General Rules for Using a Blender

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Keeping your blender in tip-top shape is not hard to do. Always read the manual first and follow their instructions.
Normal-size food processors can process around 3 cups of liquid safely, at a time. This is ideal for milkshakes and fruity drinks, but is also great for making salad dressings, cream soups and all types of sauces. Always remember to clean the blender, especially the blades after each use. Food particles can be hard to see and if left will make you sick. Do not ever immerse the bottom of the blender into water.

When purchasing a blender, look for one that has a container that best suits your needs. Try it out before you buy if the store will let you. Check out its features and other accessories that can be bought separately. If they won’t let you try it out in the store, or you get it home and decide you don’t like it, don’t panic. Make sure you keep all packaging and your receipts and take it back to the store as soon as possible.

When using your blender never remove the container from the base unit while the motor is still on. This will cause damage to the motor. If you are chopping foods, make sure you cut the food into smaller pieces so they will be able to get under the blender’s blades. They will not process and if the food is really large it can cause damage to your motor.

Add the food items first to the blender before plugging it in. That way any spills can be cleaned up beforehand and no threat of electrocution. Make sure the cord is not wet or the prongs of the cord.

Always keep one hand on the container lid when starting the blender.

If the motor is laboring-it will sound like it is stuck- when using a low speed, go ahead and choose the next speed up to complete your processing.

Always turn off the blender and allow the blade to stop completely before removing the lid.

Never add carbonated beverages to your blender. You can, but your drinks will loose their fizz.

If using frozen ingredients, use the pulse feature. It will process frozen items better and with little effort.

When blending hot ingredients, leave the feeder cap slightly ajar to release steam buildup.

Never overload the blender. The food will expand as you process it.

Make sure all chopped food is equally sized. Stick with about 3/4 inch cubes for the best result.

You can grate cheese in your blenders, but make sure the cheese is well chilled or you’ll end up with a sticky mess.

When preparing your next meal, think about how you can utilize your blender to make your meal preparation easier.

Black & Decker Chopper Vs. The Ninja Food Processor, Product Review

First the Black amp; Decker chopper. This 70-watt one button wonder is perfect for when you want to whip up something quick and easy without all the trouble of hauling out a full-size food processor. For one thing it’s not bulky, it’s small and compact.
It comes with a 1 and 1/2 cup plastic container that’s ideal for making tasty sides like guacamole, hummus or my all-time favorite zesty salsa. Weighing close to 4 lbs. and standing nearly 4″ tall, the Chopper fits easily on a counter-top, especially one that has a limited amount of space. Best of all it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. Although I’ve heard it’s better to hand wash the stainless-steel blade to protect its sharpness, I don’t, preferring instead to put it in the dishwasher. I like the way that it cleans off the residue along with the hidden bacteria. Oh….and did I mention it only costs $10 at Walmart and only comes in white.

The Black amp; Decker Chopper also does a great job of mixing. Anything from onions to bread crumbs to whipping cream. Which reminds me, just recently I used it to make homemade butter using only heavy whipping cream, a dash of sugar and some salt. It took approx. 5 minutes. I couldn’t believe how good it turned out. This small machine can do so many amazing things in such a short period of time. It’s fast, easy and versatile.

The only downside to the Black amp; Decker Chopper is aligning the attachments. You have to align the holding cup with the machine just right or it won’t work. The same goes for the lid. Both have to click exactly into place. If you don’t align them properly you have to redo it over again.

Next, the overrated Ninja. This is the one you see advertised on late-night infomercials. The Ninja mini-chopper holds two cups and also comes with a 48 oz. blender. What makes this food processor unique is that it comes equipped with 4 blades instead of the usual one, plus it has a detachable motor. It sells for around $40. All I can say is, at first it works like a charm, providing uniform chopping in half the amount of time it takes a normal 1 blade machine. But then like most things you see on late-night television it will eventually stop working. With this piece of junk it was the motor. If you press the button down for a long period of time instead of pulsing it will eventually seize to operate. Another negative, it’s extremely noisy. It does however come with its own lid so you can store it in the refrigerator. Nice feature, but what good is it if the motor doesn’t work??

Compared to the Black amp; Decker Chopper the Ninja doesn’t even rate. Stay away from the Ninja’s and Magic Bullet’s of the world and stick with brands you can trust.

For ease of handling and durability at a reasonable cost choose the Black amp; Decker Chopper.

Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor

The Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor is an example of getting the most for your money in a kitchen appliance. The state-of-the-art kitchen appliance is one of the top choices among high end kitchen gadgets. Cuisinart has been a longstanding trusted name among kitchen appliances for years and the Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor represents their ability to continue to stay abreast of technology.
Having a dual blender food processor eliminates the need for two appliances in addition to saving space. The Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor presents the opportunity to own one of the top of the line brands while acquiring a two-in-one appliance that is most used in the kitchen.

The 500-watt Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor features an easy to use 7-speed touchpad. The functions of the dual appliance include ice-crushing, chopping, mixing, pulse, puree, shredding and slicing. The Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor is the perfect small appliance for preparing a large dinner, for entertaining, making delicious drinks, smoothies and so much more. The number of food items and recipes that can be accomplished with the Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor is endless.

The popular high end Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor includes the food processor, a 56 ounce blender jar, the motor base, and a recipe booklet and complete instructions. The blender jar is spacious and large enough for family size dishes. The 2-ounce lid also serves a dual purpose as it is a lid and also can be used as a measuring tool. The food processor portion of the Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor measures 3 cups and includes the necessary accessories such as the chopping blade, slicing and shredding disc, and the feed tube and pusher. The Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor also features slip proof feet, and push-in cord storage (www.cuisinart.com).

Overall the Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor is a great appliance. The dual function makes this a great gift item for brides as well as for house warming gifts. The appliance doesn’t take up a lot of space measuring approximately 6.87″ x 8″ x 16.25 and weight of approximately 12.5 pounds. The Cuisinart Duet Blender and Food Processor is made from metal, plastic, glass and steel and comes with a 3 year warranty.