A blender is an electric appliance, the purpose of which is to grind food, prepare mashed potatoes and emulsions, whisk drinks, mousses, as well as to crack ice. This device can perform many functions, especially if it is equipped with additional nozzles and containers. How to use a blender to prepare tasty and healthy dishes? Let's find out.
Precautions for using a stationary appliance
- do not put large products in the bowl, they should be cut into small parts (so the food will be ready faster),
- do not use hot foods,
- leave some free space under the cover, at least 2 cm (so that the motor does not overheat).
If you need to cook a large dish, do not immediately put all the ingredients, it is better to add them a little, sometimes shaking a glass. So you extend the life of the device and get evenly mixed product.
How to use a hand blender
- the device should not be idle, as it overheats very quickly,
- do not grind solid products without juice or liquid, immerse in boiling water,
- solid foods need to be processed in small batches,
- if you need to grind a large volume of products, take breaks in work,
- After work, thoroughly rinse the nozzle with water so that pieces of food do not dry on it.
The last rule applies to all blenders, after applying them you need to clean, wash the nozzle, and wipe the body with a damp cloth, without affecting the metal contacts. The process itself does not cause difficulties, so it’s easy to understand in practice how to use a blender.
What to cook with a blender and its nozzles
If you bought such a device yourself, then you probably already have plans for what to cook with it. But there are times when the device is presented as a gift, and you do not know what makes a blender. The main work that the device will cope with is the preparation of any puree, including soup, cocktails and drinks. Using a standard nozzle, you can prepare various sauces (for example, pesto) and gravy, grind meat into minced meat, even chicken meat with skin, onions and garlic into cutlets, turn breadcrumbs into breading, grind coffee, crumble ice, prepare a paste or mix mayonnaise. With the use of a whisk, proteins can easily beat, a homogeneous dough is mixed. It happens that a blender is supplemented with a bowl with grater nozzles: this will facilitate the cutting of vegetables for cooking soups, meatballs, and the beautiful design of ready-made dishes.
Blender is a great helper for young mothers
If you still doubt whether you need such a device, do not purchase it. But if you are a young mother, then you cannot do without him. When the moment comes for the introduction of complementary foods to the baby, the blender will become an indispensable tool. You can grind very small portions so that each time your baby enjoys freshly prepared foods. A blender will grind boiled vegetables, fruits, meat with a small amount of broth for it - you decide how to pamper the growing body. And if the baby already asks to taste your food, but cannot yet chew, just chop him a little of your soup or the second dish. Young people quickly figure out how to use a blender.
And a couple of tips for choosing a device:
- When buying a blender, pay attention to the material from which small parts are made. Knives are best used metal, stainless steel or aluminum oxide. Do not save on your health and durability of the device: plastic nozzles break quickly.
- Inspect your kitchen and select the place where the appliance will be installed (if it is a stationary blender). Many kitchens have very little work space, so you should buy a device that performs as many functions as possible and replaces several appliances. Also pay attention to the design and color in harmony with the kitchen finish.
- Based on the number of people in the family: a large family will require a high-power device with a large bowl.
Devices of different manufacturers differ little from each other in terms of application, therefore the instruction on how to use the Philips blender is similar to any other (Bosch, Brown, Scarlet, Mulinex, Vitek, Polaris etc.).
Types of devices for the kitchen
Submersible blenderequipped with a special device for mixing ingredients, which is lowered into the bowl and quickly copes with grinding. The main functions of the submersible model are chopping vegetables and fruits, preparing mixtures and mashed potatoes.
It contains a variety of equipment: in addition to the handle with the motor, there are also replaceable nozzles for the grater, various nozzles with knives, a whisk for beating, a bowl for grinding.
Submersible blender is quite easy to use in the kitchen, easy to disassemble, takes up a minimum amount of space. It works by continuously pressing the button, which implies a constant presence and control of work.
The submersible blender can work from the mains or from the built-in battery. Choosing the second option, you need to remember that such blenders can fail at the wrong time, discharged and stop working. But with such a model it is very easy to go on a picnic, where without the help of an outlet you can mix a cocktail or fruit puree.
Stationary blender thanks to its power, it easily copes with stirring dough, crushing hard nuts and coffee beans, cracking ice.
It consists of a main body, a built-in bowl and additional nozzles, which are selected based on customer requests - graters, hooks for a mixer, ice crushers and others.
This species does not need constant monitoring. It is enough to load the necessary products into the bowl, set the program and you can do other things in the kitchen. Bowls in a stationary blender are often large in size, a small amount of product can simply remain on the walls of the appliance.
What is it needed for?
We present a list of to-do items in the kitchen in which using a blender with various attachments will help you. We will not tell how to use each, but only list the possible options. Let us agree in the list to indicate applicability to the submersible blender by the sign (P), and to the stationary one - (C).
- Whipping - the most popular task. Use the whisk nozzle supplied with the device (P).
- Shredding - a leg with a knife (P) or a container, on the bottom of which a knife (P) (C) also works, will help.
- Kneading dough - use the hook attachment (P) (C). With its help, the dough mixes well and does not stick. Such a nozzle is more convenient to work with hand blenders.
- Ice crack - Useful when preparing drinks. It is applicable to (P) and (C), but in (C) it is more convenient to work.
- Cooking Mashed Potatoes - Works in (P), in (C) it will not be a “crush”, but chopping potatoes.
When choosing a blender for home, you need to focus on its following characteristics:
- Power - the rotation speed of the nozzles depends on it, and therefore the complexity of the tasks that the blender can solve. At low speeds, you can easily mix a cocktail or beat eggs, and to knead the dough you will need the highest degree of speed. Some models, in addition to the usual several speeds, also include a “Turbo mode”, which aims to instantly increase the speed of rotation for intensive whipping or grinding. Inexpensive submersible models have a power of up to 350 watts, which will be enough to whip the mashed potatoes, but too little for complex tasks like chopping minced meat and kneading dough,
- Bowl material and volumes - The blender bowl is often made of glass or plastic. A glass bowl is suitable for hot dishes and will last longer than a plastic one, but it must be handled with care, since glass is a fragile material. Plastic bowls differ in quality - cheap plastic absorbs odors, scratches remain on it. The plastic used in the manufacture of expensive models is more stable and can last an unlimited period with careful use,
- Additional nozzles and functions - the more additional elements are included in the package, the higher the final cost. Therefore, it is worthwhile to think carefully about which add-ons can be dispensed with, and which fully correspond to specific needs.
How to choose exactly for the kitchen?
When choosing a blender, you need to focus solely on your needs and capabilities. How many people are in the family? Which foods are more commonly used in cooking and which are not used at all? Are there any children in the family? How often is the need to use a blender?
Answering the questions above, we recommend that you look into the previous paragraph and study in more detail the main parameters that you will find using a blender in your kitchen.
Premium blenders are designed for long-term use and active work with a large number of products. A shockproof stainless steel case, the possibility of noise isolation, a bulky design - all this may be too inappropriate in an ordinary kitchen, but professional models have obvious advantages.
The benefits of professional models
Professional kitchen blenders are distinguished by their durability, the absence of the risk of breakage and malfunctions, and the high processing speed of products. Unlike household appliances, professional ones have different speed modes and several types of additional programs. At home, this is not always necessary., but when working a bar or a small cafe, of course, come in handy.
A variety of choices allows you to choose a blender model in accordance with the needs of even the most sophisticated chef, and with proper operation of the equipment you can get an indispensable assistant. Using a blender in the kitchen will save time and effort when cooking and pay more attention to experiments in the kitchen and the development of their culinary abilities!
This is a cross-platform program that can be installed on WIndows, Linux or MacOS. You can download the installation file for Windows and MacOS on the official website. As for Linux, in most distributions you can get the program from the official repositories. For example, in Ubuntu, to do this, just run the command:
sudo apt install blender
Then you can start the program from the main menu.
1. The main program window
The main window can be divided into several conditional areas that you have to use. Here they are:
- The main menu of the program,
- View switching menu
- Left navigation bar,
- Toolbar on the right,
- Main work area,
- The time bar is below.
All of these areas were underlined in the screenshot. By default, a 3D figure - a cube - is displayed in the workspace. Further we will consider the main actions that can be done with it.
2. Basics of navigation
The program is very easy to manage, here are the basic navigation techniques:
- To change the viewing angle, hold down the middle mouse button and move it,
- To move up and down or back and forth, hold down the Shift button and the middle mouse button, then move it,
- Use the scroll wheel to zoom
- To select an object, right-click on it or right-click outside the object to deselect it,
- To select multiple objects, hold down the Shift button while selecting,
- To select all objects, press A, and again to deselect, the selected objects will be highlighted in yellow.
3. Operating modes
The program for 3D modeling Blender can work in several modes:
- Object Mode (Object mode) - allows you to select objects, move them, rotate, and move as you need,
- Edit mode - allows you to change the vertices of the object, its lines and planes, you can change the grid in this mode.
- Sculpt mode - 3D mesh editing mode,
- Vertex Paint mode - allows you to change the colors of the figures,
- Texture Paint Mode - allows you to colorize textures,
- Thickness Mode - allows you to change the thickness of the surfaces,
- Mesh Mode (Particle mode) - convenient for working with particle systems.
You can use the button to switch between these modes. Tab or menu:
In this article we will use only the first two modes, they are the main ones.
4. Change of objects
3D modeling Blender begins with changing objects. Pay attention to the arrows that appear around the object when you select it. These are directional arrows, and they point to the faces of the coordinate system. The red arrow corresponds to the X axis, the green arrow corresponds to the Y axis, and the blue arrow corresponds to the Z axis. These arrows allow you to more accurately move objects.
You can move an object in several ways:
- Just drag it with the right mouse button,
- Press G and drag the object to the desired location,
- Click on one of the arrows and move the object along it.
Rotating objects is also very simple. All you need to do is select the object and press the R button. If you want to rotate the object around a certain axis, press R, and then one of the X, Y, Z keys. They correspond to the coordinate axes.
To zoom, use the S button. Again, to scale along one of the axes, press X, Y or Z.
5. Creating objects
Working in Blender involves not creating multiple objects in the main area. First, pay attention to where the 3D cursor is. This is where the object will be inserted. By default, it is located at the origin, but you can move it to any place simply by left-clicking.
Then open the menu "Add" at the bottom of the screen and select the desired type of objects, for example, shapes (Mesh), and then the shape itself. After adding it, it will appear near the cursor. So you can add any object.
6. Editing objects
In editing mode, you can change the size and characteristics of objects. You can select individual parts of objects: vertices, lines, and planes. What you need to choose can be indicated on the panel:
Further work is similar to dragging objects. Select the right part with the right button and drag where you want. Also in editing mode, you can select several vertices and combine them together. To do this, select the desired vertices with "Shift" then click "W" and select menu item "Merge".
Also in edit mode you can stretch parts of an object. To do this, select a face, vertex, or plane, and then click "E" and drag it to the right place.
You can often cut an object to drag it to another location or expand it. To do this, press Ctrl + R and select the desired part simply by moving the mouse, then this part will be marked and you can do everything you need with it.
Modifiers allow you to change the characteristics of your figure according to certain algorithms. To use modifiers, return to object mode, then select the icon with the key icon in the right pane:
Next click "Add Modifier" and select the desired modifier. You can experiment with them. Most often you will have to use a "subdivision surface". It allows you to smooth the corners of the surface. All modifier parameters will be in the right panel. Using item "View" You can adjust the fillet strength:
8. Saving the result
To save the result of your work, open the menu "File" and select the option "Save":
Then you need to choose a place to save and click "Save blender file". The work will be saved in Blender format, and you can continue to edit it. But if you need a regular image, in the menu "File" select item "Export", then select the format of the desired image:
Our instructions on how to use Blender 3d for dummies are coming to an end.
In this article, we looked at how to use Blender 3d to model various shapes and objects. Of course, you did not become a professional, but now you know what the program for modeling Blender is capable of and how to use it.