Monday, February 4, 2013

Cleaning your blender

Do you ever feel like your kitchen is being overrun by ewoks? 
I love using my blender to make smoothies, but I hate cleaning it up. I'm always worried that I'm going to cut my fingers, and, as a musician, you can understand my apprehension. It's a very odd thing to say, but this is a musician-friendly way to clean a blender. It's very thorough, and involves no fingers (other than pushing the on button, har har ). This method works best for smoothies, and most pureed soups.
I have to point out that I've never had a dishwasher before, which quite a bunch of you have. I imagine that renders this post useless, but should you be tempted to immediately clean your blender, or make what my brother calls, "bubble soup", read on.

You will need:
Dirty blender
warm/hot water

Good job on using your blender- mine is sitting forlornly on my refrigerator, peeking out at me every so often quizzically, as if saying (Is this why we moved to Nashville? So you could keep me as some trophy object, and abandon me?). In my defense, I have been using an immersion blender lately. They're pretty much interchangeable, except you shouldn't stick a blender in a soup.

To clean your blender, rinse it out as best as you can, then put a few pumps of dish soap in there. Fill it one third or a little more with warm to hot water, and then blend it up! Make sure you don't fill it up more than that, because the bubbles will overflow. Rinse out, and repeat if necessary. That should leave you with a squeaky clean blender, and beautiful intact fingers! *Note that this is for cases of smoothies and soups. If you are blending anything particularly thick or sticky you may need to use a sponge. Carefully.


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  1. AHH, this is amazing. That first picture is hilarious. I just discovered your blog and already a big fan!

    And the fear of cleaning the blades reminds me of my irrational fear of sticking my hand in the disposal. I'm always convinced it's going to go rogue on me and turn on! Gives me the heebie jeebies.


    1. Thanks so much, Kori! I agree with you about disposals ; )

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