10 ways I use my Blendtec blender
I purchased a Blendtec blender a couple of years ago, and I have not regretted the purchase at all. I had been eyeing both the Blendtec and the Vitamix for a few years, and had even done a little research as to which I thought I’d prefer, but when one of my family members had extensive oral surgery and needed to be on a soft food diet for 6 weeks, I took the plunge (turned out that the blender I had right before that just wasn’t up to the task of pureeing meats and harder vegetables into a smooth consistency).
I use my Blendtec several times a week, and here are some of the many things I end up using it for:
- Smoothies and milkshakes are a breeze. I can put any mix of smoothie or milkshake ingredients in, and in a couple of minutes it’s completely blended and ready to drink – no surprise chunks of frozen banana lurking in the bottom of my glass.
- Pureeing foods is simple. As I mentioned before, it was the original reason that I finally took the plunge to buy it, and still comes in handy from time to time this way. I don’t have any babies in the house any more, but it would be great for making baby food.
- I love making quick nut butters. I used to haul out the food processor to make freshly ground almond or hazelnut butter, but no more. The Blendtec does this job much quicker, and is a lot easier to clean than the food processor – win/win!
- I also like making gluten free flours in my Blendtec. Making nut flours is essentially the same process as making nut butters, except you just stop before it becomes nut butter. You can also make oat flour, rice flour, quinoa flour very easily with a few pulses. This will save you $$$ on specialty flours!
- You can also grind sugar and other sweeteners into a finer consistency (or even a powder consistency) if you need. I pulse xylitol in the Blendtec a few times to make a superfine powder that blends easily in my homemade dark chocolate.
- Chimichurri sauce! If you love chimichurri sauce like I do for steaks and other meats, you won’t believe how easy it is to make at home. I love this recipe in my Blendtec. Pesto is another sauce that is very quick to make in the blender.
- Batters whip up very nicely in the Blendtec, even if they have difficult to blend ingredients, such as the green plantains I used to make plantain tortillas on taco night.
- During the holidays, or for parties, I will often use it to make dips, spreads, and pâtés.
- I find it a little heavy duty for making salad dressings, because it will emulsify them so quickly. So that means it’s great for homemade mayonnaise. Try this recipe.
- Juicing fruits and veggies is not something I do very often, but when I want to, the Blendtec is great. It has a juicing button/function right on the keypad, and will juice the whole thing, seeds, pulp, and all, which is healthier than drinking juice where the fiber is separated out.
There are so many more uses – and every cook and kitchen are different. You’re sure to find your own favorite uses for the Blendtec.