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Have Blender, Will Travel

Written by Amy Snyder | August 22, 2007

To get the most out of a blender, you have to find creative ways to put it to work. Think along the lines of using your car as a storage space, an ink pen as a hair clip, a vegetable peeler instead of a grater, a piece of hair for dental floss—you get the idea.

My favorite way to use my blender is for puréeing soups. Just about any bean on the planet can be whipped into creamy goodness—the result is a velvety texture that is smoother than what you get with an immersion blender. All you have to do is add enough liquid to reach your desired thickness and then add seasonings of your choice.

This is something I discovered when on a strict budget—and by strict, I mean I was almost broke. I had packed my things in my trusty Honda and moved myself across the country to L.A., taking only what would fit in my car. My “everything will work itself out” adventurous attitude landed me in a new city without an apartment or a job.

Those two things were quickly nailed down, but the cash did not start flowing immediately. I had to make the most out of a small food budget, and I found that bean soups were a great option. I developed my own recipes and discovered that my favorites are curried chickpea topped with avocado slices, creamy black bean topped with cilantro and red onion, or a simple puréed lima bean soup—which results in the most velvety texture of all.

Here are a few more ideas for ways to use your blender:

•Making bread crumbs

•Grinding spices

•Blending hummus

•Chopping vegetables

•Grinding coffee beans

•Chopping ice

•Blending a variety of drinks, from smoothies to cocktails

People are going gaga for the Vita-Mix these days, because it can do just about anything. I prefer to stick with my KitchenAid. How could I part with an appliance that is such a seasoned traveler? I just couldn’t.


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  • Bosch Mom says:

    Using a blender to puree soups is a wonderful use for a kitchen blender. And grinding coffee beans, never really thought of it.

    Thanks for the post!

  • 搅æ says:

    Your blog is very beautiful!

  • Jaclyn says:

    I recently got one of those personal blenders, where you blend a cup at a time (by a cup, i think its really a bit over 24 oz).

    It is so easy to clean. I bring it to work and at the end of the day, I bring it home!

    This morning I was running super late (10 minutes means a lot in Houston traffic!), no problem, I grabbed my pack of strawberries, a banana, the blender, threw them in a bag and made my smoothie at work!

  • Laurie Geist-Strum says:

    I add a dash of wine to my yogurt fruit juice smoothies
    I used to add a half Heineken but the flavor was
    not good.

  • Jaclyn says:

    Thanks for the tips for the bean soups! I love black bean soups and having a smooth texture would really change things up.