What is a Blender?
According to Wikipedia, a blender is a kitchen and laboratory appliance used to mix, crush, purée or emulsify food and other substances. A stationary blender consists of a blender container with a rotating metal blade at the bottom, powered by an electric motor that is in the base. You can make some delicious things with a blender. A short list of things you can do with a blender includes: making pancake or waffle batter, making sauces, making smooth, creamy soups, making condiments, quick breads, protein shakes, milk shakes and peanut butter. However, a blender is capable of doing so much more than those things, therefore this article will present eight more amazing things that this useful kitchen appliance can do for you.
One: Compost Organic Materials
A high-powered blender can be safely used to break down your food waste before putting it into your compost bin. Using a blender to compost will enable you to get nutrient-rich dirt faster for you to grow more basil, lettuce and tomatoes in your garden that can later be stuck back in the blender to make soups, sauces or smoothies. Using a blender to compost enables the kitchen appliance to come full circle in the food making process from beginning to end and back again.
Two: Super Fluffy Eggs for a Perfect Omelette
For any recipe that calls for you to whisk eggs by hand, why not simply toss the eggs required into a blender and whir them up for about ten seconds instead? Throwing eggs in a blender for a few seconds will reward you with the fluffiest scrambled eggs you’ve ever eaten. Toss a splash of milk into the blender with eggs for an omelette that will make you wonder why you have not tried fluffing eggs up in a blender before.
Three: Make Powdered Sugar, Muffin Batter and Almond Flour
If you are out of powdered sugar you can easily make some using cornstarch and granulated sugar. Making cookies with powdered sugar that you made yourself in a blender will give you a unique sense of satisfaction with every delicious bite you take. So too is the gratification you will get from putting all the ingredients necessary to create your favorite muffins into a blender to produce your own muffin batter. The quick and easy process will result in the best muffins you could possibly muster using a blender. Using your blender, you can also save money by making almond flour, which can be expensive, for gluten-free baking. You will need to be careful and pay close attention when making it, however. Make sure you don’t blend it up too much or you’ll end up with almond butter instead of flour.
Four: Make your Own Mayonnaise
If you run out of Hellman’s mayonnaise in the middle of making your famous potato and egg salad for the family reunion, don’t panic. All you will need to get things back on track are some egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, salt, and olive oil. Throw all those ingredients into your blender, turn it on and viola, in just a few seconds you have produced for yourself some delicious homemade mayo that’s ready to be put into your favorite pasta salad or for spreading all over tuna fish sandwiches.
Five: Produce Homemade Coconut Butter and Nut Butters
Make coconut butter by simply blending up shredded unsweetened coconut flakes in a blender until they get super creamy. Have fun watching them transform from dry flakes into creamy butter right before your eyes. Coconut butter can also be used to cook with if you wish. To make homemade nut butters you will need just two ingredients, salt and nuts. Throw both ingredients into your blender and control the amount of salt you put into the mix to easily create inexpensive nut butter for yourself.
Six: Make Nutritious Smoothies and Delicious Nutella
High powered blenders have the ability to purée almost everything. For that reason, as far as kitchen appliances go, the blender is an ideal smoothie maker because it enables you to imagine anything, including greens, into a creamy, mouthwatering, soft-serve texture. You can also use your blender, instead of a food processor, to make homemade Nutella using hazelnuts and chocolate chips. Make a delicious batch of homemade chocolate hazelnut spread to enjoy with family and friends on toast, in oatmeal, or by the loving’ spoonful.
Seven: Make your Own Almond Milk
Save money by making your own almond milk instead of purchasing it every week at the local grocery store. It’s simple, all you need to do is throw some almonds into a blender with some maple syrup, water, and a pinch of salt then blitz it up and strain it all. You can also be adventurous and try tossing in some nuts, oats, grains and seeds for good measure if you wish. Remember, oats become flour, cashews become cream and almonds become milk that you can use in your morning coffee, afternoon smoothies or drink it straight up by itself for a refreshing treat any hour of the day. If you feel daring enough, try reimagining the sweet and savory Mangonada with some almond milk thrown in for good measure. The Mexican frozen beverage combines the saltiness of the chamoy with the spiciness of Tajin Clasico Seasoning and the sweetness of mango to deliver a unique taste that can always be kicked up a notch with your imagination.
Eight: Make Herb-Infused Oils and Hollandaise Sauce
Last but not least, you can also produce fabulous herb-infused oils that are just perfect for drizzling over toasted bread, crispy salads and fresh pastas. Try infusing olive oil with fresh basil. Blanch it, by briefly immersing it in boiling water, then toss it into a blender with olive oil. Blitz up the concoction then strain it. You will be rewarded with flavors that are bright, herby, and refreshing. Finally, you can make hollandaise sauce that never breaks or gets chunky. Using a blender is a foolproof and easy way to make this challenging sauce without much effort.