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Learn the Basics about Blending

Proper blending requires a bit of education, but after you learn these tips, you’ll be able to blend better than you thought possible.

  1. With some blender brands, you need to stop and stir ingredients as you blend because a condition called cavition has occurred, causing the food to stop moving.  To prevent this, Hamilton Beach® blenders are equipped with the Wave~ Action® System, which pulls ingredients down into the blades as you blend for smooth results without ice chunks.
  2. Smoothie stores are around almost every corner, but it’s easy (and less expensive) to blend your own.
    Test Kitchen Tip:
    To make a smoothie, add juice or milk to the 8 ounce measurement line on the jar. Add yogurt up to the 12 ounce line. Add fresh or frozen fruit up to the 16 ounce line. Blend until smooth.
  3. If your recipe calls for liquid and ice cubes, always add the liquid first, then follow by adding the ice cubes. Ensure that the ice cubes are separated.
    Test Kitchen Tip: Remember the key blending phrases “float your solids” and “cover the blades” and you can’t go wrong.
  4. When only crushed ice is desired, add 1 cup (250 ml) of ice cubes to jar, place lid on jar, then pulse, allowing the blades to come to a complete stop between pulses. Continue until ice is crushed to the desired consistency. Ensure that the ice cubes are separated.
    Test Kitchen Tip: For the best results, always crush ice immediately after removing it from the freezer.
  5. Pulse is often sufficient for many blending tasks. Avoid extended operation and don’t run your blender longer than needed.
  6. Allow the blender to come to a full stop before changing speed settings.
  7. Always leave room for expansion at the top of the jar as you blend, especially when blending thin liquids.
  8. To add foods when blender is operating, remove the filler-cap from the lid and add ingredients through the opening. Vegetables and food items should be cut into small pieces so they can circulate around the blades.
  9. For best performance, the minimum amount of liquid needed per recipe is one cup (8 ounces/250ml). Add more liquid if food is not blending properly.
  10. If blending action stops during blending or ingredients stick to the sides of the jar, there may not be enough liquid in the jar to blend effectively.
  11. Do not try to mash potatoes, mix stiff dough, whip egg whites, grind raw meat, or extract juices from fruits and vegetables. The blender is not made to perform these tasks.
  12. Do not store food or liquids in the blender jar.
  13. Avoid bumping or dropping the blender.

What can you blend besides drinks and liquids?
Expand your blending repertoire with these kitchen-tested Blending Tips:

Cookie or Cracker Crumbs
Break cookies or crackers into pieces and put in blender jar. Process 1 cup (250 ml) at a time. Pulse about 10 times. For a finer consistency, blend for a few seconds after Pulsing.

Chopped Nuts
Place 1 cup (250 ml) nuts in blender jar. Pulse a few times. Remove jar from base and shake to redistribute pieces. Place jar on base and Pulse a few more times.

Chopped Vegetables
You can blend cabbage, carrots, onion, green pepper, or potatoes. To do it, place 2 cups (500 ml) of chunks in blender jar. Cover with water, Pulse until desired chopped consistency is reached. Pour into colander to drain off water.

Coffee Beans
Place ½ cup (125ml) beans in blender jar. Blend for 30 seconds or until desired grind consistency is reached.

Frozen Juice Concentrate
Place 6 ounces (170grams) of frozen juice in blender jar with the recommended amount of water. Blend for 20 seconds until smooth.

Grated Baking Chocolate
Coarsely chop 2 to 3 ounces (50 to 85 grams) of baking chocolate into chunks. Place in blender jar and pulse for 10 seconds.

Pancake or Waffle Batter
Place liquid ingredients in blender jar first and follow with dry ingredients. Blend for 10 seconds or until blended.

Smooth Gravy
Place gravy in blender jar. Remove the filler-cap from the center of the lid or open the mess-free spout to allow steam to escape. With the protection of an oven mitt or thick towel, place hand on top of blender jar while blending hot liquids. Begin with the lowest speed and blend for 5 seconds or until smooth.

Parmesan Cheese
Cut cheese into half-inch (1 cm) chunks and place in blender jar. Process until desired consistency is reached.

Superfine Sugar
Place 1 cup (250 ml) regular granulated sugar in blender jar. Blend for 30 seconds to make superfine sugar that will dissolve instantly in iced tea.

How to Assemble and Use Your Blender
  1. WARNING! Your blender jar and cutting blades are subject to wear during normal use. To reduce the risk of swallowing or biting sharp objects, always inspect cutting blades for broken, cracked or loose blades. If jar or cutting blades are damaged, do not use. Contact our toll-free customer service number for replacement parts.
  2. Make sure blender is unplugged. Place blender base on clean, dry surface to keep foreign particles from being pulled up into motor during operation.
  3. If necessary, screw blade assembly and collar onto jar, then set jar into place on blender base, making sure it is securely seated.
  4. Put ingredients in jar and place lid on jar.
  5. Plug cord into outlet.
  6. Process food or beverages. Always place lid on jar when blending liquids. Select speed or pulse setting as needed to process foods.
  7. When blending hot liquids, remove the filler-cap from the center of the lid or open the mess-free spout. Hot liquids may push lid off jar during blending. To prevent possible burns: do not fill blender jar beyond the 3-cup (750 ml) level. Remove the filler-cap or open the mess-free spout., and with the protection of an oven mitt or thick towel, place hand on top of lid and hold down while blending. Keep exposed skin away from lid. Start blending on the lowest speed setting.
  8. ALWAYS turn off blender and wait until blades have stopped rotating before removing jar.
  9. To remove jar after blending is complete, lift jar straight up.
  10. NEVER replace jar onto unit while motor is running.

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