How to Clean a Blender

Blenders nowadays have become an important piece of kitchen appliances and so you can read reviews on KitchenGuyd about it. But then it is also important to maintain it if you want your blender to work in such way that it was purchased yesterday. And for this, cleaning becomes a crucial part which is very easy if you clean it right after you use it.

You can also scrub it with a sponge for deep cleaning, or you can use water and dish soap for a fast and efficient cleaning. If you don’t know how to do the same in a proper manner, below are some methods you can apply in your daily lives that will help you maintain your blender.

Method 1: Cleaning the Carafe

  • Blend Dish Soap: Fill the blender carafe halfway by adding warm water to it. Now, add some drops of liquid dish detergent. Then, blend it on low setting for about one minute until the carafe is completely sudsy. Now pour the soapy water and wash it till it is completely clean. Remember that you close the lid properly, otherwise, you’ll get soapy water everywhere.
  • Use Lemon to Remove Stains: Again fill the blender halfway with water with some drops of dish soap into it. Now add half a lemon that is coarsely chopped. Then, blend the mixture for a minute or so. By doing so it would wash away all the stains and leave the carafe looking fresh. Instead of using lemons, white vinegar can be another option. It may not smell good like a lemon but is effective in the same way.

Cleaning the Carafe

  • Scrub Stubborn Stains: Take a rough sponge, steel wool or a toothbrush, depending on the strength of the material. Add some water and dish soap into the blender, and now wash away all the stains with the help of the rubbing tool until they disappear.
  • Soak the Dirty Blender Overnight: Make a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and dish soap. First, add a cup of vinegar into the carafe. Now, add some drops of liquid dish detergent and about half-cup of baking soda. Let the bubbles come to the top and subside. Blend the mixture and let it soak into the carafe for few hours. After this, pour the mixture into the sink. Wash the carafe in such way that it is completely clean. If it still smells like baking soda and vinegar, quickly blend it again with dish
    soap and water only.
  • Allow the Blender to Dry: After you are done with everything, leave the jug upside-down to dry. After sometime when the blender jug is completely dry, put the lid back on it, because a moist interior can lead to condensation and increases the chance of bacterial growth.

Method 2: Cleaning the Base

  • Wipe Down the Base: Take a towel or sponge soaked in warm soapy water and then press it out until it is damp. Now, with the help of the cloth clean the base of the blender if any food or liquid has spilled over there. Remember not to wash the base as it may damage the electronic motor and control system of the appliance.
  • Use a Q- tip to Clean Control Buttons: If there’s any build-up of blended gunk present in the cracks of blender’s control interface, it may become difficult to remove everything with a sponge. Dip the Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and wipe the around the gunky buttons using the same.

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The Secret to a Cleaner Kitchen

I enjoy organizing. Sure, it’s hard work, and when I’m knee-deep in whatever I’m sorting and rearranging I can feel overwhelmed and bitter. But at the end, when the drawer or the shelf or the room is neat and orderly, I get that rush of accomplishment: satisfaction in a job well done.

Cleaning doesn’t give me that rush. Ever. Yes, I like a neat, clean house with shining floors and sparkling mirrors. But those results (possibly because they’re so fleeting—thanks, kids) never feel worth the work. At least not my own work: The few times I’ve had professional cleaning help, I’ve absolutely loved walking through the door to appreciate the fruits of their labor.

Kitchen Cleaning TipsSince I’m the one cleaning these days, I try to minimize the pain as much as possible—particularly in the kitchen, which gets really filthy in a hurry.

The number-one way to keep the kitchen cleaner? Never let it get dirty.

Okay, okay, I know that’s not entirely possible. But you can come close. For example, you can clean the kitchen faucets so that there are no water spots, clean the sink if you put dirty dishes right into the dishwasher instead of letting them pile up in the sink first, you’ll never have a sinkful of dirty dishes to deal with. (And you do know that if your dishwasher is new-ish, like fewer than 7 years old, you don’t have to rinse dishes before loading, right? Modern dishwashers are designed to clean unrinsed dishes, and you’ll just be wasting water if you rinse them—unnecessarily—first.)

When you’re cooking, use a grease screen to keep oil from splattering up from the pan and onto nearby surfaces. Wipe up spills around the cooktop and on its surface while they’re wet—it’s much easier to clean off a wet spill right away than to chip off a dried-up, burnt-on mess later. See a spot on the floor? Wipe it up with all-purpose cleaner now; you won’t have to scrub at it with your mop three days from now. Whipping egg whites in the stand mixer? Clean off those flying flecks ASAP—before they turn to meringue-cement as they dry.

You get the picture: Clean as you go. It’s that simple.

Unfortunately, you’ll still have to “deep clean” from time to time (wish I knew how to eliminate that all together…) but not as often.

Sculptural Kitchen Faucets

A talented interior designer I interviewed recently said something interesting about faucets. She was telling me about the design of her own kitchen, and she recounted how she’d become laser-focused on finding the perfect faucet. To find a kitchen faucet is not a difficult task, the most basic thing before selecting kitchen faucets is that you must be aware of your requirements.

Danze Sirius Kitchen Faucet

If you are clear about your requirement, you will find a better product easily.Why? Because her house has an open floorplan, and the faucet is visible from nearly every room. The utilitarian kitchen faucet became a sort of linchpin for her entire style sensibility, and so it had to be just right. Kitchen faucets can be used as both a utility and styling thing, if you want to give your kitchen a designer look you must choose that accordingly.

Delta Trinsic Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet

I’ve been noticing a lot of elegant, sculptural faucets lately, and they seemed a little too much to me—until I thought about what that designer said. If your entire living space revolves around your kitchen island, say, wouldn’t you want the focal point of that design to be something special? I would.  So, I guess after reading this article, you must be aware of which type of kitchen faucets you want to buy. If you have any doubts regarding the kitchen faucets feel free to contact us here.

Blue Kitchens: 10 Bright Ideas

Blue is my favorite color. When I play a game, I want the blue piece. My favorite fruit? Blueberries, of course. My bedroom is blue; my bathroom is blue; my sons’ rooms are blue; my living room is (mostly) blue, and my kitchen is….green. Okay, so it’s mint green, admittedly a blue-based shade, but still: not blue.

Why did I veer off track in that one, all-important room?

Because I wanted the kitchen to look warm, from the sand-colored countertops to the light oak floor—and blue just felt too crisp and cool for a space I hoped would shout “welcome”.

That’s not to say I don’t like blue kitchens. Actually, I love them. One of my all-time favorite kitchens is a study in bright white, with a backsplash of periwinkle blue subway tiles. But that kitchen was in a New Jersey Shore beach house, where the watery palette looked right at home, especially in the summer. Someday, I hope to have my own beach house to drench in all the blue and white it can take, but until then, I’ll have to live vicariously.

So, for anyone else who shares my blue mood (and I’m betting there are a lot of you; 40% of people worldwide picked blue as their favorite color, making it the most popular color on Earth), I’ve collected 10 brilliant blue kitchens. Dive into the big blue…


Southern Accents

This is similar to my all-time-favorite blue kitchen. I think the bamboo blinds are the key to the success of this space: They add just enough natural texture and color to balance all the stark white, cold glass, and shiny tile. Make sure the Kitchen Faucets you buy, matches the shade of the cooktop stove and chimney.

House Beautiful

Normally, when I ooh and aah over a blue kitchen, I’m drawn to paler shades of blue, but I love the near-navy cabinetry in this space. It’s so crisp and clean and feels surprisingly contemporary. I think I would have opted for a stainless steel refrigerator instead of one panel to match the cabinets, just to up the mod factor a bit, but still—it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?


Here’s a very different approach to blue cabinetry. Not quite as dramatic as the example above, but super-sophisticated. The linchpin of the design (Jennifer Lopez’s home, incidentally, is the black La Cornue range: It grounds the light-as-air space with an unexpected dose of depth. Donkee House

Here’s a solution for the blues-obsessed among us who can’t quite commit to a true-blue room: Go blue on the down-low. I love painted wood floors, and these aqua wide-plank floors are just perfect. The rooms still look warm and inviting, thanks to the mustardy walls and the pops of red, but cool, too.

Mother Nature Inspired

You might consider this kitchen “cheating”: after all, it’s not blue, it’s gray. But I chose it for the fabulous retro refrigerator—what a great way to introduce a strong color into an essentially neutral (and uber-chic) space. The flower-filled canisters on the island pull the turquoise from the fridge back into the picture just enough to make it work, without feeling too matchy-matchy. Design Wagen

I’m a big believer in balance, in design as in everything else. So in a very sleek, contemporary space like this one, I love to see some element that provides a counterpoint to all the minimalism. The busy pattern of oblong tiles does the trick quite nicely. And kudos to the designer for choosing wood countertops and floors—imagine how clinical this kitchen would have felt if either surface had been white.


This shot is from a showroom, so the props are a little stagey (notice the weirdly placed macaroons and an overabundance of chickens), but I chose it for two important reasons. First, I really like the combination of pale blue and sandstone—it’s somehow fresher than blue and white, which (much as I love it) is just so expected. Second, the woodgrain: Note how you can see the texture of the wood through the stain. That little detail makes the cabinetry endlessly more interesting.

One last take on blue cabinets. I’ve seen so many older kitchens with perfectly serviceable wood cabinets—invariably in an uninspiring shade of brown. Imagine if those dull doors were stripped and stained a soft blue, letting the wood grain show through a bit. Add some simple, contemporary hardware and inexpensive subway tiles and you’ve got a cool, modern kitchen. On a budget. Go blue…save green.


I hardly know where to start with this picture—there are so many great things to mention. The two shades of blue on the walls and trim are a genius: close enough to highlight the architecture without looking all period. And I love the way the prints are displayed, just floating inside plain black frames. Again, a modern twist on a traditional look. But the bright red chairs are the best part. I, for one, would never think to pair tomato red with pale blue (I always go for an orange-and-blue combo, myself) but it works amazingly well—even with the hint of chartreuse on the table. Amazing!

House Beautiful

Last but not least: Here’s an example of too much of a good thing. I love the patterned ceiling, and the island is fabulous—the chrome trim really makes it sing. To me, the floor, countertops, bar stools, and light fixtures are just overkill. But how great would this island look in the kitchen with slate floors and stainless steel countertops? Do you agree? Let me know!

Best Macaroni Cheese Recipe

This creamy dish is a favorite with children and can be served as a main meal or as a side dish by adjusting the portions.



  • Béchamel Sauce
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 600ml full cream milk
  • salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 160g grated Emmental, Comtè
  • Cheddar, Gouda or other stringy cheese
  • 280g macaroni


Method Bèchamel Sauce

  1. Melt butter over low heat in a saucepan.
  2. Add flour and stir with a wooden spatula. Cook, stirring for about 5 mins or until the mixture becomes bubbly and turns whitish.
  3. Pour in cold milk stir and season to taste. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring occasionally with a wooden spatula.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 mins to cool. Stir in egg yolk and half the cheese.


  1. Cook the macaroni in salted water according to package instructions. Drain well.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine macaroni and ¾ of the Bèchamel Sauce. Mix well and pour into a buttered, ovenproof dish.
  3. Top with remaining Bèchamel Sauce and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Place on top shelf of an oven preheated to 210°C.
  4. Bake for around 20mins or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm.

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Asian Flavour – How To Make Stuffed Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki is fast and simple to make. This is the recipe which is made of stuffing the peas and other spices inside balls made of potatoes. Following is the method of its preparation. You can try it with one of our soup recipes as it goes perfectly with the Asian flavored Aloo Tikki.



  • Large potatoes:- 4
  • Breadcrumbs:- ½ cups
  • Raisins:- 3 tbsp
  • Medium onion:- 3
  • Coriander leaves:- 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies:- 4
  • Oil:- 3 tbsp
  • Oil:- For Fry
  • Salt:- For taste

Method of Preparation:   

  1. Peel and chop the onion properly.
  2. Wash and cut green chilies.
  3. Wash, clean and chop coriander leaves.
  4. Boil, peel and mash the potatoes.
  5. Heat up a little oil in a pan, mix in onion and fry until soft.
  6. Add in saute onion, coriander leaves, green chilies, salt and breadcrumb and salt to the mashed potatoes and mix it well.
  7. Make eight equal parts of this.
  8. Stuff each part with cut raisins, make balls and compress them.
  9. Heat up the grill and shallow fry the tikkies until light brown color on both sides.
  10. Serve hot with chutney and tamarind.

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How to use a home espresso machine

If you are a coffee lover then it is natural for you to crave a cup of espresso every now and then and what better way to satiate your needs by getting an espresso machine for home use. If you are an ardent espresso lover, then it is the time that you get yourself an espresso machine. Worried that you won’t know how to use it properly?

Don’t worry, an espresso machine is quite easy to use and if you follow these steps, you would be easily able to make your own espresso as and when you want:


  1. The first step would be to fill your espresso’s reservoir or attach it to a water line for continuous supply of water. You need to make sure that the water which is supplied to the espresso is cold, filtered and isn’t too hard or soft. It is important to provide your machine with the right quality of water to make a perfect cup of espresso. If your water is too distilled, then it would harm your boiler but if your water is too hard, then it would get accumulated on the inside.
  2. Once you have successfully provided your espresso with a good quality water, you need to turn the espresso machine on and give it some time to heat up. This could take 15 minutes or 45 minutes, it all depends on the size of your espresso machine. Make sure that you give it some buffer time too before you start using it.
  3. Now, you need to take an empty portafilter and lock it in the group head and run the machine for a few seconds. This will heat up the water which is close to your coffee and get more fresh water in the front. Once it is done, you need to wipe dry the inside of the portafilter and the underside of the group head.
  4. Now, grind your coffee to a finely, course size and then pour some 18-21 grams of this freshly ground coffee in the portafilter. Once the coffee leaves the chute, you need to rotate the portafilter to ensure that the grounds settle evenly in the basket. You can also use your forefingers to evenly spread them out.
  5. Now position your wrist and arm directly over the center of the portafilter basket and press firmly to make an even, bed-sized shape.
  6. Now, place the portafilter back on the group head and start the brewing. If your machine comes with a separate pre-brew or pre-infusion, then it is advisable to complete this first. This is a good way to brew your freshly ground coffee as the pre-infusion process allows the stored gasses to be released before the whole infusion begins.
  7. Once the above processes are completed, you can start with the infusion process and the brewing and can decide a yield for your brew. You can also mix cream by stirring or by pouring your espresso into another cup and then serve it. Love for coffee is constant and that isn’t replaceable, if you are not wishing to spend much on buying an espresso machine you can get the similar taste using drip coffee maker, here are the drip coffee maker reviews that may help you out.

If you are not a coffee lover and prefer other beverages we have a list of mocktails for the upcoming summers that will keep you chilled and refreshed.

6 Tips for beginner chefs at restaurants

Have you always wanted to be a Professional Chef? Do you want to learn how to make the best dishes possible? Well, cooking is not easy but if you practice enough and have the right amount of talent, you can become an accomplished chef in some time.

It will require a lot of hard work and patience but it is a good possibility. So if you are looking for some simple cooking tips to help you out with your cooking, then read through the below-mentioned tips, they are bound to help you and turn you into an awesome cook in no time.

Read the recipe carefully

Make sure that you read your recipe carefully and properly before you start preparing your ingredients. It is important to take the right amount of ingredients to make your food delicious and perfect.

Ensure that you have all the right ingredients and equipment for a particular recipe and only start when you have everything. Once you have all the ingredients together, make sure that they are properly chopped, sliced and prepped before you start with the actual cooking.

Pre-Heat your kitchen equipment

It is important to pre-heat your oven and pans to ensure that your food is properly cooked and retains all its juices and flavors. Preheating your equipment will allow your food to be properly cooked and will turn the surface brown from the moment it hits the pan or the oven.

If you don’t pre-heat your equipment, it is likely that your food will remain soggy and uncooked and will take a longer time to get cooked properly.

Take proper amount of ingredients

It is important that you take the proper amount of ingredients to cook your food. Make sure you don’t add too much of an ingredient on your pan which might make it difficult to cook.

Taking the right amount of ingredients is important to ensure that your food will be properly cooked and won’t remain uncooked. So make sure that you have enough boiling water for your pasta and spaghetti but not too much as it might turn your pasta soggy and lumpy.

Use good equipment

It is important to have good equipment to ensure that your food is properly prepared. You must start with utility things like cooking stoves, good kitchen faucets. Then make sure you have a basic of kitchen tools like chef’s knife, non-sticky pan, food process, mixer, etc.

A good food processor or mixer will help you in making a consistent and thoroughly mixed batter which will help you in making the perfect cake and cookies. You always need a proper equipment to prepare your ingredients.

Taste and make adjustments

Once you have started cooking your meal, make sure that you taste it in every few minutes and determine what spice or herbs you need to add and then add them.

This will ensure that your food tastes delicious and there is nothing missing in its flavor. This will also give you a better idea of the ingredient quantity that you need to add and make it easier for you the next time you cook the same meal.

Sautéing your garlic at the perfect moment

Too often people add the garlic in their pan too soon which results in it getting burnt and providing a bitter taste to your meal.

Make sure you add your garlic at the right time and make sure it doesn’t get burnt. Adding garlic could really elevate the flavors of your food is done with expertise.

5 Reasons we prefer pre-rinse faucets in our kitchen

You must be aware that Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucets were previously a popular commercial commodity but nowadays it has become more popular at homes too.

Why are people going for this faucet? What is so special about it? Pre-Rinse Kitchen faucets are great for any kitchen because they provide the functionality of a commercialized faucet and provide you with a professional look and feel for your kitchen.

Here are a few benefits of using a Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucets in your home or restaurant kitchen:

Spray up to great distance with ease

With its high-arc spout, you can spray deep into your sink and for long ranges with considerable ease and clean big vessels very easily.

So if you are one of those who owns a big, deep sinks then getting a Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet would be the correct decision for you as it can definitely help to clean up the kitchen faucets.

You can use its sprayer to clean utensils out of the sink also which makes the whole cleaning process faster and more efficient.

You can angle your spray as you want

Due to its high-pressure pull-out nozzle and flexible neck, it is easier to clean pots and pans from whatever angle you need to which is just not possible with the other kitchen faucets.

You can twist it into a 360-degree angle and spray your utensils clean from all sides in just a few minutes and its grooves on the spout make it easier for you to hold the faucet and spray it in whichever direction you want. Check out faucet reviews and comparison charts for a model with such flexibility and ease of use.

Great for cleaning purposes

Another great benefit of this Faucet is that it provides you with various spray settings for your faucet, so if you want the high-pressure spray to remove stubborn stains and dirt from your dishes, then you got it.

But if you want to gently rinse your veggies or plates, you can just use a low-pressure setting and perform your task easily.

Since it is mobile too, you can clean your dishes inside both deep sinks and outside the sinks making sure that your cleaning process is not hampered due to any reason.

Flexibility and Adaptability

The best part about this faucet is that it is so flexible and adaptable. You can find any size which you need which makes it a good bet for most households.

Its extended arm keeps a hold on the faucet spout when you don’t want to use the hose, keeping it stationary at a place. But you can always use your flexible hose whenever you want and you can remove it from the extended arm to do so.

So basically you can hold it stationary and let it remain flexible, you have the option to do both which is not found in many facets.

Great looks and feels

With all its amazing features and functionalities, this faucet’s benefits are still not over. It provides your kitchen with a modern and classy look and makes your kitchen into a more professional area.

So if you want to impress your guests while efficiently using your faucet to clean the dishes, then Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet is the one for you. It will provide you with a comfortable and attractive looking faucet which will make you feel good about your kitchen too.


My favorite mocktails for the upcoming summers

Here’s a list of all my favorite mocktails to fight of the blazing summer heat.

Recommended Ingredients:

1. Berries

2. Lemon

3. Club Soda or Fizzy Water

4. Tomatoes

5. Tobasco Sauce (Yeah right!)

6. Worcester sauce

7. Fruits

8. Ice

Recommended Appliances:

1. A good Juicer (We recommend Breville)

2. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

3. Cocktail Shaker


Virgin Daiquiri


virgin daquiri

To beat the summer heat this combination of lime, strawberries, sugar blended together with some crushed ice and topped off with a little Pineapple is simply put ideal. I always prefer using good quality fresh fruits rather than any bottled or canned juices or fruit flavors to get the best taste.


Mint Lemonade


virgin mint lemonade

This is another one of my favorites and most recommended summer coolers since the ingredients are readily available and is easy to prep. All you’ll require is 500 grams of sugar, 2-3 cups of fresh lime squeeze, 5 cups of water. To start off stir 2 cups of water and the sugar to prep up the syrup. Get an another jar and stir up the leftover water and 2 cups of lime squeeze.Mix it all up, give it a nice stir, add some crushed ice or refrigerate it of 1-2 hours since it best tastes chilled.


Pomegranate spritzer


pomegranate spritzer

One gets a taste of many flavors in this drink such as lemons, pomegranates, ginger ale, seltzer  and is best served in wine glasses. To prepare it, mix ginger ale with the pomegranate juice, throw some crushed ice into the wine glasses then mix the the seltzer with the pomegranate juice and pour and you’re ready to serve.


Virgin Sangria


virgin sangaria

A very popular summer cooler is the sangria and while it’s alcoholic version is best served with wine this version is a combination of lots a fruits like apples, bananas, grape juice, peaches, mandarins, lemon and some cinnamon. Keep it refrigerated for 1-2 hours and preferably in a pitcher. It’s the perfect drink for the weekend family get together and can easily be prepared in large quantities.


Virgin Mary


virgin mary

The Virgin Mary is the non-alcoholic version of what you may know as the bloody mary and to prep it all u need is a tomato, 2-3 limes, some Worcester sauce and few drops of Tabasco sauce.


Non Alcoholic Fizz



This is one drink most women tend to love and is prepared using orange and cranberry juices combined together with some club soda. Grab a shaker and give the juices and some crushed ice a good shake and then add the chilled club soda just before it’s served. To top it off you can use a number ingredients such as fine slices of orange, pineapple, kiwi etc.


Virgin Mojito



Like the sangria mentioned above this too needs no alcohol unlike it’s half brother and is loved by people of all ages and the ingredients needed for it are mint leaves, ice, lime juice, some sugar syrup and some club soda. Refrigerate a blend of all these for about 1 hour. The mint and lime make it a healthy choice and one of the best drinks to kill the summer heat.


Classic Shirley Temple


shirley temple

This is another drink loved by almost everyone. Ingredients needed are 2-3 limes, 3 tsp of grenadine, 2 tsp orange juice and a slice of orange or cherry. Chill it for 1-2 hours for the best experience.

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