A blender is a kitchen
appliance used to blend ingredients or purée food. The term typically
refers to a stationary, upright electrical device, which is to be
distinguished from a hand-powered or electric mixer that may be used for
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A typical blender will be built
around a vessel for the ingredients to be blended. At the top of the
vessel will be a cap to prevent ingredients from escaping when the
blender is switched on. At the bottom will be a blade assembly,
typically removable for cleaning purposes. The bottom seal will most
likely be watertight. The vessel will rest upon a base containing a
motor (for turning the blade assembly) with controls on its surface.
Most modern blenders will offer a number of possible speeds.
A wand blender (also
known as a hand or stick blender) differs from a standard blender. It
does not have a bowl, and its blade is situated at one end of a long
stick, this allows it to be used to purée foods in their own containers
(e.g., in saucepans
while still on the stove top).