I was very excited to receive a Blendtec blender for Christmas! Now that I’ve had some time to put it to use, I’ll tell you about it. It’s always fun to get a new kitchen appliance. Well, I think so, anyway!
I had been wanting a high-speed blender for quite some time now. They just do things that nothing else will do! For example, when I tried making a dairy-free coffee creamer with dates, it tasted good; but there would be little bits of date left in the bottom of my cup, and the mixture would quickly separate out after I made it in my old blender. I knew there were lots of other healthful recipes that really needed a high-speed blender to be right.
Of course, there’s the debate about whether to go with a Blendtec or a Vitamix. I had taken a good look at both sides. No, I’m sorry, I haven’t done a working comparison between the two. I would like to do that sometime, though. There are a few reasons why I chose to ask for a Blendtec. One was price. At the time, the Blendtec was selling for quite a bit less than the Vitamix. I also liked that a tamper is not required, the blade is not sharp, and the Blendtec fits under the upper kitchen cabinets. I see that Vitamix has now come out with a model that is designed to fit under the upper cabinets, and the price is actually comparable to that of the Blendtec.
When we went to visit our daughter-in-law and son in Florida in the fall, we learned that they had bought a Blendtec blender. That was a good opportunity to see it in action. I bought the ingredients for the dairy-free coffee creamer and made it in their blender. It was lovely! I was sold! There was no visible trace of date, and the mixture became foamy and stayed suspended rather than separating out. It tasted better, too. I was impressed!
My son had done his research. He looks into how the machine is made, metal parts-that sort of thing. He’s pretty thorough, so I was confident in that. He had chosen the Blendtec Classic 575 with the Wildside jar
as the best blender for the money, so I asked for that as well.
I like that I can make muffin batter in it and then stir blueberries right into the blender jar without cutting my spatula. I also love that the blender has it’s own self-cleaning feature! You don’t have to take it apart, and it doesn’t take up room in the dishwasher. You just put some hot water into it with a drop of dish soap and push the cleaning button. Rinse it out, and you’re done! I’ll give you one note of caution, though. Be sure to follow the directions for cleaning. Add only one cup of hot water and one drop of dish soap. I once got carried away and added too much. The powerful, soapy foam that blew out of the machine just about power-washed my whole kitchen!
I whipped up this Pineapple Orange Smoothie from a recipe in the book that comes with the blender. It’s amazingly smooth and creamy!
A couple days later, I made one with what I had in the house and like it even better!
A little after that, I came across the recipe for this delicious Date & Almond Smoothie from Marlene at Urban Cottage Life. Marlene and I are both members of Food Bloggers of Canada, a great source of recipes and support for Canadian food bloggers.
Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe that you like to make?
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