There is one wise tip that comes with the Hamilton Beach Blender manual that reads “When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed.” It sounds obvious, but there are many ways that people forget how to take these precautions seriously.
If you have a blender at home, here are ten things you should keep in mind to have a safer kitchen.
1. Do not forget to register that blender.
Reliable appliance makers make it a point for their valued customers that they should register the appliances they purchase, and that is for a good reason. These companies can warn you if they found out that there are safety issues that come with their blender, and they will issue a product recall if they have to. At the same time, registering the blender will also tell you more about their related products and options to extend the warranty.
2. Do not start using the blender until you have read the entire user manual.
Sure, reading the manual can be a bit tedious, especially if you think you have a lot of important things to do. However, reading the manual will tell you the many safety features that come with the blender you have recently purchased. Among the things that you will read is the necessary wattage that your blender needs, or if you would need to use an adapter to get the wattage needed to avoid overloading.
3. Fill your blender with the ingredients before you turn it on.
As a precaution to prevent spilling and other possible accidents, make sure that you always keep the lid on when you use your blender. For this reason, you are advised to put the ingredients in the blender jar before you turn it on. Never put your hands, spoon, or spatula inside the blender unless the blades have stopped moving completely. For additional safety, remove the jar from the base if you need to open the lid. This will prevent accidents in any case the blender is accidentally turned on.
4. Unplug the blender if you are not using it.
Unplugging appliances when not in use not only saves you electricity, but it also prevents accidents that may happen when it is accidentally turned on by a child. Also, do not plug in a blender when your hands are wet to avoid electrocution. Also, keep the cord and motor away from getting wet.
5. Do not use a blender too long
A lot of blenders do not come with an overload protection. Running a blender longer than necessary may cause your appliance to short circuit. A blender is operating too long if you smell something burning from the unit. If this happens, immediately turn the unit off and remove the food. Make sure that you contact an electrician or the manufacturer before you use the appliance again.
6. Clean the blender after use.
Cleaning the blender prevents rust from getting into the blades, and eventually getting into the food. To clean the blender, you can pulse warm water with soap to remove food particles lodged in the hard to reach areas. At the same time, keep in mind to never submerge the base in water.
7. Take caution when blending hot liquids.
Among the most common and the most dangerous accidents that come with using a blender involves hot liquids. Steam from hot liquids can blow off the lid and splatter you with the hot liquid that you are trying to blend. To be safe, blend small batches at the lowest speed with the tube cap off the lid to let the steam escape. If you need a faster speed, you can lightly cover the feeding tube with a clean dishcloth.
8. Use your blender in a safe area in the kitchen
Among the nastiest things that can happen to your blender is having someone trip on the cord and send the ingredients you are blending flying throughout the kitchen. This can easily be avoided by using your blender in a low traffic area.
9. Clean the blades carefully.
Blades and finders do not go well together. When cleaning your blender’s blades, make sure that you do it mindfully to avoid getting cut. At the same time, you can easily clean the blades by using warm water with soap. Use pulse for a short time to remove most of the food particles from the blade.
10. Do not let your children use the blender on their own.
Among the most basic precautions you can read in all appliance user manual is to keep them away from children’s reach. If children would need to use the kitchen blender, make sure that you assist them to avoid accidents that using too much speed and spilling may cause. Never let children use a blender without direct adult supervision.