Everyone loves home-cooked meals but not everyone is adept enough in the kitchen to pull off cooking more technical favorites. However, having a blender can simplify things for you and get you enjoying those home-cooked comforts that you’ve come to love over the years without having to slave away in the kitchen for hours. Keep in mind though that there are different kinds of blenders so you’re going to have to at least take note of how to operate what you have. But seriously, how hard is it to use a blender? Just make sure you keep the lid in place and the container secure and you’re set. All you really need to do now is to press a button. The kind of blender you have as well will also determine what sort of dishes and beverages you can concoct, although you can generally cook anything that requires blending, puréeing, liquefying, and chopping.
Cooking with a blender
For the most part, you can make drinks and blended soups with a blender. However, you can also just as easily whip out your blender to make it easier for you to cook main courses. When cooking with a blender, the first thing you have to keep in mind is to keep your ingredients healthy and simple. If you need to thicken the mixture, just add some breadcrumbs and/or milk. You can also choose to use a bit of cornstarch if you want or if you don’t have breadcrumbs and milk. If you need a thinner mixture, just add some more water. Blenders are great for making sauces and dips because all you really need to do is to put all your ingredients in the container, press a button, and you’re done. You can also come up with your own pesto sauce by putting together different herbs, garlic, and olive oil. If you’re not in the mood for some pasta, you can instead use your pesto on bread and have a little gourmet snack with some cheese and wine. Aside from really delicious dishes, cooking with a blender is also good for the body because the food you’ll be eating will be easier to digest which allows your digestive system to easily break down what you ate and help you absorb nutrients more easily.
Some tips on using a blender
- If your blender appears to be struggling, blending at a lower speed than it should, stop the blender, add some liquid, and use a higher setting to finish the task.
- When using recipes that call for carbonated beverages, don’t add the carbonated beverage while using the blender. Instead, combine all other ingredients and pour mixture into glasses, adding the carbonated beverage last.
- If you’re making cold recipes, try chilling your container first. This will allow the ingredients to remain cold while being blended so you don’t lose some of the quality of the beverage or dish. This works for just for metal and glass containers though and not on plastic ones.
- If you have to use hot liquid, make sure to leave open the feeder cap to release steam. Start blending using the lowest speed, gradually increasing the speed if needed.
- If you’ll be chopping ice cubes, at least a cup of liquid is needed.
- You can also use a blender for grating harder cheeses like Swiss and Cheddar. Just cut your cheese into cubes and refrigerate. Start grating cheese by adding the cheese cubes via the feeder with the motor already running.
- As for bread crumbs, it would be best to use stale bread if you want dry bread crumbs and then fresh bread if you want soft bread crumbs. Like with grating cheese, add bread pieces via the feeder with the motor already running.
- You can also use your blender for grating fresh coconut, grinding poppy seeds, reconstituting frozen fruit juices and dry milk, dissolving gelatin, and preparing instant shakes and puddings.
- If you’re quite the coffee lover, you’ll love freshly ground coffee beans with the help of your blender.
Getting a blender
Whatever kind of blender you get, keep in mind that you must get one that will address your cooking needs. Blenders usually come with plastic, glass, or stainless steel containers with plastic lids. Plastic containers are the cheapest and they don’t break easily nor are sensitive to varying food temperatures. However, they do have a tendency to scratch over time when placed in the dishwasher. Glass containers are a bit more expensive than plastic containers and they may break easily as they are sensitive to temperature changes. They’re saving grace though is that they will not scratch so easily in the dishwasher. Stainless steel containers are best if you make a lot of frozen beverages but they may a bit more inconvenient to use because you have to stop the motor and then remove the lid before you can peek inside to see if the contents are done.