Blenders have traditionally been used to mix delicious drinks like milkshakes and smoothies, and for making baby food and other purees. Today a lot of people are focussing on healthy smoothies and multi purpose appliances, and there are some really good options on the market.
Ninja Master Prep
I have a few different blenders, but the one I would buy today is the Ninja Master Prep (QB900B). It is a highly rated blender these days according to recent reviews. It stood up against some very expensive models in Consumer Reports tests. Its like a combination food chopper/blender/ice chopper and is very popular with customers, who feel they are getting a big bang for their buck. Click here for over 2,300 customer reviews.
I have a Hamilton Beach, and it really does do everything I need it to do. Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite Multi-Function Blender might not be the toughest blender on the market but for a very low price, it does mostly everything the average person would want it to.
- 700 watts of peak blending power to easily handle a multitude of blending tasks, from smoothies and icy drinks to salsas, purees & more
- Wave-Action system is designed to continuously pull mixture down into the blades for smooth results
- Unique, no-mess spout with hinged cap makes pouring easy
- 40 oz. dishwasher safe glass jar is thermal-shock tested to withstand extreme temperature changes
- 3 year warranty; questions are supported by a toll-free call center located in the U.S.
Magic Bullet NutriBullet
I also have a Magic Bullet, with its multiple mugs. Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System is nice when making different things – it would be great at baby food making time, if you want to do batches of different types of vegetables, or for different flavored milkshakes for the family.
The NutriBullet System makes healthy, nutritious drinks that can help you fight and prevent disease, lose weight, relieve joint pain, promote healthy, younger-looking skin, and even add years to your life. The secret is the NutriBullet’s exclusive extractor technology which uses a 600 watt motor with cyclonic action and the patented extractor blades. This technology breaks down and pulverizes the stems, seeds, and skins where most of the essential nutrition lies – unlike what juicers and blenders do. Simply add your favorite fruits, vegetables and boosts (nuts, seeds, herbs) to the NutriBullet, along with some water, and extract the ingredients into smooth, tasty drink. And the best part is a NutriBlast takes only seconds to prepare, seconds to clean and couldn’t be easier to take on-the-go.
Why extract food? Eating extracted food is great for everyone in any state of health – from top performing athlete to someone suffering from fibromyalgia – because extracted food is virtually predigested, so your body can effortlessly absorb and utilize all of the nutrition that food has to offer. Even when we eat the healthiest foods, like a salad for example, it’s a lot of work for the body to break that salad down to get it ready for absorption into the body. When we prepare extracted foods with the NutriBullet, the foods are consumed in their most absorptive state, so we get the nutrition WITHOUT having to rely on proper chewing, effective stomach acids, digestive enzymes and the like to break down the food. It’s done for us!
12-Piece Set Includes:
- 1 High-torque Power Base
- 1 Extractor Blade
- 1 Milling Blade
- 1 Tall Cup
- 2 Short Cups
- 1 Handled Lip Ring
- 1 Regular Lip Ring
- 2 Stay-fresh Resealable Lids
- 1 User Manual & Cookbook
- 1 Pocket Nutritionist
- Busts open seeds
- Cracks through stems
- Shreds tough skins
- Breaks down even the toughest ingredients to unlock the vital nutrition inside
- UL Listed
- 1-yr limited warranty
- Made in China
- Wattage Output: 600 Watts
- Number of Speeds: 1
- Capacity (volume): 3 Cups
- Appliance Capabilities: Shredder, Blends, Grinds, Chops
- Material: Plastic (BPA-Free)
- Care and Cleaning: Dishwasher Safe Parts
- Base Dimensions: 5.375″ Diameter x 8″ Height
- Weight: 3.6 lbs
Things you can make with a blender
- smoothies – you can fit a standard Mason jar on most blenders, use it to mix, then as a glass!
- frozen drinks
- powdered sugar – just pour a cup of sugar in the blender and blend
- seasoned bread crumbs
- ice cream
- whipping cream – yes, just add a bit of sugar and vanilla if you like, and blend
- salad dressings – again, use the Mason jar, then you have your dressing in a container already
- tomato sauce (are we seeing a Mason jar use theme?)
- pancake or waffle batters
- jam and fruit butters
- home made dips
- fresh raw fruit juice (just add a cup of water)
- flours – blend things like oats, pumpkin seeds, whatever and use them mixed with or instead of regular flour, experiment
- baby food – freeze it in ice cub trays, then pop them into baggies and defrost what you need
- lump free gravy
Any other suggestions?