How to Use Your Blender
A quality blender can make for quite an investment. It may be expensive, but there’s so much it can do that it’s definitely worth it. You will want to make sure you take care of that investment, and that’s why we’ve assembled this helpful guide. These are some precautions you need to take when using your blender and some methods you can use to help you get the most out of it.
You should always clean your blender right after you are finished using it. You don’t want batter, sauces and other liquids to cake on and start to create a build-up. These can become hard to get off if you leave them, and if you don’t clean your blender right away, you may forget it isn’t clean the next time you use it. You definitely don’t want to use a dirty blender to blend something. Not only is it unsanitary, but it can be harmful to your blender because the old food and liquids can become too hard for the blender to handle.
Always be sure to use non-abrasive cleaning methods. Use a soft sponge to clean your blender and the blades. Also make sure it isn’t plugged in when you clean it. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination.
Know What to Put in It (and What Not to)
Before you put anything in your blender, you should be absolutely sure that it is safe to do so. Some foods are too hard or just not suitable to be chopped up in a blender. You also don’t want to put in foods or liquids that are too hot, as these can damage the blender as well.
Your blender should come with a list of foods that are safe to put inside it and some that you should avoid. Don’t deviate from these lists or you could find yourself with a broken blender.
Familiarize Yourself with the Blending Settings
Your blender likely has a few different blending settings. You can puree, mince, make a smoothie and more with many blenders. These setting are there for a reason, and you should get to know what the right time is to use each of these. What you’ll find with these settings is that the more you use them, the more familiar they will become to you. To start out, just choose whichever you think sounds right. If your liquid comes out the wrong consistency, just put it back in and try a different setting. You may not have perfect shakes, smoothies and blends right of the bat, but a little experimentation can help you better understand your blender.
The most important advice we can give you about using blenders is to just be safe. Make sure that your blenders’ power cord is kept clean and that the cover is on tightly before you turn on the blender. You don’t want liquids spraying everywhere. This is especially true if you are putting something warm in the blender.
If your blender starts to make weird noises or begins to smoke or spark or otherwise malfunction, then stop using it immediately. Clean it out and see if you can find anything wrong with it. If there is no evidence of a problem, then it may need repairs. Check to see if it is still under warranty. If it isn’t, you can try taking it to an appliance repair shop to see if they can fix the problem for you. Just don’t take any risks and try use the blender when it doesn’t seem to be working like it should.