What is the Pulse Button in Blenders and Why Do You Need it?
Explaining the Pulse Button in Blenders
Blenders come in different speeds and options. The most basic blenders come with only single speed or single speed and a pulse. While you can have more options and various blending results with a variable speed blender and pulse function; but have you ever wondered what exactly is the pulse function and what do you need it for?
How does the pulse button work?
When you press on the pulse button appearing as “pulse” or “P” on your blender, it works on the highest speed and stops immediately once you release it.
Why is it useful?
You will have better control over processing, blending, chopping and kneading. Alternatively, you can manually switch between a selected speed and powering off, but the pulse function is easier and more effective. The reason is that pulse function quickly starts at maximum speed and instantly stops, wasting no seconds in between switching from speed to stop.
What does the pulse button offer uniquely in blending results?
It gives you higher control over consistencies and a variety of options and results. So if you are chopping or blending and wish to have chunky pieces you can easily and effectively do so with a pulse function. You will find it handy when you are making smoothies with frozen fruits, yoghurt and chunky salsa with herbs.
5 Excellent uses for pulse function
- Thick consistency
It helps you reach and stop at exactly the right consistency and desired texture you need preventing over-blending. For example, if you are making a chunky salsa and want some pieces or bits of onions tomatoes and bell pepper, you need the salsa to have some thickness after blending. You can easily achieve this by preventing it from being runny with the pulse function.
2. Soften frozen ingredients
Works well with frozen ingredients if you want to soften them before blending. Otherwise using high speed with frozen items exposes the motor to exert a lot of effort causing an overheating of the motor and wasting excess energy. Also pulsing the frozen ingredients prior to blending guarantees that your drinks are properly blended.
3. Handles rough ingredients
When you are blending hard things and large-sized ingredients, the pulse speed is exactly the best option to blend and stop items from flying everywhere.
4. Creates chunks and bits
Adding ingredients to a smoothie or other liquid and want it to be in bits rather than liquid consistency, for example adding herbs to a salsa.
5. Pulse to get crumbs
Turn toast and bread buns into breadcrumbs or croutons.
Keep reading below for recommended blenders with pulse option and recipes you can do with them!
2 Recipes using the pulse button
- “ Dairy-free Yoghurt
by Melissa Thomas
1/2 cup chilled coconut cream
Few drops vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2-3 strawberries (or other berries/soft fruit of your choice)
Optional: 1 teaspoon date paste or raw honey to sweeten
Pulse the strawberries in a blender to crush them. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds.”
2.“Avo Bliss- Green Smoothie
by Elan Lohmann
1 1/4 cups cold unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
1/2 large or 1 small stalk celery, chopped
2 cups lightly packed kale leaves or spinach
A few slices of fresh ginger
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Pulse until well combined.”
Selected blenders available to buy online:
- Kenwood 500 watt blender with a mill
- Mienta 600 watt blender
- Ariete 500-watt vintage blender
- Philips 350 watt blender
- Tornado 250-watt blender