The type of blender jar selected impacts the quality and efficiency of one’s operation.

We’ve discussed when to use immersion blenders and the types of countertop blenders available. Here we examine the types of containers that can be used with countertop blenders.

Materials

They are primarily made of stainless steel or plastics. Some plastics are BPA-free and some are not. You’ll have to read the specifications for each model to ensure it fits your operation’s requirements.

Stainless steel jars offer increased durability and longevity. Because stainless steel is strong and easy to clean, it holds up over time, keeping its resilience and appearance.

They can be used for either cold drinks or hot food products. Its performance is unaffected by the temperature of the product.

Stainless steel does not soak in stains or odors.

Its main drawback is it doesn’t allow operators a clear view of products. A stainless steel lid must be purchased for those who do want to keep an eye on the blending process.

Plastics have different pros and cons depending on the material that is used to construct them. For example, copolyester is BPA free and polycarbonate is break-resistant. Their main benefit is their visibility. They allow operators to watch the blending process from afar, keeping tabs on the progress of their menu items.

Polycarbonate is not BPA-free so staff should pay close attention to the owners’ manual to see what products should and shouldn’t be blended. To be safe, you may want to avoid using it to blend warm or hot foods and reserve the polycarbonate containers strictly for cold drinks.

Food acids have been known to eat plastics over time. This is less of a concern for copolyester, but it will affect the appearance of polycarbonate over time. It does not impact the performance of either container.

Occasionally, you will see glass blender jars. They are perfect for front-of-the-house applications or workstations where customers can watch staff prepare menu items. It has the perfect appearance to catch attention because it’s see-thru and catches the light better than plastics.

Shapes

Another consideration is the shape of the jar.

Round jars are typically used for drinks and liquids. Square jars are made for food or solid ingredients. They can be used for either application, but they are better for the beforementioned functions. Some jars have a special “Wave-Action” build that prevents ingredients from getting stuck in corners or on the sides. It sucks ingredients back down into the blades. It equally blends every ingredient added.

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