Blender can be very helpful tool and a great time saver in your kitchen provided you understand how to use it properly. Despite the fact that it is a simple machine to operate, not many people use their blenders properly which is why they fail to get the most benefit out of it. Here are some very helpful tips that you can follow when using your blender. These tips will ensure that whenever you take out your blender for a task, whether the task is small or big, the blender will deliver its best performance and you will achieve the best possible results.
Handling the Lid:
If you have ever made the mistake of making a smoothie without placing the lid on the blender, you will know what I am talking about! Although forgetting to put the lid on the blender does not harm the machine but the mess it creates on the counter and all over the kitchen can become quite a tough task to handle. To save yourself from all the extra cleanup, always remember to fit the lid properly before running the blender.
Most of the modern blenders have a removable center cap on the lid. You can use it to include additional contents while the blades are still moving. It is especially helpful when you are blending thick consistencies, so that you are able to include the liquid little by little until you get an even blend.
Start with the Lowest Speed:
You may feel the urge to always use the maximum speed setting in order to get the task done quickly but doing so will result in uneven blending results. Especially when blending a combination of liquids and solids, begin with the lowest speed adding more liquid ingredients if necessary, and then gradually raise the speed to maximum.
Blending Hot Liquids:
When you are blending hot contents, remove the filter cap to keep a passage open for the steam to escape. If you own a blender with a glass jar and you forget this step, the glass may become too hot and even explode.
Cut the Ingredients:
For uniform and fast blending, always cut the large vegetables and fruits into smaller pieces before adding them to the blender. This practice will also prevent the motor from getting overworked and will ensure a longer life of the blender.
Using the ‘Pulse’ Option:
This is a very useful feature which is present in almost all the standard and good quality blenders. Sadly, most of the blender users are uninformed of its true purpose. It gives short bursts of power and let the machine run as long as you have pressed it. It will come in handy when you need to chop the ingredients before they are blended. It also assists on the occasion when food gets stuck to the blender blades and your blender starts giving unusual noises. You can press the pulse button a couple of times till all the food is dislodged from the blades and you can resume blending.
Clean Immediately After Use:
Never leave the cleaning of the blender for later because it is the easiest task if done immediately after use and the hardest task if left for later. If you let the dirty blender stand for some hours, the leftover food in it will get dried and stick to its walls. It will then require much of your time and scrubbing to take it off the walls of the blender jar. If the blender is not dishwasher safe, you can still clean it easily by adding water and soap to the jar, securing the cover and running the blender for a few seconds. After that just discard the contents and rinse the jar and the lid.