Professional blenders for high-volume and heavy-duty jobs
Commercial blenders are essential appliances in any professional kitchen. They make it fast and easy to prepare large amounts of soups, sauces, gravies, fruit and vegetable purées, dessert fillings and much more. A typical commercial blender has the same features as most blenders intended for occasional use in home kitchens, but it has a much larger volume and heavy-duty durability.
Features of Professional Blenders
Some of the features you should look for in commercial blenders include multiple speed settings, programmable controls and heavy-duty blender containers. In fact, many manufacturers of commercial blenders make polycarbonate containers that are unbreakable, which can be a boon in busy kitchens where the occasional accident is unavoidable.
Professional blenders contain a full range of settings, including the 10 standard options: fold, stir, mix, blend, combine, beat, cream, fluff, frappé and whip. You can also get commercial blenders that are specially designed for mixing drinks, if you serve specialty beverages at your restaurant or cafeteria. Many commercial drink mixers feature multiple mixing stations, so you aren't limited to making only one drink at a time. These are an excellent option for busy cafés, coffee shops and service stations, and they're also easy to learn to use.
The Price of Commercial Food Processors
A quality commercial blender generally costs no more than a couple hundred dollars, even for a top-of-the-line product from a quality manufacturer of trusted kitchen equipment. They are one of the more affordable investments you'll need to make when you open your restaurant.
However, there are other commercial food processors that may benefit your operation, not all of which are inexpensive. Large industrial mixers, for example, are fairly complex machines that can come with hefty price tags.
As with other major purchases for your kitchen, such as an industrial oven, you can save some money if you buy used industrial mixers and commercial food processors. If you're going to go this route, it's best to get used equipment that's as close to new as possible. This way, you may still qualify for some warranty protection, which takes some of the guesswork out of purchasing secondhand equipment.