Blenders can be a super useful kitchen tool, but how can you best take advantage of them? Hopefully this sheds some light:
How should you prepare fruits and veggies for a blender?
Obviously you should first go through your standard cleaning routine, whether you rinse your vegetables with water, soak them in a bowl, use fruit and vegetable cleaning liquid, or use a scrubber brush to remove any dirt. Remember than anything you put in the blender you’ll be eating!
Depending on the quality of blender you have, you may want to spend some extra time chopping your vegetables into smaller pieces to ease the strain on your blender. Expensive models will likely not have to worry about this (assuming they’re all able to fit in your blender), but cheaper models will have less powerful motors and may take longer to mix the ingredients the larger they are initially. If you’re interested in learning more about what the displayed horsepower of your blender really means, check out our guide of the top things to consider when buying a blender.
What order to add ingredients to the blender?
Most importantly, if you’re adding any liquid ingredients into the blender, make sure they are able to collect at the base of the blender jar. As your blender churns, the liquid will help mix all your other ingredients together. If you instead have dry or viscous ingredients (think dry nuts, peanut butter, or yogurt) on the bottom of the blender, you’ll have to pause and manually shift your ingredients around often, because the ingredients above them will not fall down to be blended.
How to blend ingredients the best?
How to best blend your ingredients will likely take a good deal of experimentation on your part. The reason for this is that blenders vary dramatically, not only in the controls they offer (some blenders have options such as puree, smoothie, chop, etc.), but also how well the motor can handle the ingredients. If you have a blenders with a microprocessor, it may have pre-programmed routines that you can activate with a quick button press. These will automatically shift between speeds to blend your ingredients while you sit back and watch or continue other kitchen tasks.
Don’t hesitate to pause your blending to manually shift your ingredients around and make sure none have gotten stuck on the sides of the blender jar.
What not to do when using a blender?
Obviously, never blend with the cover off, as it may cause a splatter issue! Also, never stick any silverware or fingers inside the blender while it’s running!