Buying the right blender for your cooking needs is important, but proper care and maintenance is even more crucial if you want to increase its lifespan. But first, you should understand the different parts of your blender.
The typical home blender is a counter-top kitchen appliance with various components. The largest part is the pitcher, which can be glass, plastic, or stainless steel in some cases. The pitcher comes with a fitting lid that covers it to prevent spillage of the different ingredients while blending.
Another important component is the blade assembly at the base of the pitcher. Some blender models have a removable blade assembly – which makes it easier to clean inside the pitcher – while other types of blenders do not have removable blades.
The other major component of a counter-top blender is the base that houses the motor. This is where the controls, speed settings, and the electrical cord are located.
Cleaning the Blender
Since a blender is an electrical appliance, you should never attempt to clean it without unplugging the electrical cord from the power mains. Also, never immerse the base in water. In most cases, you’ll only be cleaning the pitcher. The base may not need frequent cleaning and if you need to do so, simply wipe it clean and the electrical cord with a dump piece of cloth.
Steps to wash the pitcher:
- Fill it half-full with warm water and add a few drops of dish-washing soap or detergent.
- Run the blender at an appropriate speed or use the ‘stir’ setting (if your blender has it) for about 10 seconds.
- Pour the contents in the sink and use warm water to rinse the pitcher. To maintain the pitcher’s finish, avoid using a scouring pad, especially if the pitcher is made from plastic.
- If the base is made from stainless steel or any other metal, use glass cleaner to wipe it clean with a piece of cloth. For a plastic base, you can use an all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of water and baking soda.
The majority of blender pitchers are dishwasher safe, so you can clean them in your dishwasher’s bottom rack. However, this is fine for glass pitchers as they don’t crack. Plastic pitchers, on the other hand, will gradually turn cloudy due to scratching, so you wouldn’t want to use a dishwasher if your pitcher is made of plastic.
Care And Proper Use Of Your Blender
One of the main reasons why kitchen blenders fail is overloading the upper unit (pitcher). Heavy duty models can handle hard foods such as ice, hard vegetables, and meats. However, attempting these high resistance tasks with a basic model will damage its motor.
Stop the blender and remove some contents once you feel that the motor is starting to strain while running. You may also just add liquid to reduce resistance.
Keep your blender in an open and dry place, with the cord properly coiled. If it fits in a cupboard, you may also store it there.