8 Common Mistakes You Shouldn’t Do When Using A Blender

Today, with the rise of at-home juicing and other creative types of cooking, the modern kitchen demands a good blender. But it's easy to make mistakes when you're preparing food for this type of equipment. When a blender is used incorrectly, it won't do the best job possible, and can even be damaged by the wrong kind use -- or abuse.

Have you ever run into these issues, or any others, with a blender? This guide will show you what not to do while preparing food with your blender at home.

Using A Blender - Mistakes You Shouldn’t Do

1. Forgetting to Wash the Blender After Using It:

Don't forget to wash the blender soon after you're done using it. It becomes more and more difficult to clean off caked-on food the longer you let it go. This bad habit can create an environment where bacteria easily grows on your equipment.

Instead, here's how to clean a blender correctly: - Squirt some liquid soap or dish detergent into the blender. Add hot water so that the soap bubbles up. Let it soak for a short period of time to loosen sticky food, or wash immediately.

2. Leaving the Blender Plugged:

In Once You're Donelan case of a power surge, or just the possibility of bumping into the blender switch while you're working in the kitchen, be sure to unplug your blender as soon as you're done using it. This is generally a good practice to keep with all kinds of kitchen appliances, including waffle makers, toaster ovens, and hot plates.

Blender on plugged

3. Failing to Check the Machine Before You Turn It On:

Ever turned on your blender only to have the lid fly off and ingredients go everywhere? Let's avoid having that happen again. Always remember to clamp down the blender lid and double-check that it's secure before you press BLEND.

4. Using the Blender Continuously for Too Long:

Like any other piece of machinery, using your blender for too long a period can break down its parts and even cause the appliance to fail. To prep your food the correct way, press the button for shorter spurts of time, in total about 5-7 times.

If you need to use the blender for long periods of time, like if you're preparing a large batch of food, do it in batches of 30 seconds to 1 minute, then leave it off for 1-2 minutes before you continue. This will help the machine stay cool, rather than getting overheated, while you work.

5. Trying to Blend Too Many Ingredients at Once:

Whether you're baking cookies or making pancakes, there's a reason why most recipes recommend that you add your ingredients just one at a time. Working with a blender is the same way -- it's important to add new ingredients separately. so the machine can break them down.

For example, don't add frozen fruit and ice cubes in the same step. Add them one at a time, so that the blender can work efficiently and blend every new ingredient well.

Otherwise, the foods' different textures could turn your blending shortcut into just another time-waster as the blender struggles to mix too many ingredients at once. At worst, it could even break the blender. Spend your time more efficiently, and only blend a few ingredients at once.

Blend Too Many Ingredients in a blender

6. Blending a Mixture of Cooked and Raw Foods:

Cooked and raw foods may go together on restaurant plates, but one place where they probably shouldn't mix is inside a blender. Typically, the recipes you encounter won't recommend doing this. If you are cooking from scratch and creating your own recipes, however, avoid mixing cooked and raw foods in the blender.

Cooked and Raw Foods on a blender

Unless you're using cooled and pre-cooked items such as steamed beets, a common ingredient in juices, try to stick to blending just a mixture of foods that have already been cooked, or only foods that are still raw.

7. Trying to Blend Things That Shouldn't Go in a Blender:

There's a funny online series called It Blend?" where the host puts various items -- like iPhones and other electronics -- into a heavy-duty industrial blender. However, this won't work in your basic blender or a home juicer. Don't grind non-food objects or work with hard-to-crack foods in your blender. This could really decrease its lifespan in your kitchen and potentially cause messes and dangerous situations.

8. Cleaning the Blender Incorrectly:

Don't ruin your blender by cleaning it the wrong way, or forgetting to wash it in time. Allowing oily or creamy residue to stick to a blender, using chemicals instead of just basic dish soap, or letting water sit in the blender after its cleaned can all cause problems.
Instead, use a soft sponge and dishwashing detergent when you wash the blender. Be sure to dry before you put the blender away.

From this guide, you should now have a great understanding of what not to do with a blender, and what you should do instead for success. Enjoy many future smoothies, soups, and dips!

  • Updated December 18, 2018
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