Category: Food Safety

Safely Blend Hot Ingredients

Blender Safety

Use these tips on how to safely blend hot ingredients to prevent an accidental splash of hot liquid in the face and chest.

  • Barely fill the blender halfway up the container. The blending action creates volume and the hot liquid oozes out the sides.
  • Make sure there is an even amount of liquid and solids in the container to blend smoothly.
  • Remove the smaller cap from the top and cover it with a kitchen towel folded in quarters or a thick oven mitt and be sure to hold the cloth or mitt over the hole with your hand. The steam creates pressure and pops the top off the blender and the hot liquid smacks you in the face.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll have a smooth puree and no accidents!

Try our: Curried Butternut Squash Soup.

Watch the video on How to Safely Blend Hot Ingredients here.

Keep your Knife Sharp

Manual knife sharpener and knife steel

Keep your knife sharp to work smart in the kitchen! We constantly bang our knives on cutting boards made of all kinds of material, wood, plastic, granite. That constant banging dulls even the sharpest blade and the hardest metal over time.

A simple and inexpensive manual knife sharpener keeps your blade honed to a fine sharp edge when used regularly. A few swipes across a steel smooths the edge after sharpening and in between knife tasks.

Once a year I send my knives out for professional sharpening. Those first few weeks, we have to be very careful handling them – they are honed to a very fine edge and little nicks on hands are a common occurrence!

I have quite a few knives from Cutco and use their knife sharpener with great results. These are moderately priced, well made knives that are dishwasher safe.

Use a 45 degree angle and run your knife from the top to the bottom of a knife steel sharpener to smooth the edge of a just sharpened knife or between knife tasks.

A sharp knife is a safe knife. A dull knife requires more pressure to cut through food and that pressure is likely to cause a slip of the knife and make a nick or a cut in your hand.

Watch our Sharp Knife video here.