a reputable manufacturer. It is great when such a kitchen unit includes not only replaceable knives, nozzles and graters, but also additional different-sized bowls for loading and grinding.
Other useful accessories will also be useful. - containers of various capacities and lids for them, a glass with a scale for measuring the volume of products and a measuring spoon, a holder for knives and a kubikorezka, a case for nozzles and graters, replaceable sealing rings and a wireless electric drive, a transmission for a nozzle with corollas. Although the presence of all these devices will significantly affect the increase in the cost of the blender-shredder, yet their presence in the kitchen will pay for itself repeatedly.
The parameters of the blender-grinder, which should be paid special attention to when choosing:
- motor power of electric drive - the larger it is, the more extensive the list of ingredients available for grinding and the higher the speed and productivity of work;
- quality of materials - It is better when the container for loading and grinding is made of tempered glass or impact-resistant plastic, and the rotating, connecting and cutting parts and nozzles are made of titanium or stainless steel;
- bowl capacity for processing ingredients - ideally, if the chopper is equipped with bowls of various shapes and sizes, including a miniature durable container with a grinder;
- nozzles - the more diverse and durable they are, the more reliable and more functional the unit is;
- quality assurance - It is recommended to purchase the chopper for which the manufacturer is responsible for at least a year after the purchase;
- manufacturer - preference should be given to the well-known and proven, whose long-deserved authority will serve as an additional warranty card;
- price - The maximum functionality of a blender-shredder is expensive, but not everyone needs it, so you should not overpay for extra add-ons.
Judging by the numerous reviews of those who have already acquired a blender-shredder this year, they are happy to use it and have not been disappointed, the Redmond RHB-2925 is recognized as the best. The price of this powerful multifunctional unit, on average, is 3,300 rubles, and the brand of its manufacturer has long been famous for the highest reliability of all models and excellent service.
Thanks to the low price, acceptable quality and convenient for daily use size, the representative of Vitek, a miniature blender-chopper VT-1649, appeared in the list of sought-after products. Its power of 400 watts and one optimally selected speed is enough for crumbling and mixing various ingredients, but for beating it is poorly adapted. But this mini chopper has nice bonuses - rubberized legs on the bottom of the bowl and the lack of choice during operation.
The stationary Philips HR 2103/00 has the smallest grinding container - its capacity is only 120 ml.
However, this model is equipped with a large bowl-grinder, the volume of which is one and a half liters, and a tiny mill. Price - about 2.5 thousand rubles.