Tips for Keeping Your Blender Clean While Tailgating

When planning a tailgating party with family or friends, you’d make a checklist on what to bring. You start to jot down the other tailgating essentials aside from food and drinks. They include can and bottle openers, coolers, match lights, sunscreen, bug sprays, aluminum foil, some pots and pans, eating utensils, napkins, and folding chairs.

You love whipping up sauces, smoothies, shakes and frozen margaritas, too, which are fabulous for any tailgating picnic table spread. 

Fortunately, many blenders today are portable and can be used for outside activities, such as camping and tailgating. While some of the best blenders for tailgating are cordless and powered by batteries, others are plugged into the car’s charger, cigarette lighter, or mains plug (especially if tailgaters want more power for their blenders).

Portable blenders are versatile and easy to store. Keeping the blender clean while tailgating should not be “another story” or a “different story,” just because you’re away from home and there’s not a dishwasher in sight. You want to have a clean blender jar for next use, right? Fortunately, cleaning it is relatively quick and easy. You don’t have to poke your finger or a brush to clean those sharp blades. 

It only takes a matter of seconds to clean the blender jar thoroughly. At least, it should be clean enough for the next immediate use (and better if it’s for the same batch of ingredients).

How to quick-clean your portable blender (assuming you’re using the regular stand blender):

  • Prepare warm water from the kettle.
  • Start by filling half of the dirt blender jar with warm water. 
  • Then add a few drops of the dishwashing soap.
  • Put the blender jar back to its base.
  • Close the lid and hold it down with a towel or cloth.
  • Turn on the blender and let it run for about ten seconds.
  • Pour out the sudsy water and rinse the jar thoroughly.
  • Let the jar dry on a rack or wipe it dry with a clean cloth or kitchen towel.

Portable bullet blenders

Bullet blenders have also become popular nowadays for outdoor picnics, camping trips, and tailgating parties. These blenders typically have powerful motors and sharp, refined blades that can crush ice and pulverize produce – even some hard and fibrous vegetables – into liquid fuel in just seconds! Bullet blenders are small and compact, making them the perfect travel kitchen gizmo.

How to keep a portable bullet blender clean when you’re tailgating

Cleaning a portable bullet blender may have a different approach compared to cleaning a regular stand blender. Still, doing this won’t take long, and in just a matter of minutes, you have a clean bullet blender once again.

Once you’re done blending, follow the steps in cleaning your bullet blender:

  • If you’re using a corded bullet blender, turn it off and unplug the base from a power source.
  • Remove the blade from the blender cup.
  • Rinse the cup with running water. It’s better and easier to clean the cup as soon as you finish drinking your shake or smoothie. It’s the easiest thing to do to avoid stuck-on food particles sticking to the sides of the cup. It can be more difficult to remove them you don’t wash the cup right away.
  • Use warm, soapy water and a brush or sponge to gently clean the cup and blade.
  • Rinse the cup and blade thoroughly.
  • Let the cup and blade dry on a rack or wipe them dry with a kitchen or paper towel.

There is also an easier way to clean a bullet blender:

  • Fill half of the cup with warm water.
  • Add a small amount of dishwashing soap.
  • Put the screw on the extractor blade.
  • Run the bullet blender for about 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Remove the cup from the base.
  • Rinse the cup and blade thoroughly.
  • Let the cup and blade dry on a rack or wipe them dry with a kitchen or paper towel.