We like to make strawberry smoothies. You can’t find strawberries here year round fresh, and they don’t have them frozen either. (At least not that I have seen, although I have heard a rumor that they have them at one store.) So I have some in the freezer from last spring.
For strawberry smoothies, I don’t have a particularly exact recipe. I just throw some bananas (often right before they are about to be too ripe, or from the freezer), some strawberries, some yogurt or milk or fruit juice. I mix and add until the right consistency.
The household which we bought had a blender in it, and we were using it until I noticed that it seemed to be growing mold in the bottom part of the unit where the glass part sits. It didn’t come into contact with my food, but it was still too hard to get to to clean out, so I didn’t want to use it any more. My hubby bought me a new one for Mother’s day.
This new one said it was a “chorbaji” which basically means soup maker. It came with a recipe book for soups as well as cold things. I just assumed this meant that you could use it to blend up soups, which you would then cook. It had a couple of different settings, a 1 to 4 dial as well as a part that had high, medium, and low buttons. I didn’t really read the instructions.
One day I was making a smoothie and it didn’t seem to be blending enough. It seemed to keep getting hung up on my frozen banana and frozen strawberry pieces. This is a strong blender, it should not have a problem. So I turned it up to 4 and high. I wasn’t sure which part controlled the strength with which the blades rotated, but it couldn’t hurt to do both, right?
So it mixed up and I tasted it and it tasted good. I went on about making the rest of my breakfast.
When I turned around….the thing was smoking!
I hurriedly turned it off and took the whole contraption out on the balcony. I thought my brand new blender had managed to catch on an electrical fire or something!
But it turns out it was just doing its job.
Turns out it has a heating plate.
Because not only can you blend soup in it, it will cook it for you!
And I had put it on high, which meant high temperature, not high speed. It was cooking my nice supposed-to-be-ice-cold smoothie for me! I looked in and the smoothie itself was steaming and bubbly and hot! Ruined! My smoothie was ruined!
But at least my blender wasn’t. It was doing its job. Being a soup maker. It just didn’t know I wanted my smoothie cold instead of hot like soup!
Maybe next time I should at least attempt to read the instructions. Even if they are in a foreign language!