What Is the Difference Between Blending and Mixing?

What Is the Difference Between Blending and Mixing?

Aren’t Mixing and Blending the Same Thing?

Blending and mixing are two of the most critical processes in food manufacturing and other industries. They are used in everything from the cement builders used to make your house to the loaf of bread you ate this morning.

They usually mean the same thing in everyday language, but did you know that blending and mixing are actually two distinct operations?

Although the differences are very subtle, they do have something in common. Both combine two or more different substances, but the similarities end there.

Is there really a difference between blending and mixing?

Mixing is generally concerned with many different substances put together to form a new product. In the context of food, mixing involves both dry and wet ingredients.

Think of when you mix water, yeast, sugar, and flour to make a dough. Or moist ground beef and dry breadcrumbs to make meatballs. The mixing operation is usually a comprehensive one—you want to make the result as homogenous as possible.

Other food products that use mixing include:

  • Noodles
  • Bread
  • Sauces
  • Canned soup

What is the process of blending?

Blending entails mixing only dry ingredients. Think of how pancake mix is made. It’s usually a blend of many different dry components (flour, salt, sugar, starches, etc.). Or how we describe tea or coffee “blends,” which is nothing more than combining different varieties of tea leaves or coffee beans together. Powder blending is used to create fine powders with the perfect ratio of ingredients.

Sometimes blending involves a small amount of liquid, such as when producing granules. So long as the majority of the ingredients are dry, it is still a blending process.

Blending is a gentler process than mixing. The aim is to create a uniform distribution of each component in the final blend. It’s not to mish-mash all the ingredients together. Most industrial-grade blenders make it a point to minimize ingredient contact with the blender’s blades.

Examples of products which are made by blending include:

  • Powder Mixes (such as pancake mix)
  • Spices (such as curry)
  • Granules (such as instant coffee)
  • Powdered drinks

Why is blending necessary?

Proper blending is a necessary process to create a consistent product. Imagine if the process of blending cake mix wasn’t adequately controlled. You might get an overly sweet cake with one box, and a coarse, gritty product with another. This is because the ratio of flour or sugar would vary wildly with each batch produced if they weren’t blended well.

To achieve proper blending, using the right equipment is essential. There are lots of options on the market, but one of the most effective is the convection blender.

This machine uses a rotating element, such as a ribbon, to rapidly move the dry ingredients around. Unlike your blender at home, it doesn’t use blades that “cut” through the particles and thus is not as damaging. Each batch is also electronically controlled to ensure proper consistency.

Final Thoughts

The next time you make your instant coffee or sip that afternoon tea, be sure to appreciate the magic of blending and mixing!

Make Your Product Stand Out with Custom Food Formulation

Make Your Product Stand Out with Custom Food Formulation

Custom food formulation refers to the development of a dry food blend formula exclusively to your brand and specifications. According to several studies, custom product formulation makes up around six percent of the custom manufacturing industry’s activities, with packaging and manufacturing making up the rest.

Do You Need Custom Food Formulation?

As a business owner, you may be well aware of the advantages of product differentiation. Custom food formulation is one of the primary ways to differentiate your product in the eyes of your market.

You may want to consider custom food formulation if you:

  • Want a unique product and not merely a repackaged product your customers can find elsewhere
  • Don’t have an in-house product development team or a food chemist
  • Don’t have an existing unique custom food formulation

Customizing your food formulation may seem like the obvious course of action, especially if you find yourself in a competitive environment. There are, however, reasons not to opt for custom food formulation, namely time and money.

Taking customized products to market will take longer than generic products with private labelling. Custom food formulation is more expensive than private labelling as well since specialist teams are involved in the process.

Finding a Custom Food Formulation Collaborator

Upon deciding that you are willing to go the extra mile to differentiate your product with custom food formulation, your next step is a find an established partner with experience in formulating products and complying with the relevant local and international standards.

Your customized food formulation also has to meet the standards of your market. If your food formulation collaborator doesn’t have the necessary human resources, means, or experience, your dry blend formula can have a negative impact on your product development.

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Why Should You Choose Dure Foods?

You want your custom food formulation product to be popular and profitable. The foundation of a successful custom formulation is partnering with a reputable food manufacturer.

Dure Foods will work with you to meet your specific needs, regardless of whether you need a proprietary new formula or exact product duplication. Our team can expertly model your existing products or create new branded products, for example, powdered milkshakes that are exclusive to your company.

Since custom food formulation tends to be a time-intensive endeavour, we have a library of tested formulations that are ready to be tweaked to develop unique flavours.

Each of our ingredients arrives at our facility with a certificate of analysis ensuring the highest possible quality and production under the highest food safety standards.

When you partner with Dure Foods, you work with a team of culinary experts and scientists that go the extra mile to deliver a product that is the realization of your particular vision for your brand.

Visit Dure Foods

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