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Bar & Kitchen Blenders
A Brief History of the Kitchen Blender
The invention of the blender is often credited to Stephen Poplawski, owner of the Stevens Electric Company, who began designing blenders in 1919 but whose invention got patented only until 1922. Poplawski is credited to have placed a spinning blade at the bottom of a container, but his early blender was mostly utilized to create soda-fountain beverages. It was not until 1935 when a man named Fred Osius worked hard to improve upon Poplawski's idea. This, the Waring blender was born.
However, as early as 1910, Louis Hamilton, Chester Beach, and Frederick Osius have already developed a small motor that ran on either AC or DC electrical power, and the same year the Hamilton Beach Company was founded to spearhead the the development of motor-driven appliances. These innovations within the company resulted in the creation of the Hamilton Beach blender.
Today blenders are used for a wide variety of tasks. Commercial blenders or industrial blenders are designed for heavy-duty use and include most kitchen blenders utilized in restaurants as well as bar blenders. For those looking for a simple blender for home use and not those heavy-duty blenders, there are a lot of simple, effective, but cheap blenders that are also durable enough to be used at home.
How Do Commercial Blenders Work?
Simply put, blenders are machines that help turn solid ingredients into liquid or semi-liquid. But how does a blender work?
To understand how our humble kitchen blender works, we need to look at the components, which are pretty basic and are somewhat uniform regardless of brand, type, and model. These components include th following: housing, blade, jar, gasket or seal ring, jar base or jar nut, and lid.
The base of the blender is where the motor is house and where the all-important blade juts out. The blender's base is also the place to find the controls for the blending process. In most blenders, the blade is permanently attached to the base. In the case of the gasket, which mostly prevents leaking, it is usually a separate piece that can be attached to the blender, as with jar and lid.
Imagine a bar blender used to prepare a cocktail. You add the ice, liquor, mixer, and maybe some fruit to the blender jar, you attach it to the blender base, and then you push a button or flip a lever. The motor of the blender begins to turn, as with the blade. The whirring motion creates the necessary vortex by which the ingredients are pulled into the center of the blender's blade, by which the ingredients begin to get crushed or liquified. This, in a nutshell, is how a blender works.
The Proper Way to Clean an Electric Blender
To make sure that your kitchen blender or bar blender is always in perfect working condition, you must make the necessary steps to properly clean it. Although a commercial blender or industrial blender works perhaps twice (or even more) as hard as an ordinary home blender or mini blender, the proper cleaning process is fairly the same across blender types.
So how should you clean your blender? First, you will want to take the blender apart by removing the base, removing the lid, and then unscrewing the gasket and blade. Next, wash the jar, lid, gasket, blade, and seal ring by using warm water mixed with dish-washing soap. Make sure to take extra precaution on washing the blade because of its sharp edges. You can then proceed to dry all the components of the blender that you just washed. When dry, reassemble the blender and then use as needed.
The Best Bar Blenders Available at Rapids Wholesale
Here at Rapids Wholesale, you can choose from a wide variety of blenders. We offer kitchen blenders, bar blenders, and both commercial blenders or industrial blenders as well as home blenders. Our blenders and other blending tools and equipment are manufactured by the most trusted names in the food-processing business: Bar Maid, Hamilton Beach, San Jamar, Tablecraft, and Waring.