General Tips on Using an Immersion Blender

General Tips on Using an Immersion Blender
A chef blending a large pot of soup stock with a Waring blender
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Although using an immersion blender seems pretty intuitive, reading all of the accompanying manufacturing information and manuals is necessary for safe and effective use.  Here are some general suggestions we have for getting the most out of hand blenders.

  1. Read the owner’s manual and abide by it, paying special attention to all safety/operating rules and suggestions.  These take precedence over any conflicting general suggestions below!
  2. Don’t immerse the blender too deep; the motor body/shaft coupling should be at least an inch above the liquid level line.
  3. Be careful not to damage cookware that uses non-stick coating.  If possible, use with stainless steel, aluminum, or other durable metal cookware unless your blender is compatible with non-stick surfaces.
  4. Be careful not to expose any electrical parts, connections, or the motor body to liquids/foods.
  5. Chop/quarter or otherwise cut up hard/solid foods as necessary to aid in fast, even blending.  If the blender is capable of blending ice/frozen foods, crush the ice or frozen foods into small pieces or cubes before blending.  Use the chopping/grinding attachment where applicable before blending.
  6. Where feasible and where compatible with recipes, add liquids to mixing bowl first.
  7. Begin blending only when blender is well-submerged to minimize splatter. Likewise, remove from mixture only after blender is turned off.
  8. Don’t leave your blender immersed in hot liquids during cooking.  Use the blender and remove it as soon as possible.
  9. Take care to remove any fruit pits, bones, etc. from foods before blending to prevent breaking blades and/or damaging gearing.
  10. In general, a slow up and down movement is preferable for mixing liquids evenly.
  11. When aerating/beating mixtures, keep the blade/attachment just below the surface of the liquid to facilitate intake of air.

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