Blenders

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Blenders do a great job of creating a silky smooth mixture, something that food processors cannot.

From making smoothies, dressings and sauces, to crushing ice for frosty drinks, blenders are a great multi-purpose tool to have in your kitchen.

What to look for when buying 

  • Glass vs. plastic jars  – it’s really a matter of preference. Glass doesn’t retain food odors or stains, however the plastics that are now being used for the blender jars are equally as resistant . Ensure inside of jar (glass or plastic) is smooth and without ridges – this makes it harder to scrape foods down.
  • Effective ice-crushing power.
  • For those with a single blade, look for jars with a cone-shaped jar with the narrower end at the bottom. This  creates a funnel effect which sends the food toward the bottom towards the blades. Those with stacked blades along the inner stem (as shown in picture) don’t require this.
  • The blades should be as close to the bottom of the jar as possible – this creates a vortex effect causing the food gets sucked down into the blades
  • More buttons is not always better – low, medium, high, ice crush, and pulse are really all you’ll ever need.
  • Lid should have a remove center to allow for items to be added while the machine is running (like when adding oil to make mayonnaise). This is vent is also very important when you are blending hot liquids – the heat can increase the pressure and cause a vacuum affect if there is not an opening in the lid, which can cause a small explosion.
  • Choose blenders with at least 350 watts of power. This does not indicate its output of power, rather the amount of energy it consumes.
  • Dishwasher safe components.

While a Vitamix is the undisputed king of blenders, its price point puts  it out of reach for most households. But our pick is the next best thing (at a quarter of the price)!

GFC Tried & Tested Recommendations

Immersion Blender

cuisnartimmersionAlso know as wand or stick blenders, immersion blenders are used for ‘in-pot’ blending or pureeing.

While it won’t puree as smooth as a blender, it still does a great job of pureeing soups, making mayonnaise or emulsifying sauces, beating eggs, or blending smoothies.

What to look for when buying  

  • Some models come with several speed settings, but all that is really needed is low and high for this type of blender. Immersion blenders are meant for quick tasks. Their motors aren’t designed for long periods of running, and can burn out. So choose the right tool for the job (ie. use a blender or food processor instead if necessary).
  • A 10-12” shaft should be plenty for most tasks, avoid those with less than 10”.
  • Those with a detachable blade or shafts are easier to clean.

 

GFC Tried & Tested Recommendations


All the products that we have recommended have been tried and tested in our Gluten Free Club Test Kitchen, and have been chosen as our top picks based on their:

  • Efficiency
  • Quality of the task they are designed to do
  • Quality of manufacturing/Longevity
  • Usefulness
  • Best value for your money

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