Help! Why Does Soup Explode Out of My Blender?

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Q: I grew up in a household that never used a blender and used one for the very first time in my 22 years of life at my boyfriend’s house a few weeks ago. I blew the lid off and sprayed tomato soup all over the ceiling (and the toaster oven, and the mixer, and the cabinets, and my brand new sweater, and…)

I faced my fears again last week with black bean soup, thinking that I needed to put less in the blender because it was hot. I let my boyfriend push the pulse button so I could not be blamed again for the mess, but it still rocketed toward the ceiling.

What am I doing wrong? Any tips on using a blender spray-free? Thanks!

Sent by Becca

Editor: Becca, well, the answer here is very simple: You have to hold down the lid very, very firmly when blending soup. The hot liquid, the vibration, and the steam will all always conspire to blow the lid off. Use a folded towel to protect your hands from the hot liquid and hold the lid down hard when blending soups or other hot liquid.

Readers, any tips for Becca and for blending hot soups?

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