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Types of Hand Blenders
What are Hand Blenders? An immersion blender is a hand-held kitchen blender, which is known as stand mixer, mini blender, hand mixer, or handheld blender. Wikipedia defines an immersion blender as "an electrical handheld blending device that has one or more attachments that can be moved around by the user (such as mixing bowls and skillets)". In fact, the immersion blender is a very versatile kitchen tool that is often used for many of the preparation tasks in the kitchen.
Hand Blenders come in two different appliances. They are the immersion hand blender and the stand mixer. An immersion hand blender is a smaller sized hand held appliance that resembles a small food processor, but has a much larger bowl to mix ingredients (and more space for whisking) in. An immersion hand blender is used most often in households where there is little counter space available. These hand blenders are very popular because of their convenience and ease of use.
Stand Mixers are nearly identical to an immersion hand blender and are often considered a smaller version of the machine. However, they have the same bowl, the same blending tools, and even the same motor. The only noticeable difference between these two appliances is the length of their handles. Stand mixers are typically used by professional chefs because of their size and capacity. They are most often found in professional restaurants and public settings.
Hand Blenders vs. immersion blenders. The soup setting is perhaps the most common way that the two separate appliances are used. When you use a hand blender to make soup, it is basically the same thing as when you use a regular blender to make soup--you're just blending the food without adding water or liquid. This means that they work just as well as other soup making machines.
Microwave and Stick Blenders. Hand held and stick mixers have become another type of blender that many people are now choosing over the traditional countertop blender. Microwave hand blenders work just like their stick counterparts, but they use a high-speed microwave to heat up the food. Some microwaves have a setting that allows you to adjust the heat to make the food easier to digest.
To make a comparison of all three types of blenders, it's important to look at the various features each one has to offer. The biggest differences between the types of hand blenders are blades and sizes. Both stick and microwave oven blenders can be found with either a blade or with a bowl. Some models, such as the Waring Pro immersion blender review, actually come with two blades so you can blend up to two cups of food at once. There are also several different sized bowls for use with immersion blenders.
The next most common type of hand blender is the stick variety. Hand held stick mixers have the same basic design as stick blenders, with two long handles, a large mixing bowl, and a smaller blending wand. The biggest difference between the two is the shape of the mixing bowl, which some stick mixers are able to be flipped in half so the bowl can be used as a food mixing device. Hand held stick mixers are more commonly found in homes, because they don't take up a lot of counter space.
One final type of blender to consider is the hot water can be put directly into a pot. Hot water can be placed directly into a pot, as long as you have a wide, deep pot that will fit the immersion blender's head. Some soup making pots can fit even though it is larger than the soup bowl. Although not a true soup maker, hot water can be used to puree ingredients for soups and sauces.