Expanding the way the blender is used can be a game-changer. But, while a blender’s powerful engine and blades can handle a lot of things, there are a few things in this appliance that shouldn’t make way for. Here are things shoudn’t put in your blender.
A bowl of warm velvety soup? Wondrous. Fluid scalding all over the kitchen floor? Not that much. All that steam from the hot ingredients will cause the lid to blow, leading to a potentially dangerous catastrophe in the kitchen. Alternatively, let your liquid cool down for a few minutes before putting it in the blender, and do not fill it more than halfway through. Then gently mix while gripping the lid tightly.
Foods That Are Thick & Gooey
Keep the blender in top condition by not trying to give it anything it can not handle Potatoes, dough, and other thick or gooey foods may seem totally blender-worthy at first sight. Don’t be fooled by the cordial presence.
Just dropping one of these in a blender may be tempting and letting it do the job of dicing, stirring, and mixing them for you, but this is the wrong tool for the job and will likely only damage the blender. If the food is too thick it could create an unsafe environment in the kitchen for others. This is because overly thick foods can force the blender to work harder and overheat. This will only heat the device and increase the risk of a fire or electrical hazard.
As if that wasn’t enough of a reason to avoid combining these ingredients, let’s be honest, this is a horrible way to make mashed potatoes. You’re not going to get the fluffy, tasty results that you want. You ‘re going to end up with a starchy disaster instead.
The same holds true for dough. Failure to properly mix the dough can be a baking issue, producing gross floury lumps in whatever you’re trying to make. Yet, no one wants to take just one slice.
Consider using a stand or hand mixer, instead of using a blender for these foods. Not only will you be getting better results, but you will have less to clean up.
For a reason, there is a spice grinder — that (or a mortar and pestle) is actually the best method for grinding entire spices. A blender’s regular blades are really not intended to be effective at grinding dry ingredients. A blender’s height can also allow fine ground spice particles to settle more slowly, resulting in black pepper and other cough-worthy particles flying up into the air.
Spoons (And ALL Other Utensils)
This is really just a common sense practice. Still, let’s take a moment to warn everyone that when running, you should never stick a utensil in your blender!
Spoons, forks, knives, or anything else that you may use to try and use to force stubborn food into the mix. Both of these in the spinning blades can be caught. Not only could this break up the mixer and fling food around, it could also be dangerous for you.
So how are you supposed to handle all those troublesome foods that just won’t go down?
The safest way is to shut off the blender, probably removing it from the base. Instead, push it down into the mix using your spoon or other utensil. Replace the cap and then turn it on again. Make sure that any utensils and, most importantly, your hands are always protected out of the way and the cover is secured firmly before turning on your blender.
Unless you have a high-powered blender that is up to the challenge, you can dull the blade by throwing ice cubes in your blender. Ditto for huge bunches of frozen fruit. So what’s a gal-loving smoothie (or chilled cocktail) to do? Using slightly thawed fruit (10 minutes should do the trick out of the freezer) or instead crushed ice. Cheers.
Foods That Are Hard
Blending anything that is too rough will do much damage to most blenders. If you try to blend super-hard foods like herbs or frozen ingredients, the most common problems can occur.
These Foods May Include:
- Frozen fruit
- Frozen vegetables
- Whole ice cubes
- Whole spices
- Coffee beans
Of course, in many of your favorite blender recipes frozen foods are one of the most common ingredients, but don’t worry, you don’t have to give them up.
A simple fix to this issue is partially thawing frozen fruits and veggies before you blend them together. Consider using the crushed or nugget ice as an alternative to bigger cubes for recipes that call for ice. On your blender, that will be much easier.
In the mixer, attempting to make bread or cookie dough will most likely result in too tough a texture. That, or the ingredients won’t combine properly. If you want to focus on an appliance (hey, kneading dough is hard work) instead use the food processor or mixer sitting at the back of your cabinet.
Attachments That Aren’t Designed For Your Blender
The blenders can have many different attachments. Although they can be really handy for the home chef, they aren’t effective across all models That’s why making sure any attachments you use with your blender are manufactured by the same company and designed for your device is important.
Attachments that are not meant to go with your specific blender may not suit the base properly and are likely to damage the base and attachment only. You may potentially increase the risk of electric shocks or explosions under extreme circumstances.
(source: learn.compactappliance.com, purewow.com, and thekitchn.com)