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Blenders vs Choppers vs Processors

Food Processor vs Blender vs Chopper – Which Do I Need?

Ensuring that you have the right equipment in your kitchen is essential to the success of your business. Just like you are not going to make french fries in a steamer, you are not going to make a smoothie in a chopper. Some kitchens may see that they need a food processor, a blender, and a chopper; however maybe you can get by with just one! It all depends on what the equipment is being used for. Let Central help you figure out what you need!

Blenders vs Choppers vs Processors

Food Processors 

  • Purpose: Strong and sharp blade to easily cut raw, hard-to-chop ingredients
  • Good Foods to Use For: nuts, carrots, onions, etc.
  • Recipe Ideas: nut butters, pesto, curry paste, hummus, homemade salad dressing
  • Bonus: Many food processors utilize attachments which allows operators to slice, dice, grate, grind meat, puree vegetables, knead dough, and more!

Food Blenders

  • Purpose: To combine ingredients that have a liquid base
  • Good Foods to Use For: soups, cocktails, smoothies, salsa, etc.
  • Bonus: Operators are still able to chop and grind with a blender, but this is meant to be done with softer foods unless otherwise noted. Many commercial blenders can still chop and blend hard ingredients if done properly.

Food Choppers

  • Purpose: Quickly cuts fruits, vegetables and meats in uniform pieces
  • Good Foods to Use For: onions, diced chicken, peppers, lemons, etc.
  • Bonus: Want to give the same results every time? Food choppers give operators the option of changing out blade sets to get the size of cut desired. Want 1/4″ slices of onion on each burger? That’s quick and easy to do with a food chopper!

Food Processor vs Blender vs Chopper

 

Buying Guide: Bar Blenders

Need help making a purchase? Central has you covered with a library full of buying guides you can conveniently find on our website. Today’s buying guide will cover bar blenders.

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Bar blenders come in a variety of shapes and styles to help you make delicious frozen drinks at the perfect texture. Many provide convenient features to allow you to spend more time serving customers and less time preparing their order.

For all items, keep in mind the:

  • Frequency of use
  • Type of items being blended
  • Serving size of your drinks

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HORSEPOWER (HP) AND DUTY

  • Blenders are available in light, medium and heavy duty
  • The duty is determined by the horsepower of the motor. The higher the horsepower, the higher the duty (i.e. heavy duty blending such as frozen fruit or large ice cubes requires a higher horsepower).
  • Heavy duty blenders are best for establishments that make a large volume of frozen beverages
  • Light duty blenders are optimal for beverages that are not thick and/or do not contain solid ingredients. These are designed for places that serve a low volume of frozen beverages.

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CONTAINER CAPACITY

  • Standard blender containers range from 32 oz. to 64 oz.
  • Think about the size of the drinks you are serving. For instance, larger sizes of drinks would benefit from a larger container.
  • Popularity of drinks. If your bar serves a lot of frozen drinks, a larger container is a necessity for filling several orders at once.

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CONTAINER CONSTRUCTION

  • Glass: When is comes to aesthetics, glass is the way to go as it provides a professional look in front of guests and is often stain-resistant. However, the heavier container can be more strenuous for frequent pouring.
  • Plastic: Virtually indestructible. Even though scratches or stains may be a little more obvious over time, you get more bang for your buck by going with a plastic container as it will last longer.
  • Stainless Steel: These are the solution to needing a visually pleasing blender that provides durability. The obvious downfall is one can’t see what’s being blended, which may make it hard to determine the drink’s consistency.

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BLENDER BASE

  • Plastic: This is most common in Central’s selection. It is durable and cleans easily.
  • Chrome: If aesthetics are important, chrome is a great option. Keep in mind it will need regular cleaning to keep its professional look.

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FEATURES

  • Programmability allows you to have different program speeds and times for different drinks
  • Simple drinks or low volume may require only having an On/Off functionality. Thicker drinks may need additional controls such as High/Low functionality.
  • Some blenders include manual timers with automatic shut-off options, which can allow the bartender to step away from whatever is being blended.
  • While you may look to find the most affordable option, don’t short yourself on the extra features you can benefit from. Think of what could make your establishment run more efficiently. You may find a feature that will save you time and money in the long run.

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For more information, view this Bar Blender buying guide in full for additional information and charts to help you make a purchasing decision.

Don’t forget to check out all of Central’s buying guides.