This is a helpful article I found and I wanted to share it with you. It is about the three basic types of mixer for the kitchen and it should help you decide which one is right for your kitchen.
Having the correct mixers and blenders in your kitchen and bar can make the most significant difference between succeeding and failing when cooking and making drinks. Let’s have a look at the different types and see what will work well for your in your kitchen.
You can basically buy 3 kinds of mixers and blenders : the hand mixer, the stand mixer and the blender. Let me explain the greatest difference between them and their purposes, then you can decide if you want one, 2 or all three.
The hand mixer is naturally held in the hand. Two beaters are attached to it and they revolve around to mix up the food that you have in a bowl. The food might be something whipped up light and ethereal like cream or eggs. Or the food might be heavier like a cake mix. The most heavy thing a hand mixer could handle would be a tiny batch of cookies.
A couple of benefits of hand mixers : they do not take up much room, can fit in a drawer and are less expensive than a stand mixer.
The paddle is the universal attachment. It is for mixing everything that is not bread dough, whites of the eggs or cream. It is excellent for cake mixes, cookie dough and other doughs, and mashed potatoes.
The dough hook is for bread dough and other awfully thick heavy doughs. The wire whisk is for light and airy whites of the eggs for meringue or souffle and whipping cream.
There are a couple of downsides to buying stand mixers. They are not awfully lightweight, they take up room on your countertop, and they are expensive.
But there are a couple of benefits : they do a fabulous job, you can set them and do other things while they do the work, and they really cause you to feel just like a professional cook!
Blenders have their own uses in the kitchen and bar. They can cut up foods in uneven pieces but I prefer a good old knife.The blender’s main purpose is to mix and puree liquids. The liquids may be a soup base or gravy but most often the liquids are drinks like milkshakes, smoothies and mixed alcohol based drinks.
This should give you a great idea of what you want for your kitchen. I have all 3. I use my hand mixer for quick jobs or jobs that are not on my countertop. I have got a stand mixer for everything. The stand mixer is the one thing that can deal with bread dough and big batches of cookies. I’ve a blender for drinks and soup purees. Click here : http://braunmultimix.com/ and braun hand mixer for more info.