Blenders are used around the commercial kitchen to create a variety of dishes and menu items. From smoothies to sauces, blenders are a great tool for spicing up your menu and improving customer satisfaction. If you’re a veteran, then you know the drill - but if you’re new to using a blender, then it’s important to note that there’s more to it than simply adding ingredients and pushing the ‘blend’ button. Here are the basics of blender use.
“The blender multi-tasks for many different uses, from purees to vinaigrettes. It can be utilized for any area of a restaurant, front or back of the house,” says Paul Choi, executive chef at Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine in Mundelein, IL. At Karma, he uses one “to puree chipotle for our chipotle aioli, pea sauce for our salmon, wasabi vinaigrette — it makes the thickest and most emulsified vinaigrette.”
In addition, blenders can be used in the bar area for frozen cocktails as well as smoothies and frozen coffee drinks. It’s a truly versatile piece of equipment, but many choose to purchase multiples to ensure that there’s no cross-contamination between beverages and food items.
There are many features to look for when choosing the right blender. Versatility, durability, and size capacity is key, especially if you’re looking to use your blender often and for large batches. “You want the motor strong enough to handle everything you put inside — the stronger the motor, the better the blend,” Choi says. “The size allows for how much you can put in at once, and durability refers to dealing with all the abuse the appliance will go through.”
There are many working parts to a blender that need regular maintenance - some of the main ones being the blades and the seals. When looking for your blender, choose one that is easy to break down and clean, as you’ll have to do it often to ensure a safe, compliant environment. With so many parts, grime can build up in almost any part of the blender.
tick with a detachable bottom, and throw all washer-safe pieces like the lids, containers, and parts into the dishwasher every day. You can keep blades sharpened and replace them as needed to ensure that your blender is operating at peak performance and efficiency.
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