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Old 10-24-2011, 05:39 AM   #1
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A reminder about blenders...

I always think this is common knowledge, but then I come across comments or conversations that make me think perhaps it's not (anymore):

Canning jars (regular mouth) fit most blender assemblies.
And canning jars come in all sorts of convenient sizes!

I hate scraping out and disassembling and washing blender jars!
My rubber spatulas got shredded, and there's usually quite a bit of waste
(and when I'm counting calories on a DD, I don't want watch a couple spoonfuls of food go down the drain!)

--If you're using a combination of dry and wet ingredients, it usually blends better; no big clumps if you put dry stuff in first, or powder flying up to the top of the jar if you put it in last.
--Using a canning jar also works better for grinding coffee & dried herbs, and chopping nuts and fresh herbs, than a normal blender jar.
Everything stays closer to the blades instead of bouncing all around.

It's SO convenient for salad dressings; measure everything into a quart or pint jar, put on the blade assembly (DO NOT FORGET THE RUBBER GASKET!!!), turn it upside down and whirl away! Then, put a lid on it and all you have to wash is the blade!

And let's say you wanted to make yourself 3 or 6 or any number of gluc puddings, smoothies, pureed soups, etc; instead of making one big batch and then trying to measure it into several containers (and losing some in the process), you could line up a bunch of jars, measure the ingredients into each, and blend each one with very little waste. Also, you could make a basic recipe and easily add different flavorings/fruits etc to each one.

Warning:
it's NOT a good idea to blend hot foods/liquids in these jars,
as there is no way for the steam to escape (unlike a blender jar with a lid)
and the heat will cause the trapped air to expand.
The jar can crack, or, when you take off the blade assembly,
could "puff" some hot liquid onto you.

I hope this is a helpful idea!
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:03 AM   #2
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I had no idea! Thanks for posting this great idea!
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:52 AM   #3
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I absolutely didn't realize that standard canning jars would be the size to fit the blender collar thing-y. This is the most exciting new knowledge I've absorbed in a long time! (Which is sort of embarrassing to admit. LOL Apparently I have no life.)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is truly going to make my life easier, because I use my old blender on almost a daily basis for lots of stuff.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:10 AM   #4
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This is probably the most useful thing that I have learned all year.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:12 AM   #5
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I didn't know that. And honestly, mason jars are so much heavier and thicker than blender ones, they probably have less chance of cracking or shattering due to things whirling around, heat or cold.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:28 AM   #6
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Oh, I'm glad I shared!

Dottie, you're right about the jars being able to handle heat and cold better--
they can be put in the freezer, and are MADE to be boiled for hours!

I should mention though that it's NOT a good idea to blend hot foods/liquids in these jars,
as there is no way for the steam to escape (unlike a blender jar with a lid)
and the heat will cause the trapped air to expand.
The jar can crack, or, when you take off the blade assembly,
could "puff" some hot liquid onto you.

Dottie, as an admin, can you add a warning to my OP? Thanks.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:29 AM   #7
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:48 PM   #8
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OH PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

this is really dangerous. that broken glass, flying at a good speed, scaring you, hopefully NOT flinging hot liquid too... just think about it!

my Osterizer has plastic jars that screw on like that which are made for that purpose and don't break.

if you are going to use glass, put a hand towel over the whole thing before you turn the blender on and PAY ATTENTION.

this is the sort of thing that is great almost all the time, but one accident out of 100 could be something you will really regret.

good luck!
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