How Small to Chop Ingredients for Your Blender
Have you ever put pieces of food into your blender and had them not chop up properly? Either the blender could not handle them and left large pieces behind, or it got stopped up entirely as the blades tried to slice through the food and could not. The problem is that you used pieces of food that were too big for your blender. We are going to look at what size is ideal for your blender.
Your Blender’s Power
Not all blenders are created equal. Some have a lot more power than others, and that means they can handle larger pieces. So, what works for one blender may not work for another. You may be able to throw half an apple into your high speed blender, but not into one that is decidedly less powerful.
While we can tell you that there is a right size for most blenders, in actuality, you really just have to know your bender and know what it is capable of. If you find that the pieces you are using are too big for your blender, then you need to make them smaller. Simply paying attention to how your blender handles certain sizes of ingredients will tell you a lot about how much it can handle.
The Right Size
All that being said, the best size for blenders in general is bite size. If it is small enough to throw in your mouth comfortably, then it should be okay to put in your blender. Most every blender should be able to handle pieces of food that are this size. If you find that yours cannot, then it probably needs to be repaired, or the blades need to be sharpened.
It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to blending food. You don’t want to overwork your blender or damage the blades or gears with too big of pieces. Even if your blender can comfortably handle bigger pieces, the smaller ones will help extend its life.
Can They Be Too Small?
This may lead you to ask if you can make the pieces too small for your blender. There really isn’t a size that is too small, but you can give yourself unnecessary work by chopping up your fruits and veggies too much. There simply isn’t any need to do all that chopping and make them so small. That’s what blenders are for, after all. You do want to be careful that you don’t overdo it with your blender and give it too big of pieces, but there is also no need to go to the other extreme.
As mentioned earlier, just paying attention to how your blender handles certain sizes of food can tell you a lot about what size is right for it. Also keep in mind that some tougher foods could be better for your blender at a smaller size than some of the softer ones.