Kitchen Blender Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What Is a Kitchen Blender?

A blender is a kitchen appliance, used for making a variety of things such as soups, baby food, smoothies, milkshakes, and other healthy drinks.

It can also be used for chopping, mincing, blending, puréeing, and emulsifying a variety of other things. Normally blenders come in a variety of speeds anywhere from 3 to 16, all kitchen blenders have a jar or carafe with a capacity of anything from 40 to 60 or more ounces.

Blenders come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, and they have 2 to 4 spinning blades at the bottom of the jar used for mincing. These blades are made from stainless steel aluminum and sometimes plastic.

Can you tell me how to use a blender safely?

Yes, of course I can.

A blender clearly is not a toy for children, and can be a dangerous machine if not used properly.

First and foremost never ever under any circumstances place your hand in a blender while it is plugged in or running. Secondly always make sure your lid is securely in place and all proper locks and activation procedures are followed according to the users manual.

Speaking of the users manual always make sure to read Your Users Manual when using any kitchen appliance especially one as dangerous as a blender.

When cleaning your kitchen blender always make sure that it is unplugged unless you are using the cleaning cycle on some blenders. Do not let children use a blender unattended, and I personally suggest you do not let any children under the age of five years of age use a blender at all. I am in no way shape or form advising any adults to allow a child to use such a dangerous piece of machinery and you do so at your own risk.

How do I use a kitchen blender?

Using a blender is extremely easy but care must be used when using any piece of equipment or kitchen appliance which can be dangerous like a blender.

Make sure to read your owner’s manual first for all necessary safety precautions and operating procedures, the first thing you must do in order to use your blender is decide what you are going to make, gather your ingredients, and place them following the instructions for your recipe into the blender.

Then choose your desired settings among the blenders many options, cover and lock, and press the appropriate blender setting, and blend for the appropriate amount of time for your food to reach the desired consistency.

How do you chop in a blender?

If your blender is equipped with a pulse feature simply place the desired food item into the carafe, and press the pulse button for a moment then release repeat this process until you have chopped or minced your food into the desired size. If you do not have a pulse feature choose one of the lower settings turn it on and off at a reasonably quick pace until you have reached the desired chunk size.

How Do I Fix a Blender?

Due to the possible injury potential of fixing electronic device such as a blender, I am not at liberty to discuss the mechanical workings of a blender. I suggest you consult your owner’s manual for warranty information, barring that call customer support for the blender manufacturer of your choice and request assistance in repairing your unit.

How much should I put into a blender?

Your blender should never be more than half-full of a thicker mixture like a sandwich spread, or anything much thicker than ‘very thick’ oatmeal. For thinner things, such as things the consistency of cottage cheese, most soups, mixed drinks, and generally anything cottage cheese like or thinner, you can fill it all the way up to the top without fear.

The manufacturers instructions will tell you how much your blender can hold, reading those, and refraining from overfilling your blender will help keep messes to a minimum, also be sure to never start the blender motor until the lid is tightly sealed.

How do I control the texture of the things that I blend?

How coarse or how fine your finished product is depends largely on how long you blend it.

If you’re looking for a creamy base, or a smooth one such as a soup, or something like fused butter; you will want to work the garlic, chives, or other ingredients into the mix, before you add the butter.

You want to combine the smooth mixture first and then add everything else and only blend or mix it until it is the desired texture or smoothness for your finished product; the harder the substance, the later you want to add it.

If you’re looking for more coarse or rough chopping, turn your blender to a lower speed for just a few seconds, inspect the chop and then do it for a couple more seconds if needed. You can always repeat this, until you get the right texture.

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How to Use Blender – The Beginner’s Guide

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There are infinite number of ways you can use your blender, you can use it for everyday tasks such as chopping, mincing, or puréeing.

You can even use it for making entire meals from scratch. Just about anything you used to do the old-fashioned and time-consuming way, can and should be done with your new kitchen tool.

Chopping vegetables, making fresh breadcrumbs, grating cheese and crushing ice all sound like fun and easy ways to use your new appliance, and they are!

I have included some of the most basic uses for your kitchen, but there is so much more you can do than what I have listed here. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Use your imagination, use your instinct, heck you can you can use the instruction booklet!

Let’s start with the basics, chopping vegetables. There are two methods for doing this.

There is the dry method, and the wet method.

You can chop your vegetables anyway you want to, coarse or fine, even a paste!

Since this is an everyday task, you’re going to need to know how to do this, so I’m going to show you how to chop just about anything you may need for a salad, relish, or any other ingredient without risking cutting your hands on a sharp knife.

The Dry Method

The dry method is what is most commonly used when chopping or blending just about anything that you intend to cook. Carrots and other vegetables for a soup, for example. The first thing you have to do, is get all your ingredients that you are going to be blending into one or 2 inch sized pieces. The reason for this is the chunks that are too large may keep everything from being chopped uniformly by the blades.

You should only blend small amounts at a time normally one or 2 cups worth or slightly more than is needed to cover the blades. Doing too many vegetables at a time, or in pieces that are too large, will keep you from getting uniform size.

As always, make sure that your container is covered for safety. While chopping vegetables using this method you should run the blender on medium or low speed. If your model is equipped with a pulse feature this is the perfect time to use it.

Depending on the age, and model that you own, it may be necessary to use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and get everything down to the bottom, or out of your jar. Please make sure that your appliance is completely off and that the blades have stopped spinning before sticking your hand in there. I don’t want you to lose any fingers. 🙂

Once you’ve gotten your vegetables to the desired size and consistency, empty the contents into a bowl or whatever you’re going to be storing your chopped vegetables in. This method is ideal for soups, and chopping up your letters for your salads.

The Wet Method

Just as the dry method is most common for chopping vegetables for salads, and for soups, the wet method, is used for many things as well such as baby food, salad dressings, mixed drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, and your holiday drinks. The wet method, refers to the fact that instead of using the liquid, or any other substance to make blending easier like in the dry method, this method uses water to help get your materials blended evenly. This is perfect for salads, lettuce, cabbage and anything that is leafy. These are things that your new kitchen tool will really shine at, and save you a ton of time in the kitchen!

The first thing you need to do, is fill your jar with all of the ingredients that you’re going to blend, or up to the top mark in your blending cup whichever happens first.

Then add just enough room temperature or slightly colder water, to cover all of the items inside the jar. Then cover your container firmly like always, and run on medium or high speed for about five or 6 seconds repeat as necessary until all of your ingredients are chopped your desired consistency.

Be warned though, if you run it too long your vegetables might get liquefied and that wouldn’t be good!

Finally take a strainer or other draining device such as a sieve, and empty jar’s contents into it, you have now use the water method for chopping your leafy greens!

Crushing Ice

Most modern models, are now able to crush ice. But it wasn’t always like that, so please, if you have a older model, be sure to consult your owner’s manual before attempting to crush ice or any other very hard object. Because older models were not made with the same technology that we have today and if your machine is not made for it, you can damage or break it! You have been warned. If your blender has an ice crusher or other attachment made for shaving or crushing ice of course you can use this instead.

When a recipe calls for crushed ice make sure you mix everything else in the jar until smooth before you add your ice cubes, add them one at a time until you have enough.

Making Breadcrumbs

Generally speaking there are two methods you can use to make your own breadcrumbs, you can use fresh, toasted, or dried bread or you can use crackers, saltines or graham crackers work very well.

If you’re going use bread, I suggest doing only one or two slices his time breaking into 3 to 6 pieces each and placing them your jar, cover the container and run a low speed until you reach the desired consistency for breadcrumbs, this is another great time for you to use your pulse feature if you purchased a model that is equipped with this option (and I suggest you do!).

If you would like buttered or flavored breadcrumbs, simply spread the butter on your bread or right before you break it into pieces, or flavored breadcrumbs sprinkle your spices on to the buttered bread crumbs, if you prefer cheesy bread crumbs, take some hard chunks of cheese and put them in your blender right before you start blending on low.

It takes two slices of bread, to make one cup of breadcrumbs.

If you’re going use crackers, you should blend about six or seven crackers at a time, more modern models can do many more but remember that the longer you have to run your blender the more fine powder your breadcrumbs will become. It takes 16 regular sized crackers to make one cup of breadcrumbs, and only about three or four graham crackers.

You make cracker breadcrumbs, in the same way that you make regular bread style breadcrumbs. Place your crackers inside a jar, cover, and run at a low speed or pulse until your breadcrumbs have reached the desired consistency.

Grating Cheese

Yes, you can even grate your own cheese! In order to grate cheese, take your hard cheese out and cut it into one or 2 inch cubes placing them inside your jar. It only takes about three or 4 ounces of cheese to make one cup of grated cheese. With this in mind, put a few of those chunks of cheese in right before you start blending, and run a low speed until your cheese is grated to the desired texture. It really is that easy!

Fresh Ground Coffee

Every coffee drinker knows, that the best tasting coffee on the planet is freshly ground. That is why Starbucks, and many other coffee houses are so popular. But why waste so much money at a trendy coffee bar, when you can make your own freshly ground coffee in your kitchen? Coffee loses that freshly ground taste very quickly which is why you only want to grind as much as you’re going to drink any given sitting.

Your blender can easily process about one or 2 cups of coffee beans at a time. Place the beans in your container and blend on low speed until the level of fineness that you desire in your coffee is achieved.

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What is Immersion Blender? Is Hand Held Blender Worth It?

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Immersion blender, also called hand blender, handheld blender, or stick blender, is a portable blender you hold while blending and chopping something in a container. Hence, the difference between a countertop and hand held blender is that: with the countertop blender, you put the content you want to blend in the blender container itself, whereas with the handheld blender, you put the content into a bowl and then apply the blender (which you hold in your hand) to the content.

So in essence, holding an imersion blender is a bit like holding a hand mixer, and that’s why people sometimes confuse a hand blender with a hand mixer. But they’re different, really. A hand mixer is what casual bakers use to blend the batter of cookies or cake, whereas an immersion blender, is what is used to chop, slice, whisk, or blend small food items.

In short, a hand blender functions just like a hand held version of a regular blender. The blades chop and blend the objects in the container you use it in, and the more time spent blending, the finer the finished product becomes.

Hand Blenders vs Immersion Blenders – Are They the Same?

There is virtually no difference between a hand blender and an immersion blender except for the words used.

Some argues there is a difference between them, and I admit, there are some, but they are so small you will never really notice it in your daily tasks.

I never have.

They are really one in the same and thus the terms are interchanged a lot when speaking about them. They do the same tasks, and function the same way.

Immersion blenders are also sometimes called stick blenders, because they look like stick. The stick design is actually to make holding the hand blender easier.

Is Immersion Hand Blender Worth It?

To answer this question, let’s see what a handheld blender does.

Some tasks you might use an immersion blender for, are beating egg whites, pureeing soft fruit and veggies, making salad dressing, and chopping nuts.

It’s also good for mixed drinks and the like.

One caution though, immersion blender works best for smaller portion of food.

It’s worth buying if you do the task above a lot because cleaning and setting up are quicker with a stick blender compared to the countertop one.

In short, it is an amazingly useful tool to have as it can do some of the jobs that are small enough that you do not want to get a big blender or food processor out for.

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Top Blenders Suitable For Juicing & Vegetables Enthusiasts

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As a juicing enthusiast, a versatile blender is the most important device you should have in your kitchen this year. There is however good news and bad news for you. The good news first. There are many models of blenders on the market which you can select your ideal blender from. The bad news. Even with plenty of blenders in the market, it is only very few blenders which are capable of handling your blending tasks. Here’s our picks for the best blender for juicing:

Breville BBL600XL Ikon

It is one of the models of Breville blenders, which are among the most trusted brands in the history of blenders. It is ideal for blending hard vegetables and fruits. It is ideally suitable for you if you fancy a stronger and highly durable motor power.

  • A 750-watt motor
  • Patented Hemisphere bowl
  • Stainless steel cutting blades

Cuisinart SmartPower

Despite its relatively small motor of 350 watts, this awesome blender for juicing out-powers other big blenders. It is ideal for making smoothies and thick fruit and vegetable juices. One of the things that makes it to have a good rating is that, it is easier to use and clean. It can also be used as a food processor. Below are some of the features of Cuisinart SmartPower

  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA-free blending containers
  • 350-watts motor

Vitamix 5200

It is arguably the only blender that can ace virtually every blending task. The blender boasts of unequaled durability, thanks to the fact that it is built to last. It operates much quieter than the average blender. You can therefore use it to prepare your favorite smoothie or fruit juice even in the middle of the night without disturbing your sleeping neighbor. Here are some of its features.

  • 500-watts motor
  • 7 years warranty
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Stainless steel cutting blades
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