Blenders offer much versatility due to capabilities beyond blending, while occupying little space in any foodservice operation. This equipment can perform the functions of food processors, nut grinders and mixers, saving counter space by replacing these appliances.
Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly blender maintenance centers on cleaning. Unplug the unit and wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth after every use. At the end of the workday, wipe down the blender using a cloth and soap and water. Using a hose or water pressure can damage the motor. Regularly clean the blade to avoid tainting the taste of dishes with other flavors. Run fresh water and ice through the blender to clean the blade.
Vitamix has updated the design of this blender to enhance the aesthetic and make cleaning easier. The blender features four new programs that work with the optional aerating container to help users to apply such classic culinary techniques as whipping, emulsifying, muddling and creating foam. Other features include a 3 peak output HP motor and advanced air management system to help keep the machine cool as well as 6 optimized programs, 34 settings, 93 variable speeds and automatic shut-off.
Immersion blenders, or stick mixers, come in several different sizes and types. Keep in mind the longer the shaft, the more stress will be put on the components. That means sizing represents a key consideration with this equipment.
When choosing a juicer, anticipating volume is critical. Operators can choose from a variety of juicers, depending on the application, speed of service needed and beverage type being created. Operators also need to determine what type of foods they will use as some juicers handle leafy greens and vegetables better than others.