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ardchoille 07-05-2015 10:30 PM

Now that I have a blender..
 
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Now that I have a blender I'm wondering what else I can do with it besides making fruit smoothies. It's a 7 speed, Hamilton Beach blender (Scovill?). I'm not sure I'll ever use all 7 settings, but I am sure I can do a lot more with it.. I just need ideas. I'm also learning to loosen my dietary restrictions, so don't be shy about ideas.

Addie 07-06-2015 01:04 AM

Throw in small pieces of cheese and grind them up to small. Make bread crumbs for starters.

Anyone else with more ideas? :angel:

CraigC 07-06-2015 04:14 AM

I use ours mainly for Mexican sauces and some marinades. We have an immersion blender for hot stuff that requires blending. So much easier than having to transfer to the blender.

BoracayB 07-06-2015 06:17 AM

I use it to grind crushed tomatoes for marinara sauce .

Whiskadoodle 07-06-2015 09:33 AM

As soon as you can get your hands on garden grown tomatoes, make Gazpacho.

I like to chop the raw veggies individually so they all reach the desired consistency and then blend them all together.

Aunt Bea 07-06-2015 09:51 AM

Try making mayonnaise.

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ardchoille 07-06-2015 10:30 AM

Wowsers! I didnt realize some of these things were possible. Keep the ideas coming, you folks are great :)

Dawgluver 07-06-2015 10:41 AM

Salad dressings.

taxlady 07-06-2015 11:42 AM

I used to make a nice peach mousse using canned peaches, vanilla ice cream, and gelatin and a bit of boiling water. It was in a booklet of recipes from Knox Gelatin.

CWS4322 07-06-2015 03:59 PM

I don't use my blender very often. I usually use the food processor, magic bullet, or immersion blender. However, I do use the blender to make pesto, crush fruit for ice cream, nuts, and for things that are too small to blend in the food processor.

creative 07-06-2015 04:12 PM

Maybe obvious....blending soups.

Aunt Bea 07-06-2015 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by taxlady (Post 1428174)
I used to make a nice peach mousse using canned peaches, vanilla ice cream, and gelatin and a bit of boiling water. It was in a booklet of recipes from Knox Gelatin.

Your post made me think of this great recipe for cantaloupe mousse from Dori Sanders' Country Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Family Farm Stand.

Recipe: Cantaloupe Mousse (blender or food processor) - Recipelink.com

taxlady 07-06-2015 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Aunt Bea (Post 1428233)
Your post made me think of this great recipe for cantaloupe mousse from Dori Sanders' Country Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Family Farm Stand.

Recipe: Cantaloupe Mousse (blender or food processor) - Recipelink.com

The one I mentioned was easier:

Peach Mousse
2 pouches of gelatin
250 ml (1 cup) boiling water
1 can (540 ml - 19 fl.oz) peaches
6 scoops of ice cream
  • Put the liquid from the can of peaches in the blender.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin on the liquid and let it stand until the gelatin is softened, ~5 minutes.
  • Add the boiling water, put the lid on the blender, and whiz it until all the gelatin is dissolved.
  • Reserve some of the peaches as garnish.
  • Put the ice cream and the peaches in the blender, put the lid on the blender and whiz it until smooth.
  • Pour it into six individual serving bowls or one 1 litre (1 quart) mold.
  • Chill until set, ~ one hour, if I remember correctly.
  • Garnish with reserved peach halves or slices.

Kayelle 07-09-2015 04:39 PM

Both those recipes sound good, but Taxi I'm shocked you haven't shared your recipe for "The Perfect Margarita" with your little icon. :wink:

taxlady 07-09-2015 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Kayelle (Post 1428512)
Both those recipes sound good, but Taxi I'm shocked you haven't shared your recipe for "The Perfect Margarita" with your little icon. :wink:

Hmm, I don't know if it would be someone else's perfect Margarita. :wink:

Taxlady's Margarita Recipe https://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/fiesta.gif

1 part triple sec
2 parts tequila
1/2 part mixed lemon and lime juice

Put it all in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into Margarita or cocktail glasses.

Kayelle 07-09-2015 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by taxlady (Post 1428516)
Hmm, I don't know if it would be someone else's perfect Margarita. :wink:

Taxlady's Margarita Recipe https://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/fiesta.gif

1 part triple sec
2 parts tequila
1/2 part mixed lemon and lime juice

Put it all in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into Margarita or cocktail glasses.

I love that shaky little gal. Personally, I'd use a blender for frozen Margarita's. :wink:

taxlady 07-09-2015 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Kayelle (Post 1428533)
I love that shaky little gal. Personally, I'd use a blender for frozen Margarita's. :wink:

Go for it, if you like frozen Margaritas. I don't. My teeth have always been sensitive to cold.

Kayelle 07-09-2015 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by creative (Post 1428231)
Maybe obvious....blending soups.

I've been burned badly by using a blender for soup, so fair warning.

On the other hand, a stick blender is perfect for hot soup.

Chief Longwind Of The North 07-09-2015 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by CWS4322 (Post 1428229)
I don't use my blender very often. I usually use the food processor, magic bullet, or immersion blender. However, I do use the blender to make pesto, crush fruit for ice cream, nuts, and for things that are too small to blend in the food processor.

Blender ice cream:

One whole, peeled, frozen banana (peel before freezing in air-tight zipper bags), 8 oz. near freezing whole milk. Put together in the blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add cocoa, or Ovaltine Chocolate malt, or add frozen berries with the bannana to change the flavor of your blender ice cream.

Look up Orange Julius. It's made in a blender.

Use your blender to crush graham crackers into crumbs for pies and such.

The blender can be used to make a bisque creamy smooth. It will also make cheese sauces very smooth.

You can use it to process meat for home made pate's or terrines.

Use it to crush ice.

Use it to make certain types of beverages. I'll let the other members of DC help you with that as I don't consume anything with alcohol.

Use it to make guacamole, or humus, or aioli, or a host of other sauces.

Use it to make pesto.

Use it to make chicken velvet, where the raw chicken meat, along with an egg, and seasonings gives you a mixture that can be formed into patties that are then fried until done through. This is a great way to make chicken for people who have trouble chewing solid meat, very tender.

And there are many more uses for this wonderful machine. Just don't use it to frighten old Uncle Ted.:lol:

Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North

creative 07-10-2015 03:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Kayelle (Post 1428537)
I've been burned badly by using a blender for soup, so fair warning.

On the other hand, a stick blender is perfect for hot soup.

Yes well, I think you are supposed to wait until the soup cools down a little before blending.


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