Food Blender Safety

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Food Blender Safety
A blender may hold hidden dangers if you aren't careful. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A blender is a small common kitchen appliance that is used for mixing sauces, soups, smoothies or just about anything else that needs to be blended into a liquid. Most blenders are safe for the average person to use, but they can always pose a danger if you don't follow certain precautions.

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Utensils and Fingers

The blades at the bottom of your blender container are quite sharp, and serious injuries may occur if you stick things inside at the wrong time. Sometimes, if fruits or vegetables get stuck on the side while you are blending, you may feel the urge to stick a long spoon or even your fingers in to knock it off. Always turn the blender off and wait until the blades stop turning before you stick anything inside. You may feel you are far away from the bottom, but if you hit the blades, you may break your blender or suffer some nasty cuts on your fingers.

Cleaning

Cleaning your blender shortly after use is a good way to avoid soups or smoothies drying on the sides, but you should follow some basic rules. If the blender is still plugged in, the potential for it to turn on is always there. Unplug the blender before you do any cleaning to ensure that it will remain off. Also, never submerge the base of your blender in water. Use a damp cloth to wipe it off instead.

The Surface

A blender in motion on a hard, stable surface is a safe kitchen appliance, but a blender in motion on an unstable one could mean trouble. Try to use your blender only on the countertop or a table so it won't tip over while you use it. Check to make sure no tea towels or other items are under the base before you start. A blender that tips over while in use has the potential to cause injury, especially if children are around.

Hot Liquids

Blending hot liquids such as soup can cause severe burns if you don't do it right. When a hot liquid is inside your blender and you put a lid on top, pressure will build inside and blow the top right off when you turn it on. To stop that from happening, hold the top on the blender with one hand, and press down on the lid with your other hand and a tea towel while the blender is in use. Also, do not fill the blender all the way to the top with hot liquid; stop about two thirds full and blend in batches instead.

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