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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.