In today’s fast-moving world where we are all more used to fast food than a home-cooked meal, a blender probably isn’t the top of your list when you’re equipping your kitchen. Often you’ll find a noisy old counter-top blender has been shoved away into a cupboard or is lying, dusty and neglected, at the back of a high shelf.
So why would you want a blender in your kitchen anyway? There are many reasons for adding a blender to your kitchen equipment, some of which may surprise you!
What does a blender do?
The blenders of the future have finally arrived, and they are already taking pride of place in many kitchens today. These slick-looking new machines are a far cry from those we saw in the past, usually being much quieter than their noisy forebears, much quicker in their performance, and coming with a dazzling array of versatile functions.
Your blender can now make anything from a beautiful dessert to a high-protein smoothie or shake. Your blender has now become more than just another tool; it is helping you select healthier food choices in what has become an increasingly unhealthy world.
Blenders come in all shapes, sizes and styles, from little mini baby ones right up to the big modern Vita Mix. Blenders now have a huge variety of functions and options both for practical and fun use. They are a good deal less complicated than the old food mixers, and can do anything from chopping up dry ingredients to making delicious ice cream. They now also have a great range of color and style options to match your kitchen – or your personality!
A modern blender can not just blend but do many other things as well. Mixing of dry ingredients is easy with a blender. A blender can also help with making baby food from fresh ingredients, creating smoothies or a protein-filled breakfast shake.
During the summer, why not enjoy a mixed drink with crushed ice, made with the help of your blender? Daiquiris and mojitos are now possible at home, and you can add your own twists too – fresh fruit, using sweetener instead of sugars, or adding decorative herb sprigs to the glass.
With the blender at hand, it’s easy to add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet. it’s simple to replace one meal every day with a fruit and/or vegetable smoothie. You can also encourage the kids to get their five a day by letting them help you choose and mix the fruit for their smoothie.
Creamy soups also become much easier, as do ground rice or wheat. Both of these can be accomplished easily with a blender.
Sauces and salad dressings, along with tasty concoctions such as yogurt smoothie are all achievable with the right blender in your array of kitchen tools.
Many people find it difficult to eat breakfast in the morning, either due to time constraints or just that they don’t feel hungry enough. A shake for breakfast is nutritious, simple, quick to make, and ensures that everyone gets that all-important morning meal before heading to work or school.
Unhealthy snacks can also be replaced with satisfying smoothies, which can feel more indulgent than simply eating a piece of fruit.
No matter what your particular uses for a blender, every home should make space for this most flexible and versatile piece of kitchen equipment.