6 Important Mistakes You Should Avoid When Using Blender

If you’re less interested in slicing, grating, whisking or kneading, but are keen on making soup or smoothies, then a blender is the most convenient kitchen tool for you. Blender can speed up the time for preparing fruits or vegetables for juicing, it also produces less waste, it will whip up consistently smooth soups and smoothies, leaving no splatters or lumps whatever fruits, vegetables or any ingredients you blend. A really efficient machine to use.

The ability to transform whole vegetables, fruits or any ingredients into easily consumed foods is a major advantage in using blenders. However, to avoid misuse or any damages of this kitchen equipment, it’s important to educate yourself with these common mistakes in using this powerful kitchen tool. You may be using it wrong the whole time!

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Using Blender

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Using Blender

#1. Washing the blender machine immediately after using. Is a big No-no.

Washing the blender together with the dishes can elevate the risks of bacteria building on the equipment as well as food excess. The way you clean the blender can affect its durability, there are two methods on how to clean your blender. I strongly advised following these easy and important steps.

First Method

This tip suggests the proper way to clean a blender.

  • Step 1: Set apart the blender: First, remove the blender pitcher on the base. Next, remove the top lid and carefully unscrew the blade at the bottom of the component.
  • Step 2: Clean the Jar and small pieces: Apply dish soap to the blender pitcher and the small pieces of the cutting blade, gasket seal and locking ring with sponges or dish-rag. Rinse the jar thoroughly before eddying it off.
  • Step 3: Clean the Base: To do this, Apply damped clothe on the base to remove splatters and food excess.
  • Step 4: Reassemble the blender: Make sure everything is perfectly cleaned before resembling the blender.

Second Method

These easy steps on how to clean your blender in 30 seconds without taking it apart.

  • Step 1: Pour water into the blender: Use hot water from the kettle or the tap, and pour and fill the halfway of blender pitcher.
  • Step 2: Pour with dish soap: A drop should be okay.
  • Step 3: Turn on the blender: after putting the blender pitcher to the base, close the lid with a towel and turn on the blender for 10 seconds.
  • Step 4: Drain the hot water and rinse: To make sure no excess food, or smoothie on the blender, rinse it with hot water thoroughly.

Congratulations! You’ve now acquired a new cleaning skill! Your blender is now perfectly clean and bacteria-free.

#2. Unplugging after using. It is also a big no-no.

Many of us don't have a time (or don’t want to) unplug the blender. To save electricity and to avoid short circuit issues that can lead to fire risk on your home or any damages on your blender, it’s very important to unplug it before disassembling the parts or washing it.

Cases of exploding blender have been reported: In 2015, a woman from London named “Tysha Stapleton”, 24, claimed that her “NutriBullet” blender exploded in her face while she was making a smoothie.

Stapleton said in an interview with The Sun, that she experienced horrific and unbearable pain.

Another case of exploding blender:

You don’t want that tragic incident happens to you right? So better take my advice and be safe.

#3. Simultaneous grinding of many types of ingredients.

Grinding and mixing raw food and cook food together is plain gross, especially when you’re making food for your baby. I’ve listed some of the types of food or ingredients that you should avoid to put in your blender:

  • Rock-hard frozen fruits: Most people love to make fruit smoothies, mainly because it’s appetizing and absolutely healthy. Putting fully frozen fruits in the blender can cause the sharp blades to crack and break.
  • Nuts: hard nuts like coffee beans or cocoa beans can also damage the blender blade or even its motor.
  • Strong odors/ Flavours: to avoid stinking smell on the future things you blend, avoid putting strong odor ingredients like garlic, onions, or chilies.
  • Anything with bones: a very common mistake of the unskilled chef is adding chickens, fishes or anything with bones on the blender which can damage the blender pitcher and the sharp blade.
  • Hot liquid or ingredients: Steam from any hot ingredients can cause the blender pitcher to explode that can lead to mess and cause burns. 
  • Any fibrous foods: Fibrous food like fresh or dried ginger can cause foul-smell and the blender’s sharp blades to damage. It’s better to chop it before putting it in the blender.

The misuse of the blender can heavily affect the blender’s durability.

#4. Check the amount of liquid.

Calculating the amount of liquid to be poured on the blender if you’re making fruit smoothies or soups can affect the mixture’s quality in terms of taste,  Dryness or wetness, or even its nutritional value. Too much liquid may end up in a watery mixture while a small amount may lead to a dry or lumpy result.

Water helps the blending process, it thickens the food you are blending and creates a solution that can be easily pureed or sliced by the blender.

How Much water to use?

If you’re asking how much water should you put in your blender? An article on mentioned that the bare minimum is enough water to cover the blender’s blade, in this way, the blade will enable to catch the food and mix it properly. It may vary on the food you are blending depending on the mixture you want to achieve.

When not to use water?

It depends on what you are blending. If you just want to chop up some large ingredients, then water is not required.

  • If you’re not sure if water is necessary, check the recipe and that should give you an idea of whether the water is necessary, and remember that water can affect the taste of what you are blending.

#5. Blender overload

Modern-day blenders are now designed to mix the food before blending automatically, in order to mix the food or any ingredients, you should press the “Pulse” or sometimes “Ice Crusher” button for 5-7 times to speed up the process of chopping the ingredients into bits.

If you are grinding a lot of food, it is advised to turn off the machine every 1-2 minutes each 30 seconds – 1 minute of using it. Leaving the blender machine to operate continuously can cause overheating and worst, explosion.

These are the hints and tips for the proper way for blending.

  • Low speeds for light mixing: For light mixing and stirring such as dressing, batters, and marinades, use Low speeds (1-3).
  • Medium speeds for heavy mixing: For heavy mixes and chopping ingredients, use medium speeds (4-6).
  • High speeds for puree: For blending liquefying and pureeing ingredients, use high speeds (7-12).
  • “Pulse” for ice and nuts: For foods that only require short bursts of power such as crushing ice or nuts, use the pulse/ice crusher button.
  • Liquid before solid: Place liquid ingredients first before the solid ones, unless specified in the recipe.

Note: Avoid pressing the “Pulse / Ice crush” button when scraping down sides of the jug or when the lid is removed.

#6.Don’t check the machine before turning it on.

Many blender users most commonly housewives, may have encountered this type of mistake. Making sure the machine parts are assembled properly after washing or repairing it can reduce the risk of any unwanted accidents like explosions.

If your blender is broken, here are some helpful troubleshooting tips that you might want to try:

1. Check for any blocked blades.

If the blade does not rotate, make sure it is plugged in and the outlet has power. You can unscrew the base of the blender to check for any issues.

If the blade still doesn't turn, the problem may be the switch or the motor. Spraying lubricant (WD-40) over the blades can also help for immovable blades.

2. Remove and replace damaged blades and switch.

It’s difficult to sharpen worn blades or unresponsive switch, so it’s better that you should find replacements.

3. Check for any leaks.

Dissemble the base unit of the blender to check if there’s a leak. Make sure that all parts are not broken or worn.

4. Go to an appliance repair shop.

To seek professional repairs, it’s better to take your blender into an appliance repair shop.

Conclusion

Inefficient use of this powerful kitchen tool can compromise its durability and performance, it can also affect the tastes as well as the nutritional value of the ingredients you’re blending.

Avoiding these mistakes can give you the delicious smoothies or soups that you desire and ensure the condition and performance of the machine. By following all of this tips its aids you in prolonging the life of its efficient operation.

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Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee

Hey there, I'm Nancy, founder and editor in chief here at Cooky Mom, and I’m absolutely in love with food and health blogs. I'm on a mission to share my insider cooking, food and health tips with all of you...

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