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Blending 101: How to Load a Jar


One of the awesome things about a Blendtec blender is that you don’t need a messy plunger to force ingredients into the blade. It helps to load your jar in a way that produces the best blend. Here are some helpful tips for doing that.

  • Place your softer, high-moisture foods in the blender jar first (liquids, fresh fruits and veggies, etc.). Place your hard, solid foods last (ice, frozen fruits and veggies, nuts, etc.). If you’re making a green smoothie with leafy greens, you can put them in before or after the ice. The most important thing is for liquids to be put in first and to put the harder ingredients toward the top.
  • If a blend is too cold, cavitation can result. This is when an air pocket forms around the blade. Be sure to keep a good balance between ice (or any frozen food) and liquid.
  • For round food objects such as apples, cut them in half before placing them in the jar.
  • Cut fresh food items to fit in half the height of the jar.

These easy steps will help ensure that your blended masterpiece will be as smooth and delicious as possible.

Do you have any other ideas for creating the best blends?

how to load your Blendtec jar

Load your jar with liquids and soft ingredients on bottom. Top with frozen, hard ingredients.

(3) Comments on “Blending 101: How to Load a Jar

  • Debra Duran

    I just bought the Blendtec with a wildside jar. Why would I need a fourside jar? Can’t anything you do in it be done in a wildside?

    • Brad

      I use my 4 sided for grains. Grinding grains can eventually pit and fog a jar, so I keep my Wildside for more gentle blends.

  • Andy

    I filled my wildside with a splash of water, two oranges in quarters a banana, 5-6 frozen grapes, 5-6 frozen strawberries, pressed smoothie and the jar started rocketing all over the place, I thought it would jump straight off the motor base, then it settled down. Is this normal? or am I doing something wrong?

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