Food blenders are kitchen appliances that are used to mix sauces, soups and smoothies as well as puree ingredients. Most people cannot live without these multipurpose kitchen tools. Unfortunately, few people know how to take proper care of their blenders. With the cost of a decent kitchen blender ranging between $50 and $200, it is worth putting extra effort to keep the blender working for as long as possible.
How to Clean a Kitchen Blender
A blender is an electrical appliance and thus the base and cord should never be immersed in water. A warm, slightly damp cloth should suffice when it comes to cleaning these electrical components of a blender. A damp toothbrush may be used to remove food particles that may have built up around the button openings.
The pitcher and blade are much easier to clean as they are not susceptible to water damage. However, the use of scouring pads should be avoided as they can damage pitcher’s finish. To avoid getting nasty cuts while cleaning the blade, it is advisable to fill the pitcher with warm water, add two drops of dishwashing soap and whirl the mixture for 5 to 10 seconds. The “stir” setting of the blender is especially perfect for this. Alternatively, glass pitchers and lids can be cleaned upside down on the bottom shelf of the dish washer. Whenever the blender requires thorough cleaning, it can be taken apart and the plastic or rubber pieces washed in warm soapy water.
Proper Care of Kitchen Blenders
Overloading kitchen blenders can cause them to break down sooner. For instance, while professional, heavy-duty blenders have the ability to chop ice and puree cuts of meat, most average blenders cannot handle such tasks. Adding liquid to the pitcher when blending heavy ingredients can reduce the amount of strain on the motor during operation and therefore prevent motor damage. In addition, when filling the blender, it is important to avoid going over the fill line as this will slow down the motor significantly. It is always safer to blend two batches as opposed to trying to cram all the ingredients into one batch.
Food blenders should be stored fully assembled in a dry place. Keeping the lids on at all times prevents dust from getting into the pitchers while they are not in use. The cords should be wound around the bases to avoid creating a jumble of cords with other kitchen appliances.