What can a blender make?
A blender is an incredible tool that is often under utilized.
Most households have a kitchen blender of some sorts. Some of those blenders are more powerful than others, especially high speed blenders. Some users are more knowledgeable than others when it comes to knowing what a blender is capable of doing. Knowing what your blender is capable of doing can save you money and enrich your cooking experience as well as save you time in the kitchen.
Every kid knows that blenders are really good at making blended drinks. Blenders are able to make milk shakes, smoothies, fruit shakes, frozen drinks, and the more powerful blenders are able to make crushed ice for margaritas and daiquiris. All of these drinks can be made with and without alcohol. Blenders are perfect for family gatherings, house parties or for the every morning power drink.
The blender’s power determines how smooth your drink will be. If for example you are adding almonds or carrots they will be broken down into much smaller parts the more powerful your blender is, i.e., a high speed blender. And if you do like chunks in your drink and you have a very powerful blender then you just need to reduce the blending time. However it does not work the other way around. If your blender lacks the power it will never be able to produce a really smooth blended drink, especially when using more solid items.
Purees, Dips, Salsas and Soups
Blenders are the perfect kitchen appliances when it comes to making purees, dips, salsas and soups. You can make any type of soup you want, just add 1 cup of cooked vegetable, some cooked boneless chicken if you like, and a ¼ cup of water to your blender. Then blend until it is smooth enough for you. You can very easily blend any of the following: avocado cream, guacamole, cream of mushroom/tomato, Mexican salsa, black bean dip, fresh fruit yogurt, fresh pesto sauce, apple sauce, and many more. Many healthy and fun meals and snacks can easily be made with the right blender, often saving you time and money in the process.
Who doesn’t want to feed its newborn fresh and healthy food. Blenders are an easy way to make an array of different flavored and nourishing baby foods. From apple sauce to carrot puree to leafy green juices, all can be freshly made and individualized to give you 100% control of what you feed your baby. This will also save you a lot of money too.
Grinded Spices and Fresh Grinded Coffee
Imagine grinding your own fresh coffee every morning, or on the weekends. Imagine the smell and the full flavor that you get from freshly grinded coffee. There is then no need for you to stop by a coffee shop on your way to work and drop $4 or more dollars every time you want good fresh coffee. The more powerful blenders are able to grind coffee beans as fine as you would like them to be.
Make your own freshly ground pepper from peppercorns. You can even make your own pepper blend by mixing different types of peppercorns together. Do the same with nutmeg, cinnamon and other dried spices. The next time you have guests over for dinner or BBQ impress them by telling them that you made the spice mix yourself.
Grinded / Shred Meat
Make your own hamburger patties from lean cut meats and save money in the process. Also, another advantage is that you know exactly what meat is really in your patty. Shred cooked meats for sandwiches, e.g., chicken or pork. For this Best Blenders recommends a powerful blender.
Do you hate chopping onions? Why not use your blender? You want chopped carrots too? Not a problem, use your blender. Use a low setting or the pulse feature on your blender and the job will be done in seconds. It doesn't matter if they are dry or wet, a good blender will chop them to a perfect serving size in a few seconds, saving you time and tears.
Grinded Whole Grains
You like eating whole grains? How about making whole grain pancakes? It is for sure cheaper than store-bought mixes, and really simple to do too. Most are not aware that a blender is able to produce a fine powder from whole grains. The blender should have more power than a regular home blender for this task. For best results get a high speed blender.
You like adding grated cheese on your pasta or making fresh pizza or casserole? Then why not use freshly grated cheese? It is very simple to do - cut your cheese into cubes, toss into your blender and use your blender’s pulse feature until you have the cheese grated to your desired size. Freshly grated cheese always tastes better!
Salad Dressings and Mayonnaise
Almost any blender can make salad dressing. Choose your dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Then bottle it for next time or to take it to the office or picnic.
For mayonnaise the basic recipe is two eggs, 1 tsp. mustard and ½ squeezed lemon (if preferred), blend at high speed until frothy, then slowly add 1 ¼ cup cooking oil and continue to blend at high speed until thick and creamy. Place not used portion into a jar and store in fridge. All fresh and tasty, and everything is without preservatives.
Create the richest flavored ice creams ever with your blender. Perfect for birthday parties or home movie nights. Really simple to do too, as not many ingredients are needed. It is also really easy to store your freshly made ice cream in the freezer until next week or the weekend after. With a little experimenting your friends will soon be telling you to package your ice cream and sell it. To make ice cream your blender will need enough blending power to be able to handle frozen fruits and chocolate if you choose to use them. The more powerful the blender the creamier and smoother the ice cream.
Preservative-Free Fresh Nut Butters
Make your own fresh peanut butter, or almond or cashew butter. Perfect for lunches, picnics or snacks. This can be a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought products. Imagine the look on your friends faces when you tell them that you make it yourself. Here is how to make fresh peanut butter from scratch using your blender. First blend 2 cups of roasted peanuts and ½ tablespoon of vegetable or peanut oil until it becomes paste-like. Then taste and if needed add very small quantities of brown sugar, honey or salt to fit individual taste. If you like your nut butter crunchy, add some more peanuts at the very end and blend only for a few seconds. Best Blenders recommends the more powerful blenders for this type of blending, i.e., high speed blenders.