My grandpa uses to tell me that when the desirable is not available, the available becomes desirable. What happens when one important kitchen appliance is not available for use? This is a situation people could find themselves in.
However, the absence of a kitchen blender doesn’t mean you cannot get the desired result for your cooking. In this article, we are going to give ideas on blender substitute to keep you confident in your cooking when you find yourself without a blender.
HOW TO BLEND FOOD WITHOUT A BLENDER
It is difficult to imagine a kitchen without a blender, sometimes, things happen when you least expect like your blender breaking down in the middle of meal preparation.
Trust me, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation like that, it wouldn’t be a waste of time to know how to blend food without a blender in case the need arises.
See below alternative you can blend your food without a blender.
A Blender is a kitchen appliance that is used for mixing liquids, soft foods and turning fruits or vegetables into Liquid.
A Blender can also chop, cream, crush, whip, mix, Liquefy, emulsify, puree, process dense food, and even cook soup.
So then, what is a Blender substitute? Why do you need a Blender substitute? A Blender substitute is another kitchen appliance that can perform almost the same tasks as a blender and achieve the same result without sacrificing taste and recipe.
Therefore, the blender substitute you decide to choose will depend on the task you have at hand. Below are some recommended kitchen appliances that can serve as substitutes in case you don’t have a blender;
- Food Processor
- Mortar and Pestle
- Immersion Hand Blenders
CAN I USE A BLENDER INSTEAD OF A FOOD PROCESSOR FOR DOUGH?
A blender is a kitchen appliance used in performing various kitchen tasks. As long as you are willing to work in batches, a blender can be used in the same way as a food processor.
Can I use a blender instead of a food processor for the dough? No! Blenders cannot be used for kneading dough or making pastry dough which is a major function of food processors.
A food processor is perfect for making dough, especially the ones with dough blades. With this, you can make the dough in less than 5 minutes from start to finish and the dough will rise faster because it is slightly warm after kneading.
SUBSTITUTE FOR BLENDER IN BAKING
The substitute for a blender in baking is a food processor. You can use a food processor for many of the same purposes as a blender.
However, foods processors are made and designed to do certain tasks such as mixing, chopping, grinding, and shredding while blenders are good at creating liquids like purees, smoothies, and soups.
When you purchase the right food processor, it can be useful in baking. A good food processor can be used to knead dough easily and quickly, mixing batter, etc.
PASTRY BLENDER SUBSTITUTE
Generally, a pastry blender is used to cut fat or shorten the preparation of biscuits, pies, and doughnuts.
If you want to make pie dough and you don’t have a pastry blender or food processor, a good alternative is by using your hands manually.
First, cut the butter into pieces, use a snapping motion with your fingers to create flakes inside the mixing bowl.
Make sure you do this thoroughly to turn all chunks into flakes. Continue down this line until the mixtures turn into a corn-like texture.
Add sour cream and water mixture. Stir with a fork and turn the mixture gently not rigorously until a wet-like substance is achieved before going ahead to prepare your pie dough recipe.
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FOOD PROCESSOR SUBSTITUTE
A Food Processor can perform multiple kitchen tasks like; mixing, chopping, mincing, pureeing, cutting, slicing, shredding, and coarsening.
In case you don’t have a Food Processor or a Blender, a good substitute or alternative is the Chef’s Knife and a cheese grater.
The cheese grater has multiple uses; Ginger, Garlic, Nutmeg, Chocolate, Vegetables, Fruits cheese, and so on.
A chef Knife or other types of knives and cheese grater can chop, shred and slice recipes without stress like preparing Pesto without a Food Processor.
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A hand blender is an essential kitchen gadget that is very easy to use and its compact size can easily fit in your small kitchen while greatly enhancing your user experience.
The immersion blender is small, portable, light; can be easily be carried around, and can easily fit in small drawers. It is also known as a stick, hand blender, wand blender, or mini blender.
It is the easiest way to puree food or blend ingredients in the container in which they are been prepared without making a mess and is great for small jobs.
This blender is not the same as the regular blender because regular blending requires pouring the ingredients or liquid into the blender, but immersion blending requires inserting the wand into a container of liquid and turned on.
If you want to give your family a happy, healthy, tasty home meal, an immersion blender is here to save you from all the fuss.
IMMERSION BLENDER SUBSTITUTE
An immersion blender is also known as a hand stick blender that can blend, puree, crush, froth, whip and chop your chosen recipe.
A good substitute for the immersion blender is a hand whisk or electric hand mixer machine.
For example, in preparing froth milk at home without an immersion blender, you need to first boil the milk on the gas stove and then use the hand whisk or electric hand mixer to finish up your recipe.
FOOD PROCESSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR PIE CRUST
If you are thinking of making pie crust recipes or pastry without a food processor, then a good alternative would be to use your hands.
Simply cut the cold butter into slices with a butter knife, add it to the flour. Gently use your fingertips to rub the flour in.
Pick up some of the mixtures in your fingertips, and quickly rub your thumb along all the fingers to break up the lumps of butter.
Kindly do this quickly, so you don’t melt the butter and don’t allow every last lump to go, a few pieces of butter will be just fine!
HOW TO PULSE FOOD WITHOUT A FOOD PROCESSOR OR BLENDER
With the abundance of information available regarding kitchen appliances, it is certain that any kitchen task can be done when the right appliances are not available.
Food processors and blenders are essential kitchen appliances to pulse food, but if you don’t have them, do not worry as I and my team have one alternative kitchen appliance for pulsing food.
Note that one alternative appliance to pulse food is the mortar and pestle.
MORTAR AND PESTLE SUBSTITUTE FOR BLENDER AND FOOD PROCESSOR
The Mortar and Pestle above is also called the Heavy Granite Unpolished Mortar and Pestle.
Use your mortar to pulverize nuts, seeds, ginger root, and garlic and make homemade salad dressing, sauces, and condiments, such as fresh mustard, guacamole, pesto, salsa, chutneys, and more.
Made from unpolished granite, you will waste no time fumbling or stabilizing your pestle masher, as the mortar’s cup interior provides the best, metate-like natural friction for swift ingredient crushing, grinding, or powdering.
The Old natural means of using a Mortar and Pestle to simplify your favorite kitchen recipe or task is not out of fashion as it comes in handy as a good alternative to a blender or a food processor.
A Mortar and Pestle can grind nuts, pulverize nuts, and crush ginger roots into powder forms, make homemade salad dressing, sauces, and condiments such as fresh mustard, pesto, and guacamole.
GRATER SUBSTITUTE FOR BLENDER
Above is the OXO Good Grips Etched Box Grater with Removable Zester or Oxo Stainless steel Grater.
The grating grids are very sharp and extremely well shaped, making them very easy to grate and clean.
Brilliant quality, very sturdy, and easy to use. The detachable Microplane is a great addition as is the attachable box at the bottom to collect the grated food. The grater is very sharp so be sure to keep fingers and knuckles away.
Just as a Blender can grind, slice, and cut food into various shapes, a Grater is also an essential kitchen tool for food preparation that performs similar functions to a Blender making it a good alternative/substitute.
Your food can be made into strips or bits so the ingredients can be evenly dispersed into the food being prepared.
A good example of a Grater is the OXO Good Grips Etched Box Grater with Removable Zester. It comes with different surfaces; medium grater, coarse grater, slicer, and removable zester.
It also has a container Lid that creates a seal for storing grated or sliced food, a non-slip foot that provides control while grating, and a soft non-slip handle for a comfortable grip.