Whether you are a restaurant, a bar, an institutional
First, carefully evaluate your menu to determine your restaurant equipment needs. Once you have your menu, then you need to know your location specifics - how much room you will have and how big your operation will be. This will help you determine, for example, if you are going have a walk-in refrigerator or not. You also need the measurements of your kitchen and storage areas so you can buy the right size tables, sinks, shelving, dishwasher, ice machine, etc. Nothing is worse than having your equipment arrive only to find it doesn't fit.
Every foodservice establishment has a need to whip, puree, mix or blend ingredients regardless of whether they are dry or wet. And the one versatile appliance which can help you blend dressings, delicate sauces, chop, grind, mix, and whip all at the touch of a button is a commercial blender. And no matter what drinks are planning to serve your clientele - whether shakes, pina coladas or coffees, commercial blenders can help you prepare them in record time.
Commercial blenders also bring consistency to your food preparation; your signature soups, sauces and smoothies will taste the same every day, every week - one of the main reasons why your customers will keep coming back to you.
Commercial bar blenders are available in glass, plastic or stainless steel container materials each of which have their own advantages and setbacks. Glass blender containers look clean and smart behind the bar but are more at risk for accidental chipping or breakage. Stainless steel is an ideal container because it is food-safe and rust-resistant.
Some users prefer to actually be able to see into the container as the beverage is blending, however, and this is impossible with a metal container. Plastic is often the best bet, suitable for several different applications. High-durability polycarbonate helps make these blender containers extremely robust even when thrown into compartment sinks or accidentally dropped.
They allow the user to see inside to make sure everything is blending correctly, and they are clear and clean looking, although they may stain over time depending on the ingredients being blended.
Blender capacity is another important factor to consider. Blender containers come in different capacities. Smaller businesses may look at blenders with capacities ranging from 32-64 ounces. For more heavy-duty requirements, larger capacities including 192-ounce monsters are also available!
In order for your blender to quickly and thoroughly turn chunks of ice and mix into perfectly blended drinks, the blade must be heavy duty. This means being made of a strong metal, such as stainless steel and being well designed. Typical household blenders can always be identified by their narrow, thin blades and a simple hooked blade design. Quality commercial kitchen blender blades will be wider, thicker and often be made in a twisting pattern to maximize the smoothness of the blend.
Choose a blender based on horsepower when blending thick and chunky ingredients. Individually quick frozen fruit or big ice cubes require more power (to avoid overheating the blender), and as such, 2-or-3 hp might do the trick. For pure liquids and softer ice, such as nugget ice, less power is required.
Speed and Preset Options
Most blenders have an 'On/Off' switch and probably a 'High/Low' addition. Usually these options are all that are required. Having programmed speeds and times is a great option, if available. It is easier to bring consistency in drinks, soups and purees with this pre-set option. Timed options allow the kitchen staff to prepare the serving bowls/glasses while the blend is being prepared.
The forgotten component! Blender bases are often referred to simply as 'motor housings,' which is in fact their primary function. However, blender bases also provide sturdy foundations for the blender as well as a control panel where the power switch and any other button is located. Although not the most important part of the purchasing decision, differences in blender bases can affect the look and even maintenance requirements for the blender machine as a whole.
Bases can be chrome, stainless steel or plastic. Though chrome and stainless steel look attractive be prepared to do a lot of wiping! Plastic bases can be durable and easy to clean but look less professional than chrome or steel.
Immersion Blenders are one of the newest additions to the commercial blenders market. An immersion blender is basically a stick with blender blades at the end of it. They offer the convenience of fitting directly into a drink cup, saucepan or other container for quick blending without having to transfer contents to a separate blender carafe. This is especially useful when working with a large amount of, say pureed soup, which would otherwise require blending in batches. Using an immersion blender allows you to simply blend the soup in its original pot.
Finally it makes sense to buy your blender from a retailer who can not only give it to you at a great price but also has a ready stock of blender replacement parts and accessories to match your particular blender to your specific installation, materials and process.