If you are hiring someone, you will look for an individual who is capable of many things so that he/she can handle any tasks that are in front of him/her. The same goes for our kitchen appliances. You can’t deny that when you’re shopping for new kitchen additions, those units that can do multiple functions are more attractive compared to those who can only do one task.
It is also vital that the appliance can do all of its advertised functions efficiently. Otherwise, the functions are just there to increase the price tag. Now, let us talk about a kitchen favorite; the humble blender. Almost all homes have blenders and if you want to make a wide array of smoothies and shakes, your blender should not only be an effective ice crushing machine but can also crush ingredients of various textures.
However, did you know that there are various things that you could do with a blender besides blending shakes and smoothies? DiligentChef.com says specialty blenders are devices that are powerful enough to be capable of chopping, grinding, and pureeing. These additional functions would be useful for various recipes if you lack other kitchen equipment. But don’t worry if your unit isn’t a specialty blender, you can still make most of the suggestions below with a traditional blender.
Without further ado, here are some of the things that you can do with your blender to make the most out of this kitchen staple.
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Craving some fluffy pancakes for breakfast? What about some quick waffles? If you want to avoid a lumpy batter, try mixing it using your blender. You can even add chocolate chips or blueberries into your mixture.
Because blender pitchers are designed with spouts for convenient pouring, you can also pour your pancake batter directly in the pan, or your waffle batter directly in the waffle maker. Less mess and fewer dishes to wash!
On the other hand, if you prefer something like a frittata for breakfast, you can get a nice fluffy result from properly aerated eggs via the blender too.
Making Filling Snacks for School or Work
Mixing dough or batter can be hard, especially if you don’t have an electric mixer at home. The good news is, some blenders are strong enough to resist the consistency of the dough and is still going to be capable of mixing it. Manufacturers have also added functions purposely designed for dough mixing; the blender has a pre-set time and blending speed specifically useful for dough mixing.
If you already have a blender at home, you can impress your friends by making some quick banana bread or puddings. And if you’re craving some pizza, you can make a dough from scratch and check your pantry for some leftovers as your toppings.
Making Powdered Sugar and Flour
Powdered sugar is important in baking, and if you happen to forget that you ran out of it, you can put your granulated sugar inside the blender and blend until you get the fine powdery consistency suitable for baking.
Speaking of baking, you can make your own flour using flaxseeds, wheat berries, or almonds. If you have an abundance of these ingredients, you can avoid wasting them by turning them into healthy white flour substitutes.
The best mousse is light and rich, but don’t worry, you don’t have to lose an arm to get that texture. You can use your blender to achieve that heavenly mouthfeel without a fuss. Blend an egg, heavy cream, and chocolate inside your blender, and you’ll be enjoying this classic dessert in no time.
Making Nut Milk
You can easily make almond milk (or use other nuts) at the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is blend the drained pre-soaked almonds and water using a few pulses and then blend continuously for about 2 minutes. Lastly, squeeze/strain the almond mixture to collect the milk. And there you have it, your very own almond milk! The best part is you can also save the almonds after squeezing/straining and use it to other recipes.
You can also make various spreads such as nut butter that you can add to different recipes or if you want, sell them to have an extra source of income. And because you are making it, you can make a chunky batch or a smooth batch depending on how long you blend.
Got extra egg yolks? You can make your own mayonnaise using a blender too! Just add some common pantry ingredients like vinegar, salt, and olive oil, and voila! Your homemade mayo is done.
Making Dressings and Dips
You can now stock up your fridge and pantry with various dressings and dips (hello guacamole!), most of them would not even take that long to make. And because you just put all the ingredients in the blender, you don’t need to wash extra dishes and do advance preparations. You can also infuse an oil with different herbs by mixing them inside the blender to have a yummy dressing for leveling up any dish.
Making Condiments, Marinades, and Sauces
From hollandaise sauce, chunky tomato sauce, classic pesto, to even chimichurri, you can experiment with a wide array of flavors from the oils of different spices released during grinding, chopping, or blending.
Who says blenders are only useful for the summer? Blenders can give you a nice, warm hearty soup for a rainy night. Because their blades and motor are strong, you can make soups from different vegetables such as creamy pumpkin soups to even tomato bisque.
Making Baby Food
Your baby is still growing, but that doesn’t mean that he/she can’t have enjoyable meals. You can create different purees using your blender or chop up fibrous leafy green veggies or rice and pasta to the consistency that is safe and easily digestible for babies.
Some blenders are even temperature-resistant, which means even if you have just finished cooking the ingredients, you can directly place them inside the blender to puree them. Some manufacturers also equipped their blenders with reheating function.
If your blender doesn’t have these features, don’t worry, you can still make delicious baby food for your child using a regular blender just like as you would with a food processor.
Besides the classic shakes and smoothies, you can make use of the ice-crushing power of a blender to make different flavors of sorbet. Even if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can have a refreshing treat at the comfort of your home.
Speaking of ice-crushing power, you can also use your blender to make margaritas, daiquiris, and piña coladas, just to name a few.
A lot of people would not think of using their blender for juicing fruits. There are a lot of benefits that you can get from drinking freshly squeezed fruits and fortunately, you don’t have to miss out on them even if you don’t have a juicer. Just add fruit wedges, water, and some sweetener (if you prefer) inside the blender and blend. Afterward, strain the mixture, and you got yourself a fresh glass of fruit juice.
These are just some examples of how you can make the most out of your blender. You can try a variety of recipes that require chopping, grinding, and pureeing. Next time that you’re thinking of making a milkshake, maybe you can also whip up some delicious cookies to pair with it using your blender as well!