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People are always looking for versatile gadgets that they can add to their kitchen. The more tasks something can do, the better. This is why so many people have their attention caught by a mixer grinder. So, what does a mixer grinder do? Our experts have the answer.
What does a mixer grinder do? Well, it will both mix up and grind foods. In fact, they can tackle most food mixing and grinding jobs. For example, you can use them to make smoothies, or use them to make bread or chop nuts.
Our experts know that you won’t be satisfied with that as your answer, though. There is just so much more that they are itching to tell you about how mixer grinders work. So, let’s jump in.
What Does a Mixer Grinder Do?
As we said, a mixer grinder is versatile. Depending on the model that you purchase, the mixer grinder can be used for:
Let’s give you an idea of some of the things that people have made using their mixer grinders.
Smoothies are probably one of the biggest reasons why people purchase a mixer grinder. It will chop up fruits and vegetables with ease. You can also add milkshakes if you wish.
On the grinding front, you can use the mixer grinder to chop up nuts and herbs. When it comes to herb chopping, the mixer grinder will often be able to get those herbs as fine as you would with a pestle and mortar, but you don’t have all that extra effort that working with a pestle and mortar requires.
If you are a lover of sausages or burgers, then you will be pleased to know that you can use the mixer grinder to mix up the meat properly for you. In fact, a mixer grinder is up there with being one of the best meat grinders that you can purchase for meat processing. At least if you are not doing it that regularly.
Depending on the mixer grinder that you purchase, it may even be good enough to be able to knead bread for you. Again, this is going to be cutting down on the huge amount of effort that bread kneading normally takes!
How Does a Mixer Grinder Work?
Your mixer grinder will come equipped with a ton of accessories and attachments. You may also be able to purchase additional accessories. What you get included and what you can buy will be dependent on the brand of mixer grinder that you purchase. Therefore, you should always try to purchase the best brand that you can afford.
We want to give you a brief overview of how the process works:
1. Attach the relevant blade or attachment
With the mixer grinder unplugged, attach the blade or attachment for the job that you are about to do.
2. Powering the mixer grinder on
Once the attachment is securely in place, you can power it. We do not recommend that you do it beforehand. While the risk of injuring yourself is minimal, it is still going to be there.
3. Add your ingredients
You will now add your ingredients. Obviously, the order that you do this is going to be completely dependent on the recipe that you are following. We can’t help you much on that front.
While you don’t always have to do this, most mixer grinders will work a lot more efficiently if you chop up the ingredients before you add them. It doesn’t need to be decent chopping. You just shouldn’t really be adding whole fruits and vegetables into the mixer grinder.
4. Switching the Mixer Grinder On
When the machine is powered on, a vacuum will form around the blades of the mixer grinder. This draws the ingredients downward.
As the ingredients are drawn downward, they will be chopped up and pushed out of the vacuum. As this happens, more ingredients will be pulled down, while the previously chopped ingredients will be sent to the back of the queue.
This cycle of chopping will continue until you switch the mixer grinder off.
The major benefit of this cycle of chopping or grinding means that everything is uniform. With the traditional mixer, the mixing would not be as good because only some of the ingredients would ever really come into contact with the blade.
Is a mixer grinder the same as a food processor?
No. It isn’t. A food processor can’t really do much beyond chopping up food and a little bit of mixing. A mixer grinder is going to be far more versatile and is often a far better addition to the kitchen.
Do you have to chop food before adding it to a mixer grinder?
It depends on the size of the food. Small items like nuts can probably just be added straight to a mixer grinder. However, you may have to roughly chop some fruits and vegetables. While the mixer grinder may be able to process them whole, it will be putting a lot of strain on the motor.
Can you grind coffee beans with a mixer grinder?
You can grind coffee beans with a mixer grinder. In fact, a lot of people do. The grind may not be as good as if you used a normal coffee bean grinder, but it is perfectly serviceable for a bit of light coffee bean grinding on ‘special occasions’.