My mother adores her kitchen appliances. I buy her one every year for her birthday if I can find something she doesn’t already have that I know she could use. She has two toaster ovens, a George Foreman grill, a pressure cooker, and just about anything else you could imagine for a kitchen. I noticed that her blender looks a bit old though. Her birthday was coming up, so I decided to pick her up something that will motivate her to try more recipes that involve using a blender.
I spent an entire afternoon reading blender reviews and trying to figure out which model to get her. I ended up splurging on a brand new Blendtec Designer Series that turned out to be absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t used a state of the art blender, let me tell you there are dozens of settings you would never even have thought of. It’s all automated. You simply put the stuff you want blended into the blending jar, choose one of the presets, and it knows exactly how long to blend and how much force to use.
After I gave my mom the blender and she tried it for the first time, she was hooked. We were both hooked actually, because since then I’ve gone over her house the past three nights in a row and have tried out two new soup recipes and made a total of five different kinds of smoothies. Maybe I’m getting carried away a bit, but I just love it! I’m glad I read all of those blender reviews, because the time I spent really paid off. Although the blender wasn’t cheap, my mom loves and appreciates it, and that’s what matters to me the most, plus I get to use it whenever I want!
The first recipe we made was a super delicious minted pea and bacon soup. We really enjoyed preparing it, mostly because we were just excited to have a new toy in the kitchen and that we had an excuse to use it. In fact, we used the blendertoo much. We made so many smoothies that most of it went into the fridge and may never see the light of day, at least not as long as we keep having this much fun blending things. There’s something so satisfying about watching the blades work through ingredients so effortlessly. The frozen fruit chunks and ice we put in the blender didn’t budge the blades whatsoever. The motor is really powerful, far better than any I’ve ever seen. I imagine this is the kind they use at places like Tropical Smoothie.
The next recipe we made, spicy butternut squash, carrot and ginger soup, was just as easy and fun and came out just as good as the pea soup. My dad walked by and saw us using the new blender again and said, “I don’t know what you girls are up to, but I like it already!” We’re planning to make some different sauces and recipes this week with it. It’s safe to say that we have found the inspiration to start making our own sauces and cooking from scratch more often. We already cook a lot, but it feels great using new equipment.
If you don’t have a good blender, then you’re missing out. Blenders have really come a long way over the past decade or so. The Blendtec Designer Series we have is ideal for us, but there are plenty of other great brands out there to choose from. The sooner you get one, the sooner you can start churning through recipes left and right like us!