6 Tips To Get More Out Of Your Immersion Blender

To help you out with the everyday kitchen tasks, the one thing that you need most is a blender. Now there are many kinds of blenders in the market today but the most convenient and affordable varieties are the immersion blenders. These are small stick like devices with a blending shaft attached to the motor unit which can be immersed in any container for blending the contents within. What makes them so popular is their compact size which finds place easily in even the smallest kitchens, their simple cleanup and their versatility of use. However if you are new to these blending appliances, you should know more about them to be able to get the most advantage of immersion blenders. Here are some kitchen tips which will help you get more out of your immersion blenders.

1.     Read the instruction manual:

The most important task that you need to do before starting to use any tool for the first time is to read the instruction manual thoroughly. The instruction manual will tell you more about how to use it and what your device can and cannot do. Reading the manual will allow you to use it to the maximum of its capacity.

2.     Avoid using them for tough tasks:

One thing you need to be careful about is not to use these devices for the toughest blending tasks which include ice, thicker consistencies, hard fruits and vegetables or frozen ingredients. Leave these tasks to the countertop blenders which have stronger motors which can withstand such tasks. Immersion blenders generally come with motors which are not s strong but good enough for performing tasks like beating eggs, whipping cream, making milkshakes and purees.

3.     Use container with high walls:

Choose a container which has high walls to blend the ingredients so that the food does not splatter. This will avoid a lot of mess created from food splattering which will have to be cleaned later. Another thing that you need to make sure to avoid food splattering is that the blades of the blender should be completely immersed into the liquid while blending.

4.     Fix a lumpy gravy:

Your immersion blender is the best tool by which you can fix your lumpy gravy. Many a times we are faced with the problem of lumpy gravy. If you have an immersion blender, all you have to is immerse it right in the pot and blend the gravy into a smooth texture. Problem fixed!

5.     Keep moving it inside the container:

A blender will produce best and fast blending results if you keep it moving inside the container using your hands. For even better results, you should keep it in a tilted position while moving it inside the container.

6.     Blending hot soups:

 

The most popular use of an immersion blender is in blending hot soups. You can blend hot ingredients right in the pot to make soup out of them. These blenders make it so easy to make soups that you will be making it every other day.

Maintaining a Food Processor – Tips and Tricks

A food processor can help you in the dullest tasks of your kitchen. It can chop some vegetables for a quick meal without having your hands covered in food juices. You can use it to make freshly squeezed juice or a smoothie in an instant. Another one of its uses is to batter some sauce or to beat an egg with its beater. You can also use your food processor to mix some ingredients into making it a healthy meal. Since a food processor has many parts like different kinds of blades, a motor to operate those blades, a jug to process food etc., cleaning or maintaining it can be a tiring job. Here are some tips you can go through that may help you in the process of maintaining and cleaning your best food processor that will help you in increase the lifetime of the product.

Maintenance

In maintaining your food processor, first of all you need to know that how to use it properly. Tighten the blade onto the motor of the food processor, located in the bottom middle part of the processor. Adjust the bowl of the food processor onto this motor properly. You can damage your bowl by adding extra amount of food that it cannot handle so be aware of that. Some of the newly designed food processors can handle a large amount of food items inside it so make sure to buy the kind which can suit your needs. Make sure to put smaller chunks of food inside a food processor to blend them. Otherwise, you may damage the blades of your food processor. Fruits like apple or a pineapple should be cut into smaller pieces before you put them into a food processor. In addition to all this, also make sure to add a small amount of water to blend large and hard pieces of food, just to soften it for it doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the motor of your food processor.

Next comes the cleaning part of your food processor. Cleaning your food processor might be a little difficult than your other kitchen appliances like a blender or a juicer since it has so many parts. But if you clean only the used parts just after you use them, the task will not seem that much difficult. To clean your food processor, first remove all the parts that can be removed i.e. blades, jug, motor etc. Wash all these parts with soap. Wipe the blade with a sponge since it is covered with sticky stains. Wipe down the motor with a moist cloth. Do not dip the machine into water to clean it as that could damage its wiring. For stubborn stains, again you can use a sponge to remove them. While assembling the food processor make sure that all of its parts are dry; use a dry piece of cloth for that.

 

Now that you know these tricks to maintaining and cleaning your food processor, you can make your life easier with its use for a much longer time.