To get more out of your precious kitchen gadgets, you have to clean them regularly after use. There are several reasons why an immersion blender – also known as a stick blender or hand blender – is a valuable kitchen tool.
First of all, its compact size makes it easy to store. For smaller kitchens, the immersion blender is a perfect alternative to the regular countertop blender, which may take up too much space.
Second, it is an easy-to-use and versatile kitchen tool. With this nifty kitchen gadget, you can create almost everything – from milkshakes to smooth sauces to hot soups. You don’t need a dedicated blender jar because you can use an immersion blender in any container, from tall glasses to mason jars to pots on the stove. The shafts of most immersion blenders are heat-resistant, which allows you to use them even in boiling liquids.
And third, it is easy to clean – yes, you read it right.
And speaking of “clean,” your immersion blender has become an indispensable kitchen gadget, that’s why it deserves proper and regular cleaning and maintenance so that it can serve you for many years to come. Especially if you have invested in a good-quality immersion blender, you don’t want your good money to go to waste if you don’t clean it regularly and properly.
Meanwhile, you can also read some tips for keeping your blender jar clean here.
How to clean an immersion blender quick
If you are a first-time owner of an immersion blender and have no idea how to exactly clean it, check out these surprisingly easy and quick steps of cleaning it after use.
- Fill a tall glass or jar about three-quarters with warm soapy water.
- Turn on the blender and run it in the water for about 10 to 20 seconds.
- Pour out the soapy water and fill the glass or jar three-quarters with clean water.
- Turn on the blender and run it in the water for about 10 to 20 seconds to rinse it. The immersion blender will look brand-new once again.
- Unplug the blender and let it air-dry or dry it with a paper or kitchen towel.
Cleaning the blender that has stubborn stains
It’s imperative that you should clean your immersion blender right away after use. If you don’t clean it immediately, your immersion blender will end up with hardened and stuck-on food particles that would be a lot more difficult to clean off.
But if you don’t have time to clean your immersion blender right away, you may soak it to loosen food particles or use a dishwasher to clean it.
If you’re going to use a dishwasher to clean your immersion blender, it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions first to see if the attachment is dishwasher-safe. If it’s not dishwasher-safe, soak it in warm water until the stuck-on food particles have softened and come off.
Cleaning the immersion blender’s handle and body
It’s not only that shaft that you should pay attention to. You should also check the blender’s body for any splashes. Make sure that your immersion blender is unplugged before you wipe any food splashes off its body – first with a damp cloth and then with a dry kitchen or paper towel.
Never, ever soak the blender body in water or run under it.
One of the best things about immersion blenders is that they’re easy to store since they don’t take up too much space. Having said that, mindful storage is the key to a long-lasting immersion blender.
Before storing your immersion blender, make sure that each component is completely dry, especially if you have to store them inside a cupboard or a drawer. If you store them while they’re not dried yet, the moisture can lead to mildew on your blender.
Wrap the cord around the blender’s handle before storing. Make sure to store it in an area free from dust or moisture. Keep it away from direct heat.
Check out the history of the immersion blender – and you will be more grateful for its existence in your kitchen!