Hand mixers are easy to operate and don’t require any technical expertise or finesse. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be careful with the process.
In this segment, we’ll address how to use a hand mixer. Since you’ll be dealing with electrical equipment, we’ve also highlighted a few tips that you should follow if you want to get the best out of your hand mixer.
Let’s get started!
Attach all the relevant accessories
The first step that you have to undertake when using a hand mixer is attaching the relevant accessory required for the job.
Even though this task is as simple as it gets, some people often make the mistake of attaching the extension while having the machine switched on. This can be dangerous and might result in a sudden rotation that can cause minor injuries.
When attaching accessories, it’s always important to have the mixer unplugged. Furthermore, set the speed to zero.
Place the beater in the bowl
After the beater has been attached, it’s time to place it into the bowl.
Note that it is highly advised to keep the mixer off, and only turn it on when the beater is inside the liquid or mixture you’re supposed to be working on.
This is to prevent any unforeseen accidents, such as the beater becoming detached due to improper adjustment.
Increase the speed gradually
Even though there aren’t any particular restrictions when it comes to this, it’s still a good idea to start off slow.
This will give you a better idea of how easily the mixture can handle the operating level.
Furthermore, starting off slow will also prevent any type of spills, etc.
Bring it down
Once you’ve achieved the mixture you’re after, we would advise that you bring the speed down back to zero before deciding to stop.
This is a safe way to get the job done, and as before, will prevent spills.
Unplug before ejection
Before taking the beater out, it’s a good idea to unplug the hand mixer.
Although it might sound a little repetitive by now, it is our duty to ensure that silly mistakes are avoided at all costs. Many household accidents are caused by a lack of due diligence.
Let it dry
Detach the beater from the motor and clean it thoroughly with hot soapy water.
Once clean, wipe it with a cloth and leave it to dry properly. Moisture, especially if left unattended, can have unwanted consequences that can ruin your hand mixer.
Furthermore, let the apparatus dry out completely before proceeding to store it back.
Safety tips and considerations
Now that we’ve learned the proper way to operate a hand mixer, it’s high time we go over a few tips and tricks that you can follow to make the most out of your apparatus.
We highly urge that you follow all of these tips by heart. Not doing so might have occasional consequences that might make the experience a little unpleasant or unnecessarily time-consuming.
Read the instructions thoroughly
Even though the bulk of the models out there operate on the same principles, there are still subtle differences that can either make or break your experience.
To prevent the latter from happening, we highly advise that you thoroughly read through the instruction manual that comes as part of the package.
The main things to look after are how to operate that respective model, cleaning methods, and storage methods.
By knowing these, your hand mixer is likely to last longer than anticipated and will give you the performance that you deserve.
Keep accessories dry
It’s common knowledge that anything that operates on electricity should be kept away from water. This applies to hand mixers as well.
Getting the machinery wet is a big no-no and can have consequences that can often prove to be dangerous if left unchecked.
Apart from this, the motor and the small crevices in the mixer that can let water in can easily get corrupted or damaged if exposed to moisture.
Hence, it’s a good idea to keep your hand mixer dry AT ALL times.
Avoid unnecessary movement
There is a common myth which states how moving the beater in different places in the bowl can make the mixture better.
This cannot be further from the truth. Furthermore, this can also cause significant damage to the beater and reduces its life significantly.
This is because the beater comes into contact with the boundary at high velocity and breaks down gradually. Since it isn’t built to absorb tough surface contact, the pieces come loose bit by bit.
Hence, when using the hand mixer, it’s important to avoid any unnecessary movement and keep the beater away from the bowl edges.
Know your mixer
There are many different types of mixers (insert type of mixers) in the market these days. The most important tip is to know what your type is and how to work with it.
Another important thing is to know all the respective accessories, functionalities, and intricacies of the model you chose to work with.
By acquainting yourself with the model earlier on, you’ll be better suited to get the job done right.
Store it in a safe place
Hand mixers generally have non-steel apparatus and have a light frame. Hence, they are susceptible to damage on impact.
If you have children in the house or don’t want to risk it in general, then it’s a very good idea to keep your hand mixer stored safely when not in use.
Always keep your hand mixer a safe distance from children and pets if you want to prevent any unwanted accidents or damage.
Now that you’ve learned how to properly use a hand mixer, it’s time to put it to good use. If you have any questions, would like to add more tips to the list, or have any general recommendation, you can let us know in the comment section below!