If you’re considering buying a blender, and have space to accommodate it in your kitchen, then you absolutely should invest! A blender isn’t just for health freaks that like to make their own smoothies or protein shakes in the morning.
A blender can help you make loads of different delicious things in the kitchen. They can also save you a lot of time spent mixing, whisking, and finely chopping ingredients. If you’re not yet convinced, keep reading to find out the top ten reasons why a blender might just become your number one kitchen appliance.
You can do a lot of things with a blender but here are some of our favorites:
From pasta and pizza sauce to hollandaise and white sauce, your blender will help you achieve a tasty sauce that has a really smooth consistency and packed with all your favorite flavors, at the touch of a button. Homemade sauces are always far better than canned or jarred products found in supermarkets. You can always make them in batches and freeze them for future use.
Make your own restaurant quality pesto by using just five ingredients. Homemade pesto is bursting with flavor and can be used to flavor pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches and more.
Just add basil, oil, garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan for a classic green pesto. If you’re vegan, don’t add the parmesan (it’s still delicious).
Carrot and coriander, spicy pumpkin, broccoli, and stilton—what’s your favorite soup? Make your favorites on the stove or in a crockpot, and then blend them for a really nice, thick, and creamy texture. You can also set some of the chunky vegetables to one side and add them back in after you have blended the rest of the batch, to add some texture back in.
Whether you try this for the health benefits or the taste factor, using cauliflower is a delicious, gluten-free, and low-fat alternative to regular pizza dough. You just need to steam and blend the cauliflower, and then add a few other ingredients before forming the cauliflower dough into a circle and pressing it outwards towards the edges of your tray.
You need to bake it, then top it with all your favorite toppings, and then bake it again. While it is more crumbly than pizza crust, we think you’ll agree that it’s well worth the mess.
As with homemade sauces, condiments are also tastier if they are freshly made. Most people don’t even realize how easy they are to make. Mayonnaise, for example, only requires four ingredients (oil, egg yolk, lemon juice, salt) so you can make it when you need it, or make it in batches to keep in the fridge.
You can also experiment by adding different flavors such as Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, basil, or garlic and have your designer mayonnaise collection to compliment your favorite meals. You can also make your own tomato ketchup, barbeque and chili sauce, and make them all suit your tastes.
You can literally take any meal that you’re feeding yourself or your family, and put it in the blender for about a minute or so to puree it, and then feed your baby with it. Just remember to prepare their food before you add salt to it. As your baby gets older, you can just blend their food for less time so that they start to get a few chunks and texture in their meals.
If you’re a fan of dips, then you can whip up your own hummus, salsa, and guacamole in just minutes. You can blend it for as little or as long as you want, depending on whether you prefer your dips to be slightly chunky or smooth and silky. Crack out some freshly chopped veggies or some chips and enjoy snack heaven in front of a movie or with friends around.
No more whisking! Just add all of your pancake or cake ingredients into your blender and then pour the prepared mixture straight from the blender into the pan or cake tin for cooking. If you want to add chocolate chips, nuts, or raisins, then you can just stir these in at the end, so they don’t get blitzed into the mixture.
Don’t forget just how much variety there is when it comes to making your own delicious drinks. Smoothies and Lassis can be made really easily by just adding fruit, milk or yogurt, and ice.
They don’t all have to be healthy of course. You can also make delicious dessert drinks by adding a scoop or two of ice-cream to milk, and some fruit or chocolate powder. And let’s not forget about cocktails! Experiment with your favorite alcohol, fruits, and ice to make excellent frozen summer cocktails that you and all of your friends will love.
If you really struggle to get your family to eat more vegetables, then why not blend and hide them? Take any homemade sauce to the blender, and the kids won’t even know that they’re eating vegetables.
Puree some cooked carrot and try adding it to your gravy. It’ll thicken your gravy and add nutritional value all in one.
Are you convinced yet? Blenders are often overlooked and underused when it comes to many of their fantastic applications, but we hope we have shed some light on how versatile and useful a blender can be.
Use your blender for anything from smoothies to smooth, creamy soups and sauces. Blend food to feed your baby and hide vegetables from your children, but mostly you’ll enjoy them as you can make restaurant quality meals that are specifically tailored to your tastes. Not only that, but you’ll also be preparing food at a fraction of the cost of buying jars and cans that you get from the store.
Homemade sauces and condiments also make great gifts that offer that personal touch that people really appreciate. Go ahead and start exploring the things to do with a blender!