Try out these seven new uses for your blender
Woooo-wee, it's hot out there. Skin tingling hot. And, odds are that at some point this summer you'll get the chance to cool off by the pool with a cold, frozen drink made with your trusty blender (if you don't have a trusty blender yet, check out our latest blender reviews!). Because you did all that work to get the blender out of the cabinet, untangle the cord, concoct your drink, let me share with you a few more goodies you can blend up.
1. Whipped Cream
Cool down this summer with an ice cream sundae topped with homemade whipped cream. Making your own whipped cream takes a measly minute and you most likely have the main ingredient stashed in the back of your fridge waiting to be used up. Pour 1/2 cup heavy cream into the jar of your blender and blend on medium speed for 15-20 seconds until soft peaks form. Add in 1 tablespoon of your favorite sugar (powdered, turbinado, or granulated) and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and continue to mix on medium speed for another 15-20 seconds or until peaks form and hold their shape. Putting a cherry on the top of your sundae is strongly suggested!
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2. Make Fluffy Omelets
Ever wonder how restaurants get their omelets to be so fluffy and mouthwatering? Here's my little secret: To make one omelet add two eggs, 1 tablespoon heavy cream or whole milk, salt and pepper into the jar of your blender. Blend on high for one minute or until mixture becomes incredibly frothy. Meanwhile, melt 1 teaspoon butter over medium heat in your nonstick skillet. Pour the mixture into the heated pan. Carefully push egg mixture from side to side using a spatula until egg mixture is set but still creamy and moist on top. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon shredded Cheddar over half of the eggs and fold unfilled half over filling. Let cheese melt for an additional 30 seconds and serve immediately.
Have some eggshells leftover from your fluffy omelet? Did you decide to add in some peppers, broccoli, or carrots and have scraps leftover? Feel a little guilty throwing them away? Here's an idea: Compost them! Once your compost pile is ready to be used, place the items into your blender, add some water and blend until you get your desired consistency. Take your blender jar to the garden and follow our simple rules and steps for composting. Just be sure no pits or hard substances go into the blender as they could damage your blade.
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You may not know that your blender can double as a coffee bean and spice grinder. Whole coffee beans can quickly and easily be ground to the texture of your liking for freshly brewed coffee. Or, try this spicy peppercorn rub to slather over steaks and pork chops for extra flavoring before grilling. To your blender jar add 3 tablespoons each coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds, and 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns and then blend on medium-high speed until the spices have a coarse texture, approximately one minute. This'll make about 1/2 cup and can be saved in an airtight container for up to three months.
Often times herbs go to waste because only a small amount of a large bunch is needed for a recipe. Making pesto is a fantastic way (not to mention a delicious one) to use up those leftover herbs. Make our test kitchen's pesto recipe in your blender and go bananas with the endless ways to serve it up! You can prepare quick and easy pesto pasta (served hot or cold), jazz up a turkey sandwich, or add a dollop to your favorite simple vinaigrette and toss with a salad.
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6. Tomato Sauce
My favorite food, hands down, is tomatoes. Tomatoes pureed into sauce, tomatoes in salsa, or tomatoes eaten raw with a sprinkle of salt - it doesn't matter, I crave them daily. Nothing is better than summertime tomatoes. A good way to use up a bumper crop is to whip up an easy tomato sauce to toss with pasta for a main dish or even a side dish. Add the cooked mixture to the jar of your blender and pulse for 15-30 seconds for a smooth sauce. Make an extra large batch and freeze in an airtight container for up to six months and enjoy the juiciest, most flavorful tomatoes even when they are not in season.
The most common use for a blender is to make smoothies or frozen drinks. Nowadays, blender jars are elegant enough to be used as a serving pitcher (this means less dishes for you to clean!). So go ahead and enjoy an extra frozen concoction with the girls rather than slumping over the sink. You deserve it!
- By Emily Weinberger
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