A counter blender is a much valued appliance in the home. It is advisable that you consider your cooking needs when shopping for a new blender. This will help you make an informed decision on whether to purchase a blender made of stainless steel, plastic or glass. Unlike blenders made out of stainless steel or glass, plastic ones are less heat sensitive. Plastic blenders are also cheap, but scratch easily if washed repeatedly in the dish washer. The glass blenders have a higher initial cost, and are more prone to food temperature changes. They are also likely to break more easily; though they are unlikely to scratch even when washed repeatedly in the dish washer. Stainless steel blenders, on the other hand, are the most suitable for blending frozen liquids. They also have the capability to crush ice. However, they are opaque and for you to see the liquids inside, you have to stop it and remove the lid.
There are quite a good number of blender models in the market, each with its own design and capabilities. The more features a blender model has, the pricier it is likely to be and vice versa. Some of the most effective blenders come equipped with advanced features like chopping capabilities.
It is important to ensure that the container is placed firmly into the base before you start using the blender. Failure to do this might prevent the motor from starting properly. Conversely, be careful not to remove the container from the base, or remove the lid while the blender is operational. You have to switch the motor off first. Below are a few other tips on How to Use a Blender.
1. The lid should be firmly placed on the container before the motor is switched on. Ensure that the container lid is firmly held by the hand while the blender is working. This is to ensure that nothing spills out of the container while the motor is running.
2. The lid should only be removed after the motor has come to a full halt. This means that after you turn off the blender; give it a few moments for the blades to completely stop, and then you can proceed to undo the lid.
3. Should you notice the motor dragging at low speed, add some more liquid. The liquid helps to reduce viscosity; and the speed will automatically go up. You can switch on the next higher speed if there is the need.
4. Making of cold recipes would require that you chill the container in the freezer first. This would not be hard if you are working with metal and glass containers as they are more sensitive to changes in temperature, but the same cannot be said of blenders made of plastic.
5. Ensure that the feeder cap remains open when you are blending hot liquids. This helps prevent the buildup of steam in the container. Regulate the speed by starting at the lowest speed and gradually increasing it to higher speeds.
6. Ensure that you do not keep the blender operational for more than is necessary. Switch off the motor once you have accomplished your task. Keeping the motor running beyond the required time may cause electrical malfunction.
7. When chopping ice cubes in the container, ensure that you add about one cup of water, for the best results.
8. Contrary to popular perception, the blender can be used to grate tougher chesses like Swiss and Cheddar. The cheese should first be diced and refrigerated before being added to the blender via the feeder cap.
9. Once you learn How to Use a Blender, you will realize that it can be used for a host of blending needs. You stand to get particularly good results with the following:
- Reconstitute frozen fruit juices and dry milk.
- Make instant puddings
- Make dry and soft bread crumbs
- Pureeing cooked foods
- Smoothing gravy and creaming soup
- Blending eggs
- Blending pancakes
- Making ice cream shakes
- Blending custards
- Making mayonnaise and salad dressings
10. After each use, ensure that the blender is well cleaned. Disassemble all detachable parts before cleaning. Use some warm water and appropriate detergent. Rinse thoroughly with lots of water.
The above tips on How to Use a Blender are a good guide on what you can do with your blender to reap maximum benefits from it. Of course, there are a number of things that you should not do with your blender, because they usually do not work out even when you try them. For example you cannot use it to mash potatoes, whisk eggs, grind raw meat, prepare dough or even blend hard vegetables. Some functions can only be carried out by blenders that have certain features to support such functions. For example, extraction of juice from fruits can only be successfully done with a blender that supports that. You may therefore want to be keen as you shop for the blender to ensure that you get just what you need.