From making scrumptious smoothies to savory salad dressings, a blender is a handy appliance, but its use extends far beyond the kitchen. How much do you know about this celebrated margarita-making machine?
Why were blenders first invented?
to make prescribed malted milk drinks
to crush ice
to quench the thirst of soldiers in battle
What was the first nonmedical use of blenders?
Homeowners used blenders to make creamy soups.
Industries employed blenders for making sauce mixes.
Soda fountains used them for making ice cream concoctions.
When did the blender become a popular kitchen appliance?
What's one purpose for blenders in research labs?
to mix chemicals
to allow hungry researchers easy access to smoothies
to extract bacteria from samples
What was the first vaccine to be developed using a blender?
What component of the blender is housed in the base?
What device controls the movement and speed of a blender?
the jar nut
What may happen if you don't put the lid on a blender while using it?
Nothing -- all your yummy ingredients will stay in the blender.
Food is likely to coat your walls and ceiling.
The blender won't start.
Why are blender jars typically tapered?
The shape funnels food down toward the blades.
The shape allows for easy removal of blended food.
It tricks your eye into thinking there is more food in the jar.
The removable plastic piece in the top of a blender is called the fill cap. Which of the following is NOT one of the fill cap's purposes?
You can remove the fill cap to put more food in while the blender is on.
The fill cap can be used for measuring liquids when blending cocktails and other beverages.
The fill cap fits snugly against the inside of the blender jar to scrape out all the food.
When a blender starts, in what direction does the food move in the blender jar?
a circular motion similar to a tornado
an up-and-down motion
a side-to-side motion
Why do most blenders have four blades positioned at different angles?
It makes the blender look more efficient.
It promotes maximum contact between food and blades.
Blenders can't function with fewer than four blades.
What is the typical power rating of a home blender?
between 100 and 300 watts
between 300 and 500 watts
between 500 and 750 watts
What is an immersion blender uniquely suited for?
blending food directly in the pot after it's cooked
crushing very large chunks of ice
juicing citrus fruit
What determines a blender's performance?
the power generated by the motor
the power consumed by the motor
the sharpness of the blades
What is the recommended number of blender controls?
When shopping for a blender, what features should you look for if you want to make smoothies?
The blender can make white snow out of ice.
The blender has multiple functions specifically for smoothies.
The blender mixes ice cream well.
How long should a blender last before the motor starts to slow down or break?
six months to a year
more than 20 years
Why might you consider buying a blender with a removable blade?
They're easier to clean than other models.
They're cheaper than other models.
They're the most efficient model.
Why should you avoid buying a blender with push buttons?