How to Take Care of Your Blender
A high quality blender can be expensive, so you want to take care of your investment. In order to do that, you will need to know how to take care of your blender. The booklet that came with it will tell you most of what you need to know, but there are a few tips and tricks you can use to prolong its lifespan that every blender owner should know.
Use High Speeds Sparingly
There is no need to run your blender at full speed all the time. While it might make for quick blending, it can be rough on your blender’s gears and other internal pieces. Running at high speeds constantly wears down the blender faster than it should, and it may not last as long as you want it to. Using lower speeds when you can will greatly prolong the appliance’s lifespan and give you a better return on your investment.
Use Water When You Can
Adding a little water to what you are blending can make a huge difference in how easily your blender chops and purees. You make the blades do more work, if there is no water in the mix. Whenever your blender’s blades have to chop something, there is friction involved. Water reduces friction and keeps your blades sharper for longer. They won’t wear down as quickly, and your entire blender will have an easier time cutting through the food. You don’t need water for everything you blend, but it’s a good idea to consider it whenever you are blending something.
Cleaning your blender also ensures it lasts a lot longer. Proper cleaning keeps all the parts working smoothly. If you aren’t performing regular cleaning on your blender, you can end up contaminating the food you are blending or damaging your blender.
It’s a good idea to clean the blender thoroughly after every use. If you are blending oily or greasy substances, then you need to wipe down the inside and maybe even use a degreaser or something else that will lift the oils from the blender surface.
Just be careful when cleaning the blades. Do not use any abrasive substances to clean them, particularly anything metal. Also be sure to dry off the blades completely when you are done blending to make sure they don’t rust. Even stainless steel blades can benefit from being dried.
Be Careful What You Blend
Probably the best piece of advice you can take to heart about blender care is being careful what you put in the blender. Anything too hard, crunchy or large can damage your blender. Not all foods are meant to be blended; so you want to look at your blender’s instructions to see which foods are safe for it and which ones are not. Just use common sense with anything you are thinking about putting in there and consider softening the food sometimes before trying to blend it.