I was about to make hot soup in my blender, then a thought came into my mind, are blenders heat-resistant? Can you blend hot liquids in a blender?
I’ve done a lot of research, and here’s what I’ve discovered:
No, most standard blenders are not heat-resistant. Blending hot liquids like coffee, soups, or sauces in a blender that’s not designed for handling hot ingredients could damage your blender or even cause injuries. If you need to blend hot foods, an immersion blender can be a good choice.
But there’s a lot more to know about blenders and blending hot liquids.
In a minute, I’m going to show you why blending hot ingredients in your blender can be dangerous. Some people even saw their blender explode while blending hot foods!
Also, there are some heat-resistant blenders that are specially designed for blending hot ingredients, I’m going to introduce you to some models later.
So, are you ready? Let’s dive deep into heat-resistant blenders and blending hot foods!
Can you put hot things in a blender?
If you can add hot ingredients to your blender or not really depends on the model you’re using.
Some blenders are designed for blending food, but most models are not.
Before you start blending hot ingredients with your blender, make sure to read the safety instructions and check if your model can handle it.
If your blender isn’t designed for blending hot stuff, just don’t do it!
What happens if you blend hot liquids?
If you’re blending hot liquids in your blender, steam will build up inside the jar. The hot steam can’t escape and pressure will start building up inside the jar.
The steam in combination with the fast-spinning blades can create enough pressure to potentially let your blender explode!
I’ve found some terrible stories on the internet about people who have seen their blenders explode and causing serious injuries while blending hot liquids.
Now, I know that some people use their traditional blenders to blend hot liquids even if they’re not designed for handling hot liquids.
You’ll find even tips on the internet like using less liquid than normal, covering your blender with a kitchen towel, or blending at low speed.
These tips might work for some, but I still would recommend not to try them. Is it really worth it to risk burns and injuries? For me, it’s not!
I’d rather invest a couple of bucks in a good immersion blender or a countertop blender that’s designed for handling hot liquids.
Can hot liquids really crack your blender?
Yes, hot liquids can crack your blender, if your blender isn’t designed to blend hot liquids. It happened to thousands of people before and it could happen to you if you’re not careful.
In the best case the hot liquid only makes a mess in your kitchen. In the worst case you’ll end up seriously injured.
This is worth mentioning a couple of times, because it is so important: don’t ever blend hot liquids in a blender that can’t handle hot stuff. If you want to blend hot food in your countertop blender, the money on a Vitamix or a cooking blender is well invested.
What blenders can handle hot liquids?
There are full-size blenders that can handle hot liquids, some models are even designed to blend hot foods. These blenders come with heating elements, so you can cook your food while blending. Blenders with heating elements are also called cooking blenders.
Other models have powerful motors and can heat up cold food while blending just with the friction of their blades. All Vitamix blenders are so powerful that you can make hot soup out of cold ingredients. Of course their blender jars are so designed that they can handle hot liquids easily.
Can you use a hand blender for hot food?
Yes, you can use a hand blender for blending or pureeing hot foods. Making hot soups and sauces is pretty much exactly what they were designed for.
For most people, hand blenders, also called immersion blenders or stick blenders, might be even better for blending hot foods than a regular countertop blender.
A hand blender is relatively affordable and very easy to clean. You can use it directly in the pot. There are a few things to consider before you can start blending in your expensive kitchenware with a hand blender, so please make sure to check out: do immersion blenders scratch pots?
Also, make sure to let your hot foods cool first a little. The food should never be boiling while blending. Always hold a kitchen towel over the lid while blending to avoid splashes.
Why blend soup in a blender if you can use a stick blender?
If you want to use a full-size blender or hand blender for blending hot food really depends on your budget and needs.
Hand blenders are great because they’re easy-to-use and clean. They’re also versatile and affordable. You can get a good hand blender for less than $50.
Full-size blenders, on the other hand, are very convenient but take slightly more time to keep clean. They’re also more expensive. A good cooking blender can cost you $100 and more, while a Vitamix will cost you a couple hundred bucks.
If you decide on a cooking blender or a Vitamix, you just need to put in the cold ingredients, push one button, and the blender will do all the work for you while you can do something else.
The best heat-resistant blenders
The best heat-resistant blenders are simple hand blenders like the Mueller Austria immersion blender. This compact stick blender fits even in the smallest kitchens. You can easily blend hot foods right inside the pot. Since this blender is made out of stainless steel, it’s very durable and won’t leach nasty chemicals into your blend.
If you want a countertop heat-resistant blender, consider getting either a Vitamix (the Vitamix E310 is the best value for the money) or a cooking blender with a heating element like the Ninja Foodi Hot & Cold blender.
How to minimize splatter using an immersion blender
Immersion blenders are easy to use but they can cause a mess in your kitchen if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips so you can use your hand blender to blend hot food without creating a mess:
- Your pot or bowl should be deep enough. The best container would be a metal container that’s much taller than it is wide.
- Make sure that your hand blender is fully submerged in the liquid you want to blend.
- Hold the hand blender at an angle or blend a little higher than the bottom to protect your pots from getting scratches.
- Cover the pot with a kitchen towel.
- When your blender is fully submerged, turn on the motor and start on the lowest setting.
- Slowly work yourself up on a higher speed setting and blend until your blend has the desired consistency.
- Switch off the motor before removing the hand blender from the soup or sauce.
Did I cover everything you wanted to know about whether blenders are heat-resistant?
In this post, we took a deep dive into the world of heat-resistant blenders.
We covered why you shouldn’t use your regular to blender to blend hot foods, and we’ve learned that an immersion blender is usually the best choice for blending hot foods.
Don’t ever use a blender that’s not designed to blend hot liquids for blending hot foods. It’s not worth the risk.
If you have any questions about heat-resistant blenders or blenders in general, feel free to contact me in the comments section below. I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.