Smoothies, milkshakes, sauces, dips, dressings would have been never even a possibility if it wasn’t for our trusty blenders. Since most cooks like me use it every day, we start to take it for granted and forget its true value. If you stop to think for one second what you would do without a blender in your kitchen, you would realize just how important it is to you. Such an asset should be treated with care and protected from any harm so that it can stay alive and well for a long time. For starters, avoid the things that are not meant to be placed in a blender. Here is a list of some of those things which need to be avoided:
Soups are among the top most specialties of a kitchen blender. However, be careful not to put steaming hot liquids or other ingredients into the blender. The steam that will develop from the hot ingredients will create pressure inside the bending jug and will cause the lid to blow off spilling the contents everywhere. This accident will not just create a big mess but may also cause serious burns to the user. To avoid such a catastrophe, let the ingredients cool down for a while before putting them in your blender. Leave the blending jug at least half empty and leave the small plug in the center of the lid open to let the steam escape. You can cover it lightly with a kitchen towel but hold the lid firmly so that it wouldn’t blow off.
Ingredients with bones:
Make sure that if you are adding ingredients like fish or chicken to the blender for making fish cake for example, it should be free of any bones. Bones in a blender can seriously damage the blades and even the motor.
Utensils while the blades are running:
Don’t place spoons, forks or any other utensils inside the blender while it is still on. It occurs quite often that the food gets stuck and the blades won’t move especially when working with thicker consistencies. In such a situation turn the blender off and then place a spoon or tamper inside it to get the blades moving again. Remember that if you put a utensil while the blender is running, you can damage the utensil, the blender and also the food inside it.
A high-powered blender can handle frozen ingredients and ice cubes easily to create a creamy, thick smoothie. You will have to read the manual to know for sure if you can add frozen ingredients and ice to your blender. In absence of any such information, you should assume that your blender is not meant for such a task and you should never place anything inside it that is frozen. Instead, leave the frozen items out of the freezer for a while and let it thaw before putting them in your blender so that they do not crack or break the blades.
Don’t ever try making mashed potatoes using a blender because this job is best done using a fork or a masher. Since the blades of your blender rotate at very high speeds, they will over-process the potatoes easily and make it too starchy for consumption. The consistency you will get after blending the potatoes will not taste good at all so it’s better to leave the blender away from this job.
This is a task best handled by a stand mixer or a food processor. Blenders aren’t too great at making dough since they will most likely create two problems in the dough. The dough will have a tough texture or the ingredients will not mix properly leaving behind lumps of flour in the dish you make with it.
Just keep these few simple rules in mind you will keep your blender and kitchen out of harm’s way. If treated nicely, a good quality blender will serve you well for many years.