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Author:  Alison's Mom [ Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Can someone diagnose my blender problem?

So I recently started making a spinach curry dish which involves blending cooked onion and cooked spinach together. Our blender is a reasonably high end kitchenaid one with glass cannister and lots of functions.

However, when I go to blend my cooked diced onions, it just will go around once, then stop and stall, no matter which setting I try. It seems an air pocket forms right above the blades so the blades then don't come into contact with the food. After I stop it, and I open the lid, the food sinks into the air pocket, I push everything down with a spoon, and I can start again, but it took me about 20 tries of stopping and starting until it finally got everything pureed.

Any advice? Should I not chop my onions as small or ??

Thanks.

Author:  Tina428 [ Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Can someone diagnose my blender problem?

Usually when I have a problem like that with my blender, I add more liquid. Can you do that with this dish?

Author:  _Susan_ [ Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Can someone diagnose my blender problem?

Unless you want soggy onions, can you try to cut them into smaller sections?

Author:  Julie [ Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Can someone diagnose my blender problem?

I make a soup with broccoli, potato and onion, or zuchinni and onion. When I blend these, I use an Oster, hand-held blender, and it's absolutely amazing!! I do the blending right in the same pot. I have a Cuisinart food processor and mini-processor, but this hand-held device works surprisingly well in pots of soup, etc. It's also a lot less mess than when I used to use my food processor, and the wand end goes right in the dishwasher!

Author:  Alison's Mom [ Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Can someone diagnose my blender problem?

Thanks so much all!

Yes, perhaps adding a bit of liquid will help. I'll try that.

The handheld mixer might also work. I had thought of that, but didn't want to make a big splattering mess, but perhaps in the right bowl it would work.

Re smaller sections of onion, they are already pretty small, like 1cm square pieces. . . I was wondering if they were too small. The spinach blends no problem but the onion is the part I was having challenges with. . . .

Author:  Julie [ Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Can someone diagnose my blender problem?

I was worried about a big splattering mess too, but as long as I don't push the "on" button until it is in the liquid, I've been fine. I only have the pot about half full, and I will put the hand-held blender in, pulse the "on" for a few seconds, then stop it and pull it out and put in in another section of the pot, put the blender to the bottom of the pot, and push "on" again. It only takes a minute or two doing it this way, and it surprisingly does not make a big mess. Good luck with it!

Author:  Alison's Mom [ Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Can someone diagnose my blender problem?

Thanks Julie!

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