The Dos and Don’ts of Using a Blender

Your blender can be your best friend in the kitchen-make sure you're using it right!

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Here are a few tips and tricks in using of one of the most functional tools in the kitchen: your blender!

 

Do blend with the cover on. Otherwise, you run the risk of making a huge mess on your counter! Hold the cover down firmly with your hand while the blender is running.

 

Don’t stick in any utensils, such as a spoon or fork, while the blender is running. This will ruin your blender’s sharp blades and may cause cracks in the glass.

 

Do use the pulse function for frozen or hard-to-break down foods, such as frozen pieces of fruit and thick purees. Additionally, it will help to blend these foods with a little liquid to break them down.

 

Don’t blend piping-hot liquids! Remember to cool down your soups, purees, and chowders to avoid steamy build-up that may cause burns and explosions.

 

Do build up blender speed as you go. Begin with a pulse, and then slowly turn up the speed until you get your desired consistency. You’d be surprised: over-blending happens very often!

 

Don’t place your hand inside the blender to clean it while the blender is still plugged in. Be mindful: blender blades are very sharp! Detach the blender before washing it or wiping it dry.

 

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