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    « Smoke Point | Main | How to Use Vanilla Beans »

    Oct 01, 2007


    Way back in 2010, MinetTruly wrote: "I wonder why I didn't have any problems? Both times, the soup was just-a-bit-too-hot-to-eat-comfortably, and filled the blender with less than an inch to spare."

    "Less than an inch to spare" is you. There was very little air to expand. If your blender had been only half full or so,it could have been a different story.

    Trying to hold the lid down is, in my experience, not the best choice. The pressure can exceed the ability to hold the lid down, and when it finally pops it does so with great force. Instead, I take out the center stopper of the lid a put a towel over the opening (or use a towel without a lid if it doesn't have a stopper), and let the expanding air escape on its own. Starting at very low speed (or pulsing for single-speed blenders) then ramping up the speed after the air has mixed with the liquid for a while can also limit explosiveness.

    Yep, just happened to me! Making homemade broccoli cheese soup. The recipe called to purée the broccoli, carrots, cream and chicken stock. The lid blew off, shooting the hot liquid in every direction all over my kitchen and myself! I will be purchasing a hand emulsion device very soon! What a mess! LOL

    I'm commenting on an old post I know. Just wanted to see how many people this has happened to...

    It wasn't the Merriest Christmas at my house this year after I decided to make Mexican hot chocolate for three on Christmas Day.

    The directions said heat milk to boiling then blend heated milk with chocolate in electric blender. It didn't seem safe so I put a hand towel over the top and held the lid down tight as I pressed the button. This was after running scalding hot water in the glass pitcher to warm it up.

    Next thing I knew there was burning hot milk all over my chest and face as well as the kitchen. I immediately threw off my shirt and jumped in a cool shower hoping to cool off my skin. I had to go to the ER with second degree burns on my chest (only first degree on my face). They had to give me morphine! I threw away the box of hot chocolate after that...

    We have had many a pumpkin soup blender explosion in our kitchen. We can't even fill one tenth of our blender with hot liquid without it exploding out the top and burning us. We cool it in the fridge overnight now, and blend it the next day :)

    I blended hot stuff twice without any problem. Then my friend showed me this article. I wonder why I didn't have any problems? Both times, the soup was just-a-bit-too-hot-to-eat-comfortably, and filled the blender with less than an inch to spare.

    I just watched a re-run of the Food Network's show "Chopped". One of the contestant/chefs was burned after trying to blend a hot eggnog concoction in a blender. He thought he was holding the lid down sufficiently, but the lid completely blew off and he was hit in the face with hot eggnog. This 2007 article has fantastic info and great tips! ~~Thank you Kitchen Savvy!~~

    You would think they would have this on the instructions for the blender instead of just saying that it is compatible with hot stuff. :) Glad to see this hint. I had mine less then half full with the lid held down and it still happened so next time I will make sure to have a towel. Thnx

    Yeah, this is serious stuff. I just got back from the ER with 2nd degree burns on my face because of a hot liquid in blender mistake. I was even holding the lid down and it still blew off. Please, be careful!!!!!!

    God I wish I'd known this before

    What an excellent explanation! I've wondered about this for years and only now decided to do a search for the answer.

    I wish I would have known this previously... all I can say is 'ouch!'.

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