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Everything has its origin. From the places that we see now, to the establishments, to the people living today and lived in the past and even the things that you use in your everyday life. Aren’t you curious to know about the history of something that is really useful in the kitchen? Take a peek at the history of blenders.

The Past
The man behind the invention of blenders is Stephen Poplawski. He did this in 1922. He intended this appliance to make soda fountain drinks. Poplawski was the first person who thought about putting a spinning blade at the bottom of the container to be able to chop, grind and puree.

It was a man named Fred Osius who picked up where Poplawski left off. He made certain modifications and improvements to the idea. This was in 1935 where the now famous Waring Blender was introduced. Osius was part of the Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Company that was formed by him, L.H. Hamilton and Chester Beach. This was formed in 1910. The company was well known for its kitchen appliances.

More about the Waring Blender

Fred Osius’ ingenuity was backed up by the financial support of Fred Waring. Fred Waring was known as a person who was always fascinated by gadgets. Osius knew this attitude of Waring. At the time, Osius needed more financial backup to be able to create the necessary improvements to the blender.

Fred Osius approached Fred Waring at his dressing room after the latter had a live radio broadcast. This happened in the Vanderbilt Theatre in New York. Osius pitched the idea and instantly got a promise from Waring to give him what he needs to be able to do more research about the venture.

It took $25,000 and six months long before Waring decided to drop Osius. Waring felt that the blender still had some issues regarding the technical aspect and it seemed like it had already taken too long. Waring had the gadget redesigned. He made available to the public his own version of the blender he named as the Miracle Blender in 1937.

This was done at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. At the time, it retailed at $29.75. In 1938, Fred Waring changed the name of his company, from Miracle Mixer Corporation it became Waring Corporation. And so the blender’s name was also changed into the Waring Blender.

He was so confident with the product. He approached hotels and restaurants solely while pitching the unique selling proposition of his product, the blender or mixer to revolutionize how Americans had their drinks. He was right. From then on, the success of his product and blenders in general has been famous and is still is being utilized all around the world up to this day.

The Waring blender is still popular until now. During its start, it became so useful in hospitals and for doctors who are requiring certain diets for their patients. Did you know that in 1954, the first million Waring Blender was sold?

Isn’t it amazing to know that such helpful utility in your kitchen has gone through a lot of phases? But the only factor that remains is that it still is popular because of its many uses. People use blenders to get a dose of refreshments, medicinal and health related purposes.

 Posted by at 1:06 pm
Mar 252009

Blenders are very useful household appliances. Developed in the 1920’s, nothing has come close yet to its functionality even if some argue that there are other appliances that can do almost the same job.

There are two types of blenders. There is the traditional and the immersion. Most of us use the traditional blender which consists of a power base that supports a tall container or jar with blades at the bottom.

The jar better known as the “carafe” could be made from glass, plastic or stainless steel with a lid to prevent the contents from splashing.

This is where the second type of blender comes in called the immersion blender or stick. Its power base is slimmer and this is usually attached to a long metal shaft with a mixing blade at one end.

It is given this name because you immerse the blade into the ingredients instead of the other way around. Once in position, you press the button to set the blades’ speed.

What makes these two so different is the fact that immersion blenders can only be used for light duty blending. It can’t crush ice or any hard food items. The bowl or cup that you will put the ingredients in is something you have to look for on your own.

Earlier it was mentioned that there are some appliances perform similar tasks to the blender. These are namely mixers and food processors. But there are slight differences among the three.

Mixers are good for tasks that involve aerating or increasing the volume of batters by incorporating air into the mixture. Food processors chop dry solids or knead thick bread though. It is also able to slice or shred produce and cheeses. The blender can’t do that because it can only reduce solids to smaller particles or blend liquids and it is not able to incorporate air into the mixture.

This means that these three appliances are not really competing with each other. You simply have to know which appliance to use depending on what you are trying to do.

If you don’t want to get confused, try getting a unit that comes equipped with two attachments namely a traditional blender carafe and a compact food processor bowl with chopping blade.

Blenders are sold at different prices. These factors are based on the wattage, the container, the material used, speed and features.

For those who want something light, they can try to buy the cordless blender similar to a cordless phone. Once you take it out of the station, you can blend stuff even when you are outside on the patio.

Another option which is also compact is the personal blender. With this, you can only blend a single serving of your favorite refreshment. Once it is finished, you can bring it with you. It can even fit in the cup holder station of the car.

For those who need something that is heavy duty, go for the industrial strength blender. This is what restaurants use to liquefy fruits and vegetables into soup and do a few other things in just seconds!

The blender now comes in all shapes and sizes but the basics of this wonderful appliance are still the same. This is to help you mix different ingredients together so you can consume it within a matter of minutes.