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Can I Put Hot Sauce In My Ninja Blender?

You’ve made a sauce. But it’s still a little thick.

And still hot.

So naturally, you are probably wondering whether you can thin your sauce right away, without the need to wait for the sauce to cool.

Then you can immediately serve it, right?

Well is it possible?

Is it a good idea?

Let’s find out!

Can You Put Hot Sauce In A Ninja Blender?

You can put hot sauce in a ninja blender, so long as it is below 180°F/82°C. This is the upper limit as disclosed by the manufacturer, Ninja.

So, if it’s anything above that you will need to wait for the sauce to cool first.

Or, you could always add some cold water (if you are in a hurry and are not too concerned about your sauce being a little diluted).

What Happens If You Put Hot Sauce In A Ninja Blender

If you put too hot of a sauce in a Ninja Blender, you may create pressure that either blows off the lid or, the where the sauce explodes in your face (over your kitchen) when you open the lid.

Either you harm yourself, or you’ll have some cleaning up to do.

Then there is your ninja blender itself.

Too hot of a sauce may even cause the blender’s plastic components to warp.

Not only that, but putting hot sauce that’s above the recommended temperature can also damage the motor and the blade assembly.

That’s a big no-no if you want your Ninja blender to last for years to come.

Trust me, it’s not worth the risk!

How To Best Cool A Sauce Before Adding To A Ninja Blender

So you’ve got your delicious hot sauce ready, but it’s just a tad too hot to safely blend in your Ninja blender. No worries! I’ve got your back with some easy tips on how to cool down your sauce before blending. Let’s dive right in!

  • Transfer to a heatproof container: First, pour your hot sauce into a heatproof container, like a glass or ceramic bowl. This will help it cool down more quickly and evenly than if it’s left in the pot you cooked it in.
  • Give it a stir: Stir your sauce every few minutes to help dissipate the heat and promote even cooling. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to check the temperature without having to dip your thermometer into a deep pot.
  • Ice bath: If you’re in a hurry, you can speed up the cooling process by placing your heatproof container of sauce into a larger bowl filled with ice and water. Make sure not to let any water get into the sauce, though! Stir your sauce regularly while it’s sitting in the ice bath to help it cool down faster.
  • Room temperature: If you’ve got some time on your hands, you can just let your sauce sit at room temperature to cool down. Make sure to keep an eye on it, though, and give it a stir now and then to help it cool evenly.
  • Refrigeration: If your sauce is still a bit too warm after trying the above methods, you can pop it into the fridge for a few minutes to help bring the temperature down even further. Just don’t forget about it in there, or you might end up with a cold sauce that needs reheating!

How To Best Blend A Sauce In A Ninja Blender

Okay, so with this all in mind, let’s quickly run through some best practices of using a Ninja Blender for sauces.

  • Temperature check: Before you start, make sure your sauce is below 180°F (82°C) using a food thermometer. Better safe than sorry!
  • Blend in batches: If you’re making a big batch of sauce, it’s best to blend it in smaller portions. This ensures a smooth and even blend. Plus, it’s easier to control the consistency.
  • Pulse, don’t blend: When blending sauces, use the pulse function on your Ninja blender. This will prevent the sauce from becoming too frothy or bubbly. And, honestly, who wants a frothy sauce? Not me!
  • Scrape down the sides: To ensure your sauce is consistently blended, use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the blender container during the blending process. This will help you avoid any stubborn chunks or lumps in your sauce.
  • Taste test: Don’t forget to taste your sauce as you go! Adjust the seasoning, spice, or acidity as needed. Remember, you’re the master of your own sauce destiny!

Lastly

And that’s a wrap.

Follow these tips and you’ll be blending hot sauces in your Ninja blender like a pro.

Just remember to keep the temperature in check, and your blender (and even your kitchen) will thank you!

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