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!

On October 13, 2012, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

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 [...]

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.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://busy-at-home.com/blog/blendtec-review-and-give-away/

 

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!

 

GIVEAWAY RULES

  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!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

October 19th is Busy-at-Home’s Third Birthday! We’re Celebrating with Extraordinary Give Aways for You!

On September 28, 2012, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

It’s been a crazy summer and fall shows no signs of easing the strain, but I can’t let October pass without telling you how much I appreciate all of you and the support you have shown as the blog has grown and evolved, these last three years.  Busy-at-Home readers rock!  There’s no doubt about it! [...]

It’s been a crazy summer and fall shows no signs of easing the strain, but I can’t let October pass without telling you how much I appreciate all of you and the support you have shown as the blog has grown and evolved, these last three years.  Busy-at-Home readers rock!  There’s no doubt about it!  I can tease you right now, with three of the fantastic giveaways that I know for sure are happening, for the October celebration:

  1. A Blendtec Total Blender Classic with WildSide Jar and their new Twister Jar, as well!  This is a retail value over $500 and a kitchen machine that may replace all your other countertop appliances!  1560 watts of power!  I can’t wait to share some recipes with you!blender
  2. Winners Choice of one of these beautiful Hearts4Hearts Girls Dolls (any of the first 8 dolls on the page) – a gift that gives back!  I’m excited to tell you about them!dolls                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         more dolls
  3. an HP DeskJet 3052A All-in-One Printer! –  You’re going to love all it can do!   printer
The giveaway fun is starting any day, now, so check back often and get subscribed to our updates, so you never miss out on a fabulous Busy-at-Home giveaway!

My Kitchen Wish List: a Kitchen Scale & a Food Processor @MyCuisinart @KitchenAidUSA @BrevilleUSA @BoschAppliances

On July 23, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

There are always kitchen gadgets and gizmos that I think would be SO cool to have, but at the moment, there are a couple of basics that I am interested in adding to my kitchen tool arsenal.  I have no idea where to start as far as brands, features, etc.  So, any help that you [...]

There are always kitchen gadgets and gizmos that I think would be SO cool to have, but at the moment, there are a couple of basics that I am interested in adding to my kitchen tool arsenal.  I have no idea where to start as far as brands, features, etc.  So, any help that you all can offer would be truly, truly appreciated.

  1. kitchen scaleI would really like to have a good digital kitchen scale for baking.  There are some recipes where measuring by weight is so much more accurate than volume.  Don’t believe me?  Measure one cup of flour, then have your neighbor measure one cup of flour.  Now, weigh each cup on a kitchen scale.  The fluctuation can be profound!  It’s because some people are “scoop” measurers (which packs the flour into your cup) and others are “sprinkle and level” measurers (the cooking school “correct” method, by the way, for accuracy in most recipes).  The variance in these methods can be critical in some recipes, especially if you don’t know the kind of measurer the author was.  Weighing out flour in grams, insures you get the same amount every time and the same result from your favorite recipes.  It would have to be  large capacity and have a good tare function and consistent accuracy.  Yup, I really do need a good kitchen scale.
  2. food processorI’ve been a hold out on buying a food processor for years, and until recently, didn’t feel the need for one.  I have an amazing blender attachment for my Bosch that I have used with good success.  750 watts of raw power has been more than adequate for anything I’ve done, to date.  However, I am finding that some of the recipes I have tried lately, just don’t work as well in the quantities I want to make and that the shape of the blender pitcher is not as handy or efficient as the bowl of a food processor would be.  Two things a food processor would have to have are: 1) a large capacity and 2) power.  I need plenty of space for larger recipes and I don’t want to worry about burning up the motor if I’m working on a stiffer product.

So, which brands do you use?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  What would you recommend?  I really need your input on this one.  Maybe I’ll find some to review.  Thanks so much for all your help!  You guys are awesome!!

wordpress themes