High-quality modern blenders can be expensive. Even the best blenders used to chop fruits and vegetables and crush ice daily can get worn out quickly. Save yourself money by learning how to sharpen blender blades. Sharpening your blender blades as part of routine maintenance can rejuvenate your blender ensuring smooth purees and frozen drinks. Often it is no more difficult than cleaning your blender.
Should You Learn How To Sharpen Blender Blades?
Knowing how to sharpen blender blades will keep your blender working efficiently. Your blender's blades will wear out just like a knife or razor. You can keep them sharp with a bit of work. A blender with dull blades will have difficulty cutting fruits and vegetables in the blender, causing your purees and drinks to be chunky. Using a blade that is not sharp can even cause damage to the blender motor, seals, and blade.
You can often buy a new blender blade from the manufacturer, but it can be costly and after a few uses will already be dull. You can buy a new blender, but for a high-end blender, they can be expensive and still will not cut perfectly for long. The only way to have a blender that cuts like new every time without the expense is by sharpening the blades.
If the manufacturer has recalled a blender, you should not sharpen the blades to continue using it. Do not sharpen blender blades that have serious damage like cracked or bent blades.
Is There A Need For Special Tools To Sharpen Blender Blades?
Sharpening blender blades can be done with tools you probably already have around your house. Blade sharpening can quickly and easily be accomplished when you learn how to sharpen blender blades. To sharpen blender blades you will need your normal cleaning materials like a sponge, drying cloth, and dish soap.
The one tool you may not have is a sharpening stone. If you don't have a sharpening stone, find a good quality sharpening stone online or at the store. A good stone will be hard with rough edges and can be manmade or natural. This will last a long time and can be used to keep all of your kitchen knives sharp. Any great cook should already know their way around a sharpening stone.
How To Sharpen Blender Blades For The Best Possible Performance
You want to sharpen blender blades to keep them as efficient as possible for the best performance. These steps will guide you through cleaning and sharpening the blades safely. For specific details about your blender's maintenance check the manufacturer's website or the manual that came with the blender.
Dispose Of Contents And Remove Power
When you are finished using the blender turn it off and unplug it. Make sure there is no power to the blender during the cleaning and sharpening process, as this could cause serious injury. Remove any food and drink contents from the jar or container.
Remove the jar from the blender base. If you are not sure how to do this, look at the manual or instructions on the manufacturer's website.
Remove Blade Assembly
If your blender has a removable blade on the top of the jar, you will need to remove it to open the jar. Traditional blenders have the blade assembly on the bottom of the jar. Depending on your blender's blade design you will either have to remove the blade before or after cleaning the jar.
See your blender manual or manufacturer website if you are unsure how to remove the blade. If the blade does not easily come off, run it under warm water to loosen it. Many blades are removable by twisting in a counter-clockwise motion and pulling the blade away from the jar.
Clean The Jar And Blade
If you did not already clean the jar, you can do it now. Put the jar in a bucket or sink full of warm water. Add some dish soap to the water or to your sponge. Scrub the inside of the jar to get all the liquid and debris loosened from every surface and crevice. Rinse the jar in warm water and use a clean cloth to dry it off.
Wear rubber gloves to avoid cuts. Wash the blade assembly according to the care instructions in the blender's manual. This can include removing the gasket and assembly from the blade. If you are using a sink or bucket full of water, keep the blade in your hand so you can see it at all times. Using a soapy sponge, scrub the blades and rinse them in warm water.
Sharpening The Blade
Wear cut-resistant gloves or gloves that are waterproof and thick enough to provide protection from the blades. Get a good grip on your blade in one hand and hold the sharpening stone with the other hand. Hold the blade under cool running water and run the sharpening stone across it at a 15-degree angle. Don't sharpen the blade toward yourself or other people. Each blade will have 4 sides to sharpen. Run the stone across each side 4 to 6 times. Repeat until each blade is sharpened to your liking.
The blade may have fragments from the sharpening stone or metal. This can be hazardous to ingest. Clean the blade in warm water with a soapy sponge and dry it off with a cloth. Now you can reassemble the blade, making sure the gasket is still tight and not dry or brittle. Attach the Jar to the blade with a clockwise turn. Inspect and test the re-assembled blender before storage, so it will work the next time you want to make a shake or smoothie.
Can I Sharpen Food Processor Blades Too?
If you use a food processor, you can keep it running like new by sharpening the blades with a similar process. Add blade sharpening to your food processor cleaning routine to get smooth purees and clean chops every time. The best thing about food processor blades is that they can be much easier to sharpen.
Turn off and unplug the food processor. Clean your food processor following the care instructions in the manual or on the manufacturer's website. Remove the blade from the food processor by twisting it counter-clockwise or if it is held in place with a screw, use a screwdriver to remove it.
Using cut-resistant gloves hold the blade in one hand and the sharpening stone in the other. Run the blade under cool water and gently slide the stone across each side of the blade. For each side run the stone about 4 to 6 times at a 15-degree angle. When you are finished clean the blade with warm water and a soapy sponge. Dry it with a clean cloth. Inspect and reassemble the parts and test the food processor out.
An easier way to sharpen food processor blades is by using household rock salt. Rock salt stones offer a way to sharpen food processor blades with friction. The process allows you to clean the blade without removal. After cleaning the processor and drying it thoroughly reassemble it, and plug it in as if you were using it for food.
Pour some rock salt into the container. Now replace the lid and grind the rock salt in the food processor. Stop the food processor every 5 seconds so the friction does not overheat it. When the rock salt is powder, your blade should be sharp. Remove the rock salt powder and clean the food processor thoroughly. Inspect the food processor and test it to see if it works properly.
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Now that you know everything about how to sharpen blender blades you can keep your blender running in perfect condition. Instead of spending money on expensive replacement blades and buying new blenders, sharpen your blades and get more use out of them. Sharpening blender blades can be a vital part of your cleaning routine to keep your blender like new.
Sharpening blender blades is easy and can be done quickly with some practice. You can easily add sharpening to your cleaning routine without stress. Just think of the time and money you will save by taking care of your blender blades.
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