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How Do I Dry My Immersion Blender's Gearbox?

Velda Mae Aug 8, 2011 06:37 PM

I have a Braun immersion blender with the chopper attachment. I put the top of the chopper, which I believe is called the gearbox, in the dishwasher and it came out sloshing with water. I've tried manipulating the mechanism to release the water and also tried running the blender in the hopes that the water would spin out but, alas, it didn't. Is there a way to release the water? If so, how do I do it?

  1. puzzler Aug 10, 2011 10:29 AM

    Try a hair dryer or leave it out in the sun for a day. Both have worked for me in similar instances.

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      cutipie721 Aug 9, 2011 09:41 PM

      Interesting. Mine looks like the one in the attached photo, and I wash it in the dishwasher all the time. Different model maybe?

      But I did ruin the whisk attachment at some point. The metal whisk can be detached from the plastic body by just pulling it out. I ended up putting both into the dw. The plastic body was, like yours, filled with water and I could not get it out. After reading the manual we learned that it's not meant to be machine washed and paid $8 (I think) to replace it.

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      1. re: cutipie721
        Velda Mae Aug 10, 2011 09:10 AM

        Mine is similar to the one shown in cutiepie721's photo but is older. I got mine in the mid 90s. I called Braun and learn that they no longer sell household appliances nor do they provide technical support for them. Braun gave me the number of a local service center and the guy there said the piece was probably deformed and that I need a new one. That'd be fine except the model I have was discontinued years ago and no replacement parts are available. Interestingly, there's a sticker on the motor component that says not to put it in the dishwasher but the only warning label on the chopper top is not to lift the lid until the blade starts spinning. It does seem like the water is evaporating ever so slowly.

        1. re: Velda Mae
          cutipie721 Aug 10, 2011 09:39 AM

          Shake it and see what the water looks like. Mine was... um... green, or gray.

          1. re: cutipie721
            Velda Mae Aug 10, 2011 11:27 AM

            That's the thing-- I can't get the water to come out at all. I tried pressing on the center mechanism, the part that spins the chopper blade, which has some play in it, but nothing came out. I also tried attaching the lid to the motor and running it in the hopes that the water would spin out but nothing happened.

      2. Quine Aug 9, 2011 05:03 AM

        Do a Google search for "how to dry a wet cellphone". You will find a number of ways that accomplish this, pick one that seems best suited to the issue you have.

        1. Bada Bing Aug 9, 2011 04:55 AM

          I'd call Braun. (I own a KitchenAid model, so I can't be sure what to say directly.)

          But it should also drain/evaporate eventually. If water could get in, it can get out with time.

          1. John E. Aug 8, 2011 07:20 PM

            Are you saying you put the immersion blender in the dishwasher, the part with the electric cord? If so, what were you thinking? The only thing I can think of is to take it apart and let it dry in fron of a fan. Another alternative is to buy a new one. We have a Braun immersion blender that I bought at Goodwill for $4.

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            1. re: John E.
              Velda Mae Aug 9, 2011 04:40 AM

              Thanks for your vote of confidence but, no, the part of the blender I put in the dishwasher was the plastic top that sits on the chopper bowl. The handset with the electric cord and motor snaps onto that plastic top and makes the chopper blade spin. I'd used the chopper to make chimichurri sauce and really needed a thorough dishwasher cleaning to get the oil off the plastic. There does not appear to be a way to take the piece apart to let it dry.

              1. re: Velda Mae
                John E. Aug 9, 2011 09:07 PM

                I guess I really have no concept of what part it is that you have that needs to be dried out. That is why I phrased it as a question. A link to a photo would help to answer your question.

              2. re: John E.
                breadchick Aug 11, 2011 04:56 PM

                John E, that apparently isn't as crazy a question as you could pose. There's a ninny in the area where I live that blogs for the city paper and she said she puts her toaster in the d/w all the time. Yeah. Other things too, but I can't recall them right now. This is supposedly an intelligent person.

                Unless she knows something I don't, I sure hope she has good homeowners' insurance...

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