Nozzles for blender
The principle of operation of all blenders is the same: simultaneous grinding and mixing of products. Sharp knives of this compact kitchen unit are capable of cutting almost everything that is loaded into it, even if it is diced, even straw, even mashed, even dust - depending on which nozzles are selected for the blender.
Varieties and functions
A standard immersion blender usually consists of an elongated small body with a motor inside and two snap-on or screw-on nozzles - the main one (with small knives) and a beater whisk. In the minimum set of stationary there is also a bowl with universal knives at the bottom, and the combined one is often complemented with a measuring cup and various nozzles, including for kneading dough or chopping ice. However, in any line of blenders there are models equipped with almost all existing nozzles at once. Either individual nozzles that can be bought individually, depending on the need, and installed in any type of blender.
A fully equipped blender is quite capable of replacing the mixer, the grinder, the meat grinder, and the bulky food processor.
A variety of nozzles expand the range of functions available to him to infinity. With their help, you can chop large and small portions of soft and fairly hard foods, chop them up and cut them into different shapes, mash them into puree or powder, mix sauces, cocktails and dough ingredients, beat eggs, cream and smoothies, crush bread crumbs and crush ice, grind spices or coffee.
In home kitchens, the following tips are most often used:
Main nozzle - is attached to the body and resembles its continuation with a small dome preventing the spreader from the end, under which small and very sharp little hands are hidden. Almost always made a length of 15-20 centimeters from stainless stainless steel, sometimes equipped with interchangeable knives. Designed for very small vegetable and fruit slicing, preparation of mashed soups, mixing cocktails and smoothies. Always included with any blender.
Nozzle with a whisk - its purpose is similar to a mixer, however, it is usually made from thin wire and requires careful handling. Its spiral shape is designed for mixing thick dough, and drop-shaped dough is used for whipping liquid and emulsion substances, egg whites and yolks, oils and creams, sauces, creams and cocktails.
Bowl Chopper - stationary design in the form of a wide or high plastic jug (volume from 0.35 to 2.2 liters) with a lid, at the bottom of which the blades of one or several stainless steel universal knives capable of grinding vegetables, fruits, meat are fixed on a metal or durable plastic rod and grains. If the lid is made with a hole, it is possible to add ingredients during cutting. The body of the blender is mounted vertically to the lid of the bowl and with it turns into a kitchen mini-processor.
In some models, a versatile knife can be removed and replaced with a shredder for thin slices or straw, discs with graters for various purposes (including grating for pancakes), blades for kneading dough or a special knife for chopping ice. Sometimes a small bowl-mill is added to crush small portions of coffee, pepper, nuts, cocoa beans, crackers, garlic, onions, or aromatic herbs.
Kubikorezka - used for presentation of cutting fruits or boiled vegetables in salads or special dishes. Consists of a knife-grid, dividing products into flat cubes vertically, and rotating blades, also cutting horizontally. It is not recommended for cutting fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini, because their juicy parts and seeds can clog the holes of the grid, and then the ideal cubes will not work.
Ice cap - Only suitable for blenders with a power above 350 watts. It is intended for cutting ice into pieces or into crumb. It is rarely used in household use, it is more often used in restaurants, bars or cafes for decorating cocktails, cold tea or coffee according to special recipes.
It is worth remembering that for splitting ice in a blender, only a special metal bowl is suitable. If it is pounded in a plastic bowl-grinder, it can crack.
Dough hook - It is also a rare guest in home kitchens, since it kneads dough for a long time (10-15 minutes), while it is very heavy on the blender's motor and spends a lot of electricity. In addition, most housewives prefer to knead the dough by hand, assuring that it is tastier and easier, and it is easier to control the consistency of future baking.
Nozzle Disc for Shredding - great assistant chef. It is intended for fast universal cutting of sausages, cheeses, meats, vegetables and fruits into thin slices, although it leaves in its bowl a significant part of their juice.
Nozzle for mashed potatoes - Removable detail of a blender with a special fine mesh for wiping boiled potatoes, carrots and other vegetables or fruits through it. Mashed potatoes with its help turns out uniform and air.
Pump head - It is intended for vacuuming various containers with products, ready-made food or semi-finished products for storing them in the refrigerator and extending their shelf life. It is actively used both in house conditions, and in kitchens of a public catering. Usually, various large-sized plastic containers with lids are included with the blender.
Equipment and accessories
Equipping the blender with additional components significantly expands its functionality.
Therefore, many well-known manufacturers often equip this simple kitchen unit with a variety of highly specialized attachments. However, in the end, they significantly increase the cost of the blender, although in actual fact they are not used in home cooking, but still they are very pleasant as a nice bonus and sometimes play a decisive role in choosing and purchasing this or that model.
And let it be known for a long time and it has been repeatedly verified that a simple whisk or a usual submersible nozzle with small knives is enough for making homemade mayonnaise, but when it has to be done often, a special nozzle for sauces will come in handy.
And the nozzle for foaming milk and cream will be useful to those who prefer to drink milkshakes, cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate or prepare their own baby food for sure.
She will be able to whip them into a thick fluffy foam, even in a cold, at least in the form of heat, and without any steam treatment, which the coffee maker usually does. And lovers of a cup of fresh natural juice in the morning on an empty stomach or in the evening before bedtime will surely be delighted with the juicer attachment.
Also, no one will interfere with a stylish addition with a stand for a blender or its wall-mounted counterpart - an elegant fastener for convenient storage of the body itself of the submersible blender and all its nozzles. An obvious advantage will be the presence of a rubberized handle on the blender, which allows you to hold the device firmly in your hand, even if it is stained, while the usual plastic handle slips out of your hands easily.
Another useful thing is a transparent plastic measuring cup that comes with all blenders, especially when made with a measuring scale on the walls and with a lid that allows dishes stored in it to be stored in the refrigerator.
However, if you don’t want to overpay for the extra, then it is better to purchase the most ordinary high quality immersion blender and gradually buy only those accessories that you need. By the way, almost all existing nozzles are suitable for all blenders, regardless of their type and manufacturer - they may not be difficult to disassemble, rearrange and interchange.
The functionality of even the most reliable blender depends not only on the quantity, quality and purpose of its additional attachments, but also on their use and on what material they are made of.
Experts recommend choosing those blenders, accessories for which are made of steel or edible aluminum. Such nozzles are aesthetic, reliable, durable, do not deform and do not break even when grinding solid ingredients, in addition, they can be used to work with hot products.
The components of a plastic blender, even the most durable, can only be praised at a low price - this is the list of their advantages.
Plastic nozzles are fragile and unreliable, they can not be sharpened and therefore not all blender functions are within their reach. In addition, when in contact with heated ingredients, they are quite capable of releasing toxic substances, and from hard objects (pieces of nutshell or sometimes small bones caught in chopped meat) can easily break. In addition, the plastic parts of the blender are easily stained with beets, carrots and berries, but this pigment cannot be washed off.
In any case, so that the plastic and metal parts of the blender work smoothly, they must be properly maintained.
- It is worth buying only those accessories that correspond to the power of the blender, otherwise it will break.
- New parts must be cleaned and boiled to remove factory grease that is unsuitable for contact with food.
- The attachment should be attached only there and only as indicated in the instructions - it is usually easy to insert, screw in or snap into corresponding slots on the body of the blender or inside it.
- It is possible to begin work only after checking that all parts are securely fastened in the right places and in the required position.
- It is better to load the dry ingredients into the container for grinding after the liquid - so they are easier to grind and mix.
- When operating, the unit should be shaken occasionally, so that the products do not get stuck under the knives and are faster ground and mixed.
- After use, the blender and all its components must be thoroughly washed (by hand or in a dishwasher), dried and placed in storage space.
- Be careful when washing knives - they are very sharp and can injure or cut not the right thing.
- It is recommended to cool very hot products before grinding or whipping to at least 80-70 degrees.
- Some nozzles are not able to cope with whole vegetables or fruits, because before loading they should be cut.
- Do not crush ice and frozen ingredients in a conventional plastic bowl-shredder low-power blender - and she and her knives are likely to break. For this purpose, only a metal bowl with a special knife for chopping ice is adapted.
- Motor power should be taken into account to work with very solid products - carrots, nuts, coffee beans, etc. A strong blender with a capacity of more than 360 watts is suitable for their successful grinding.
- Capacities for grinding or whipping can not be loaded completely, otherwise the ingredients will fly out or spill when working.
- Despite the fact that all the nozzles are interchangeable, as a supplement it is still better to buy those that correspond to the brand and manufacturer of the selected blender.
Thanks to the blender nozzles, their proper selection, operation and care, even a novice chef can easily prepare ingredients for a variety of dishes and prepare many interesting and beautiful salads, mashed soups, desserts, drinks, cocktails, pastries and other goodies.