If you’re new to the healthy eating scene, or you’re considering replacing what you already have, you may be intrigued by the idea of owning a blender. After all, they seem like the most convenient tool in helping you pack in essential nutrients within your diet and help you consume quicker, healthier breakfasts/lunches.
One question that may pop into your head is whether or not blender jars are interchangeable.
The short answer is yes- you can change your blender jar and switch them around.
If you have a mason jar at home, you’re in for good news – they are interchangeable. If not- they’re cheap to buy, so you may need to go and grab one!
How to Use Mason Jars as A Blender Jar
The cheapest, most innovative (and resourceful) method of interchanging your blender jar is by utilising a mason jar. Surprisingly, manufacturers used to integrate and include mason jars whenever they produced and sold blenders- acting as an accessory for smaller drink capacities. They’ve stopped doing this now, and mason jars are sold separately as storage containers or aesthetic smoothie cups.
If you have a mason jar at home, it’s likely that the threads of your blender will fit and accommodate your jar! Try it out- unscrew the parts of your blender as if you’re about to change the jar, and screw the mason jar in. For most blenders, the jar will fit- and you’ll have a DIY, fun, aesthetic blender jar! You won’t even have to clean two jars now, as you’ll have killed two birds with one stone- a blender jar and cup in one!
How to Stay Safe When Using Mason Jars
Remember- if you’re using mason jars, you’re still taking the DIY route- and that too, with an electrical. You need to ensure you’re always following adequate safety precautions- mason jars aren’t designed to fit your model, but they can if the need arises. Here are some top safety tips you need to ensure you always follow, if you choose to use a mason jar:
- Don’t blend hot liquids! This includes soups, sauces, and boiling liquids such as sugar/caramel. Blender jars eliminate this concern because they’re designed with a hole at the top of the jar to allow steam to escape and reduce the pressure in the jar (and prevent any explosions)- mason jars won’t have this, so you’re at a much higher risk of shattering and cutting yourself with mason jar bits flying across the room.
- Make sure you use a Mason jar only: Mason jars are expertly and specially designed to withstand pressure and prevent shattering, via the use of tempered glass. The glass used to make them isn’t as thick as special blender jars.
- Check the rubber seal: The rubber seal on your blender needs to be fitted properly and securely, and be in a safe, good condition. There shouldn’t be any tears or chunks missing, and the seal should fit snugly around the jar base. A good way to test if your rubber seal is in a safe condition is by filling the jug halfway with water- is there any leakage? If yes, you’ll need to replace the rubber seal before you attempt any jar interchange
Other Brands: Can I Use Them?
When it comes to using other brands, interchangeability is rare and usually unsupported. This is mainly because companies want you to stick to their own brand, instead of going to another. It helps make them money and retain their customers- that’s how consumerism works, unfortunately!
Cheaper blenders have a greater likelihood of being interchangeable. This includes unbranded or budget-brand options from supermarkets. Sometimes, blender jars from other companies can be fitted into them and thus be interchangeable- but for the majority of designer/luxury blenders, you won’t have this leeway. But in all honesty, when you purchase a designer blender- the quality will be (or should be) good enough to never require jar interchange! If you do… get your money back- or contact their customer service and find out if you can get a replacement.
Excellent Uses for Your Interchanged Blender Jar
Whether you decide to use a mason jar, or a blender jar from another manufacturer/company, there are many different tantalising ways to make use of your renewed blender. Here’s some of our favourites:
- Tomato Soup: Cook your chunks of fresh tomato with spices, chopped carrots and celery, and a dash of oil or butter- soften the tomatoes and cook until fragrant. Pop them into your blender with half a cup of water once they’ve cooled down, and blend! You can return the mixture to the pan and simmer with fresh basil, cream, and further seasonings.
- Froyo: You can freeze fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries- but make sure you use at least one cup of frozen bananas- blitz them together on full speed with partially frozen yoghurt and add agave syrup, maple syrup, or honey for sweetness.
- Guacamole: To make this international favourite, blend together two semi-ripe avocados, spices, a dash of olive oil, chilli flakes, and a squeeze of fresh lemon for a fresh, healthy spread.
There’s so many more uses for your renewed blender including smoothies, ice creams, sauces, chopped nuts and raisins, granola and cereals, or even juice.