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Blender Gaskets

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My son's class will be doing a nutrition unit and they will be using blenders. I've already okayed all the ingredients, but do I really need to worry about the blender itself? Has anybody out there actually experienced glutenation (now there's a word) with a blender or is this one of those paranoid myths? The issue here is just the rubber gasket -- the blenders and all parts are reliably clean and gluten-free.

His teacher has offered to use a food processor instead (don't see the difference myself). I am offering to send in a mini-blender if we have to. Input?

Thanks

Joanna

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hmmm. dunno on that one. My old blender blew up shortly after going gluten-free, and DH bought me a new one, so I never even had the opportunity to worry about the rubber gasket. My guess would be that as long as it is taken apart and cleaned thoroughly it shouldn't pose a problem. But someone else can feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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I am certainly not an expert, but the food should not be in contact with the gasket of the blender. It is between the glass and the blade and it is so tight that the blender contents don't touch the gasket until you take it apart to clean the blender. During the clean up, a little of the blended food may get on it.

I always spin a little soapy water in the blender jar and dump that before I take apart the blender, so my gasket does not normally get food on it at all. (On my Oster blender you can't see the gasket at all when it is properly in place.)

I would not worry much about this if you know things are cleaned well. If you are worried, send in the mini blender like you said was an option.

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