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another reason to eat plant foods

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | May 03, 2010

Last night I went to dinner at a friend’s house. She is getting married this week and had a house packed full of her large family and his. So I was “helping” by making gravy. We put the boiling roast drippings in the BlendTec, I added cornstarch, pressed the lid on, and pushed the button . . .

Suddenly the scalding hot contents were flying out all over the kitchen, drenching both my arms. I was wearing long sleeves, so I couldn’t quickly wash it off my arms.

Long story short, my forearms were badly burned. Covered with blisters this morning despite hours of ice followed by fresh aloe vera from my plant, when I got home.

Just another (really obscure) reason to drink green food. Instead of animal products. My green smoothies have never hurt me.

That said, you haven’t been “initiated” as a GSG until you’ve had a blenderful blow up. (Has this happened to you yet? You can find dried green blobs even months later–ceiling, cabinets, all kinds of fun places.)

Important tip: press the lid on, very well, all the way around!

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17 thoughts on “another reason to eat plant foods”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    OH NO!!! I am sure you are hurting so badly! I burned my face yesterday with a curling iron- I know, very small compared to your burns.

    I have had so many smoothies explode on me! It has been nightmarish. I have learned to always keep two hands on the top. We have “mooshie” (that’s what my son calls them) stains everywhere! But, it’s a price I am willing to pay for being healthy.

  2. I’m glad to hear that happens to the “pro” as well 🙂 I’ve had quite a few blenderful blow ups. Some worse than others. My first was when I was doing a soup and let it get to hot, oops. I was a blendtec newbie at the time. But I just had a little mishap this weekend when I was making your chocolate beet cake recipe. But it was such a pretty color red, I almost didn’t even mind 🙂 I guess when you use your blenctec for everything, it’s bound to happen!

  3. Anonymous says:

    “She is getting married this week and had a house packed full of her LARGE family and his.”

    Sounds like they could benefit from a few Green Smoothies.

    Take care of your burns.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Pretty sly when you can catch a writer/teacher using a dangling/ambiguous modifer. Good one, Craig. [I’m so ashamed.]

  4. Actually, the reason it happened was because it was sealed too tightly. Steam builds inside when you put something hot into a blender, then explodes when the pressure is too great. So sorry, though, it’s definitely painful!

    I’ve exploded blenderfuls of green smoothie, but the worst was two years ago while I was waiting for it to come. I tried to make a smoothie in my food processor. A chunk of cantaloupe got stuck, and it was flung to the far corners of my kitchen. Lovely.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Good to know! Yeah, it really blew sky high. We were all wondering why it erupted like it did and that makes perfect sense!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Have you decided on a tee shirt slogan yet? I am anxious to hear….:) ( i am sure lots of others are, too! 🙂 )

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m so sorry!! I hope you’re OK and that you will heal super fast.

    Did you take that round insert out of the lid before you started it up? I am terrified of blending my asparagus soup in the blender (which, incidentally, is vegan, hee hee). I always take the round insert out and hold a cloth LOOSELY over the top and then start the blender verrrrrrrry slow.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I just noticed that I assigned my modifier ambiguously too 🙂 The asparagus soup is vegan, not the blender 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    Raw Honey is amazing for burns. I’ve done it on myself 2 times with amazing results. GENTLY for your sake apply like you would neosporin (I tossed that out a few years ago after I found coconut oil). Then top with bandaids.

    The honey will prevent infection, and keep if moist

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Thanks C Bo! I am typing this with my arms bandaged to the elbows with Ace Bandages. My aloe vera stopped the burning within 10 minutes. Unfortunately I didn’t get home to USE the aloe vera for 2.5 hours. I forgot about honey, thank you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was lucky, my blendtec blew up when I was cleaning it so sudsy water got all over everything in my kitchen including my many loose leaf binders full of my raw vegan recipes. What a mess, but at least it was a clean mess! Robyn,hope you are starting to feel better soon.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn:

    If that happens a next time (I hope not), you can put Vinegar rapidly after the burn occur.

    God Bless You.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Sorry I was cut short. I realized later that I’m sure you needed more then a few bandaids.

    Lavender Essential Oil, coconut oil & honey has been the latest combination for me that worked amazing with no visual evidence after 3 weeks.

    Aloe is excellent, I just struggle keeping a plant alive. I’d try a combination of what you feel would work best for your burns.

    I’d probably try it all, then gently continue to wrap with may be saran wrap & ace bandages. The stickyness can sometimes drive you crazy, but I get over it & try to keep it from sticking to my clothing, because ITS WORTH IT!!!!

    I’m not medically trained, just guided by ever new knowledge & inspiration on what the current sitation dictates. I LOVE using Mother Natures Medicine : )

  12. Anonymous says:

    A quick fix for burns is toothpaste. I don’t know why it works but it does. It stops the burning immediately and you won’t blister after. I learned it in high school when I accidentally burned myself with an industrial glue gun.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have blown up my blender more times than I care to admit. It usually happens when I am in a big hurry to get the smoothies ready for my girls early in the morning and I start multi tasking and not just focusing on my smoothie. I overfill it and then look away from it while it is going. We try to just laugh about it. I have called my kitchen the “Alien battle ground” when it happens because when one blows up it looks like you slaughtered a bunch of little green aliens 🙂 I actually have also blown it up cleaning it because again, got in a hurry, and rather than putting a “drop” of dish liquid I put a bit more and when I blended it it foamed REALLY big and blew the top off – suds everywhere. Oh Well – just usually a friendly reminder for me to plug in and pay attention to what I am doing. I still LOVE my blender and my green smoothies!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I don’t know how old the BlendTec you were using was, but they now have a lid that is vented and is supposed to keep that from happening. My mom burned herself about a year ago and she called them and they sent her a prototype of the new lid, and when I got mine at Christmas it had the new lid included. For safety’s sake, everyone who has the old lid that seals should call BlendTec and request a free vented lid.

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