On facebook yesterday, someone had posted the link to this article from the New York Times: “Immersion Blends Can Be Danger in Disguise”. Oh no! I just bought one on Sunday from Costco at a great price of a mere $19.99 (with rebate). Being a danger phobe, I had to stop everything and read this article. Not only am I fully afraid of my new Cuisinart Immersion blender, it also made me think about cross contamination of allergens and how well can my kitchen appliances be cleaned?
My dad just had minor surgery (he is home recovering) and I planned on making a lots of soups from one of my most favorite Soup books of all times! Soup, A Way of Life, by Barbara Kafka–which was a bequeathed to me years ago by a dear friend and is still treasured. I saw the blender and thought wahoo, this would be great to help me blend some of the soups right in the pot. The article highlighted folks who suffered damage to their body while trying to remove stuck pieces of food. Apparently, the unit must be unplugged since the on/off switch seems to be highly sensitive and can easily knocked on.
This article did a nice job of reminding me to pause and consider cross contamination issues too! How well could I clean handy dandy little tool? I don’t use dairy in any soups but what about wheat products and my gluten allergic friends? Could I clean this device well enough? None of my family’s allergens have ever or will ever come in contact with my beloved Cuisanart Food Processor. But…I often make soups that I share with friends as I have the tendency to cook up too much!
Moral of the story: unplug your immersion blender before you touch the blades AND consider how well can you clean ANY your kitchen appliances to avoid cross contact of allergens.