Keeping It Clean:
It's important to get into the habit of cleaning your hand mixer straight away after use, as this will prevent food from getting stuck onto it and making it hard to clean. But, if you do find food has got stuck on the hand blender, there’s a few tips to help you clean it.
Fill a small bowl with hot water and add a drop or two of detergent, before submerging the end of the blender and switching it on until the food comes loose.
Once it's clean, unplug and set it on a dishtowel or drying rack allowing it to dry completely, and then store it away once it has fully dried.
Hand Blender Body
Obviously the mixer itself cannot be submerged in water as this will damage the internal components, making the cleaning of the nooks and crannies on your hand mixer difficult, but there are a few tips we recommend:
Use a clean toothbrush or toothpick to get at the hard to reach spots, then with a clean cloth dipped in white vinegar, wipe down the outside and allow to dry thoroughly.
People tend to neglect the cord but it is important to keep it clean. Using a clean cloth dipped in white vinegar, give the cord a good rub, before allowing it to full dry and then storing it away.
There are many easy and delicious recipes you can make using your hand blender, and below we've chosen our favourites for you to try.
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Hand blenders are especially great for making really delicious, homemade soups.
3 ripe tomatoes
1x 150ml carton fresh tomato juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
4 drops of Tabasco
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
2 heaped tbsps Greek yoghurt
Few sprigs of watercress
Place the fresh tomatoes in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 30 seconds- pour water off and remove tomato skins. Chop the tomatoes and add to medium sized sauce pan- begin to simmer. Add rest of ingredients to the sauce pan. Blend ingredients until smooth. Let simmer for a few minutes and taste test. Add more Tabasco, salt and pepper if needed. Garnish and serve.
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Homemade dressings are delicious, easy to prepare and tend to be much healthier than shop bought brands.
1 shallot finely chopped
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of dried thyme
Pepper to taste
Combine shallot and salt then cover with sherry vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes. Add mustard, thyme and olive oil and blend. Add more vinegar and salt & pepper to taste if desired
3 large garlic cloves (each cut in half)
Combine in mixing cup and begin blending. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups olive oil whilst still blending. Add some salt to taste and a dash of lemon. Done!
1/2 clove garlic chopped
Sea salt & ground pepper
3 handfuls of fresh basil roughly chopped
Lightly toasted pine nuts
Handful freshly grated parmesan cheese
Combine all ingredients (minus olive oil) in the mixing cup and begin blending. Add olive oil gradually as you go, gaging how much is required to bind the ingredients together. All done!
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Making shakes and smoothies are so easy with a hand blender.
Keep in mind frozen fruit will taste just as good so stock up on any seasonal fruit and veg and freeze until you're ready to tuck in!
1 cup strawberry-banana yoghurt
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup skim milk
2 ice cubes
Chuck the ingredients into the mixing cup, blend and serve
1/2 cup silken tofu
1 large banana
1 to 1 & 1/2 cup soy milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange flower water (optional)
1 tsp honey
5 ice cubes
Blend the tofu and banana first, until smooth. Gradually add milk and rest of ingredients finishing with the ice. Continue to blend until smooth and serve.
Apple Honey Shake
1 & 1/2 cup apple cider or juice
1/2 cup chilled orange juice (with bits is better!)
1/4 cup runny honey
2 tsps grated orange rind
Blend and garnish with a slice of apple and some mint. Serve.
1/2 chopped mango (can substitute canned mango if easier)
1 cup plain yoghurt
1/4 to 1/2 cup cold water
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Blend all the ingredients together. If you use fresh mango and find the mixture somewhat stringy pour through a sieve and serve.
Storing your hand blender not a problem. It's small enough to tuck easily away and out of sight. Just be sure to make sure it's located where it won't gather dust!