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Will seeds effectively sprout after blending and leaving them in water?

It´s very likely that the blending will destroy the germ/embryo in the seed and also will separate it from the endosperm which delivers the required energy for the sprouting. So the seed will not ...
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What is the use of different blender speeds?

There are many reasons for having a blender with selectable speeds: Not every time you want to liquify or make a mush of your food; quite the opposite, usually you want to keep a bit of texture into ...
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What are the main differences between a stand mixer, a countertop blender and a food processor?

While two of the three items you mention are similar (though not identical) - the food processor and blender - the third is completely different - the stand mixer. There's actually a pretty awesome, ...
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Making tomato mix thicker without surge in calories

Your primary option if you want to add a thickener, you can use any hydrocolloid you wish. I will not list them here again, since it isn't necessary that every single question on thickeners on the ...
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Are countertop blenders with plastic jars dangerous?

Looking at it from a materials-science standpoint rather than a physics standpoint, I agree that plastic is safer than glass. The difference is in how they break. Glass is stronger than plastic, for ...
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Making tomato mix thicker without surge in calories

Your "drink" sounds a lot like gazpacho. When making gazpacho, bread is often blended in, primarily to increase the viscosity...not necessarily "calorie thin", but an option. ...
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Making tomato mix thicker without surge in calories

The reason that your "drink" is thin, is that you are not removing the water and seeds from the Tomato. Peel them and take away the water and seeds before you put them in the blender. Go ...
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Does a 1500W blender produce a less viscous smoothie than a 400W blender?

The measure you should use for making the smoothest purées is RPM, not wattage. You could put a blender jar on a 4500 Watt floor standing mixer and it wouldn't do anything more than roughly chop some ...
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Are countertop blenders with plastic jars dangerous?

TL;DR: Plastic is better than Glass. It won't break (don't sue me if it does). If it does, you have about 0.0000518 seconds to get out of the way. A blender I picked at random. It has a powerful ...
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Slowing motor and electric smoke coming from Magic Bullet blender?

It's basically dead. The insulative enamel surrounding the wires in the motor has become overheated. That is where the smoke is coming from. If you continue to use the unit the enamel will degrade ...
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Can I use my blender for food processing the ingredients in my Gazpacho?

The main difference between a food processor and a blender is its shape and how the food is mixed while it is being "cut up". In a blender, it relies on the funneling action of liquid to mix the food ...
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Will washing a certain part of my blender in the dishwasher ruin it?

Many blenders can be decently cleaned by just blending a couple changes of water, sometimes with detergent added in the first change, in them. If the manufacturer says the part is dishwasher safe (...
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Blender part in dishwasher, poisonous?

It seems that oil has been driven out of the bearings. For getting rid of oil contamination, soap is actually very useful. One or two empty runs should certainly get rid of what is left in the ...
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Why is the skimmed milk fizzy?

During blending, air is put into the milk mixture. Once you switch it off, not all air is kept inside the milk but makes it's way to the surface. These are the bubbles that make you think your milk is ...
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How to achieve freeze dried strawberry flakes?

First off, if they're the texture of raisins, they aren't the sort of freeze-dried strawberries the recipe wants - what it wants is something totally dry, almost the texture of styrofoam. They should ...
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Will dry ice damage kitchen equipment?

I haven't tried dry ice in kitchen equipment, but have destroyed a plastic measuring jug with liquid nitrogen (the scale had become illegible so I took it into work where it would be handy, then ...
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Buying a "blender" that can purée a potato

Your requirements appear to be for a "raw food" blender, the motor on those units are typically well above 500 watts (1000+ Watts). This enables harder/tough foods (such as ice, kale, nuts) to be ...
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Buying a "blender" that can purée a potato

In general, how do you shop for one when the only information a seems to be total power and the number of presets? Product reviews from real users is your best tool. Problem: it is time consuming to ...
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How can I improve the texture of my whole grain pancakes?

Debbie's right about the gluten - overmixing is a reliable way to get tough pancakes. I'm not sure what the best solution is within your process. By far the easiest thing would be simply to use ...
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Blending pineapples and coconuts whole, safety and experience?

Clearly, the Blendtec, "will it blend" videos, are a marketing tool designed to illustrate the power of the product, as opposed to illustrating recipes for delicious smoothies. Is it safe to drink? ...
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Pre-blending Potatoes

You absolutely can blend raw potatoes! You will need one of the more powerful blenders and not a $30 Walmart one. The result is a potato puree which you can mix ingredients and then pour like a batter ...
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Freezing Soup Made Partly from Tins

There's really nothing to worry about. As long as it's safe when it goes into the freezer, and it's in a reasonably-sized container so it doesn't take forever to freeze, it's going to be safe when it ...
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How to achieve freeze dried strawberry flakes?

You are using the wrong tool for the job, what you need is a food processor, not a blender. A blender is designed for liquids, not solids, and the blade doesn't reach the edge. The blogger may have ...
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Taste-wise, is there a difference between tomato from a blender vs. chopped tomato?

It may depend on how much blending they got. I find that if you blend them for too long or too fast, you strip the 'jelly' part from the seeds, then the seeds themselves start to break up. That ...
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Blender for mincing bell pepper?

The device pictured at the beginning of the video you attached is called a food processor. There are several sizes and ranges of quality. Just type "food processor" into the Amazon search ...
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Olive oil gets bitter in blender?

Hammering extra virgin olive oil in a blender or food processor allows astringent ("bitter") tasting polyphenol compounds to be detectable by the tongue. Cook’s Illustrated explained it in their ...
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Can I blend hot soup in a ninja?

According to the manual of the Ninja Professional Blender: CAUTION: Do not process food or liquid that is hotter than 180°F/82°C. Allow very hot ingredients to cool before processing. Source: http:...
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What is the use of different blender speeds?

Blender speed selection can be part science and part personal preference. It also depends on the power your unit provides. Some general guidelines I would recommend adjusting to your liking: Low: ...
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Mixture of ingredients has a bitter taste

Likely the bitterness has nothing to do with this particular combination of ingredients. Rather, the blending process can break down the structures of each of the ingredients far more thoroughly then ...
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Is pouring hot stock into a blender safe?

Yes. At the link you provided in the specifications section, it says "Capacity: 1.6 quarts cold liquids; 1.2 quarts hot liquids". The word "hot" is a bit arbitrary, but stock will be fine. Also, it's ...
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