Blender – History

For those of you who are not familiar with this kitchen appliance, a blender is an electric appliance that has a tall container with blades that chop, grind and puree beverages and food into a liquid. The first electric blender was specially developed in 1922 for making malts and milk shakes at soda fountains. Stephen Poplawski from the Stevens Electric Company is credited for inventing the blender. In the same year the Stevens Electric Company started selling blenders to drug store’s for their soda fountains to make Horlick’s milkshakes. Poplawski was the first inventor to put spinning blades at the bottom of the blender’s container. The design was improved in 1937 by Fred Olsius who named his invention the Miracle Mixer. He renamed the Miracle Mixer a year later to the Waring blender after the person backing him financially, Fred Waring. It’s hard to believe that there was a time when blenders did not exist. It’s become such an integral appliance. It’s simply something that a bachelor can not ignore in his kitchen, it’s truly one of the essential kitchen appliances nowadays. Over the years designs have been modernized and improved to the examples of blenders you see below.

Blenders are not that expensive so one does not really have an excuse for not having one around in the kitchen. I’m sure than you could probably find adverts for blenders in the classifieds although I would not buy a 2nd hand appliance for my kitchen. You could probably take a chance and find a bargain, who knows.

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~ by runningwolfsa on August 3, 2009.

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