How to Use a KitchenAid Blender
If you have never used a kitchen appliance before, you will discover that a KitchenAid blender is simple to use. This efficient tool can mix, chop, blend, puree and liquify foods for multiple recipes. From simple milkshakes and smoothies to more complex pesto and pasta dishes, your KitchenAid blender will be an indispensable tool.
Make sure all parts of the blender's pitcher are securely fastened to the base. Plug the unit into the outlet.
Remove the plastic lid and slowly pour the liquid or insert the food you wish to blend, chop, liquify or puree. Small batches of larger items, such as nuts, fruit and vegetables, chop or mix better than one large batch. Smaller batches will be more consistently blended or finely chopped; larger batches may be lumpy or coarsely chopped.
Replace the lid firmly. Be sure the seal is tight.
Select a setting on the blender. KitchenAid blenders have either four or five settings. The most common are stir, mix, puree, liquefy and chop. Turn the blender on and monitor the consistency of the food.
Turn the blender off once the food has reached the proper consistency for your recipe. Unplug the blender before you remove the pitcher. Pour the mixed, blended, pureed liquefied or chopped items into a bowl. Do another batch, if necessary.
Unplug the blender when finished. Disassemble the pitcher and blade. Wash in warm, soapy water and dry with a clean towel.
- Many KitchenAid blenders have a pulse feature that will allow you to mix, blend, chop, liquefy or puree in short bursts of energy. This works well with items like nuts. KitchenAid blenders sometimes have an ice-crushing feature. Do small batches of ice cubes to prevent from burning out your blender's motor.
- Do not open the lid while the blender is operating. Food will spatter. Do not remove the blender's jar without first turning off the blender and unplugging the unit. Do not let the stainless-steel blades air-dry. They should be dried by hand or dried with the heat setting in a dishwasher to prevent rust.
Sherrie Voss Matthews is a freelance writer based in San Antonio, Texas. She has expertise as a writer/editor/researcher. She has edited multiple books and has written for Planning magazine, 417, and MomsLikeMe.