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Talk about a dream machine!!!  I’ve been having a BLAST testing my new Blendtec Total Classic Blender with the WildSide jar and the Twister Jar accessory.  I have been putting them through the paces, so I could report to you about the quality of this powerful and versatile kitchen machine.  In case you hadn’t guessed, I am head-over-heels for the Blendtec!  It’s 1560 watts of incredible power with a 4″ precision tuned blade.  I was amazed when I looked at the blades in both the Wildside Jar AND the Twister Jar.  To look at them, they are about 1/16″ thick and blunt — no sharp edges.  You KNOW the first thing I did was reach in and run my finger across it.  While it wasn’t 100% blunt, my finger definitely didn’t meet any sharp edges, unlike the multitude of other blenders I have owned, over the years.  The Wild Side Jar (it has an extra 5th side) holds almost 3 quarts and is BPA-free, so it can tackle jobs that other blenders simply don’t have the capacity to handle.  And speed!!!!  Oh my goodness!  It’s phenomenal how quickly you can whip up something healthy and delicious, with little, to no, effort.  This professional quality appliance will change the way you work in your kitchen.  You won’t believe everything I’ve done with it, so far!

Blendtec

This is the Blendtec Total Classic Blender, Wildside Jar, Twister Jar, cookbook and spatula I reviewed and the same set that one lucky Busy-at-Home reader will win for their own kitchen!!!!

From the moment I started reading about the Blendtec, I knew that making ice cream would be my first attempt at using it.  I was so curious as to how ice cream could be frozen without an ice cream machine or without being full of gritty, ice crystals.  Well, the Blendtec performed beyond my wildest dreams AND provided something I never thought could happen — a healthy ice cream that my kids will eat.  After reading through the options in the included Blendtec cookbook, I made a few variations of one of their ice cream recipes.  The beauty of it is that you can make different flavors for different family members, so everyone can have their favorites and a batch is literally done in LESS than 60 seconds!

raspberry ice cream ingredients

I actually made three different flavors of ice cream in a span of about 20 minutes. Taking pictures of the steps, the finished products and enjoying their yumminess took way more time than actually making the ice cream. Using frozen fruit, coconut milk, lemon juice and only 2-3 Tablespoons of sugar, I could mix up a batch in less than 60 seconds! It’s absolutely DELISH – creamy, smooth, & satisfying!

 

 homemade icecream

First I made raspberry, then peach and then pineapple. You can’t believe how good (and how much healthier) these are compared to commercial ice cream!

 

Dairy-Free Homemade Ice Cream with the Blendtec Blender

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons sugar (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 rounded cups frozen fruit (choose your favorite)

Instructions

  1. I used the Twister Jar for this recipe, but I think it would do just as well in the Wild Side Jar.
  2. Simply place all the ingredients in the jar, in the order listed. If you're using the Twister Jar, hold the Twister Lid with one hand and with the other hand, select the Speed Up button (up arrow) to Speed 7 and run for 40-50 seconds or until smooth. Turn the twister Lid counter-clockwise while blending.
  3. If making this in the WildSide jar, I would double the recipe and select the Ice Cream button to make it.
  4. Serve your delicious, healthy, soft-serve ice cream immediately.
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I haven’t tried it, yet, but I’m toying with the idea of freezing mashed pumpkin or canned pumpkin in ice cube trays, then using that in place of frozen fruit and adding in all those warm, fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves to make a pumpkin pie version of this ice cream.  I’ll let you know, if I get it done.  :)

Next I tested the ice shaving (crushing) feature.  All the promos say that the Blendtec can turn ice cubes into snow in seconds.  Not chunky ice crystals or gritty, slushy ice, but snow.  Oh my gravy!  They didn’t lie.

crushing ice

I started with 5 cups of ice cubes in my WildSide jar.

 

blendtec ice crush

I put the lid on the jar and selected the Ice Crush button. It’s pre-programmed and shut itself off automatically at the end of the cycle.

 

crushed ice

Extraordinary! I’ve never seen so much power and the job was completed in seconds! It’s, literally, snow. This would make fantastic blended drinks, smoothies and snow cones. Yum!

 

Next, I filled my WildSide jar with a combination of veggies, that I just had in the fridge.  I broke them into chunks and added about 3/4 cup of water.  I don’t know if your family is like mine, but they love veggies and their flavor, IF they don’t know that’s what they’re eating.  I have been camouflaging vegetables in my family’s favorite dishes for years; and after seeing all that the Blendtec can accomplish, I had an idea.  With the cool fall weather, soup is a staple in our home and no matter what kind I make, I love to cook lots of vegetables in the stock for the flavor and nutrition.  Not being fans of very soft-cooked vegetables, my family rarely wants to eat them, though; and I either puree them and add them back to the stock, or simply throw them out.  I knew with more liquid and a few seasonings, I could use these vegetables to make my own version of V-8 juice, but I wanted to make a slightly thicker, albeit smooth base to add to soups.

veggies in the blender

The veggies I used to make my veggie “soup and stew base”. It was just what i had in the fridge and it turned out SOOO good!

So I pureed a full blender jar of RAW veggies in only 3/4 cup of water, adding about 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons of worcestershire and 1 teaspoon of salt.  The resulting “vegetable base” was delicious and perfect to bring extraordinary flavor to soups and stew broths!  It’s simple and you can use your family’s favorite vegetables, herbs and seasonings.  I normally wouldn’t put cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber or tomatoes in my chicken soup stock, but the addition of the extra fiber, flavor (and antioxidants) was a huge hit!  The other “up-side” to prepping the vegetables in this way is that I’m not fishing hot, cooked vegetables out of my stock, then trying to blend hot vegetables and liquid in the blender and then, finally, adding them back to the stock pot.  Much simpler and safer, this way!

blended raw veggies

The resulting veggie base had great flavor to impart to soups and stews. I’m guessing it would be fairly easy to mix into spaghetti sauce and casserole sauces, as well. I poured some in this bowl to try and give you an idea of how thick and rich it is. This is about 1/3 of what the batch actually made, so it would definitely add fabulous flavor to a batch of homemade chicken stock or a beef stew gravy.  Yum!

 

After vegetables, I decided to make a typical blender or food processor staple — bread crumbs.  The difference was I was going to use fresh bread, not dry or toasted.  Typically, that choice would result in a blender full of gummy dough balls.  There is definitely no reason to go to the expense of buying pre-made bread crumbs, any longer.  Use your own homemade bread and you’ll know exactly what’s in them.  Plus, you can season them as you wish.  Of course, if you have day old or dry bread, it will be simple to make your bread crumbs, but if you don’t — no worries.  Blendtec’s got you covered.  :)

bread in blender

I tore four slices of bread into large pieces and put them in the WildSide jar. I used the “Speed Up” arrow button to go to speed one.

 

Blendtec bread crumbs

In about 15 seconds, I had these gorgeous bread crumbs — perfect for meatballs, topping casseroles, meat loaf or breading something to be fried. Super simple!  They could easily be seasoned or toasted.

 

Curious, and maybe even a little skeptical, the final task I out set out to accomplish with my Blendtec was grinding meat.  I know all of you struggle, just as much as I do, navigating the grocery store in light of steadily rising food prices and incomes that don’t keep up with the increased cost of living.  Paying nearly $4.00 a lb for hamburger is very difficult for me to justify.  So when I saw bottom round roast go on sale for $1.98 in one of our local markets, I decided to put the Blendtec to the test.  I know you will be as excited as I am at what I achieved and the potential for savings and better nutrition that can come from grinding meat, fresh, in your own kitchen.

roast

Bottom round roast for $1.98 a lb. I intend to turn it into very economical, fresh and lean ground beef!

 

cubed roast

I cut the roast into approximately 2 inch cubes. I will do a better job of trimming the fat BEFORE cubing it, next time. The thicker pieces of fat, didn’t grind as easily as the meat and a few larger chunks of fat needed to be picked out of the finished meat. But, no one was more surprised than me at how quickly and effectively the Blendtec produced ground beef from my roast.

 

hamburger

Can you believe it! I couldn’t be more pleased!

 

frying hamburgers

The hamburgers were easily shaped and fried, just as though I had purchased the meat, already ground.

 

burger and chips

Delicious, inexpensive and easy!

I don’t have one reservation about the Blendtec Total Classic Blender with the WildSide jar.  Upon first receiving it, I was disappointed to learn I had been sent a factory reconditioned base with new jars.  My disappointment was immediately alleviated when I learned that reconditioned Blendtec blenders have the same 7-year warranty as the new models, because they have been restored to like new condition, often having been returned for cosmetic reasons.  Any necessary repairs are made and the good as new appliance is ready for a new owner.  The giveaway winner will receive the same high quality items that I’ve been testing in my own kitchen — a factory reconditioned Blendtec Total Classic Blender Base with new Wild Side Jar and new Twister Jar!

There is so much more I’m excited to try with the Blendtec, but this post is getting longer and longer and I definitely need to leave room for the giveaway!  There are dressings, and sauces, dips and nut butters, hummus and freshly milled flours, in my very near future.  The potential of this amazing appliance is limited only by imagination.  I can’t wait to test it further and I can unreservedly recommend it as a professional-quality, essential, kitchen appliance that will eliminate the need for, and most certainly outperform, many of your other appliances.  You’re going to LOVE it!

 

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  1. You must be 18 or older and reside in the United States to enter.
  2. Mandatory Entry (must be completed, before optional entries will be counted.)  Leave a comment on this post telling me the first thing you would make if you win this fabulous Blendtec.  Then use the Rafflecopter form, below, to register your entry!


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I received a Blendtec Reconditioned Blender with Wild Side and Twister Jars in order to test them in my own kitchen and gather data for this review.  No monetary compensation was received.  The views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.  Links in the post include my affiliate ID.

678 Responses to The Ultimate All-in-One Kitchen Appliance! Homemade Ice Cream, Freshly Milled Flour, Smoothies, Grind Your Own Meat, Knead Bread Dough & More! My Blendtec Review and Give Away!

  1. Maralea says:

    Would have to try the homemade ice cream! I also love the idea of making your own ground beef!

  2. Hannah D says:

    I would try making my own ground chicken. Tried it in my food processor and didn’t work too well.

  3. Debi H. says:

    How am I going to choose? I want to try them all! I have a frozen berry yogurt every day so will probably start with that. I also think it will be amazing to grind my own hamburger. How about chicken? Have you tried that yet?

  4. Darla says:

    I definitely want to try the ice cream!

  5. Jo says:

    The first thing I would make would be margaritas unless its before 5, then I would have to resort to smoothies.

  6. Monica W. says:

    I would start with a green smoothie and go from there!

  7. Lis says:

    Hmmm… the ice cream sounds yummy, but with the chilly weather coming on, I might be more likely to use it to puree some soup. No matter what, I think I’d be using it just about every day. (Oh, the ice crushing abilities~ my kids would be so happy! Me too, really! :D )

  8. Karen Lynch says:

    A green smoothie.

  9. Brandy Lewis says:

    I’d try the homemade ground beef.

  10. Alicia says:

    I’m dying to make a yummy smoothy!

  11. Cindy Martin says:

    Amazing that you can make ground beef using this!

  12. I like the idea of grinding my own meat.

  13. Andrea Kruse says:

    I would make some nut butters first!! :)

  14. Melyssa Sivard says:

    I have so many ideas….ice cream, smoothies, soups, and definitely some homemade nut butters! Very exciting. :)

  15. Jerri Davis says:

    Something quick at first like a smoothie. Thank you. Jerri Davis

  16. Stephanie says:

    The first thing I would make is dairy free ice cream! Such a great giveaway!! Thanks :)

  17. Maria Malaveci says:

    The first thing I would make is Hummus!

  18. Dairy-Free Homemade Ice Cream

  19. Janet Susan says:

    I would make the ice cream my first project, then the bread dough! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  20. Theresa J says:

    I would love to make a soup with pumpkin

  21. momgateway says:

    I’d like to use it to make minced fish meat for bouncy fish balls in Chinese soups–it’s been a while since I’ve tasted them! I’d Iike to ground buffalo to make my own Spanish chorizo too!

  22. Sarah L says:

    I’d make a breakfast smoothie.
    Thanks for the contest.

  23. Donna says:

    I would make ice cream or maybe salsa.

  24. Danyell says:

    Oh my ganache! I had no idea you grind meat, I would make a fresh meatloaf.

  25. Joni Owada says:

    I would make some non dairy ice-creams I think. The recipe shared above using coconut milk sounds fantastic!

  26. I’d make my own ground beef. How cool!

  27. Anne says:

    I’d make a green smoothie!

  28. Candie L says:

    I would make some yummy smoothies. Thank you

  29. Terri P says:

    I would make a smoothie first thing.

  30. Marti Parks says:

    I would love to try this for grinding my own meat. i love grinding venison, but the old fashioned way with the big grinder is just too much of a hassle. This would be awesome.

  31. Tegan says:

    I would make a vanilla, nutella, protein shake.

  32. Sarea says:

    The first thing I would make is healthy ice cream! We eat a ton of ice cream and I love the fact that you can make it out of healthy stuff!! I enjoyed this blog….I had been thinking about a VitaMixer, but you make a great case for the Blendtec!

  33. GinaMarie Montano Rees says:

    I would make rice flour because we just learned my daughter is incredibly gluten intolerant. I can’t afford all the expensive pre-made flours in order to be able to make her baked foods, bread, crackers, etc. Since she is 3 it is hard for her to understand why she can’t have the same things her sisters can have. Prepackaged g-free food is SO expensive we can’t afford it right now. I would LOVE a Blentec!

    • Gina, it would definitely be a life saver for preparing special diets. I have a daughter and a sister who struggle with the same difficulties and you’re right; the Blendtec definitely opens some new doors to saving money on the special foods they need.

  34. Gail S says:

    The very first thing would be to make crushed ice because I would want to to see this baby in action as soon as I opened the box. Right after that I would ground some chicken I have in my freezer.

  35. cw says:

    I would make a green smoothie or ice cream!

  36. Lynn says:

    definitely ice cream, i’ve always wanted an ice cream maker but there’s really no more room for extra appliances… this is so awesome!

  37. Melissa says:

    Almond butter

  38. Sheila K. says:

    I would make some hummus!

  39. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I would give to my daughter who loves to cook and bake so not sure of what she’d make but I’ll bet it would be good. Her kids love orange julius so it may be that

  40. Joseph Stowell says:

    I drink a protein smoothie (frozen strawberries, banana, milk, whey protein, vanilla, and flax seed meal) after workouts. That would be the first thing I try in the new Blendtec Total Classic Blender with the WildSide jar and the Twister Jar accessory if I won.

  41. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I would make a smoothie.

  42. Sylvia White says:

    I would so make ice cream—probably blackberry

  43. howard wiener says:

    definitely make choco. ice cream.

  44. debbie says:

    I would love to try making my own sausage in it.

  45. Kenna Rogers says:

    I would probably attempt your recipe for ice cream!!

  46. Jennifer Rote says:

    I would do up some fresh ground beef and make cheese burgers.

  47. Margot C says:

    I think I would make gazpacho; we love that.

  48. Gayle Cooley Jones says:

    i would make ice cream.

  49. Tori says:

    I would LOVE to make ice cream, shaved ice, ground beef and so much more!

  50. Donna L says:

    I would make mashed potatoes.

  51. amy pugmire says:

    I have been drooling over this blender. I want to make tortilla soup first.

  52. Lori Davis says:

    Veggie soup puree and ice cream

  53. Ellen B says:

    I would love to make ice cream and I love the idea of making my own ground beef – it’s so expensive

  54. Ruth Anderson says:

    I would make my own hamburger meat .

  55. Gena says:

    I would try a strawberry fruit smoothie first thing

  56. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    I would make a fresh pasta sauce.

  57. Jennifer G says:

    I would love to makes some yummy ice cream. And thanks for the giveaway!!

  58. Gina Piriz says:

    Ooooh the Blendtec looks awesome! The first thing I would make is a trip to the store…lol. Ok, probably a mocha coffee drink with coconut milk.

  59. Vickie Riddle says:

    Oh my goodness what a machine! I would start out with making our own hamburger meat, and there are so many more of the features I’d love to try.

  60. shaunie wyatt says:

    I’d make a green smoothie

  61. andrea says:

    I would make ice cream and or shakes

  62. Hoa Le says:

    I would make my daily “green” smoothies.

  63. Kitty says:

    Split pea or lentil soup. Possibly some ground meat to make a meat loaf.

  64. Stefanie Gladden says:

    I would probably make fruit smoothies!

  65. Holly C. says:

    I would use it to make green smoothies!

  66. Andrea D. says:

    I think I would make fresh bread crumbs or some of your yummy ice cream. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway.

  67. Jessica P. says:

    Icecream!!;)

  68. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would make homemade tomato soup!

  69. Naomi says:

    I’ve been obsessed with green spinach smoothies lately but I am very intrigued with the concept of grinding your own meat. Amazing!

  70. Gina O says:

    Homemade hummus is a dish we make frequently – this would be perfect for that. My health conscious daughters make smoothies on a daily basis and I am sure that the ice cream recipes would be tested right away :)

  71. Debbie Jackson says:

    I might try homemade salsa

  72. Sacqua says:

    I think I might make homemade ice cream.

  73. Alysia H says:

    I think I would like to try the ice cream too, but the snow cones and breadcrumbs would be fun too!

  74. Tanya says:

    I could really use a blender like this! I’ve never heard of it.

  75. cheryl says:

    a yogurt smoothie, the ice cream

  76. Colleen Maurina says:

    I would make some yummy fruit/veggie smoothies or some soup for the fall weather.

  77. Sue D says:

    Ice Cream!

  78. Natalie E. says:

    I would love to try the ice cream!

  79. Robin says:

    Ice cream! How about freezing chocolate almond milk in ice cube trays, adding a teaspoon of espresso powder and blending?!?

  80. Wow! what an incredible blender. I would love to make the slushes and grind meat and ice cream

  81. Andrea Williams says:

    I would make a smoothie or some kind of soup.

  82. Michelle says:

    That is beyond awesome. I am so grinding my own meat. This puts (shh) my Vitamix to shame. Although I sorta want to try to grind meat in that now ;)

  83. Pau L says:

    I would make a smoothie with frozen berries

  84. Cheryl Rahkonen says:

    I want to make the dairy free homemade ice cream.

  85. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    A Fresh Fruit Smoothie !:)

  86. Lisa Davis says:

    Definitely a green smoothie!

  87. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I would make a fruit smoothie

  88. I so need this…I can’t swallow and need ALL my food pureed!!! This would be such a blessing for me!!!

  89. Amber L. says:

    I would make green smoothies and have to try making ice cream

  90. Jessie C. says:

    I’d make fruit smoothies.

  91. I would have to say ice cream would be the first thing on my list too! We try to stay away from dairy as much as possible, and the grocery store in our town does not carry any dairy-free ice cream. What a dream to own this!!! Thank you. :)

  92. sue says:

    It’s fall! i would make some fresh blender apple sauce!

  93. I would want to puree up some vegies to hide into chili. What a great idea!

  94. heather c says:

    The best guacamole ever. The best.

  95. Leslie G says:

    I would make a nice smoothie, filled with fruit and vegetables. Yum!

  96. Erinn A says:

    Maybe a Homemade Cheesecake!

  97. carol roberts says:

    a smothie yummy

  98. Carolyn N. says:

    Butternut squash soup.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  99. Jen W* says:

    I would make homemade bread.

  100. kerry says:

    Hmm – the list is endless of what I would make first given the fact that I burned up my blender a month or so ago. (so mad at me!) Our rainy season has officially arrived – with that I think I would probably make a veggie base for soup. Its also Pumpkin Time so I would also love to see how quickly it can puree pumpkin for a pie. Or applesauce. Or a smoothie. While my soup simmered away, I am quite certain I could find more things to make. Wonderful!!

  101. Rust says:

    I would try some soups …broccoli or potato …and I want to try making ice cream with a Blendtec. Your ground meat, too ….I am impressed with how that came out!

  102. Christina Kelbel says:

    Definitely ice cream!

  103. Jesllee says:

    This is going to be so boring, but I would make crushed ice. We are living in a place with no ice machine in the door of the fridge and I miss my crushed ice!

  104. Jenna Wood says:

    We’d make some fresh broccoli soup!

  105. Cindy W. says:

    I would try making homemade icecream.

  106. Cindy W. says:

    Definitely the homemade icecream.

  107. Christine says:

    I would try some hamburg meat!

  108. Sue Ellison says:

    I would make something simple, like a strawberry banana smoothie, to get acquainted with all the Blendtec can do.

  109. Wanda McHenry says:

    I would make homemade ice cream first!

  110. kira says:

    Smoothies, Ice Cream and Nut Butters, OH MY!

  111. gigi (gina p) says:

    I’d love to make the ice cream first, but in reality – I would use it to make breadcrumbs for the outside birds!!

  112. charlotte twitchell says:

    I would make a green smoothie. Yum

  113. Omigosh, my blender is so old, it’s harvest gold! Yes ma’am! And I’m tired of making my morning protein smoothie and having to suck the chunks thru a straw! I’d definitely make a silky, smooth protein smoothie first!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  114. katherine dibello says:

    I would make a vegan green monster smoothie

  115. mary fanara coleman says:

    Soups and some home made hamburger meat.

  116. Sumer says:

    I’d start in on some power veggie drinks! My kids were just tested as being SUPER low in Iron, and my current blender is horrible for smoothies… this will make their ‘happy hour’ drink so smooth and tastey!!

  117. Kelly Walker says:

    I have wanted one for so long! I would definitely make a protein shake first!

  118. Erika says:

    I would make baby food! Awesome!

  119. Emily says:

    I just finished trying to make homemade goldfish crackers without a food processor and it did not go well. So I would make crackers and smoothies and much more, I’m sure!

  120. Karen says:

    I want to make almond butter.

  121. Sandy says:

    I would make banana soft serve with frozen bananas! My current blender isn’t strong enough so I have to use my food processor to make it now and its a pain to get out and clean!

    A Blentec would be awesome!

    sandysaveseveryday AT gmail DOT com

  122. Rachel Johnson says:

    I would love to win this! How cool that it grinds meat!

  123. Andrea says:

    I’ve heard the Blendtec Blenders make powdered sugar in seconds! How fun! What a great giveaway!!!!

  124. Sarah says:

    I’d make the homemade ice cream!

  125. Jen L says:

    I would probably do something fun the first time like ice cream then I would get down to serious stuff like soups, sauces etc.

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  127. Barbara says:

    I would probably make some almond milk to start with.

  128. Shana says:

    My first thing would be a milkshake. Then I would test it on making hamburger.

  129. Doc Wit says:

    Making my own ice cream sounds grand !

  130. Adrienne gordon says:

    I’d make salsa

  131. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d like to make some strawberry/banana smoothies. I’d really love to try to make that ground beef too. Love that idea.
    Thanks so much.

  132. Realia M says:

    i would make some fruit smoothies

  133. spirit_kim says:

    I’d like to make a fresh Gazpacho. I have never had it before.

  134. Valerie DeLap says:

    I would make smoothies!

  135. Tanya Canfield says:

    My 13 year old son is the Smoothie King in our house. My mouth is watering just thinking about the wonderful smoothies he could make with this.

  136. Angela S. says:

    I would make soup for this cold rainy day.

  137. Anna says:

    It looks like it can do everything

  138. Kristi says:

    I would give this to my mom. The first thing she would do is mill flour. She has been wanting an appliance that would do that.

  139. Emmi says:

    I’m loving that you made ice cream with it! I would love to try that. Or of course I would use it for breakfast smoothies!

  140. This machine is amazing! I would make soups with it and start juicing!

  141. Dameon Schirer says:

    I want to try to make the homemade ground beef. No more pink slime on this house!

  142. Kellie Azor says:

    I would definitely make some hummus in it. And ice cream. And smoothies. And nut butter. :)

  143. Megan says:

    I’d make margaritas!

  144. Brynn says:

    A yummy detox smoothie

  145. Tim Hendrix says:

    It never dawned on me to going my own beef. Great tip! I hope I win! Thanks for the contest!

  146. Jeannie Donahue says:

    The first thing I would make would be some hummus with that Twister Jar!

  147. Dawn says:

    I would love to make ice cream, soups, and smoothies in my new Blendtec blender :)!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. Mer says:

    So many choices…I make a curry carrot soup that’s delicious but a real pain with my current blender so that would be on the list. But I’ll be honest and say I’d start with ice cream!

  149. HilLesha says:

    I’d make Roasted Root Vegetable Soup. :)

  150. naomi c says:

    a smoothi!

  151. Kiki Bacaro says:

    vanilla/ spinach ice cream for the grandbabes:)

  152. Jen Haile says:

    I would blend a roasted butternut squash soup!

  153. Georgia says:

    green smoothie for sure!

  154. Lynnette says:

    I would make a green smoothie with spinach, kale, and frozen peaches and pineapple.

  155. Denise M says:

    Butternut squash soup

  156. Sonya says:

    I’d try to make the homemade ice cream

  157. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would make ice cream

  158. Anastasia says:

    I’d love to make a fruit smoothie! mmmmm that sounds so delicious :)

  159. Robin O says:

    The first thing I would make is pumpkin-apple soup!

  160. Kristi C says:

    I would make salsa.

  161. gail says:

    smoothies

  162. Cynthia C says:

    I’d make hummus.

  163. Karen says:

    Vegetable Soup!

  164. Ann Fantom says:

    I would make Chipolte Ranch dip.

  165. Jennifer B. says:

    I’d make some red pepper hummus.

  166. rachel says:

    a strawberry banana smoothie

  167. jules p says:

    i would make homemade peanut butter.

  168. Trina R. says:

    The first thing I’d make would be a green smoothie!

  169. Katherine says:

    I would make a nice strawberry daiquiri

  170. Glenna F says:

    A strawberry banana smoothie.

  171. Mandy says:

    Oh my goodness…this post has just inspired me to grind my own meat!! That would be awesome!! Oh…I look forward to getting one of these (hopefully in this giveaway!)!

  172. Sherwin Hoopengardner says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’ll get alot of use from it all.

  173. Samantha D. says:

    I want to make one big fruit smoothie! But I really want to make some ice cream, and then some soap ….

  174. Anja M. says:

    The first thing I would make is a Strawberry Smoothie :)

  175. Karen says:

    I would make two big chocolate malts for my husband and myself…

  176. Kimberly says:

    I love this post. I’ve never thought to make vegetable stock in a blender like that. What a great idea. I’d also love to try the ice creams you make. They look so delicious.

  177. IRENE CYPHER says:

    I would make delicious pea soup.

  178. K.Pugh says:

    I’d make smoothies with my kids.
    Thanks for the chance.

  179. Katherine says:

    A mixed berry smoothie

  180. Chels says:

    Some fresh peanut butter and hummus!

  181. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would make a strawberry smoothie

  182. Aerowynn says:

    Oh man, I’ve wanted a Blendtec to call my own since the first ‘Will It Blend?’ video. I’m crossing my fingers! :)

  183. Jenni says:

    I’m sure the first thing we would make is a smoothie – because we love our smoothies. But I am also excited about grinding my own grains, that would be great.

  184. paige chandler says:

    I’d make pesto.

  185. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I’d make our breakfast smoothies first. But seeing your ground beef! I’d be sure to try that!

  186. Constance says:

    A smoothie!!

  187. ELISHA ANDERSON says:

    I WOULD MAKE ICE CREAM

  188. beth shepherd says:

    smoothie

  189. Teri Pastorino says:

    i want to make nut butter

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  191. carol gentry says:

    I love the idea of the home made ground beef and I would give it a try.

  192. Karen Medlin says:

    I would like to make a smoothie and some ice cream

  193. Jason says:

    Berry Red Smoothie

  194. Julie says:

    I would make a fruit smoothie

  195. Gerlinde Smith says:

    all these Ideas are making me Hungry

  196. amber carroll says:

    well im trying to eat better so i think smoothies!

  197. Krystal M says:

    I would make an Orange Julius! It’s like a fruit smoothie, but a bit more liquidy.

  198. Steph says:

    I would make almond butter

  199. Monique Rizzo says:

    Id make an awesome smoothie!
    Thanks for the chance.
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  200. tracy davis says:

    I would make smoothies

  201. Amber Dominguez says:

    Margaritas!

  202. Hope says:

    Pumpkin ice cream would be awesome right about now!

  203. Wyndi says:

    I would make an awesome fall vegetable soup! It makes soup the perfect temp right in the blender! Mmmmmm!

  204. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would make smoothies.

  205. Stephenie says:

    I would make a super smoothie with all fruits, especially rasberries(haven’t had it in a while because the seeds are grainy in other blenders) and pomegranate seeds(yum but hard to blend)

  206. Stephanie Larison says:

    I would make some strawberry smoothies!

  207. alena svetelska says:

    I would make ice cream and or shakes

  208. Chavonne H says:

    I would make mashed potatoes with hidden veggies inside.

  209. Kristina C says:

    We make green smoothies every day round here, so in all honesty that is probably the first thing I’d make. THEN, I’d make a carrot ginger raw soup!

  210. Shannon says:

    I’d go for the blended drinks.

  211. I would make smoothies, my own powdered sugar and oar flour.

  212. I would make the biggest, most chocolate milkshake ever! And then, I would share!!

  213. Nicole Larsen says:

    I’d make cookies! and smoothies!

  214. Audrey says:

    I would make a smoothie

  215. Lee Black says:

    I would love to make a green smoothie

  216. I want to make nut/seed butter and milk, date/nut bars, juice, ice cream, and so much more!

  217. sarah says:

    Pina Coladas and cheeseburgers YUM!!!!

  218. Susan Stahley says:

    I would make a Strawberry Milkshake

  219. Man! I would want to try it ALL!!! The ice Cream… the shaved ice… the ground meat… the breadcrumbs! What a great tool for the kitchen come thanksgiving!

  220. Gina B says:

    First thing I would make is a fruit smoothie!

  221. Melanie S says:

    Some Roasted Red Pepper Hummus sounds good right now!!! or when I win.

  222. McKenzie McClanahan says:

    I’d make homemade peanut butter!

  223. Jemima P says:

    Well, the first thing would probably just be a smoothie, because I make them so often.

  224. S.A. says:

    OMG, I have always wanted one of these! The first thing I would do is make a vegetable and fruit smoothie. I have a machine right now that juices them, but it spits out a lot of pulp, it’s hard to push the items down the tube and it’s a pain to clean.

    The second thing I would make would be ground meat. I have a great chicken meatball recipe that I would love to try.

  225. Aaron G says:

    Hamburgers all the way! In fact, I might even add bacon and ham to it…mmm :)

  226. Sandy says:

    I am lactose intolerant, dairy free ice cream would be wonderful.

  227. Tim says:

    If I win, I would make some homemade split pea soup.

  228. Lesa W says:

    I have been wanting a blendtec for some time now. The first thing I would make would be ice cream. Then I want to do fresh orange juice.

  229. Leslie S. says:

    I’m dying to make a chia seed smoothie and then chase it with some frozen banana ice cream!

  230. Ciara B. says:

    smoothies

  231. Kate Rivers says:

    the first thing I would make is a fruit smoothie with berries and yogurt

  232. jessica edwards says:

    guacomole

  233. This is super awesome! I do the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge, and this would be a great addition to my routine!

  234. patricia says:

    a strawberry smoothie

  235. juli says:

    I would try almond butter first. Then ground chicken breast!

  236. Amanda Rauch says:

    Snow!! Are you kidding?? Then I would make bread. My hands hurt too much to knead bread anymore, so this would be a super kitchen companion for that!!

  237. Elana Eickholtz says:

    i would have to try the ice cream!

  238. johnny-amy lynn says:

    A MILKSHAKE!!! I have not had a home made 1 in yrs!!!!!!!!!

  239. Lolli S says:

    Chocolate Banana ice cream!

  240. sandy weinstein says:

    i would make some low fat shakes and some things for my 4 legged girls…i could make them smoothies as well

  241. Dawn says:

    WOW…this blender is amazing and I would LOVE to be able to say I have one!! We’d use it everyday!!

  242. Karry says:

    I’d make some healthy smoothies.

  243. Serena Powell says:

    Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

  244. Stacey Roberson says:

    I would make a strawberry and banana smoothie. Yummy!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  245. Mary Calabrese says:

    I would make chocolate ice cream.

  246. linzWegner says:

    I would make dairy free ice cream for my sisters boyfriend- he’s allergic to dairy and cant eat ice cream.

  247. Rebecca says:

    We would make fruit smoothies–yum!

  248. min says:

    1st up – milk shake

  249. Beth says:

    When I was at costco the other day they were making ice cream with this and it was so yummy.. That’s what I’d make first!

  250. I would make healthy milkshakes!

  251. celina k says:

    Creamy tomato soup!

  252. Austin Baroudi says:

    Strawberry banana smoothie!

  253. Crystal says:

    I’d make a fruit smoothie!

  254. april yedinak says:

    I would make strawberry milkshakes

  255. Danielle F says:

    That ice-cream looks delicious so I’d have to try that first! Now, how to decide on a flavor…?!

  256. karissa says:

    smoothies!!

  257. Michelle P says:

    The first thing I would make is a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. Can you tell I am craving Reeses right now? LOL

  258. Suzanne B says:

    A Peach smoothie. I have a horrible addiction to fruit smoothies.

  259. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I would make a delicious & refreshing fruit smoothie–thanks for the giveaway!

  260. sandra says:

    a smoothie

  261. Sandy R says:

    I would have to say a veggie soup. Some days its all my picky eater wants and I hate the sodium content of canned.

  262. Andrew Adamson says:

    Milkshakes yummy

  263. Catrina says:

    I will make a fruit and vegetable smoothie.

  264. pu ye says:

    I would try making my own ground chicken

  265. Darlene W. says:

    Pumpkin puree!

  266. Lilith Katz says:

    Icecream

  267. Jennifer Nixon says:

    I’d love to make my own ice cream.

  268. Richard Monaghan says:

    So many smoothies

  269. Yesenia says:

    I would make a smoothie with my son!

  270. Lisa says:

    ice cream! Soup. Pumpkin puree I could do all of ‘em

  271. Lacy says:

    Holy wow. Can I play with this when we come??

  272. Ron L. says:

    A tropical smoothie!

  273. Holly says:

    Definitely making smoothies and pesto with this!

  274. Linda Lansford says:

    I will make fancy drinks

  275. Laura Lane says:

    strawberry smoothie

  276. Billie says:

    I would love to try some of the ice cream you listed.

  277. kim l says:

    I would make my daily protein shakes

  278. Laura S says:

    I would make some kale smoothies.

  279. Melissa N says:

    I’d start making green smoothies!

  280. Monica Young says:

    MMMM I think I’d start with the smoothies and ice cream and then have the burgers for dinner! I can not lie that was a yummy looking burger!

  281. molly says:

    green smoothie!

  282. Caroline says:

    my roomate is gluten free due to an allergy and i usually try to practice the paleo lifestyle for health reasons. however, we are broke college students and i would LOVE to use this to grind my own oat flour or use it to make almond flour for the roomie (especially so she can make her absolute FAVE dessert that is also hideously expensive- french macarons)!! i can think of so many uses though, i wouldnt even know which recipe to start with!

  283. Maureen G says:

    What a fabulous product! I would first “test drive” by making blueberry ice cream and then I would move on to grinding the beef that I buy in bulk and on sale. This is the kind of product that people trying to eat healthhier would really want.

  284. indira says:

    green smoothie, yes to health :)

  285. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    A peach smoothie – yum!

  286. Susan C says:

    Breakfast Smoothies – strawberry & banana

  287. domestic diva says:

    I’d make a vegetable smoothie.

  288. Amy Peschel says:

    Strawberry snow cones.

  289. I would make a big jug of my green smoothies but I would have to try that snow too, looks fabulous.

  290. Jillian says:

    a almond milk shake smoothie!!

  291. aaron matteson says:

    super nutritious kale shake with coconut oil, joe rogan does this

  292. Danielle B says:

    Fruit smoothies!!!!

  293. Katie Ollis says:

    A pumpkin smoothie :)

  294. Krystal says:

    I would make some baby food for my little gal. I have a neck pumpkin just waiting for me.

  295. Alycia M says:

    I would make smoothies first!

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  296. Kim D. says:

    I would make strawberry ice cream.

  297. Melissa Storms says:

    I would have to try my own chopped meat

  298. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I would like to make my own fresh ground beef.

  299. Tia Rasmussen says:

    We would make a smoothy first.

  300. Wendy says:

    That’s so cool that you can grind meat! I would do that!

  301. Eliza Day says:

    I’d make a smoothie I’m sure in about half the time that I make it on my current outdated Cuisinart and without the chunks of fruit and ice that get left behind. So want one of these or a Vitamix to make some totally smooth smoothies!

  302. Tabathia B says:

    We would start with milkshakes first (something safe and easy)

  303. debb says:

    a chocolate banana smoothie! I am amazed at what this blender will do!

  304. latanya says:

    a fruit smoothie

  305. Ashli says:

    Carrot soup

  306. Debbie Welchert says:

    I have never had smoothies before and would love to make some smoothies.

  307. Barb K says:

    The first thing I would make would be a malt vanilla or chocolate.

  308. Sage says:

    I would love a good blender so I can start drinking green smoothies every day.

  309. Amy Lee says:

    I’d make smoothies!

  310. homemade icecream , that’s what I’m making.

  311. Ashley snyder says:

    The first thing i would make? a strawberry daqueri. :D yum yum yum.

  312. Amy says:

    Soft serve ice cream. Then flour

  313. Carmen says:

    I have a smoothie every morning

  314. Wendy T says:

    After reading your post, I think I’d make freshly ground hamburgers. That is very cool!

  315. Jan Messali says:

    I’d like to make healthy breakfast smoothies. My blender is getting and can’t handle the frozen strawberries any longer.

  316. Carmen says:

    Love making smoothies and soup:)

  317. Laurie Harrison says:

    What a concise review! I would try the meat first. I too can not justify the price of ground round. It’s crazy high and I live in beef country!

  318. Heather Smith says:

    Definitely would try to ground my own meat, then possible some sort of taco salad arrangement :)

  319. pat says:

    I would like to win this one

  320. Sarah Davis says:

    Definitely raspberry vegan ice cream!

  321. Brittany Land says:

    I would make a smoothie for my smoothie loving toddler

  322. Chelle Jones says:

    The first thing I would make would be banana ice cream. :D

  323. Parris says:

    My mom has pancreatic cancer and Ive been wanting to make her Dr. Oz green smoothie, something to supercharge her you know. There are lots of recipes Ive been wanting to try in addition and Lord knows my cheap blender isnt up to par. Below is the list of ingredients from Dr. Oz:

    Ingredients
    2 cups spinach
    2 cups cucumber
    1 head of celery
    1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root
    1 bunch parsley
    2 apples
    Juice of 1 lime
    Juice of 1/2 lemon

    God bless

  324. Joann Smith says:

    I would make my own ground beef.That would be so neat.

  325. Heather S says:

    I would make a green smoothie!

  326. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I’d love to make fruit smoothies.

  327. Francine Anchondo says:

    i would make smoothies

  328. Christina Roth says:

    I would love to have a blender like this! I never would have thought to make my own ground beef…I wonder what else I could make with it.

  329. sharon says:

    I am recently recovering from an illness, and this blender sounds like such a wonderful product. Especially after reading other comments, I cannot wait to try this appliance!

  330. I would love to try making homemade ice cream!

  331. Peggy says:

    I’d make a great banana strawberry and blueberry smoothie! My smoothie maker broke so I’m in search of a great one!!

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  332. mary mac says:

    MILKSHAKES of course

  333. Jill H. says:

    I would make a green smoothie

  334. Estella says:

    I think the first thing I would make is a classic Green Smoothie… or perhaps I’d celebrate winning by making a Frozen Margarita! I have been lusting after a Blendtec for ages now! starting last January 2012 I embarked on a journey for health and healing by transitioning to a 100% Raw Vegan diet. So far I’ve lost 90 lbs, stopped the onset of hereditary diseases and lost all depression and mental foggyness. The journey even led me to rediscovering my spirituality. Unfortunately, the journey also claimed the life of two perfectly innocent consumer grade blenders. I use a blender for almost everything, and so many times a day. Now that I find myself once again blender-less I dream of using this Blendtec to make smoothies, raw soups, juices, nut milks, sprouted flours, nut pate, dressings, desserts, jams, and the list goes on and on and on and on. I spend so much of my day and this blender and twister jar would make my meal preparation SO MUCH more manageable!

  335. Molly says:

    I would make a greek yogurt and berry smoothie!

  336. Elizabeth says:

    I would definitely make homemade ice cream first!

  337. chantal ronchetto says:

    ice cream and smoothies

  338. ethel says:

    I would make some hummus!!

  339. samyra says:

    i would make a tropical fruit smoothy with a little bit of vegitables

  340. Ada says:

    First thing we’d make here would likely be ice cream, powdered sugar (for fudge), or mayonnaise.

  341. Christopher Sorel says:

    some nut butters and soothies

  342. Brooke F. says:

    Bread crumbs – an ultimate blender test!

  343. Jennifer Speed says:

    I would make a strawberry banana smoothie

  344. Edrie says:

    I guess I’m gonna sound like everyone else in saying that I would make smoothies. I’ve been wanting to do a green drink.

  345. Jordan C. says:

    Of course it would be ice cream…oh yum. We would have to make pineapple ice cream/whip, we miss the Dole pineapple whip and I think this machine will be able to achieve that creaminess.

  346. Bryan Welch says:

    I would use the Blendtec to make a hot and cold meal. I would first use the Blendtec to make a hot tomato basil soup and then cool it off with use red raspberry ice cream. What an awesome blender!

  347. Annmarie W. says:

    They have a recipe for Butternut Squash soup on their website that I’d love to try!

  348. Laurie K says:

    I would make a non fat, cream of broccoli soup!

  349. Carter says:

    A Nutella Smoothie!

  350. Cat B says:

    I would start simple, probably with fresh pesto using items that would normally choke up my immersion blender, then make my mom’s recipe for spaghetti sauce, then I would probably start trying to make ravioli filling or spice and fruit puree to put in homemade mead or hard cider.

  351. tung ton says:

    PESTO!!!!!

  352. Leandrea says:

    I would TOTALLY make smoothies first!

  353. Kelley F says:

    I would have to try to make ice cream first.

  354. Sharon H says:

    I really want to make green smoothies–trying to be healthy! Then would love to try making hamburger out of a roast–seems like it will be so much healthier!

  355. melissa Beeles says:

    I would like to try the ice cream and making my own ground beef.

  356. Francesca Mingione says:

    I need to get more veggies into my family, and a Blendtec would help me do it!

  357. Laura says:

    Would love to make almond flour – fresh products are best and save $ too!!

  358. nannypanpan says:

    strawberry smoothie
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  359. Jennifer says:

    Truthfully, the very first thing I would do if I won this amazing blender is make smoothies for my 3 year old daughter and I. We both LOVE smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit!

  360. Kirsten F says:

    Ice cream!

  361. Beth says:

    I would make my husband the most amazing smoothie.

  362. Tammy says:

    Monster Margaritas all for me. Then after the proper celebratory “whoop whoop”, I’d try to perform my best Julia Child while creating ice cream for my family. Then onto everything down the list that Glenda made.

  363. Judy Montague says:

    I would LOVE to be able to make ice cream that fast! My Husband’s fav!!!

  364. Sherrie C. says:

    I would make lemon ice cream. My favorite :)

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  365. I am on a special renal diet so I would try the dairy free ice-cream.

  366. Christine Mayfield says:

    I would make a strawberry smoothie =)

  367. Stephanie says:

    Smoothies for sure! We love them and they are great on a warm day!

  368. Laura C. says:

    I would first make almond butter. I have always wanted to make different nut butters, but my current blender doesn’t blend evenly – this thing would be a dream!

  369. LeeAnn says:

    I would make one of my Visalus shakes first!

  370. LeeAnn says:

    The email that I subscribe to your blog with is different than the email registered on my Facebook account, but there was no “additional information” box in the Rafflecopter in which to enter it. My email subscription goes to leeann @ thelifeofrylie dot com. (I hope you see this.)

  371. Vanessa says:

    ice cream or smoothie sounds good

  372. julie simmons says:

    I saw the Will it Blend man at a conference a few years ago and have wanted one of these ever since. He blended a broom, but I’d try a green smoothie.

  373. Laura Love says:

    The first thing I would make would be margaritas – because I would definitely throw a party to celebrate!

  374. Kelly D says:

    I would use this to make tomato soup

  375. A much better smoothie than my blender makes. :) ty!

  376. shelby brigham says:

    would make ground beef to make hamburgers

  377. I would make my morning protein shake!

  378. maggie says:

    smoothies

  379. Pamela B says:

    I would make strawberry smoothies.

  380. Justine Burgess says:

    That…was…cool! Loved all your prepared foods! I’d try the ice cream and the soup stock first, and then go for some healthy homemade smoothies. :)

  381. Kathy Artis says:

    strawberry and banana milkshake

  382. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Great giveaway! I’d make some cranberry jalepano salsa!

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  383. Beth P says:

    A Smoothie! My roommate broke my blender and I have been smoothie-less for months!

  384. kyona says:

    I would probably make either a smoothie or milkshake first.
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  385. Leslie Kiley says:

    I loved your review with all the pictures! I thought before I saw your post what I would love is making wonderful sauces but now I am obsessed with making snow cones!!!! The fact that you can grind things up so well just excites me!

  386. Ada says:

    I’d like to try making some smooth caesar dressing.

  387. The whole meal looks delicious! YUM! come cook for me! haha

  388. Jennifer Benson says:

    I would make a green smoothie! and then try some ice cream! Yum!

  389. Linda Greene says:

    I would make a milk shake

  390. Cindy says:

    Smoothies.

  391. Deana C says:

    I would first make almond butter!

  392. Kady says:

    Pumpkin pie filling would be my first item in the blender :)

  393. samantha g says:

    soup or snow cones my daughter loves them

  394. Sarah Stocks says:

    I would make whipped peanut butter, to use to make peanut butter frosting.

  395. Sarah C. says:

    A smoothie! I want a blender that can handle ice!

  396. Mary says:

    Ice cream and then almond butter!!!

  397. Jennifer Fierro says:

    We are big smoothie fans in this house, so that would be the first thing I would make!

  398. angie says:

    I’d make a strawberry and blueberry smoothie.

  399. Chev Sopkin says:

    Homemade Peanut Butter AND Ice Cream…. then…. I would swirl them together! HEAVEN! Thanks so much. This Blendtec is amazing!

  400. If I won I would grind my own pork for pork burgers

  401. Mary Dailey says:

    This does it all! I can’t believe you can make ice cream in it, too! I’d have to try that first!

  402. Kaila says:

    I would make strawberry smoothies!

  403. Vanessa says:

    I’d do ground beef!

  404. Margaret McFarland says:

    I’m going for the vegan ice cream!

  405. Samantha Daleo says:

    I would do a really yummy fruit smoothie right away, to break it in :)

  406. Stevie M says:

    Probably some ice cream… or smoothies.

  407. jennifer coffill peters says:

    if i had a blendtec, i would definitely grind my own meat and make some ice cream!

  408. sheryl cullum says:

    I would love to grind my meat for some yummy burgers

  409. Melanie B says:

    I would make hummus

  410. I think I would make ice cream… But the hamburger would be a close second. Or maybe reverse and have the burger for dinner and ice cream for dessert:)

  411. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says:

    Now that it’s getting so suddenly cold out (and in our old drafty house – inside as well!!) SOUPS are starting to sound like the perfect supper. My Honey/Hubby loves beans, legumes and whole grains.

    My first culinary experiment would probably trying to recreate this fabulous Italian White Bean Soup with Fennel, Sausage and Escarole. I think it gets it’s awesome creamy flavor first from cooking the beans in a rich stock with lots of chopped soup/stew veggies and then puree as much of the veggies as you can along with about half of the beans. Reheat adding the cooked sausage and sauteed fennel, And finally the escarole torn or cut in ribbons. Garnish with fresh crisp fried julienned sage leaves.

    Yum – just writing this is making me hungry! I would use this wonderful prize everyday to make fruit/yogurt smoothies, warm weather cocktails, sauces and lots of pureed and cream soups!

  412. Michele Baron says:

    The very first thing I would make…is soft serve ice cream….I love ice cream…and knowing I can create it with my favorite flavors…would be a delicious thought….Thank you for this contest.

  413. Gina says:

    My family LOVES smoothies! It’s a great way to keep them eating healthy. I’d love to replace the Osterizer my husband came with when we married 14 years ago.

  414. Nicole says:

    I haven’t had a smoothie since we lost our blender in a move a while back so that’ll be the first thing I make! Yummy strawberry banana smoothie. Mmmmm.

  415. Amber G. says:

    I would grind up some lamb and beef and make kebabs!

  416. laura ari says:

    I would make a pumpkin smoothie

  417. I would make pesto sauce to freeze.

  418. Cynthia says:

    MMM homemade ice cream sounds delicious!

  419. MelissaO says:

    I’d make habanero salsa.

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  420. Shira says:

    I would make hummus! Or maybe smoothies. We love smoothies in my house.

  421. Jennifer Pruitt says:

    I have been wanting one of these to make delicious breakfast smoothies with! Yum! :)

  422. jessie levin says:

    smoothies!

  423. M. Arnold says:

    I would make ice cream and smoothies.

  424. michelle riebeek says:

    Smoothies! Though the way you made hamburger, wow!

  425. jennifer says:

    Strawberry-banana ice cream!!!

  426. Stephanie says:

    I am soo interested in grinding wheat. But after that, smoothies, Ice cream, your soup idea looked fabulous…

  427. Teri says:

    A green smoothie complete with an entire carrot and loads of spinach and kale with some fruit for sweetness and a spoon of chia for fiber!!!!!

  428. Karen D says:

    Almond butter

  429. Dawn says:

    This looks like a gadget that no homemaker could be without.

  430. RG says:

    The first thing would be pumpkin puree for pumpkin pie. Then, well, a lot.

  431. I would definitely make ice cream! Love it!

  432. T Mull says:

    I’ll make ground chicken burgers with onions, then maybe apple sauce.

  433. Cheryl says:

    a green ~ mango smoothie

  434. Rachel E says:

    I would love to make a milkshake or smoothie!!

  435. Cathy North says:

    I would make a Banana Cranberry Smoothie!

  436. Allison Downes says:

    I would make banana ice cream

    Thanks for the super awesome giveawaY!

  437. Elizabeth says:

    I would definitely make ice cream,that is so amazing!

  438. Marilyn says:

    I would try making ice cream.

  439. Anissa says:

    A really yummy smoothie

  440. Kevin P says:

    some nut butter, may pistachio :)

  441. sherri says:

    Breakfast smoothies for the kids.

  442. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I would make a watermelon mango smoothie!

  443. Geet Maha says:

    Mango Lassi

  444. Donna Marie says:

    I would make a strawberry smoothie

  445. Judy W says:

    Fruit Smoothies and ice cream!

  446. marybeth i says:

    I would make hummus!

  447. Helene Tienda says:

    Believe it or not, probably just a yummie berry smoothie!

  448. Tara Liebing says:

    I would make smoothies! I have tried other blenders and they always have chunks of the ingrdients or ice this Bledtec would be awesome!!!

  449. Kayla says:

    First, I’d make a smoothie. I’d then chase that with some ice cream. Then a perfectly iced coffee.

  450. Erica Booker says:

    I would make a delicious smoothie. Thank you!

  451. anita says:

    I’d make bread! I love the smell of it baking!

  452. Brian says:

    green smoothies

  453. Jenny says:

    A green smoothie is first on my list!

  454. Lana says:

    Ice Cream! Or a smoothie…. The choice is hard!

  455. Heather Zeh says:

    I would make some fruit smooties!

  456. emili says:

    I would either grind up some meat for burgers or make a nice cold-weather soup!

  457. nancy mcmahan says:

    I would like to try out the meat but trying to eat a bit healthier so would go for the smoothies first.

  458. Cody Anderson says:

    Smoothies

  459. gina says:

    I would to want to make some kind of unique ice cream & definitely some guacamole and salsa.

  460. Marcelo Morel says:

    Wow I love smoothies and sorbets. Definitely need a good blender for the ice to make great daiquiris and piña coladas.

  461. Leslie says:

    The first thing I would make would be pesto or almond milk!

  462. Earl B says:

    I’d probably make a smoothie

  463. Christina Oddy says:

    Guacamole would be so good!

  464. Brittney House says:

    I would make smoothies…

  465. Ken M says:

    Definately make ice cream!

  466. Theresa says:

    This would be perfect for making smoothies after a long run!

  467. michelle c says:

    The first thing that I would make would definitely be tortilla soup. I love soup!

  468. traci says:

    i love that i could grind meat

  469. Vonnie says:

    A green smoothie, but the ice cream recipe sounds good!

  470. Amber Warfield says:

    The first thing I would make would be my favorite blueberry, coconut milk, protein smoothie. I love how it crushes ice though. It looks so much better than the old blender I use now.

  471. Lacey says:

    a peach smoothie

  472. Janna B. says:

    Some icecream!

  473. Tori says:

    I scream for Ice Cream.

  474. I would make homemade salsa for lettuce wraps. Yum!

  475. Tamar says:

    a smoothie!

  476. Jessica Rose says:

    I’d so make a milkshake!

  477. Daniel M says:

    i’d make a green smoothie too

  478. Ryan R says:

    Uh…. Almond butter. Duh.

  479. Gennie Lancaster says:

    I would make a healthy smoothie!!

  480. Kasi Erwin says:

    I would make baby food!
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  481. Jacqui says:

    I WOULD MAKE MAGIC FARIY DUST.
    No Im kidding, it would actually just be a green smoothie because Im in college… But Id be a healthy college kid.

  482. Susie says:

    Smoothies

  483. Steve says:

    Milkshake!

  484. Deb C says:

    I would make a green veggie smoothie first, but I know sooner or later, I’d be making a milkshake!

  485. Britt Brill says:

    I would make a strawberry and banana smoothie

  486. richelle bowers says:

    id make a frappe

  487. Megan P says:

    Ohhh the possibilities! I would make homemade ice cream, smoothies, peanut butter from scratch, and soooo much more!

  488. Francine Anchondo says:

    homeade icecream

  489. Leanna Hiner says:

    Pumpkin ice cream

  490. KIM H says:

    I would make a smoothie

  491. Jaime Nicole says:

    I’d love to make fruit and veggie smoothies with this!

  492. molli mcandrews glowacki says:

    I’d probably make a smoothie, or crush some ices for an iced coffee shake… then probably try some alternative milks, like almond milk! yum!

  493. Kristine says:

    Ive heard amazing things about Blendtecs and I want to try one for soups.

  494. Kerry Leenhouts says:

    Baby food & ice cream!

  495. tess says:

    i would have to try and make hamburger meat- that is so awesome
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  496. Myrna says:

    The first thing I would make is a batch of pina coladas.

  497. Ruby Y says:

    I’d prepare Icecream

  498. Tiffany Winner says:

    I’d have to make my usual choco pb smoothie for breakfast first

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  499. Johanna H. says:

    Wow, this would be so handy for soup making!

  500. Kim Smith says:

    First thing I would make is Almond Butter. I have two large bags waiting for this baby.

  501. benita says:

    I’d make protein shakes.

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  502. Dona Keyton says:

    My son would love to have this! Perfect Christmas gift.

  503. Jody Sisson says:

    Fruit Smoothies!!

  504. Mellissa C says:

    I would make pesto.

  505. Shannon says:

    I would love to try the Vegetable Base you made!

  506. melissa Resnick says:

    margaritas will be first

  507. Nicole says:

    First thing made would be a batch of daquiris or margaritas.

  508. Richard Hicks says:

    would make a banana strawberry smoothie

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  509. Jordan Y says:

    Would love to make ice cream for my family.

  510. Richelle says:

    I would make Butternut Squash Soup. Mmmm. And ice cream. And shakes. And…. :)

  511. Robyn Galloway says:

    Our green smoothies or maybe some homemade icecream!

  512. Tiffany Banks says:

    I would make a strawberry banana smoothie!

  513. Jennifer says:

    The first thing I would make would be fresh salsa!

  514. erin m says:

    Ginger carrot soup!

  515. Breanne says:

    Strawberry banana smoothie

  516. chadro says:

    for all my baking needs and especially batters

  517. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    use it to make my own meatloaf from fresh meat

  518. Mel says:

    Look at that powder of snow! I would absolutely make smoothies.

  519. John Hutchens says:

    banana smoothie

  520. Krystal T says:

    I would start out with a smoothie.

  521. dani marie says:

    smoothie of some sort. maybe a chai latte smoothie!

  522. Stephanie says:

    I’m not really sure the first thing I would make. Maybe a milkshake! This blender looks amazing!

  523. Robin Trexel says:

    Chocolate Milkshake

  524. Sarah says:

    Honestly, your description of the ice cream sounded great! My husband has recently buckled down on his diabetes, ans we are looking for healthier meals that still taste good. Your ideas were all healthier versions of more processed foods… So itsounds great

  525. Hesper Fry says:

    I would make ice cream!

  526. Amy Myers says:

    The first thing I would make, is one of those sauces from soaked cashews.

  527. Karen says:

    I would make chocolate ice cream. Thanks for the giveaway.

  528. Christie says:

    Id make either a margarita or a strawberry shake

  529. amy deeter says:

    i would make a milkshake

  530. micheal dale grim says:

    the first thing i would make is some banana smoothies,yummy!!!

  531. micheal dale grim says:

    the first thing i would make is some banana smoothies,yummy!!!

  532. micheal dale grim says:

    the first thing i would make is some banana smoothies,yummy!!!

  533. micheal dale grim says:

    the first thing i would make is banana smoothies

  534. Tiffany H says:

    I would love to make my own ice cream!

  535. april j says:

    The first thing I would do is grind some turkey for my weekly meals!

  536. Melissa VandenBerg says:

    Butternut Squash Bisque….or any soup. Tis the season for warmth!! :)

  537. Marie C says:

    Potato pancakes. I have a recipe that I am absolutely in love with.

  538. Karen Gonyea says:

    A frozen berry smoothie :)

  539. Jammie says:

    I would make a yummy strawberry/banana smoothie.

  540. Angela Neynaber says:

    I would make homemade vanilla ice cream.

  541. Teresa Thompson says:

    Fruit smoothie.

  542. kelley c says:

    I would make a margarita.

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  543. Kathleen says:

    smoothies

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  544. Sharon says:

    I’d use it to ground some sirloin that I just got on sale.

  545. Charlene says:

    I’d make fresh tomato salsa with this :)

  546. Anne Marie says:

    I would make Sweet Potato Hummus. Tried it at a party & loved it!

  547. maria alvarado says:

    I would use it to make smoothies and soups.

  548. KyLee Mills says:

    I would make smoothies or even a milkshake;)

  549. Ellen Levickis says:

    probably a chocolate malt

  550. joy clapsadle says:

    I would make breadcrumbs for my dinner party !!!

  551. Amber says:

    I’d love to use it to make smoothies!

  552. Mary J says:

    I would make a protein shake.

  553. Sarah says:

    I would use it to make some yummy snow cones in summer &even better chili for winter! :)

  554. purplelarkspur says:

    I would make a smoothie!

  555. Blesilda B says:

    The first thing I would make is a green smoothie (lots of spinach, berries, and ripe bananas for sweetness)!

  556. Jaque Richards says:

    I am torn between smoothies and soup…I know I will make both, but not sure which one first. :-) Thank you.

  557. Brittany says:

    This product looks great, thanks for the giveaway. I would make smoothies.

  558. Amber says:

    HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!!!!!

  559. I would make a smoothie for breakfast with it.

  560. Brooke says:

    I would make a milkshake

  561. jeanne conner says:

    Strawberry Daiquiri

  562. shawna says:

    I would make smoothies.

  563. liz l says:

    Minty chocolate smoothie

  564. Deborah Hogue says:

    I would make a frappe. I can’t do that now because most blenders won’t handle the thickness of the frappe drinks

  565. Lynda Del says:

    I’d make my green smoothies.

  566. Maryanne says:

    i would make creamy soups

  567. Saver Sara says:

    I’d make smoothies

  568. Angela W says:

    The first thing I would make is ice cream

  569. April Evans says:

    Strawberry coconut sorbet..yummy!

  570. Rhea Stogsdill Chladek says:

    I would like to make green smoothies milkshakes (only green if mint chocolate…LOL!)

    :) Rhea

  571. Liz B says:

    A chocolate milkshake

  572. Penny says:

    I would love to make almond butter.

  573. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would make me a strawberry smoothie!!

  574. Pauline M says:

    I make this mango smoothie that my kids love and will ask for daily! This would be the perfect break in for this blender!

  575. Jennifer M says:

    I’d like to try a gazpacho.

  576. Amber M says:

    Ice cream, of course!

  577. Erica C. says:

    I’d make a banana smoothie.

  578. Jackee says:

    Butternut squash soup

  579. Aaron Bretveld says:

    I would do some sort of smoothie first. I might even try making a green smoothie if I can find a good recipe. My current blender is so pathetic that I may as well just throw it away since it can’t even make a smoothie, it always comes out as more of a chunky.

  580. Sonya says:

    ice cream, or maybe meatloaf with a blend of meats!

  581. Carolyn Daley says:

    I would make a fruit smooth with banana, oranges, and apples.

  582. Dawn S. says:

    I would make the homemade ice cream (strawberry!) first

  583. Deedra says:

    I would try my hand at some of that yummy looking soup!

  584. Trisha McKee says:

    A strawberry banana smoothing for me and my daughter.

  585. Sumer says:

    I would make milkshakes for my kids.

  586. I’d make a green smoothie! livinglearningeating AT gmail DOT com

  587. DanV says:

    I’d make a berry smoothie

  588. Jamie Martin says:

    Smoothies.

  589. April says:

    I would make pizza dough. I would also love to make the soup base.

  590. carol lewis says:

    I would make some recipe with ground chicken. It is expensive here and this would enable me to make my own at a fraction of the cost! Chicken meatloaf.
    I could also make almond flour with this. We are on a very limited diet so this would be great to have as I could use this all the time. Almond flour baked goods are our “bread”.

  591. Char says:

    I would make my homemade pasta sauce, my family will not eat onions or mushrooms they can see, blending them all up, we get the flavor and they get the healthy vitamins, without knowing.

  592. Auri Lae says:

    I’d make breakfast smoothies! :D

  593. Mya Murphy says:

    I’m all about the milkshakes!

  594. Samantha says:

    A nice chocolate strawberry milkshake!

  595. kathy pease says:

    id make strawberry milkshakes :)

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  597. barb hunt says:

    I’d make smoothies! Thanks for the great contest!

  598. Virginia Rowell says:

    I would make a pina colada!

  599. Sonia says:

    I would make my very own almond butter! :D

  600. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I’d make a Banana Smoothie, love them!

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  601. Tanya White says:

    I would use it to puree soup and make smoothies

  602. Racheal S. says:

    My first creation would be a banana smoothie! I love them, but my current blender has a habit of leaving gritty tasting ice crystals.

  603. Barbara Behringer says:

    This first thing would definitely be making my own flour from freshly bought wheat berries. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. Oh and to one day grow my own wheat would be a dream come true.

  604. Shannon says:

    there are so many healthy things I’d like to make, nut milk, nut butter, soup with lots of veggies, definitely coconut milk ice cream as I already love making that

  605. Jennifer J says:

    either spaghetti sauce or margaritas!

  606. Bonnie Weatherford says:

    My teenager loves to make smoothies & milkshakes with our old nearly worn-out blender & gets pretty creative with the ingredients. He would think it was Christmas with this one so the first thing we’d make would probably be one of his smoothies, lol.

  607. Whitney Lindeman says:

    I would actually give this as a gift! We received a Vitamix as a wedding present…I’d feel really selfish having both a Vitamix AND a Blendtec! But my mama would love it so so much. :)

  608. We love fresh smoothies so that would be the first thing I would make

  609. Sarah Harding says:

    I’m pretty sure the first thing made would be a smoothy made by my daughter

  610. Robert Pyszk says:

    I would make a smoothie !

  611. Gaileee says:

    Hummis! It is so expensive at the health food store. My blender is on its last legs, so I’d use my tahini, my chickpeas, garlic and olive oil, and whip up a double batch. (Hubs loves it too!)

    Then, it would be smoothies, maybe do the same thing you did with the meat.

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  612. Vikki Billings says:

    I would make a strawberry banana smoothie

  613. julie hawkins says:

    I’d make a protein peanut butter smoothie

  614. Sandra C says:

    I would use this giveaway to grind my own peanut and almond butters first!!

  615. Vicki D. says:

    I would try making ice cream first. but, there are a thousand things I would use this blender for.

  616. Anna W. says:

    I would make a giant smoothie!

  617. susan smoaks says:

    if i was the lucky winner, i would make guacamole first and then a smoothie with my new fabulous blender!

  618. Sharon says:

    I would make the ice cream! The recipe sounds yummy and I love that I wouldn’t have to wait for it to freeze etc!
    Thank You!

  619. Diane W. says:

    This would be so useful for me in my kitchen. I am on disability and my hands are always in pain. I cook all of our meals and it would be great to make the soup bases and treats like soft serve etc!

  620. shirley zolenski says:

    A strawberry Banana smoothie

  621. Kelly Britton says:

    We don’t have a blender these days, this one looks awesome. If I win, I see homemade ice cream in our future!

  622. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    We actually don’t have a blender right now, and I’ve been dying for a homemade milkshake and/or smoothie. That would probably be the first, second, and third thing I make LOL!!!

  623. Lisa Fonseca says:

    I would make salsa since I have been wanting to make some for quite some time now.

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  624. A smoothie with frozen fruit! Yum!

  625. Pam says:

    Now that it’s Fall I love to have the oven on…I would keep my. Blendtec busy creating hearty flours for fresh loaves of artisan breads and piazza crusts. Of course I would make my own pizza sauces with my lovely Blendtec and to go with my crusty breads the Blendtec will be put to use making steamy nutritious soups Mmmmmmmmm.

  626. Patrice says:

    The first thing I would make is a fruit smoothie!

  627. mary gardner says:

    i’d make smoothies!

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  628. Emily N. says:

    I’d make a fruit smoothie.

  629. Gianna says:

    I would make cream of potato soup first.

  630. kathy d says:

    my family loves hamburgs I think I would have to try grinding my own

  631. Sand says:

    I would make some soups!

  632. Tricia Antosh says:

    Homemade icecream and homemade yogurt=] I would also try banana bread puddings as well..yes I like my desserts<3

  633. Jennifer J says:

    I would like to grind my own meat and make hamburgers. Thanks!!

  634. jenny green says:

    I would make fresh fruit smoothies!!! Yummm!!!!!

  635. Roxann says:

    I would make some homemade soup.

  636. Jessica A says:

    A smoothie, followed by ice cream, yum!

  637. Brad Merrell says:

    Milkshake. Then I would blend some objects like in the “Will It Blend” videos. Haha

  638. Deborah Wallin says:

    I would make a smoothie.

  639. amy says:

    I would donate it to my sister! :D Miss Debi needs a high speeder! ;)

  640. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I’d make ice cream

  641. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    i would make a strawberry banana smoothie.

  642. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would make a Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

  643. Heather R says:

    We would like to make some smoothies for the kids!

  644. Ashley Tucker says:

    I’d make a smoothie first!

  645. Cole says:

    I’d be making a coffee drink (Frappacino!) first. YUM!

  646. meme says:

    I would love to make my own sausage

  647. Beverly Metcalf says:

    If I won I would try to make my own homemade mayonnaise with it. Thanks for this contest!

  648. I would definitely have to try the homemade ice cream with the kids and smoothies for me! :)

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  649. Lori L. says:

    I think I’d make some blended ice coffee drinks!

  650. Brian Mungle says:

    Almond butter

  651. Linda Kish says:

    I would make a strawberry banana smoothie

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  652. Smoothies!!! and lots of them

  653. Michelle S says:

    I would make a smoothie for my little one with this

  654. Linda Landes says:

    strawberry daiquiris!

  655. Michelle H. says:

    I would make a smoothie or a frozen coffee drink.

  656. Jessica says:

    I’d make guacamole.

  657. Nicki Ragland says:

    Definitely green smoothies! I love them, but the Blendtec would make them pulp-free!

  658. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… homemade cream of tomato soup.

  659. Dawn Riley says:

    I would make margaritas, and smoothies!! What else do you need??

  660. Nessa says:

    A yummy berry smoothie

  661. re morgan says:

    yum, smoothies!

  662. Grace Yong says:

    First thing I would make is green smoothies.

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