How to Use a Blender. Chop nuts, puree soup, make a fruit smoothie. A blender is handy for these tasks and much more. Get the most out of yours by using it properly.

Step 1

Choose a flat, dry surface on which to operate your blender.

Step 2

Put the blender together. Place the blades in the retaining ring, then set the gasket over the blades and inside the ring.

Step 3

Screw the retaining ring firmly to the bottom of the pitcher. Be sure the retaining ring is seated correctly or you will have a leak.

Step 4

Set the pitcher onto the base and plug the blender in.

Step 5

Put the recipe ingredients in the pitcher. Put lid on firmly.

Step 6

Use the Ice or Chop setting to make milkshakes, smoothies or frozen drinks.

Step 7

Make baby food by adding a small amount of liquid to a cup of fruit or vegetables and blending it for 15 seconds on the Puree setting. Five seconds on this setting also will smooth out lumpy gravy.

Step 8

Take advantage of the Pulse setting to make bread crumbs, grate chocolate, chop vegetables and make cracker crumbs.

Step 9

Add food to the blender through the secondary lid while the blender is running.

Step 10

Clean the pitcher after each use. Put a little bit of dishwashing detergent in, add enough water to fill it halfway, put the lid on, and run the blender - with lid on - on a low speed for a few seconds.

Step 11

Rinse the blender thoroughly. Take it apart and dry off the blades.