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Best Blender
Trader Tiki
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Joined: Mar 06, 2003
Posts: 385
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2008-01-28 08:48 am   Permalink

Well, I'm happy with my conclusions, after a rather busy week and weekend.

The full blabbity-blab is up on the site at
Blender vs. Mixer, finalé.

here's a snippet:
Quote:
Overall, I would conclude after a good week’s experiments (and what a week!), and some input from those in the know, that for tropical drinks, unless desperate for new hardware and a nice foam, you’ll do just fine with a 3-5 second blend in a good, powerful blender, such as the Oster Classic Beehive Blender. The mixer is more of an option than a necessity.



I'm *really* interested in getting some further input from the folks at the Tiki-Ti, for those in the area.
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GatorRob
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2008-03-11 3:12 pm   Permalink

I was in an antique store recently and spotted a Waring commercial drink mixer. It was in great shape and the price was right, so I snatched it up. After about a half dozen drinks or so, I have to say... where has this been all my life? I find that it is superior to a blender for many drinks in these respects:

- aeration: It definitely draws more air into the drink, which creates a nice foamy, frothy head
- temp: it chills the drink better than a blender, resulting in an icy cold drink
- ice: it doesn't pulverize the ice like a blender does, so it's not watered down
- cleanup: much easier

So, I'm pretty thrilled. Thanks Trader Tiki for all the tests. Definitely got me thinking. I read Martin's comments and yours on your blog after I got it and I wholeheartedly agree. The blender has its uses, but the mixer is going to get much more use out of me.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-03-11 4:36 pm   Permalink

Hear hear!

 
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TikiMeplus3
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Posted: 2008-03-13 8:27 pm   Permalink

I personally LOVE the VITAMIX, for a 120 v blender its the best I have used hands down. So powerful you can dump in a can of peanuts and make the best peanut butter you ever had. Ice runs scared when they hear this thing and besides my gas powered blender its the best without all the 2 stroke gas fumes!!!

 
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GatorRob
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2008-06-25 05:38 am   Permalink

Here's a new article that discusses how blenders are making a comeback in bars. Several good blender tips from our own drink wizard Martin Cate, as well as quotes from Beachbum Berry and Mike Buhen (Tiki-Ti). No mention of top mixers versus standard blenders though.

The Pulse of Summer: Blender Drinks are Back


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-06-25 05:57 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-25 05:38, GatorRob wrote:
No mention of top mixers versus standard blenders though.



I think they are simply a forgotten tool, not even considered anymore. Not because of lack of quality, but for economic reasons.


 
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2008-06-25 08:51 am   Permalink

I was surprised to learn from the article that not only are blenders not standard in all bars, but they are actually despised in what would seem to be the majority. Damn! I thought you couldn't get a liquor license and a permit to run a bar unless you had a kick ass blender.

 
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2008-06-25 2:53 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-25 05:57, bigbrotiki wrote:
I think they are simply a forgotten tool, not even considered anymore. Not because of lack of quality, but for economic reasons.


I'm not sure cost is the reason. I walked through a good restaurant supply warehouse recently and saw several commercial top mixers. I don't recall the price, but I don't think it was too far off from the better blenders. I more suspect that most of today's bartenders would see a top mixer and just think "milkshakes".


 
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martiki
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Posted: 2008-06-25 3:30 pm   Permalink

Actually I talked with the writer about drink mixers at length- he probably didn't have the room for it and it was a little beyond the scope of the story. Since they're reaching out to home users, most have blenders and few have drink mixers. It's the same reason Jeff uses pulse blending in all of his recipe descriptions in his books- easier to do at home.

 
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JenTiki
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From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2008-06-25 5:27 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-25 08:51, The Gnomon wrote:
I was surprised to learn from the article that not only are blenders not standard in all bars, but they are actually despised in what would seem to be the majority. Damn! I thought you couldn't get a liquor license and a permit to run a bar unless you had a kick ass blender.


I was once sitting at the bar in a small jazz club when a patron got rather irate that he could not have a blended margarita because there was no blender. He said "what kind of bar doesn't have a blender!" I turned and replied, "The kind that's a jazz club, not a bar." His reply was "I'm not asking you, bitch!" It was the last thing he said before being escorted out by the bassist who was in the middle of a solo that was rudely interrupted by this guy's outburst.

Blenders have their place in bars that focus on the drinks, but I'm grateful that some establishments whose primary function is as a music venue, do not allow them due to the noise. I would hate to be on stage in the middle of a quiet passage in a heartbreaking ballad and have a blender go off because some jerk couldn't stand to have his margarita on the rocks!

edited to correct a typo

[ This Message was edited by: JenTiki 2008-06-26 14:18 ]


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-06-26 12:21 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-25 14:53, GatorRob wrote:
Quote:

On 2008-06-25 05:57, bigbrotiki wrote:
I think they are simply a forgotten tool, not even considered anymore. Not because of lack of quality, but for economic reasons.


I'm not sure cost is the reason. I walked through a good restaurant supply warehouse recently and saw several commercial top mixers. I don't recall the price, but I don't think it was too far off from the better blenders.



By "economic reasons" I mean that to most bars it did not make sense to pay for the TWO mixing tools, and the blender became the more used one, so the mixer got dropped by the wayside. That goes even more for the home front.

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On 2008-06-25 15:30, martiki wrote:
Actually I talked with the writer about drink mixers at length- he probably didn't have the room for it and it was a little beyond the scope of the story. Since they're reaching out to home users, most have blenders and few have drink mixers. It's the same reason Jeff uses pulse blending in all of his recipe descriptions in his books- easier to do at home.



Further proof of the mixer being dropped for "convenience" reasons...


 
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2008-06-26 06:17 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-25 17:27, JenTiki wrote:
Blenders have their place is bars that focus on the drinks, but I'm grateful that some establishments whose primary function is as a music venue, do not allow them due to the noise. I would hate to be on stage in the middle of a quiet passage in a heartbreaking ballad and have a blender go off because some jerk couldn't stand to have his margarita on the rocks!



At Blues Alley in Georgetown their blenders are musical instruments. I was there once when Wynton Marsalis popped into the club and blew the tops off the Osterizers. Good stuff.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2008-07-07 10:57 pm   Permalink

Don't laugh, but I've found the Magic Bullet to be very useful in making drinks that require a short pulse blend (don't use it for "slushy" drinks), especially if you're making lots of different drinks in rapid succession. I still use my big Oster blender, but it's a pain to rinse when you're dealing with a high volume of small drinks.

http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Bullet-Express-17-Piece-High-Speed/dp/B000AEZVRS

It doesn't take up much space and it comes with a half dozen cups/mugs that are small and easy to rinse. And the quick, one-speed motor does the trick just fine for those 5-second-or-less blends.


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MinnesotaChef
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Joined: Jul 23, 2008
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From: Minneapolis,MN
Posted: 2008-07-28 2:43 pm   Permalink

Two quick things:

1. I've noticed that no one has yet mentioned immersion blenders. We call them "wands" in the professional kitchen. There are several different types out there, and seem to me to be the best of both worlds combining the mobility of top mixers and the power of a blender. I've seen ones that have interchangeable heads including a rippled disk like those on top mixers. Another device that might help is called a blixer. Not terribly common, but could meet some of your needs.

2. In response to the side by side testing of recipes, the perfect Dominion you're looking for where measurements are the same exists. As un-barlike as it is, measuring your ice by weight will guarantee even amounts. I'm guessing that most of the variations in these tests are resulting from adding uneven amounts of water by weight. A cup of shaved ice will weigh much differently than a cup of crushed ice than a solid block of ice the same volume.


 
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lll888
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Posted: 2016-06-15 1:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-07-07 22:57, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
Don't laugh, but I've found the Magic Bullet to be very useful in making drinks that require a short pulse blend (don't use it for "slushy" drinks), especially if you're making lots of different drinks in rapid succession. I still use my big Oster blender, but it's a pain to rinse when you're dealing with a high volume of small drinks.

http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Bullet-Express-17-Piece-High-Speed/dp/B000AEZVRS

It doesn't take up much space and it comes with a half dozen cups/mugs that are small and easy to rinse. And the quick, one-speed motor does the trick just fine for those 5-second-or-less blends.



Interesting. I'll give it a shot.


 
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