How to Keep your Countertop Blender in Good Condition for long term use

Countertop blenders are very useful appliances in a kitchen. They help with numerous daily blending activities. Many high end blenders not only help with blending but with whipping, whisking, chopping and grinding as well. Such a useful tool requires special care as well so that it can give optimum performance for years to come. Follow these steps to keep your blender in good shape and to increase its life.

  1.   When adding ingredients to the blender jar, first add the liquid ingredients, next add the softer ingredients and last add the hard or frozen ingredients or ice. Only add hard food if your blender is capable of blending it. Read the manual carefully. If your blender can crush ice, it will be stated in the manual. If it is not stated do not try to crush ice or any other hard food with your blender.
  2.    Even if your blender has a tightly secured lid, it is generally a good practice to hold down the lid while blending. This will prevent the lid from coming off by accident and food splattering into the surroundings.
  3.    Do not let the blender run continuously for more than a couple of seconds as it risks burning of the motor. Run it for a few seconds, turn it off then run it again. Pulse is a good option for most blending tasks.
  4.    Do not fill the blender completely. Leave some space to allow for expansion. Also if you fill it completely, the motor might not be able to handle the load. Fill it to not more than two-third its capacity to avoid food splattering and any damage to the motor.
  5.    If your blender has multiple settings, use them for their specific purposes. For example use the ‘ice crushing’ setting when you add ice to the blender and ‘chop’ setting when you want to cut fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces. Using the correct settings will also prevent the motor from wearing down.
  6.    After every use, clean your blender right away. Do not let food stay in it for too long as you will then have to do extra effort to remove dried food stuck to it.
  7.    To clean the jar, pulse it with water and some dishwashing liquid. Then rinse it thoroughly.
  8.    If your blender has dried food stuck in the jar put some baking soda mixed with water into the jar and run the machine for a couple of seconds. Food should come off easily now. Use the same procedure if you want to get rid of food odors from your blender. BlenderReviews.io provides a comprehensive guide on the best blenders in the market today.
  9.    Do not immerse the blender base in water. If it has food stains on it that you want to remove, wipe them off with a damp cloth.
  10.   Do not use stiff brushes to scrub your jar or blender because this will leave marks or scratches on the surface.

Follow these steps to keep your bender clean and its performance up to standard because once you have bought a good quality blender, you do not want to spend money over and over buying the same thing. You want it to serve you for at least a couple of years. This guide will help you with that purpose.

SKG Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation Slow Masticating Juicer Review

A cold press juicer is an exceptional culinary tool used to extract the most juice out of fruits while retaining the most of their vitamin, minerals, and antioxidants content. Cold press juicers use a hydraulic press in lieu of traditional spinning blades to extract juice from fruits and even vegetables to achieve the richness and freshness that is found in cold pressed juices. To own a juicer which you can get the most out of is an important decision and one which the following reviews may help with.

This SKG Wide Chute Anti-Oxidation juicer is one of the most sophisticated juicing machines available in the market. As the name of this model suggests, it is a slow masticating juicer which minimizes the oxidation of juice. The juicer’s well thought-out design preserves the juice from oxidation and loss of digestive enzymes. This is achieved through a number of features such as the base of its strainer and its valve which can be kept close while juicing. These provide a sealed juicing space, protecting it from air and thus minimizing oxidation.

The juicer’s 3-inch wide chute provides an easy, hassle-free way of inserting whole fruits and vegetables and/or larger pieces of fruits and vegetables into the juicer, thus preventing further oxidation and clogging and also obliterating the need to chop up the food items prior to juicing.

Pros of Making Baby Food at Home using Baby Processor

Once your baby starts eating solid food, you will need to either make baby food at home or buy it from the store. Most doctors recommend starting to feed your baby with solids after they are 6 month old. Most mothers find it a better option to prepare their own baby food at home rather than buying them from stores for a number of reasons:

1.   Freshness

When you make food at home, you can ensure that it is made from fresh ingredients in contrast to the baby food in the stores for which you have no guarantee to the freshness of the ingredients. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be pureed for the baby using a baby food processor.

2.   Saves money

Another advantage of making baby food at home is that it will cost far less than buying special baby food from the market. At home you do not have to buy any special ingredients. You can use the same ingredients that you use for your family to feed the baby after pureeing them.

3.   Control over the ingredients

In addition to saving money, by making baby food at home you have more control over the ingredients you want to feed your baby with. You, being the parent, understand the needs of your child best. You know which nutrients your baby needs and if your child has any food allergies. By making food on your own you can choose the ingredients with care to provide your baby with the necessary nutrients. If your baby has a food allergy, you will avoid putting that ingredient in their food. This control over the ingredients is not possible with baby food from stores.

4.   Contains no preservatives

Baby food available in the market contains preservatives to make them last longer. Preservatives, however, are not good for baby’s health. Baby food made at home would be free of any such preservatives and thus a far healthier option for your baby. You can make your homemade baby food last longer too by storing it in the freezer. This method of increasing the life of baby food is healthier than by using preservatives.

5.   Convenience

You might think buying food from the store is far easier than making food. However, baby food processors available readily in the market nowadays make this task very easy and most suitable for working mothers. Most baby food processors have steaming and blending capabilities to steam harder foods before pureeing them. With these baby food processors you can make surplus food to be stored in the freezer and used for 2 to 3 months. This way you will not have to go through the trouble of making food every day.

Feeding your baby with homemade meals will help keep your baby healthy and develop his taste for fresh organic food rather than processed ones. With a taste for fresh foods your baby will grow up to adopt a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet.

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