There’s more than one argument for tossing ingredients into a blender and letting nature take its course. Blenders make eggs lighter and fluffier and soups and salads creamier, while leaving salsas and pestos as chunky as you please. If your blender only sees the light of day when you’re in the mood for a frozen fruit smoothie, you’re missing out on a world of opportunity for creating an abundance of other healthy, tasty treats in record time.
Shopping for a New Blender?
Of course, your blender should suit your lifestyle — not too small, not too imposing — otherwise, you’ll be tempted not to use it. If you find yourself resorting to excuses anytime a recipe calls for digging out the blender, it might be time to shop for one that better fits your needs. Keep the following points in mind:
- A blender should be easy to clean.
- It shouldn’t take up your entire countertop.
- It should be powerful enough to do the job you’re asking of it.
Some blenders will easily chop through ice like it’s still water; others can emulsify an entire apple. Decide which features are most important to you before you go shopping for the ultimate blender. Three good recommendations include:
Nutri-Ninja Pro ($89.99)
Small, compact and super easy to clean. The Nutri-Ninja Pro bills itself as a “vitamin and nutrient extractor.” It easily emulsifies, chops, blends and purees all your favorite foods into smoothies, soups, juices, pastes, sauces and more. There’s no large reservoir to clean, and blended foods are easy to carry along on the go.
If you’re all about the single-serving size, the Nutri-Ninja may be the perfect choice for an easy-to-use blender that won’t take up all your workspace.
All-Clad Immersion ($99.95)
The All-Clad Immersion Blender is the perfect tool when you need to blend ingredients directly in the pan. It’s simple to use, easy to clean and can be easily tucked away in a drawer. This immersion blender features variable speeds, an extra-long drive shaft and a soft-grip, ergonomically designed handle that make it a fun and convenient choice for a blender.
Vitamix 5200 ($449.00)
But if it’s a large family you need to feed, it will benefit you to go bigger with something like the Vitamix 5200 that features a roomy 64-ounce container, a full-metal drive system that uses aircraft-grade blades of stainless steel, and variable speed settings that give you complete control over the consistency of the finished product. It’s a bit bulkier and will take up a tad more counter space, but when it’s your turn to host the holiday dinner, you’ll be glad this behemoth has your back.
So if you haven’t used your blender since the last time you whipped up a round of mixed drinks for your college buddies, it’s time to give this little appliance room to grow. It will make your life easier, your heart healthier and leave you more time for doing the things you love — like eating, drinking and being merry.