Blenders and Mixers
Conventional countertop blenders are useful for crushing ice, but also for pureeing vegetables and making dips and salsa. Hand-held blenders are called ‘immersion’ blenders and have a swirling blade at the bottom. These are perfect for pureeing soups. They avoid having to transfer liquids to a food processor or countertop blender.
Hand mixers are good for mixing cake ingredients, whipping cream, mashing potatoes and beating eggs. To avoid messes, use a high-rimmed bowl and move the mixer in circles in the bowl. When buying a hand mixer, make sure it isn’t too heavy to hold. Some models come in a heavy-duty stand.
Blenders and mixers are designed only for liquids or for soft foods cut into very small pieces.
- Read the owner’s manual before using the blender.
- Never turn on a blender unless the lid is securely in place.
- Never reach into a blender while it is plugged in!
- Do not fill a blender too full. The contents need room to move.
- Never put hot items in a blender. The mixing causes additional warming and expansion, which can make the lid fly off.
- Use only one hand to clean inside a blender.
- Follow the rules for knife safety when handling the sharp blades.
- Look for a blender that has a blade ejector button.
- Read the owner’s manual before using the mixer.
- Unplug the mixer before reaching for the beaters or into the bowl.
- Wait for the beaters to stop moving before raising the mixer out of the bowl.