How To Use a Blender

A blender is a very useful kitchen tool.  When you use a blender properly you can greatly increase the expanse of your kitchen skills.  A blender also can be a wonderful time saving utensil: instead of chopping, dicing, and mashing by hand, you can simply let this incredible machine do the job for you.

However, if you do not use the blender properly, it may become damaged or even injure the user.  It is important to know how to use a blender correctly and safely.

When using a blender, all of the pieces should be secure.  If the canister of the blender is not correctly attached to the base of the machine, it could fly off and hit someone or something, or it could become lodged and ruin the gear mechanism.  So, before you begin to use your blender, make certain that:

  • The blades are correctly attached to the base.  Do this by turning the canister upside down on the counter, placing the blades into the canister, and covering the base of the blades with the attachment piece.  Screw the attachment piece down, and the blades will be secured to the canister.
  • Turn the canister right side up and place it securely on the base.  It should be level and not move around at all.

Once all of the pieces are firmly together, you may plug the blender into the wall.  Caution: make certain the blender is actually in the off mode when you initially plug it in. It could be quite frightening to have it come to life unexpectedly!

Now that you have followed the correct steps in how to use a blender, you may add the product to be processed to the blender canister. This can be a wide variety of kitchen ingredients.  Blenders are wonderful machines for making smoothies or milk shakes, but they are also useful in a much more straight forward manner: simple chopping and dicing.

Avoid the stinging tears associated with cutting onions by putting your blender to the task instead of your hands.  The blender will have a wide variety of settings.  Choose one of the lowest settings for dicing and chopping as to not end up with a too thin mixture.

If you read the manual that came with your blender, you will be given tips regarding which settings are best for each particular kitchen process.  No matter what you decide on, always be careful in the kitchen!


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