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5 foods you should never put in blender

5 foods you should never put in blender Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Blenders are considered indispensable kitchen appliances that every household should have. However, using them properly is crucial for their longevity, which is why certain products and liquids should not be put into a blender, according to Real Simple.

Hot foods or liquids

Pouring extremely hot ingredients into a blender can not only burn your hands but also damage the appliance. An immersion blender might be a better choice for that.

However, if you don't have one, simply transfer the hot ingredients into a bowl and let them cool down before blending.

Coffee beans

Blending coarse coffee beans can dull the blender blades. Plus, you'll never achieve uniformly ground beans with a blender.


Ice can blunt the blades and break the blender.

Some blenders have powerful enough motors to crush ice, making them suitable for this task. But if you have a model not specifically designed for ice crushing, you risk wearing out the motor, necessitating repairs or replacement.


Everyone wants smooth mashed potatoes, and understandably so because there's nothing worse than lumpy mashed potatoes.

Potatoes contain a lot of starch, which should be minimally agitated during blending. Using a blender will result in a sticky, glue-like substance rather than light and fluffy mashed potatoes.


Blenders are typically not designed to grind small particles. The large blades of these appliances are better suited for larger fruits, vegetables, and legumes, which is why they usually can't break down dried herbs and spices into finer pieces.