If you have the right appliance you can cook-up an awesome dinner in the kitchen. For everyday cook in India you can make best use of a hand blender, food processor, and mixer grinder. They can make food preparation faster, give you a free hand to experiment with a range of recipes, and even improve the quality of your cooking.
But actually what these appliances are really? Don’t worry, many can’t make the difference among them. Read further to know more.
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What is Juicer?
We will start our comparison/difference with the juicer. Now, we all know juicer is that magic kitchen product which beautifully squeezes out the juice from your favourite fruit or veggie to present you with a glass of freshly made juice. Nothing can be more refreshing than that. Juicers provide you with a better dose of vitamins, fibre, and minerals in form of liquid rather than eating the whole fruit.
The market is filled with different kind of juicers.
- Centrifugal Juicers
- Masticating Juicers
- Triturating Juicers
a. Centrifugal Juicers
These are the most popular type since they are easily available in the market. They are also quite affordable compared to other electrical juicers and efficient as well. Centrifugal juicers whack up the fruit or vegetable with a flat cutting blade and simultaneously spin the produce at a very high speed. This way it separates the juice from the pulp, hence the name centrifugal.
b. Masticating Juicers
They are considered as a new candidate for the juicer world. These juicers are also known as slow juicers. They have a single gear or an auger installed with metal blades which simply crushes the fruit or vegetable into its pulp, producing juice in the process.
c. Triturating Juicers
The twin gear or the triturating juicers are like a ‘kung fu’ master in the world of juicing machine. They are the top of the juicer world. Using two augers this juicer type does the best job by grinding or crushing the fruit or veggie for very high yield that leaves the pulp of the juice fully extracted of juice
What is Grinder?
After a nice session of juicers comes the grinder in the picture. A grinder, as you already know is also a kitchen appliance which might cause confusion due to the wide range of cooking tasks it can provide. The grinder can help you with a gamut of tasks like grinding spices, mixing raw and cooked meat, grinding vegetables and other different types of foods.
Like juicers, they are available in electrical and manual forms. Of course, most of us opt for the electrical one as it is convenient and quick. The blade in the grinder is responsible for cutting or grinding the food items into very fine pieces or into powder altogether. There are also grinders available in the market, especially for meats. They are absolutely fantastic when it comes to mincing the meat.
What is Wet Grinder?
A Wet grinder is a food preparation appliance used especially in Indian cuisine for grinding food grains to produce a paste or batter. Wet grinding is rare in western cuisine but common in Indian cuisine. It consists of a granite stones which rotate inside a metal drum with the help of an electric motor and the food grains get crushed between the stone and drum.
Wet grinders are used to make pastes from grains and lentils and is used extensively in South Indian cuisine for preparation of popular dishes such as dosa, idly, vada, appam and paniyaram.
What is Mixer?
Mixers should be your BFF if you have an attachment for baking. This wonderful appliance works at mixing, folding and beating of food ingredients to provide you with the best results.
The mixer is another appliance commonly used in kitchens. Mixers are generally of two types- hand mixers and stand mixers. Make sure to buy the best quality mixer that you can afford. Choose the steady mixers which will not jump while mixing heavy doughs. Mixing of ingredients is a very crucial factor in baking; hence you cannot compromise on the quality. Plus, choose one where you clean the attachments in a dishwasher, thereby relieving yourself from the tedious task hand cleaning.
What is Blender?
Are you fond of smoothies, pureed soups or slushy cocktails and wish to make them at home? Make sure to get a blender for yourself, rather for your kitchen. The most common kind of blenders, the stationary ones consist of a jar with rotating blades at the base of the blender. It also consists of an electric motor which powers the metal blade. Immersion blenders are newbies in the blender world which have motors connected to the top. These blenders are handy and are widely used as they can be used with any container.
What is Food Processor?
Except juicing, food processor is such an appliance which can do all the tasks mentioned above. It is the master of the appliances mentioned above as it has been designed to meet all your cooking needs. The principal difference between blenders and food processors is that the food processor has a plethora of changeable blades and disks or attachments, which makes it a multitasking appliance. It requires very little or no water at all to make the processor work. The function of the processor differs according to the type of blade or attachment you use. Precisely, the function includes chipping and slicing vegetables, grating vegetables or cheese, kneading doughs, mixing ingredients, making puree, grinding nuts, seeds, meat, spices and other foodstuffs.
Over to You
That makes the brief note on various kitchen food appliances that are of great confusion to many. Actually speaking, with advances in technology, many of these appliances do more than one task and thus work as, for example, blender and mixer etc.
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