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How can I safely use a blender with hot liquids?

One instruction in a new barbecue sauce recipe I'm trying out is to take the pot of simmering sauce and run it through a blender or food processor. I have now learned the hard way that blending hot ...
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What to look for when purchasing a blender?

I currently don't have a blender after purchasing my own home and am looking to get one for making smoothies primarily, but also for pureeing for soups, etc. I had a smoothie maker that I won as a ...
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Does it take a special type of blender to make smoothies?

Or am I just doing it wrong? I have what I consider a typical blender that you might find in any American kitchen. It's a glass container with a cross shaped blade. The problem I have is that pieces ...
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Perfect Hollandaise every time using a blender/food processor?

I was a cook at a cafe recently that was buying in Hollandaise. I started making the sauce from scratch following the same basic procedure each time but got varying results. sometimes the Hollandaise ...
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How important is RPM in a blender?

I'm looking at getting a new blender, basically the main things I want to be able to do with it are make curry pastes, ultra smooth restaurant quality purees and soups and grind small amounts of ...
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Why heat soup in a blender?

Several times lately I have seen people recommend a particular brand of (very expensive) high powered blender. Each time one of the main selling points for them is that the blender is so powerful ...
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Olive oil gets bitter in blender?

I read somewhere -- maybe a James Peterson cookbook? -- that putting olive oil in the blender for more than a few seconds will make it bitter. However, many recipes for hummus, aioli, and other things ...
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What is the use of different blender speeds?

I've recently taken to blending smoothies in a 500 Watt blender with pulse, low, and high settings. I get that a higher power setting spins the blades faster but I'm curious how I can best leverage ...
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Can you make orange juice with a blender?

I have a box full of clementines. Can I make orange juice in a blender?
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Blender Buying - Square vs. Round Container

After looking at this blender question, I had a follow-up question. I've seen both square and round containers/lids for blenders. Is either better? I tend to see square blenders at smoothie shops - ...
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Good (cheaper) alternative to Vitamix Blender

I've just got back from a department store where they happened to be doing a demonstration of the Vitamix TNC Blender. Obviously, now I want one. Is anyone able to recommend a good alternative, thats ...
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Couldn't make pesto in a blender

I was making pesto one day and couldn't find the lid to my food processor. So first I tried mixing it all in a blender. Didn't work, the leaves wouldn't go down to meet the blade. I had this pastey ...
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How to keep a green smoothie from getting 'frothy'?

I've been making a lot of green smoothies (using a Vitamix), and they have a tendency to end up with about 2 inches of undrinkable froth/foam at the top. It seems a higher percentage of veggies vs ...
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Taste-wise, is there a difference between tomato from a blender vs. chopped tomato?

A chicken curry recipe and a mixed vegetables recipe require chopping tomatoes and frying them immediately after the onions and ginger-garlic paste are fried. But since this causes the tomato skin to ...
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Will washing a certain part of my blender in the dishwasher ruin it?

I just bought a new "smoothie-blender" from Russel Hobbs, and in the manual I read that you can wash the parts not connected to the motor in the dishwasher. There is one part though, that I'm not ...
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Structure of tomato, ginger and garlic after blending in a blender

Found a new recipe, and it called for blending two (average sized) tomatoes, about a tablespoon of grated ginger (15 grams let's say), and four grated garlic cloves. Blended it all, everything fine. ...
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How can I thin out my ice cream mixture?

I'm trying to make a McFlurry/Blizzard-like dessert in my blender, but the ice cream isn't coming out at the consistency I'd like. I tried adding milk, but that didn't seem to do much. The ice cream ...
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DIY blender lid replacement

I just got a used Braun MX32 CDN from a thrift store. It's in great shape. Unfortunately, it came with a lid from some other model that apparently somebody tried to cut to make it fit. Naturally, ...
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Can I blend hot soup in a ninja? [closed]

I want to make broccoli cheddar soup tonight and it says to blend the stuff after you add the broccoli. I have a blender but it sucks and would rather use my ninja. Can I put hot liquids in this? How ...
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How can I make a foam without an immersion blender?

I want to try some experiments with molecular gastronomy foams, but all the recipes I've seen involve using an immersion blender to create the foam. Can I use a whisk to make the foam? What about my ...
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Any tips for degassing blended soup?

I find creamy soups and many other thicker liquids too fluffy for my liking after blending. I could do it the old fashioned way by forcing through a mill/sieve; must I? Any other tips to knocking out ...
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Pre-blending Potatoes

What would happen if you put your uncooked potatos in a blender and then cooked the result? Would you get mashed potatos? Faster?
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Do all blenders have the problem of food sticking to the side away from the spinning blades?

We have a fairly cheap (50$) blender and when we puree food the food constantly sticks to the sides so we have to stop the blender 10 times to push the food back down so that the blades hit it. Is ...
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Is pouring hot stock into a blender safe?

I have a "ThermoResist Glass Blender" attached to a mixer. It is supposed to be safe for blending hot liquids. I'm rather new at this and I'm not sure about how is it supposed to be used and how hot ...
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What features should a food processor have in order to make nut butters?

I'm looking for a food processor that I can make nut butters (peanut & almond) in. No reviews on Amazon show any promising information about being able to blend nuts to a buttery texture and the ...
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Are countertop blenders with plastic jars dangerous?

At my local shopping center, I notice that all models of countertop blenders, even the most expensive ($500 USD), have plastic jars. I am concerned that if the blade inside comes loose or breaks while ...
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Technical name for a manual food processor

I am looking to buy a food processor to do very small batches of fruit and vegetables. Very basic, very cheap....and i am looking for something manual(not electricity). Is there a manual version ...
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Can I use my blender for food processing the ingredients in my Gazpacho?

My wife and I would like to try Gazpacho, and part of the recipe calls for 'food processing' coarse cuts of red onion, cucumber, tomato and red pepper. We don't have a food processor, and we can't ...
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How can I improve the texture of my whole grain pancakes?

I've been experimenting for a while with whole grain pancake recipes that I can make in a blender. This is the best variation I've come up with so far: ½ cup hard white wheat 1 cup rolled oats 1 ½ ...
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What would happen if I blended (liquified) onions and then reduced the result?

Imagine I liquefy 10 onions with a powerful blender and I subsequently reduce the liquid. What would happen? Would I end up with a caramelized onion paste? Or something else?
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Buying a “blender” that can purée a potato

My wife had a "smoothie" made by a co-worker that is based on green apples and raw red potatos. Our smoothie maker can't do that and leaves unchopped bits and a gritty feel. Her friend uses a ...
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Can you put whole eggs in a blender?

So, a bit of an odd question, but it's been bugging me for a while; could you put whole eggs (shell and all) into a blender if you're making something like scrambled eggs? In a sufficiently powerful ...
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Freezing Soup Made Partly from Tins

I blend up meals for a family member who has trouble swallowing, which are made partly of tinned beef curry, tinned lentil soup, olive oil, peas/broccoli, tinned beans, tinned tuna, tap water. The ...
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Plantain were not ready to puree, can they be saved?

I was planning in making plantain empanadas but the plantains were not really ready and after boiling them for a long time and trying to puree them they ended up being only a pile of crumbly plantain ...
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Carrot soup and avoiding the use of a blender?

Most recipes for carrot soup I encounter require a final stage of blending/whizzing to get the creamy texture. Eg: recipe1 recipe2 recipe3 Can the blender/whizzer be avoided? How must the recipes ...
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What are the main differences between a stand mixer, a countertop blender and a food processor?

I'm looking to replace my countertop blender. Since my kitchen space is rather limited, I was doing some research to see if there are any "multipurpose" devices. I found out that there are also stand ...
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Making spice pastes with a food processor

I've had call to make spice pastes by using a food processor. Rather than using the full-sized bowl, which is way too big, my food processor has a milling attachment designed for coffee beans. However,...
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Can I liquify/blend caramelized onions?

I will be making sausage and want to include the flavour of caramelized onions. I have caramelized the onions but the pieces seem a bit large to be in sausage. I intend to add wine to the sausage as ...
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Can a blender be used to make emulsified sausage?

I'm interested in making emulsified sausages like hot dogs. Most guides suggest using a food processor, which I don't have. I do however have a high-powered blender. Can a blender be used to make ...
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Oat powder is moist after blending for two minutes. Safe to store?

I filled my blender about half way with instant oats and blended on high for about 2 minutes. When I took the lid off, I noticed moisture all inside the lid and and the oat powder is a little moist as ...
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Flan recipe calls for a blender; how can I make it in a mixer instead?

Cream cheese flan recipes seem to all call for a blender: you just put all the ingredients (possibly minus the evaporated milk) into the blender, kind of willy-nilly, and whizz it up. Problem is, I ...
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Replacement for sun-dried tomato pesto sauce?

I'm crazy about the Barilla sun-dried tomato pesto. However, the local store where I was buying it has dropped it. Can I get a similar effect by putting in a blender or food processor the sun-dried ...
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Improve flavor of Sorbet made in Magic Bullet?

I'm trying to create a sorbet using a frozen fruit (specifically strawberries) using the magic bullet. The way that I do it is by literally putting a bunch of frozen, ice-hard strawberries into the ...
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How to achieve freeze dried strawberry flakes?

I was following this really cool recipe to make a kind of snack made mostly of granola, coconut flour and freeze dried strawberries. When done right, it seems to be really photogenic, here is a ...
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Blender vs food processor vs juicer

When should a blender be used instead of a food processor or instead of a juicer? I'm planning on investing in one of them. I would use if for making smoothies and beverages. I've got a Magic Bullet ...
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Why is the skimmed milk fizzy?

I put bananas, honey, almonds and skimmed milk in the blender and blended it. When it was all blended the surface had a layer of tiny bubbles and there was a audible fizzing sound, like from a soft ...
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Does a 1500W blender produce a smoothie with lower viscosity than a 400W blender?

A less-viscous smoothie is more drinkable, by adults and kids alike. (We assume we add minimal to no water.) 1300W-blenders are touted by salesfolks as Formidable Juice Machines. Is this marketing ...
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Slowing motor and electric smoke coming from Magic Bullet blender?

I have a Magic Bullet blender at home and I have been using it for the past month or so everyday to make some smoothies. I always blend fruit (both frozen and fresh). I'm not sure if the contents that ...
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Mixture of ingredients has a bitter taste

I put ginger, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno and garlic in a blender for a dish I'm preparing. This mixture was going to be fried in oil. I noticed that it had an extremely bitter taste - what could be ...
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Blending pineapples and coconuts whole, safety and experience?

A coconut and a pineapple are blended in their entirety, shell, leaves and all. Resulting in a smoothie like drink. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XbKCA1KUeqQ Is this safe? As for example, it ...