16 Foods You Shouldn’t Put in the Blender

Blenders can be an amazing kitchen asset, letting you blend everything from soups to dips to smoothies. But for all the tasty things you can do with your blender, there are quite a few foods that can spell blender disaster.

Room temperature leafy greens

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Juicing has endless health benefits, but beware when putting those fiber-rich leafy greens in that blender. “The motor can easily turn your dish brown. To keep colors vibrant, ice your greens for 5 minutes prior to adding to the blender,” says Andre Sickinger, a clean-food chef. Make sure you know which things you should never put in the dishwasher.

Certain super high-fiber foods

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It’s not just leafy greens: Be careful with anything high in fiber. “Even with the new super-powerful, high-speed blenders, foods that are high in fiber don’t do well,” says Rachel Muse, a private chef. Raw broccoli stalks will turn to strings of fiber, for example. These are the 36 everyday items you’ve been using wrong this entire time.

Rock-hard frozen fruit

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One thing people love to make is fruit smoothies. While they’re delicious and easy to make, people sometimes put fully frozen fruits in the blender. This can result in lumpy smoothies and, in some cases, can cause the sharp blades to crack and break. Leave frozen fruits out in the fridge to thaw or put them in a Ziploc bag and thaw in a bowl of water before blending. Check out the surprising foods you can make with just a coffeemaker.

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