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Title: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: wealthviahealth on April 05, 2015, 06:31:42 PM
I have been getting really into making healthy ice cream like smoothies with fruits and veggies for meals
and am suddenly realizing the inadequacy of my current low-end blender.

For those who are into this sort of thing, what type of blender/ food processor do you have?
I am very jealous of those I know with Vitamix's but I cant fork over the $300-500 for that.
 I might have to go half way and pick up a Ninja.

Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: IamDavin on April 05, 2015, 06:42:50 PM
If you end up changing your mind and getting a Vitamix they have sales once or twice a year from the factory on refurbished units.  Still carries a good warranty.  I can't remember what the price was.  But I figured the value of being able to make my own nut butters, soups, easy wash cycle, long warranty, good performance, solid build, etc  was worth paying more for.

I've had it for about 2 years now (refurbished) and no issues.  Its like a jet ski motor on a blender haha
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: RH on April 05, 2015, 07:00:27 PM
We have a Vitamix. I figured one blender that costs $500 and lasts 20+ years is cheaper than 40 $50 blenders over the same time period. If it helps you eat healthy, $500 is a bargain compared to a doctors visits/medications/buying $7 smoothies. If people get you gifts throughout the year, ask them for Amazon gift cards...that can help offset the cost. Enjoy those green smoothies!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Rural on April 05, 2015, 07:14:09 PM
Oster with a glass pitcher, which I like a lot, but it's a newer one with touchpad "buttons" which will give out (bought for us, unsolicited, by my spendy mother in law). So I've kept my old Oster in a cabinet, manual push buttons that should last. I'll keep the glass pitcher, though.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Mistah Cash Lion on April 05, 2015, 07:28:47 PM
I have a Vitamix too.  I don't mind spending more on quality items that last.  However, my Vitamix was bought for me as a present a few years ago so it didn't cost me anything. 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: joleran on April 05, 2015, 07:30:31 PM
We have a Vitamix. I figured one blender that costs $500 and lasts 20+ years is cheaper than 40 $50 blenders over the same time period. If it helps you eat healthy, $500 is a bargain compared to a doctors visits/medications/buying $7 smoothies. If people get you gifts throughout the year, ask them for Amazon gift cards...that can help offset the cost. Enjoy those green smoothies!

That's nice, if you've gone a couple of years and find you burn out two blenders a year, or that $50 blenders are entirely unsuitable for your use cases.  Myself, I've got a $60 Juiceman? (not sure on brand) stick blender that has lasted me four years so far.  Eating healthy and requiring food to be blended doesn't seem to coincide, but I could be out of date on nutrition.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: aceyou on April 05, 2015, 07:32:18 PM
Ah, two of my favorite subjects.  I have two blenders, a ninja and a vitamix.

Vitamix
Cost - 200 (bought used on craigslist)
Pros - If you like things that are amazing in every way, you might like this.  Even on the low settings, it still destroys everything in it's path, plus it's pretty quiet.  I keep this one at home on my counter and use it nearly every day for either a smoothie, latte, or something else that sounds fun.
Cons - None, it's amazing.

Ninja
Cost - 60 (bought used on craigslist)
Pros - The one I bought also comes with two single serve containers.  I have this blender at school.  Every day I fill the container with fresh strawberries and blueberries that I picked over the summer, fire it up, and 60 seconds later I'm walking into my classroom with a smoothie for breakfast.  It's how I start every day. 
Cons - For heavy duty blending, it is not nearly as nice.  The blade for the big container is huge and a pain to clean.  It doesn't do a good job with green smoothies, the greens come out course.  Also, mine is really loud....It's in the copy room and occasionally teachers run in worried as I blend because they think the copier is breaking down:)  Now most of them know it's just me making my morning smoothie.

Once I knew these were the machines I wanted, I searched craigslist for a few months and just waited until they came up at a price that I knew I could resell them for if I didn't use them as much as I thought. 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: MountainBeard on April 05, 2015, 07:35:19 PM
Ninja, which we got at Costco for ~$120 with a bunch of accessories.  Its worked quite well for everything we've thrown at it.  (Just made an espresso, banana, pb, chocolate, and soy smoothie this morning with it.)
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: 1967mama on April 05, 2015, 07:40:56 PM
We have a Vitamix. I figured one blender that costs $500 and lasts 20+ years is cheaper than 40 $50 blenders over the same time period. If it helps you eat healthy, $500 is a bargain compared to a doctors visits/medications/buying $7 smoothies. If people get you gifts throughout the year, ask them for Amazon gift cards...that can help offset the cost. Enjoy those green smoothies!

+1 My original Vitamix is still going strong after 14 years of heavy use (large family).
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: lunahsol on April 05, 2015, 09:01:05 PM
Another Vitamix here.  I just went for it and never looked back.  It is worth it to me to know that this thing will probably outlive me. 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: NV Teacher on April 05, 2015, 09:51:57 PM
I have a Vitamix and my sister bought the Ninja.  In my opinion the Vitamix is by far a better machine.  I don't like chunks in my smoothie and the Vitamix pulverizes everything even lemon and orange seeds. 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: horsepoor on April 05, 2015, 09:58:44 PM
As a counterpoint to the Vitamix peeps, I have a Blendtec.  I think Costco puts them on sale for $300ish these days, with an 8 year complete warranty.  Mine is about 3 years old and it's got over 1,000 cycles on it. Worth every penny, IMO, since I use it to make smoothies, green soup, coconut butter, pate, BBQ sauce (today), mayo, hot sauce, ketchup, fruit butters, chili powder, pesto, and probably lots of other things I've forgetting right now.

I don't doubt that a heavy user could burn out a lesser blender every few months.  I remember halving a $20 Betty Crocker blender in college that went up in smoke blending YOGURT.  After that I went to a Cuisinart, but it had nothing on the Blendtec for versatility, and was a pain to clean.  If the Ninja has an integrated blade like a Vitamix or Blendtec, it would probably be pretty good.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: 1967mama on April 05, 2015, 10:08:50 PM
Hi would concur with Horsepoor on the Blentec ... I have a friend who has had hers almost as long as I"ve had my Vitamix and she loves hers too!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: gooki on April 06, 2015, 04:01:53 AM
$30 dishwasher safe stick blender.

Perfect for smoothies, soups, curries etc, and you're not bound to a specific container.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Mrs. PoP on April 06, 2015, 04:56:27 AM
I have this set that I use for smoothies mostly.  It's great if you want something compact, easy to clean, with lots of to-go containers.  Even better that it tends to go on sale a lot.  I got mine for $35 about 5.5 years ago and use it on average about once per day. 
http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-Blending-Chopping-CPB-300-15-Piece/dp/B003YLEXBO

It won't do anything hard core like nut butters, though it will do a nice smooth hummus.  My coworkers liked mine so much we got one for the office.  Now 3 of us use that one pretty regularly there and haven't had any wear issues in the couple of years it's been there (though one colleague likes her smoothies so thick it sounds like it's straining the motor sometimes). 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: ZiziPB on April 06, 2015, 05:12:46 AM
I had a hand held stick blender that finally died last year after 20 years of service :-(  I haven't replaced it yet.  I'm trying to see if I really need it.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Duchess of Stratosphear on April 06, 2015, 07:01:16 AM
I also have a Vitamix. It hurt to purchase it even though I traded an old one in and used some gift money to cover part of it, but I've used it nearly everyday since I got it, so I probably would have already worn out a cheap one. I went with a refurbished 6000 (I think). It has very basic easy controls with presets for soups, smoothies, and frozen desserts. I have no regrets, and I almost always have buyer's remorse.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: mlipps on April 06, 2015, 07:07:54 AM
I literally have a $14 blender from Aldi, so I'm posting here to see what others think, as it will obviously die eventually (probably sooner than later...)
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: NumberCruncher on April 06, 2015, 07:26:42 AM
For a while, I was getting by with a Cuisinart immersion blender that promptly died after the warranty period. Pretty upset about that, actually, since it was used pretty infrequently.

Been thinking about getting a blender for a while...vitamix is starting to look appealing...
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Gumbo1978 on April 06, 2015, 07:47:12 AM
I took a cooking class at a community college nearby.  My wife had been wanting a Vitamix for years and I thought it was crazy to spend that kind of $ making smoothies.  Once I saw the Vitamix in action for meal prep, I was sold.  Bought a refurbished one directly from Vitamix and have been very happy with it.  Comes with a great book of recipes and we get a lot more use out of it than just smoothies.  My in-laws have the Ninja which I think is perfectly adequate for smoothies, just not everything else.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Able was I ERE on April 06, 2015, 08:18:00 AM
An Osterizer with push buttons.  The blender is very repairable, with parts easily available on Ebay. 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: lise on April 06, 2015, 08:35:31 AM
Another vote Vitamix.
So much smoother than other blenders I've experienced. 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: thurston howell iv on April 06, 2015, 08:43:45 AM
Blend Tec!  Hands down best blender ever.
DW's mother has 2 of them. Wanted me to buy one at $400. I said no-until I saw the demo.
I can't say enough good things about the blend tec. My parents purchased one and love it. I told a friend and his family purchased 3 of them.
It's THAT good. I have over 1700 uses on mine and it's still going strong with the 7 year warranty.

I had a small issue with the jar and they sent me a new one with zero hassle!

I can blend anything with this machine and use it on a regular basis.
Our cheap blenders could not compete with this.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: horsepoor on April 06, 2015, 09:38:38 AM
Blend Tec!  Hands down best blender ever.
DW's mother has 2 of them. Wanted me to buy one at $400. I said no-until I saw the demo.
I can't say enough good things about the blend tec. My parents purchased one and love it. I told a friend and his family purchased 3 of them.
It's THAT good. I have over 1700 uses on mine and it's still going strong with the 7 year warranty.

I had a small issue with the jar and they sent me a new one with zero hassle!

I can blend anything with this machine and use it on a regular basis.
Our cheap blenders could not compete with this.

My dad and is pretty frugal and minimalist, but he ran out and bought a Blendtec after visiting and using mine.  I never in my life expected to see my dad spend $300 on a blender!

Edited for stupid phone-posting errors.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: RunHappy on April 06, 2015, 10:14:15 AM
Ninja!  I love it.  I'd had my eye on one for a whil .  My family decided they were tired of me talking about it and pitched in for one ony birthday.  Best present ever!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: jeromedawg on April 06, 2015, 10:21:57 AM
Got a great deal on a Ninja (just under $80 for the BL660 blender system). It's very nice and the "single-serve" blender cups work very well. I think they work better than the larger pitcher itself especially for smoothies. I agree that with blenders you get what you pay for, and that a Vitamix or Blendtec would probably do a much better job for really blending stuff in general. It seems Blendtec offers more options for making it 'easier' to get the type of consistency you want (but it seems like there's a learning curve to pick up on). Vitamix seems to just blend the **** out of anything you put into it, to the point that it can either be a fine dust or puree. I don't think the Ninja can really match up to either one at the end of the day. But for finely pureed stuff, the single-serve cups might get you close.

Considering how much I spent on the Ninja, I'm pretty happy though. And since we don't blend all that often it's fine. I usually make smoothies in the single-serve cups and hardly ever use the pitcher. We did make cauliflower soup the other night and used the pitcher - it turned out fairly well but I still think a Vitamix or Blendtec would have made it even creamier.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on April 06, 2015, 10:54:51 AM
I have a BlendTec (picked up a refurb w/7yr warranty from BlendTec directly for ~$250). It's built like a tank. Splined steel drive, etc. SOOOO much better than any other blender I've owned (they have been cheap ones).
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: mm1970 on April 06, 2015, 11:21:44 AM
As a counterpoint to the Vitamix peeps, I have a Blendtec.  I think Costco puts them on sale for $300ish these days, with an 8 year complete warranty.  Mine is about 3 years old and it's got over 1,000 cycles on it. Worth every penny, IMO, since I use it to make smoothies, green soup, coconut butter, pate, BBQ sauce (today), mayo, hot sauce, ketchup, fruit butters, chili powder, pesto, and probably lots of other things I've forgetting right now.

I don't doubt that a heavy user could burn out a lesser blender every few months.  I remember halving a $20 Betty Crocker blender in college that went up in smoke blending YOGURT.  After that I went to a Cuisinart, but it had nothing on the Blendtec for versatility, and was a pain to clean.  If the Ninja has an integrated blade like a Vitamix or Blendtec, it would probably be pretty good.
Yep, this is what I have, use it at least once a day.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: forummm on April 06, 2015, 11:39:03 AM
I have been getting really into making healthy ice cream like smoothies with fruits and veggies for meals
and am suddenly realizing the inadequacy of my current low-end blender.

It's a common misconception that smoothies are healthy. If you pulverize the plants, then you're essentially drinking flavored sugar water with some vitamins in it. That's not too different from Coke + vitamins. It's much better to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. That way the sugars are locked up inside the plant fibers and get released much more slowly into your blood stream over time as your system digests and breaks down the fibers.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: tomk2 on April 06, 2015, 11:46:57 AM
I have a Ninja which suits me well. My only complaint is that I wish the blades got a little bit lower in the chamber, I'm careful now with my order of additions to get the best results. Fun fact: Bed Bath and Beyond will replace them with no questions asked if it breaks down on you. So who needs a Mfg Warranty?

If you're truly looking for a high-end unit, this is a rather thorough write-up, though it sounds like from previous commenters that the blenders can be had cheaper than purchasing on Amazon.
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/12/high-end-blender-test-equipment-breville-vitamix-blendtec-review.html
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: lizzzi on April 06, 2015, 12:06:29 PM
Vitamix. Love it. Veggie smoothies sometimes. (Like an above poster, I like my fruits and veggies whole--but not always.) Making purees out of chunky soups. Quick eggnog breakfasts. Milkshakes sometimes--especially with berries.

I bought it only because we were bringing an elderly relative out of the hospital on a pureed diet--but am amazed by the quality, versatility, ease of clean-up…expensive, but justifiable, I think, as a Buy-It-For-Life kind of purchase.

I had an inexpensive blender for 30 years, but seldom used it. The Vitamix is so useful that I use it constantly.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: LiveLean on April 06, 2015, 02:13:55 PM
+1 for Blendtec. We have a weekly beach rental property/vacation home that we spent a week at last week. We usually drive the 800 miles to get there and I forgot the Blendtec, which I use every day. So I used the $20 Oster we keep for tenants. It's hard to believe these both could be considered "blenders." The Blendtec is more of a home appliance. The counter on mine is over 3,000 since I got it in October 2006. Shows no signs of slowing down. I can't think of any purchase that has provided better value. That's 10 cents a use and I imagine I'll get another few thousand uses out of it.

Everyone says great things about the Vitamix and they might be right. But when I see the Vitamix demo guy at Costco, I'm tempted to grab a Blendtec, take it out of the box, plug it in and say, "Let's go, Dude." The next time there's a big enough audience, I''m going to do it. Heck, I need a BlendTec for my second home. Plus I can always return it to Costco. (I'm trying to find one on Craigslist.)

P.S. Piece of crap Oster, just nine months old, broke on me while we were there.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: LiveLean on April 06, 2015, 05:38:46 PM
+1 Blendtec.  Look for deals on these at Costco.  I think mine was built with jet engine parts because it sounds like it's about to take off.

Whatever machine you end up with, try adding a 1/2 avacado (not the pit) to your smoothie.  Makes it taste pro!

Agreed. I do just that, Mr. TM. They are noisy, the price of horsepower, though I'm told the new ones are more quiet than my 2006 model.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Doulos on April 06, 2015, 06:33:12 PM
Vitamix++
It is so powerful it would make Tim "The Toolman" Taylor happy.
It should be labeled "Binford Blender".
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: jengod on April 06, 2015, 06:59:19 PM
Magic Bullet.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: IamDavin on April 09, 2015, 07:56:53 PM
Thought I would add..

Jacob of ERE talks about this in his book.  Page 120.  He basically recommends building up an inventory of high quality items like the Vitamix due to them lasting 10 times longer and not needing to replace it.  Thinking of it as inflation proof savings. 
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: kpd905 on April 09, 2015, 08:01:35 PM
We have a Vitamix. I figured one blender that costs $500 and lasts 20+ years is cheaper than 40 $50 blenders over the same time period.

That seems like an excessive amount of blenders.  I'd figure a $50 one would last more than six months.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Cinder on April 09, 2015, 08:50:37 PM
I use this blender!

http://www.blender.org/

Mostly kidding ;)
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Zacyra on July 24, 2018, 01:34:16 AM
Vitamix 6300.

I know, I know. People told me for years to get the Vitamix and I shrugged them off due to price and wondered if I would become cult-like like them with their affection towards an appliance. Plus, I really only used my blender once in a great while.

Then over Christmas I wanted to start using up veggies and fruit since I participate in a co-op and always have extra produce left over. I actually wanted a juicer, but one of my BFFs has a juicer and vitamix and just kept pushing Vitamix to keep the fiber and nutrients. I told her I have a blender, and she said "it is so much more than a blender". I shrugged her off.

Then I was at Costco and just bought it. Best investment. I have literally used it every single day at least once that I am home and my Boyfriend uses it all the time also. The 6300 model has setting where you turn it to "smoothie" or "soup" or "Ice cream" etc and walk away (as oppossed to running it at setting 1 for 20 seconds then slowly increasing it to setting 5 for 40 seconds and then running it to setting 10 for 3 minutes, for example). I didn't think I needed to pay extra for that feature, but am SO GLAD I did.

The reason I rarely used my blender was clean up was a pain. Had to unscrew the bottom, take the blade out and then take the gasket out and wash all individually, plus the container and lid. The Vitamix is so easy, no taking anything apart.

My blender would also get "stuck" and I had to turn it off and stir it. My vitamix https://thehomedweller.com/best-blender-under-100/ rarely ever gets stuck and the few times it has, it comes with a tamper you use while the unit is still running.

I know my girlfriend would love it, but she hasn't bought one yet. She asks if I get sick of eating pureed food. I love smoothies and drink them anyway, but it also makes peanut butter (or other nut butters), hummus, salsa, soup, chunky soup, acts as food processor, sorbet, ice cream, whipped cream, so it isn't just pureed food.

Also, like one poster said - so easy to add in hidden veggies. My boyfriend, who is anti-veggie, has smoothies with spinach, romaine, kale, carrots, tomatoes, etc and doesn't even know it.

There are probably many other less expensive mixers out there, but this is just so versatile and I was able to get rid of my other blender, food processor, immersion blender, hand mixer and just keep this one piece. Pricey, but if you can swing it, I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: marty998 on July 24, 2018, 02:17:48 AM
No no no no no Not the Vitamix again.


Aaaaaaaggh. The forum cannot handle this one more time.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: kei te pai on July 24, 2018, 03:09:57 AM
Maybe if we are lucky The Beatles might come back and tell us about theirs!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: YoungGranny on July 24, 2018, 06:16:30 AM
I gotta throw in my vote for the Breville Boss - I probably never would have spent that much money on a blender myself but after getting one as a gift it really, really does rock. I've used Vitamixes and Blendtecs but nothing compares to my Breville. It's also $269 on amazon which is much less than the $450 for comparable blendtec/vitamix models.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: GuitarStv on July 24, 2018, 07:28:53 AM
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It was free as it was given to me when I got out of university by my girlfriend's (later wife's) parents . . . who had been using it for 20 years prior.  We've had no problems making a couple smoothies a week on it for 13 years.  To avoid burning out the motor it does require that you're not an idiot though . . . I let some olive oil soak into the part that spins the blades every 5 - 10 uses, otherwise it won't spin well and the motor starts to make a burning out smell.  Other than that it's pretty indestructible and works perfectly as a blender.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: SimpleCycle on July 24, 2018, 07:35:49 AM
We have a Vitamix. I figured one blender that costs $500 and lasts 20+ years is cheaper than 40 $50 blenders over the same time period.

That seems like an excessive amount of blenders.  I'd figure a $50 one would last more than six months.

For the last decade I have been using a blender that came as a package deal with my wife - no idea how long she had it before I came along, but it was a $40 Hamilton Beech.  Eventually the base got deformed from a few too many times through the dishwasher, which made it leak, and we replaced it with a $50 Oster with an all metal drive.  I seriously doubt I'm going to use $500 worth of blenders in my lifetime at my current rate.  And I use it 3-5x a week!

My other reason for getting the Oster is that "standard" blenders can take regular mouth mason jars as blender jars, while the Vitamix and Blendtec can't.  So I can put all the ingredients for a smoothie in a jar, attached the blender base and blade, and voila, smoothie in a jar.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: PoutineLover on July 24, 2018, 08:25:39 AM
This forum is the only reason I'm even thinking of getting a Vitamix, thanks guys. My friend just got one with a Costco deal and is raving about it, and admittedly it made some pretty tasty watermelon juice. Right now I have a regular old blender, it works alright but my pineapple smoothie is stringy so I probably should spend an extra $600 for that smooth drinking experience..
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: GuitarStv on July 24, 2018, 08:53:00 AM
This forum is the only reason I'm even thinking of getting a Vitamix, thanks guys. My friend just got one with a Costco deal and is raving about it, and admittedly it made some pretty tasty watermelon juice. Right now I have a regular old blender, it works alright but my pineapple smoothie is stringy so I probably should spend an extra $600 for that smooth drinking experience..

Vitamixes don't get you the best experience.  For the smoothest drinking experience I hire a servant to pre-chew all the fruit going into my smoothie, swallow it and digests it in his tummy for a while.  Then he regurgitates it into my mouth while I lay on my fainting couch.  It reduces the work my stomach has to do and is so much smoother than that crap you get from a Vitamix.  So very worth it.

Side benefit - servant takes care of my colostomy bags that I got installed, because who can bother getting up to pee/poop anymore amirite people???

Yeah, it's six grand a month for this service . . . but #YOLO!!!!!11111.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Barbaebigode on July 24, 2018, 12:08:04 PM
A ninja. My mother gifted it to us. It doesn't deal very well with too much frozen stuff at once, but it's manageable. We use it everyday, with no plans of ever buying an expensive blender.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Barbaebigode on July 24, 2018, 12:11:04 PM
I have been getting really into making healthy ice cream like smoothies with fruits and veggies for meals
and am suddenly realizing the inadequacy of my current low-end blender.

It's a common misconception that smoothies are healthy. If you pulverize the plants, then you're essentially drinking flavored sugar water with some vitamins in it. That's not too different from Coke + vitamins. It's much better to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. That way the sugars are locked up inside the plant fibers and get released much more slowly into your blood stream over time as your system digests and breaks down the fibers.

I think that only happens if you strain your smoothie.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 24, 2018, 12:17:21 PM
I have a BlendTec. It's great.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: NorCal on July 24, 2018, 12:26:46 PM
Take a look at the Oster brand as well.  We have one for smoothies and it works great.  It's also much less expensive than the Vitamix.  I think we paid $60-$70 for it new on Amazon, and it does everything the SuperCustomMegaAwesomePricey blenders will do.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Cranky on July 24, 2018, 12:48:28 PM
I'm on my 3rd blender in 40 years - one stopped working, one got dropped and broken, and my current very nice Oster was $5 at the ReStore. It still had all the papers stuck in it, so it had never been used.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Chippewa on July 24, 2018, 12:53:15 PM
Nutribullet Rx. It’s awesome.

I even returned my Vitamix purchase for it.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: FoundPeace on July 24, 2018, 01:40:21 PM
I have always made a lot of smoothies and I really wanted a blendtec or a vitamix for about 10 years. I went through 3 blenders and a few extra parts (maybe $60 total for them) during that time. I don’t think I would have ever bought one, but my mom found a refurbished one online for $150 and got it for me as a gift. I love it and would probably be willing to even pay $100-$200 for a high end blender like the blendtec or vitamix. I don’t think it is worth more than that though.

For me the main reasons the blendtec is better than a vitamix are that it is much cheaper, it fits under the kitchen cabinets, and the blades aren’t sharp (this makes it less hazardous to clean).


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Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Rural on July 24, 2018, 02:55:46 PM
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It was free as it was given to me when I got out of university by my girlfriend's (later wife's) parents . . . who had been using it for 20 years prior.  We've had no problems making a couple smoothies a week on it for 13 years.  To avoid burning out the motor it does require that you're not an idiot though . . . I let some olive oil soak into the part that spins the blades every 5 - 10 uses, otherwise it won't spin well and the motor starts to make a burning out smell.  Other than that it's pretty indestructible and works perfectly as a blender.


That's virtually identical to the push-button Oster I mentioned two years ago when this thread was new (Harvest Gold and all). I have it in a cupboard for when the fancy touchpad one my MIL bought us dies. The "buttons" on the new one are getting a bit touchy as I predicted, so the old base will likely come back out sometime in the next year or so. As a bonus, it will match my Harvest Gold stove. I'm happy to report I've not dropped and broken the glass pitcher on the new one (yet), but if I do I have the original plastic one.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: sol on July 24, 2018, 03:00:22 PM
What forum am I on again?

Some blogs become sales pitches.  Once he/she gets enough readers/followers, the blog owner takes cash payments or free merchandise to talk about a product or service, as an "influencer" with a niche market.  Advertisers pay good money to have a trusted person become a brand rep to a curated community of people interested in their particular type of product.  It's why fashion blogs always recommend specific items (they're getting a cut), garden blogs recommend a particular seed company (they're getting a cut) and financial blogs recommend certain credit cards over others (they're getting a cut).  Sometimes the author genuinely likes the product, but that doesn't change the fact that they're selling out.

I hate it.  The internet was supposed to be a democratizing force, a place where the free market (of ideas AND stuff) could flourish without the baggage of corporate-controlled old media.  So it pains me to see a community like this one, so ardently helpful, devolve into just another "keeping up with the Jonses" excuse to recommend silly overpriced consumer goods.  "You can be cool if you buy this product!"  "A blender changed my life!"  "Spending money is the secret to happiness!"

Screw that noise.  I don't want to hear about your consumer crap.  I do not look up to you because you overpaid for a kitchen appliance.  Your car does not make you cool, and your clothes are not interesting.  Your wanton spending, which you flaunt like a badge of honor, is really just a boat anchor around your neck.  You're ruining your life, and then bragging about it.

And most of you aren't even profiting by selling out!  I'm sure  some of you (likely the ones with low post counts and exuberant stories of life-changing blenders) are paid actors, sent out into the wild internet to promote a product (who remembers everest wealth management?), but the rest of you are just playing along.  It makes me think that we WANT a bullshit consumerist lifestyle, that we crave positive feedback for our poor life choices, that we prefer a corporate-controlled buy buy buy narrative to any form of authenticity.  Why would you do that?  Why would you come to a forum about simplifying your life, buying less stuff, finding meaning in doing things the hard way, and spending less money, and then brag about how you spent a ridiculous amount of money to add a second version of an appliance you already own, that does all if the work for you and generates extra waste and pollution?  The fancy blender is literally everything that the MMM site stands against, everything that is wrong with modern America, and the very reason this site, and this forum, exist.

You might as well go to a vegan/vegetarian forum and brag about your veal burger recipe.  Either you're just trolling, or you've completely missed the whole point.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: GuitarStv on July 24, 2018, 06:18:30 PM
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/pgkAAOSwoydWowoP/s-l1600.jpg)

It was free as it was given to me when I got out of university by my girlfriend's (later wife's) parents . . . who had been using it for 20 years prior.  We've had no problems making a couple smoothies a week on it for 13 years.  To avoid burning out the motor it does require that you're not an idiot though . . . I let some olive oil soak into the part that spins the blades every 5 - 10 uses, otherwise it won't spin well and the motor starts to make a burning out smell.  Other than that it's pretty indestructible and works perfectly as a blender.


That's virtually identical to the push-button Oster I mentioned two years ago when this thread was new (Harvest Gold and all). I have it in a cupboard for when the fancy touchpad one my MIL bought us dies. The "buttons" on the new one are getting a bit touchy as I predicted, so the old base will likely come back out sometime in the next year or so. As a bonus, it will match my Harvest Gold stove. I'm happy to report I've not dropped and broken the glass pitcher on the new one (yet), but if I do I have the original plastic one.

I actually thought that the blender was originally white, and it had just yellowed with age.  People actually bought shit that was that colour???
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Rural on July 24, 2018, 07:58:21 PM
(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/pgkAAOSwoydWowoP/s-l1600.jpg)

It was free as it was given to me when I got out of university by my girlfriend's (later wife's) parents . . . who had been using it for 20 years prior.  We've had no problems making a couple smoothies a week on it for 13 years.  To avoid burning out the motor it does require that you're not an idiot though . . . I let some olive oil soak into the part that spins the blades every 5 - 10 uses, otherwise it won't spin well and the motor starts to make a burning out smell.  Other than that it's pretty indestructible and works perfectly as a blender.


That's virtually identical to the push-button Oster I mentioned two years ago when this thread was new (Harvest Gold and all). I have it in a cupboard for when the fancy touchpad one my MIL bought us dies. The "buttons" on the new one are getting a bit touchy as I predicted, so the old base will likely come back out sometime in the next year or so. As a bonus, it will match my Harvest Gold stove. I'm happy to report I've not dropped and broken the glass pitcher on the new one (yet), but if I do I have the original plastic one.

I actually thought that the blender was originally white, and it had just yellowed with age.  People actually bought shit that was that colour???


Oh, my sweet summer child.


Harvest Gold-o-rama (https://www.google.com/search?q=harvest+gold+kitchen&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjtxe7rkrncAhVM3FMKHXPRDKUQsAQIKA&biw=1600&bih=767)
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Cranky on July 25, 2018, 06:47:42 AM
I do not for a minute believe that blenders are everything that's wrong with America, for the record.

I also don't understand why people drink so many smoothies. What's wrong with actual food that you chew?
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: FrugalFisherman10 on July 25, 2018, 08:19:30 AM
Eating healthy and requiring food to be blended doesn't seem to coincide, but I could be out of date on nutrition.
Preach! You're not out of date

That being said, I do like a nice cold smoothie now and then and I use one of my old roommates single serve type Magic Bullet knock offs. It's called "Bella". I think you buy them at Kohls. For some reason we have two of them (one is brand new unused under the counter.) I think that was because he couldn't find a way to find replacement plastic cups after the old ones cracked or broke. So he bought another smoothie and we started using the new cups. Anyway, they're cheap and they work great for a single serving!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 25, 2018, 08:58:40 AM
What forum am I on again?

Some blogs become sales pitches.  Once he/she gets enough readers/followers, the blog owner takes cash payments or free merchandise to talk about a product or service, as an "influencer" with a niche market.  Advertisers pay good money to have a trusted person become a brand rep to a curated community of people interested in their particular type of product.  It's why fashion blogs always recommend specific items (they're getting a cut), garden blogs recommend a particular seed company (they're getting a cut) and financial blogs recommend certain credit cards over others (they're getting a cut).  Sometimes the author genuinely likes the product, but that doesn't change the fact that they're selling out.

I hate it.  The internet was supposed to be a democratizing force, a place where the free market (of ideas AND stuff) could flourish without the baggage of corporate-controlled old media.  So it pains me to see a community like this one, so ardently helpful, devolve into just another "keeping up with the Jonses" excuse to recommend silly overpriced consumer goods.  "You can be cool if you buy this product!"  "A blender changed my life!"  "Spending money is the secret to happiness!"

Screw that noise.  I don't want to hear about your consumer crap.  I do not look up to you because you overpaid for a kitchen appliance.  Your car does not make you cool, and your clothes are not interesting.  Your wanton spending, which you flaunt like a badge of honor, is really just a boat anchor around your neck.  You're ruining your life, and then bragging about it.

And most of you aren't even profiting by selling out!  I'm sure  some of you (likely the ones with low post counts and exuberant stories of life-changing blenders) are paid actors, sent out into the wild internet to promote a product (who remembers everest wealth management?), but the rest of you are just playing along.  It makes me think that we WANT a bullshit consumerist lifestyle, that we crave positive feedback for our poor life choices, that we prefer a corporate-controlled buy buy buy narrative to any form of authenticity.  Why would you do that?  Why would you come to a forum about simplifying your life, buying less stuff, finding meaning in doing things the hard way, and spending less money, and then brag about how you spent a ridiculous amount of money to add a second version of an appliance you already own, that does all if the work for you and generates extra waste and pollution?  The fancy blender is literally everything that the MMM site stands against, everything that is wrong with modern America, and the very reason this site, and this forum, exist.

You might as well go to a vegan/vegetarian forum and brag about your veal burger recipe.  Either you're just trolling, or you've completely missed the whole point.

u mad bro?
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: WhiteTrashCash on July 25, 2018, 09:04:25 AM
I have a Hamilton Beach full-size blender that I bought for $14 at K-Mart nine years ago. I definitely overspent, because I could have gotten a used one for $5 at Goodwill. The blender is fantastic, especially for making my protein shake smoothies.

I also have a second single-serving sized blender that I got for free when I opened a bank account. It's also a Hamilton Beach. I tend to alternate between the two blenders, so I can get two blends at once when making meals. It's a good system.

It's really easy to get parts for these blenders online too. I've never needed to repair them but it's good to know.

I feel bad for all the people who spend hundreds of dollars on expensive solutions to simple needs.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 25, 2018, 09:00:16 PM

I have a Proctor Silex blender.   I'm thinking it's 10 to 15 years old, and I most likely got it at Walmart or Kmart.  I'm pretty sure it was about $20.  I haven't had any problems with it.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: gerardc on July 25, 2018, 09:10:36 PM
Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 25, 2018, 09:38:08 PM
Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: gerardc on July 25, 2018, 10:57:42 PM
Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: bacchi on July 25, 2018, 11:17:07 PM
For myself I have a $50 Ninja blender (the old school type with the top motor and various cup sizes and attachments). I bought it 10 years ago and use it daily for lots of thing but mostly smoothies and chopping veggies very fine. I luvs it. As a lazy mostly-raw food vegan I LUVS it skool much. No Vitamix for me. Don't want a blender that costs more than my car.

That's what I have, received as a gift. It can make hummus and smoothies and dice onions.  I also have an inherited steel and glass blender that probably weighs 20 pounds and has two speeds: on and off. It still works but tends to overheat.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: BookLoverL on July 26, 2018, 12:44:28 AM
So, I don't know anything about types of blenders. But that's because the number of times I've decided to cook something that would need a blender is... 0.

Seriously, what do all you people use them for? It must be something that's different about typical US cuisine compared to typical UK cuisine...

If I want fruit/veg I either eat it raw, or (for veg) cook it in a steamer to go with my dinner. If I want a drink, I drink water, mostly.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Cranky on July 26, 2018, 05:18:30 AM
So, I don't know anything about types of blenders. But that's because the number of times I've decided to cook something that would need a blender is... 0.

Seriously, what do all you people use them for? It must be something that's different about typical US cuisine compared to typical UK cuisine...

If I want fruit/veg I either eat it raw, or (for veg) cook it in a steamer to go with my dinner. If I want a drink, I drink water, mostly.

A blender gets a somewhat finer puree than a food processor will, so it makes better pesto.
A blender is great when you are at the homemade babyfood stage of parenting.

And when my kids were little, we regularly made a knock off Orange Julius that they loved.

But it does seem like most people are making smoothies, causing me to think there has been some sort of horrible dental crisis.

(After some unfortunate experiences blending hot soup, I now use an immersion blender, but a Real Blender does a somewhat better job, just more dangerous.)

Also - homemade mayo! And quick hollandaise! Yummy stuff...
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 26, 2018, 05:50:49 AM

It's baffling that anyone would be confused about the use of blenders.  I mean, "hello..."

And I'm pretty sure that most people enjoying delicious smoothies have fine teeth.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Case on July 26, 2018, 06:03:21 AM
What forum am I on again?

Some blogs become sales pitches.  Once he/she gets enough readers/followers, the blog owner takes cash payments or free merchandise to talk about a product or service, as an "influencer" with a niche market.  Advertisers pay good money to have a trusted person become a brand rep to a curated community of people interested in their particular type of product.  It's why fashion blogs always recommend specific items (they're getting a cut), garden blogs recommend a particular seed company (they're getting a cut) and financial blogs recommend certain credit cards over others (they're getting a cut).  Sometimes the author genuinely likes the product, but that doesn't change the fact that they're selling out.

I hate it.  The internet was supposed to be a democratizing force, a place where the free market (of ideas AND stuff) could flourish without the baggage of corporate-controlled old media.  So it pains me to see a community like this one, so ardently helpful, devolve into just another "keeping up with the Jonses" excuse to recommend silly overpriced consumer goods.  "You can be cool if you buy this product!"  "A blender changed my life!"  "Spending money is the secret to happiness!"

Screw that noise.  I don't want to hear about your consumer crap.  I do not look up to you because you overpaid for a kitchen appliance.  Your car does not make you cool, and your clothes are not interesting.  Your wanton spending, which you flaunt like a badge of honor, is really just a boat anchor around your neck.  You're ruining your life, and then bragging about it.

And most of you aren't even profiting by selling out!  I'm sure  some of you (likely the ones with low post counts and exuberant stories of life-changing blenders) are paid actors, sent out into the wild internet to promote a product (who remembers everest wealth management?), but the rest of you are just playing along.  It makes me think that we WANT a bullshit consumerist lifestyle, that we crave positive feedback for our poor life choices, that we prefer a corporate-controlled buy buy buy narrative to any form of authenticity.  Why would you do that?  Why would you come to a forum about simplifying your life, buying less stuff, finding meaning in doing things the hard way, and spending less money, and then brag about how you spent a ridiculous amount of money to add a second version of an appliance you already own, that does all if the work for you and generates extra waste and pollution?  The fancy blender is literally everything that the MMM site stands against, everything that is wrong with modern America, and the very reason this site, and this forum, exist.

You might as well go to a vegan/vegetarian forum and brag about your veal burger recipe.  Either you're just trolling, or you've completely missed the whole point.

This wins post of the year.  Thank you Sol for reminding the forum of its own vast hypocrisy.  Unfortunately, a good chunk of the forum is not frugal at all.... i dont know if it has been downgrading with time, but it seems that way.

On a side note, my post on robotic vacuums that occasionally resurfaces.... yea, it’s a bit hypocritical.  I bought it looking to only save time, and went for the cheapest one i could find, since the technology appears to be at the crossing point (consumer eye candy vs useful device).  It was pretty useful in my house at the time.  Now that i am in an apartment, it is less useful.  The reeason is that it gets stuck too often because the apartment is smaller and therefore has moreo chokepoints to navigate.

Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 26, 2018, 06:25:19 AM

OK.  Now back to the topic.  Who else has a blender that they want to tell us about???

Back in 1986, I bought an Osterizer blender for $30 (IIRC) for my parents as a gift.  It quit working after a few years and emitted a burning smell.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: GuitarStv on July 26, 2018, 07:52:31 AM

OK.  Now back to the topic.  Who else has a blender that they want to tell us about???

Back in 1986, I bought an Osterizer blender for $30 (IIRC) for my parents as a gift.  It quit working after a few years and emitted a burning smell.

Did you remember to oil the spinny part under the blade?  They absolutely will rust there and then burn out the motor because of increased friction if you don't maintain them.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 08:29:45 AM
Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form

Frozen mixed drink as in something blended with ice.  If you want to chew your drinks, more power to you. I have a different word for that and it's "food."
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: BookLoverL on July 26, 2018, 10:27:31 AM

It's baffling that anyone would be confused about the use of blenders.  I mean, "hello..."

And I'm pretty sure that most people enjoying delicious smoothies have fine teeth.

Well, I don't cook with a blender, and my immediate family never cooks with a blender, and I've never seen any of my friends cook with a blender, so... ;)

Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form

Frozen mixed drink as in something blended with ice.  If you want to chew your drinks, more power to you. I have a different word for that and it's "food."

Surely to make a drink that is cold, you just pour the various drinks in the glass and then add ice (or possibly put the ice in first)?

Actually, thinking about it, maybe the reason I never see blenders in use is a climate difference, since a lot of the US has a warmer climate than the UK does, which means that cold meals would be more desirable more of the time.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: ketchup on July 26, 2018, 11:58:33 AM
(who remembers everest wealth management?)
Donkey balls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Ato2GhU-o)?

I have a $20 KitchenAid immersion blender that sees daily use, mostly making salad dressing or blended coffee drinks.  We also have some Ninja blender that we bought a few years ago mostly for making a fun blend of raw meat and goat milk for weaning puppies, and thought we'd use it for other stuff but it's pretty much just sat.  There's just not anything I want to blend that immersion blender wouldn't do faster and easier.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 26, 2018, 12:34:52 PM

OK.  Now back to the topic.  Who else has a blender that they want to tell us about???

Back in 1986, I bought an Osterizer blender for $30 (IIRC) for my parents as a gift.  It quit working after a few years and emitted a burning smell.

Did you remember to oil the spinny part under the blade?  They absolutely will rust there and then burn out the motor because of increased friction if you don't maintain them.

I had given it as a gift, so I don't know if that was done.  I would bet not.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 12:51:11 PM

It's baffling that anyone would be confused about the use of blenders.  I mean, "hello..."

And I'm pretty sure that most people enjoying delicious smoothies have fine teeth.

Well, I don't cook with a blender, and my immediate family never cooks with a blender, and I've never seen any of my friends cook with a blender, so... ;)

Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form

Frozen mixed drink as in something blended with ice.  If you want to chew your drinks, more power to you. I have a different word for that and it's "food."

Surely to make a drink that is cold, you just pour the various drinks in the glass and then add ice (or possibly put the ice in first)?

Actually, thinking about it, maybe the reason I never see blenders in use is a climate difference, since a lot of the US has a warmer climate than the UK does, which means that cold meals would be more desirable more of the time.

I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: BookLoverL on July 26, 2018, 01:00:11 PM

It's baffling that anyone would be confused about the use of blenders.  I mean, "hello..."

And I'm pretty sure that most people enjoying delicious smoothies have fine teeth.

Well, I don't cook with a blender, and my immediate family never cooks with a blender, and I've never seen any of my friends cook with a blender, so... ;)

Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form

Frozen mixed drink as in something blended with ice.  If you want to chew your drinks, more power to you. I have a different word for that and it's "food."

Surely to make a drink that is cold, you just pour the various drinks in the glass and then add ice (or possibly put the ice in first)?

Actually, thinking about it, maybe the reason I never see blenders in use is a climate difference, since a lot of the US has a warmer climate than the UK does, which means that cold meals would be more desirable more of the time.

I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

o.O What on earth is this?

I think I'll stick with ice cream for my preferred frozen thing...

Enjoy, I guess, if you like it...
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Cranky on July 26, 2018, 01:10:10 PM
A blender is excellent for milk shakes, if ice cream is your thing.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 01:15:17 PM

It's baffling that anyone would be confused about the use of blenders.  I mean, "hello..."

And I'm pretty sure that most people enjoying delicious smoothies have fine teeth.

Well, I don't cook with a blender, and my immediate family never cooks with a blender, and I've never seen any of my friends cook with a blender, so... ;)

Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form

Frozen mixed drink as in something blended with ice.  If you want to chew your drinks, more power to you. I have a different word for that and it's "food."

Surely to make a drink that is cold, you just pour the various drinks in the glass and then add ice (or possibly put the ice in first)?

Actually, thinking about it, maybe the reason I never see blenders in use is a climate difference, since a lot of the US has a warmer climate than the UK does, which means that cold meals would be more desirable more of the time.

I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

o.O What on earth is this?

I think I'll stick with ice cream for my preferred frozen thing...

Enjoy, I guess, if you like it...

Anything that involves blended ice, really.  It also makes fresh whipped cream in 30 seconds.

I also don't have an immersion blender or food processor.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 26, 2018, 01:47:18 PM

I think I'll stick with ice cream for my preferred frozen thing...

Enjoy, I guess, if you like it...

You eat ice cream?  Based on your previous comment, I suspected you simply had milk with a couple ice cubes in it.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: BookLoverL on July 26, 2018, 01:54:01 PM
I don't make ice cream in a blender, though - you eat it and it comes in tubs from the shop or on sticks usually. And it's a food, not a drink.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: sol on July 26, 2018, 02:01:29 PM
I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

I'm pretty sure the entire concept of a "blended drink" was invented by the blender industry.  People lived for thousands of years without blended drinks, then a new consumer device came along and someone got rich convincing the public it was a new necessity.

Blenders are not washing machines or fridges.  They are not labor saving devices that have freed us from domestic drudgery, they are totally optional luxury devices that take up space in your kitchen, like electric can openers, avacado slicers, and quesadilla makers.  You don't even need to own one, and you certainly don't need to own a $600 one when there is a shelf full of $10 ones at goodwill.

Who is going to start the thread about their awesome motorized twirling spaghetti fork?  Only three easy payments of $89.99 (because you deserve the deluxe model) and you too can find true inner happiness while eating spaghetti.  It's life changing!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 02:14:02 PM
I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

I'm pretty sure the entire concept of a "blended drink" was invented by the blender industry.  People lived for thousands of years without blended drinks, then a new consumer device came along and someone got rich convincing the public it was a new necessity.

Blenders are not washing machines or fridges.  They are not labor saving devices that have freed us from domestic drudgery, they are totally optional luxury devices that take up space in your kitchen, like electric can openers, avacado slicers, and quesadilla makers.  You don't even need to own one, and you certainly don't need to own a $600 one when there is a shelf full of $10 ones at goodwill.

Who is going to start the thread about their awesome motorized twirling spaghetti fork?  Only three easy payments of $89.99 (because you deserve the deluxe model) and you too can find true inner happiness while eating spaghetti.  It's life changing!

I don't need to own two 400+hp sports cars either, but sometimes I just don't give a fuck.

Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?  Speaking of forums, we also lived for thousands of years without internet. Or electricity.  Or ovens.  Or any feature of modern society.

The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: cats on July 26, 2018, 02:14:23 PM
I've mentioned this before when this topic comes up, but I am still using a Cuisinart food processor that I got in 2007, on sale for about $50.  Nice thing about it is that it can also slice and grate vegetables, so it doesn't go unused if I'm not in a smoothie phase.  I have had periods where I have a kale smoothie for breakfast every day but also periods where I am having roast vegetables and eggs for breakfast everyday, and the food processor gets used for both of those purposes.  Also great for things like grating up zucchini, carrots, radishes, or beets for adding to salads.  So if you are trying not to clutter up your kitchen with too many gadgets, I would definitely get a food processor and then use it as a blender as well.

We had a sublet for a while with a Vitamix and it was really powerful but I didn't find it any easier to clean than the Cuisinart.  I also find it's easier to get all the stuff out of the Cuisinart if you are making something thicker like nut butter or banana ice cream, so there's less to really clean. For my purposes I'm fine with pureed stuff being "smooth" rather than "super smooth", and even with having the occasional (gasp!) chunk.  If that kind of thing is a total dealbreaker for you then yes, by all means get a Vitamix.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: sol on July 26, 2018, 02:37:57 PM
The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.

I am not the least bit outraged over blenders.  I am disappointed by the hypocrisy of a blender bragging thread on this particular forum.

I'm not upset about your two sports cars, either, but I think you know better than to start a thread boasting about how much gas they consume, here in mustache land.  There are good places for you to be venerated for your vices, this just isn't one of those places.  This is MMM, where people are proud to drive classics with over 200k miles on the clock, or <gasp> ride their bikes to work.  See the difference?
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Case on July 26, 2018, 02:44:22 PM
I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

I'm pretty sure the entire concept of a "blended drink" was invented by the blender industry.  People lived for thousands of years without blended drinks, then a new consumer device came along and someone got rich convincing the public it was a new necessity.

Blenders are not washing machines or fridges.  They are not labor saving devices that have freed us from domestic drudgery, they are totally optional luxury devices that take up space in your kitchen, like electric can openers, avacado slicers, and quesadilla makers.  You don't even need to own one, and you certainly don't need to own a $600 one when there is a shelf full of $10 ones at goodwill.

Who is going to start the thread about their awesome motorized twirling spaghetti fork?  Only three easy payments of $89.99 (because you deserve the deluxe model) and you too can find true inner happiness while eating spaghetti.  It's life changing!

I don't need to own two 400+hp sports cars either, but sometimes I just don't give a fuck.

Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?  Speaking of forums, we also lived for thousands of years without internet. Or electricity.  Or ovens.  Or any feature of modern society.

The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.

I really don't think Sol's rant is too ridiculous given the context of the forum.  Also, really man, blenders?  When we start arguing about the consistency of the slush in a smooth, and how only the Vitamix can make it just right, that is at the point of just-fucking-ridiculous.  It's certainly ok to spend your money however you like, especially if special slush is your thing and give you disproportionate happiness, but on a frugality forum with tendencies towards non-materialism and even eastern philosophy, you are totally going to get some backflash with discussions of fancy blenders.  What you shouldn't do, is take it personally.

I'm about to buy a $3000 coffee roaster.  It's not mustachian, at all.  But it's my thing, I get much enjoyment out of it.  But I'm also not posting about how people should go get this fancy coffee roaster so that they can have the best coffee ever and how I couldn't imagine settling for the crap $300 coffee roasters out there.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 02:47:22 PM
The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.

I am not the least bit outraged over blenders.  I am disappointed by the hypocrisy of a blender bragging thread on this particular forum.

I'm not upset about your two sports cars, either, but I think you know better than to start a thread boasting about how much gas they consume, here in mustache land.  There are good places for you to be venerated for your vices, this just isn't one of those places.  This is MMM, where people are proud to drive classics with over 200k miles on the clock, or <gasp> ride their bikes to work.  See the difference?

I read this as a thread where someone isn't able to do what they want with their cheap blender (there are major differences in capability, believe it or not) so they're asking for input on what to get that isn't $300+.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 02:49:30 PM
I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

I'm pretty sure the entire concept of a "blended drink" was invented by the blender industry.  People lived for thousands of years without blended drinks, then a new consumer device came along and someone got rich convincing the public it was a new necessity.

Blenders are not washing machines or fridges.  They are not labor saving devices that have freed us from domestic drudgery, they are totally optional luxury devices that take up space in your kitchen, like electric can openers, avacado slicers, and quesadilla makers.  You don't even need to own one, and you certainly don't need to own a $600 one when there is a shelf full of $10 ones at goodwill.

Who is going to start the thread about their awesome motorized twirling spaghetti fork?  Only three easy payments of $89.99 (because you deserve the deluxe model) and you too can find true inner happiness while eating spaghetti.  It's life changing!

I don't need to own two 400+hp sports cars either, but sometimes I just don't give a fuck.

Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?  Speaking of forums, we also lived for thousands of years without internet. Or electricity.  Or ovens.  Or any feature of modern society.

The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.

I really don't think Sol's rant is too ridiculous given the context of the forum.  Also, really man, blenders?  When we start arguing about the consistency of the slush in a smooth, and how only the Vitamix can make it just right, that is at the point of just-fucking-ridiculous.  It's certainly ok to spend your money however you like, especially if special slush is your thing and give you disproportionate happiness, but on a frugality forum with tendencies towards non-materialism and even eastern philosophy, you are totally going to get some backflash with discussions of fancy blenders.  What you shouldn't do, is take it personally.

I'm about to buy a $3000 coffee roaster.  It's not mustachian, at all.  But it's my thing, I get much enjoyment out of it.  But I'm also not posting about how people should go get this fancy coffee roaster so that they can have the best coffee ever and how I couldn't imagine settling for the crap $300 coffee roasters out there.

The OP's cheap blender isn't adequate and they're looking for advice for something that isn't $300+.  Key point is someone asked for input. If people were roaming around in "I have $500 left in my budget, what do I do with it" threads saying zomg buy a Vitamix, that'd be different.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Case on July 26, 2018, 02:54:18 PM
I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

I'm pretty sure the entire concept of a "blended drink" was invented by the blender industry.  People lived for thousands of years without blended drinks, then a new consumer device came along and someone got rich convincing the public it was a new necessity.

Blenders are not washing machines or fridges.  They are not labor saving devices that have freed us from domestic drudgery, they are totally optional luxury devices that take up space in your kitchen, like electric can openers, avacado slicers, and quesadilla makers.  You don't even need to own one, and you certainly don't need to own a $600 one when there is a shelf full of $10 ones at goodwill.

Who is going to start the thread about their awesome motorized twirling spaghetti fork?  Only three easy payments of $89.99 (because you deserve the deluxe model) and you too can find true inner happiness while eating spaghetti.  It's life changing!

I don't need to own two 400+hp sports cars either, but sometimes I just don't give a fuck.

Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?  Speaking of forums, we also lived for thousands of years without internet. Or electricity.  Or ovens.  Or any feature of modern society.

The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.

I really don't think Sol's rant is too ridiculous given the context of the forum.  Also, really man, blenders?  When we start arguing about the consistency of the slush in a smooth, and how only the Vitamix can make it just right, that is at the point of just-fucking-ridiculous.  It's certainly ok to spend your money however you like, especially if special slush is your thing and give you disproportionate happiness, but on a frugality forum with tendencies towards non-materialism and even eastern philosophy, you are totally going to get some backflash with discussions of fancy blenders.  What you shouldn't do, is take it personally.

I'm about to buy a $3000 coffee roaster.  It's not mustachian, at all.  But it's my thing, I get much enjoyment out of it.  But I'm also not posting about how people should go get this fancy coffee roaster so that they can have the best coffee ever and how I couldn't imagine settling for the crap $300 coffee roasters out there.

The OP's cheap blender isn't adequate and they're looking for advice for something that isn't $300+.  Key point is someone asked for input. If people were roaming around in "I have $500 left in my budget, what do I do with it" threads saying zomg buy a Vitamix, that'd be different.

Haha, well that is a fair point.  But I forever think Vitamix will be danger territory on this forum!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: GuitarStv on July 26, 2018, 02:56:11 PM
Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?

Percentage savings rate is a shitty thing to brag about.  If I made a million dollars a year, I could live extravagant 100k a year life while saving 90% of my earnings . . . and I'd have a retirement target of well earlier than 25 years before normal.  That's not impressive.  Much more impressive would be someone who has cut their expenses to the point that they can comfortably live on 10k a year.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 26, 2018, 03:02:50 PM
I don't make ice cream in a blender, though - you eat it and it comes in tubs from the shop or on sticks usually. And it's a food, not a drink.

That sounds like a lot more hassle than just having a glass of very cold milk.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 03:07:26 PM
Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?

Percentage savings rate is a shitty thing to brag about.  If I made a million dollars a year, I could live extravagant 100k a year life while saving 90% of my earnings . . . and I'd have a retirement target of well earlier than 25 years before normal.  That's not impressive.  Much more impressive would be someone who has cut their expenses to the point that they can comfortably live on 10k a year.

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Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 26, 2018, 03:19:16 PM
I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

I'm pretty sure the entire concept of a "blended drink" was invented by the blender industry.  People lived for thousands of years without blended drinks, then a new consumer device came along and someone got rich convincing the public it was a new necessity.

Blenders are not washing machines or fridges.  They are not labor saving devices that have freed us from domestic drudgery, they are totally optional luxury devices that take up space in your kitchen, like electric can openers, avacado slicers, and quesadilla makers.  You don't even need to own one, and you certainly don't need to own a $600 one when there is a shelf full of $10 ones at goodwill.

Who is going to start the thread about their awesome motorized twirling spaghetti fork?  Only three easy payments of $89.99 (because you deserve the deluxe model) and you too can find true inner happiness while eating spaghetti.  It's life changing!

I don't need to own two 400+hp sports cars either, but sometimes I just don't give a fuck.

Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?  Speaking of forums, we also lived for thousands of years without internet. Or electricity.  Or ovens.  Or any feature of modern society.

The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.

Yeah, I agree, I have an 80% savings rate and mentioned my 10-15 year old blender that cost me $20.

We actually have other threads on this forum that might be more appropriate for people to complain about, such as the "lusting after" thread, the "splurging on" thread and the threads that come up about buying brand new cars, for example.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 03:22:20 PM
I didn't say "a drink that is cold." I said a frozen mixed drink.

https://www.blendtec.com/blogs/recipes/frozen-screwdriver

I'm pretty sure the entire concept of a "blended drink" was invented by the blender industry.  People lived for thousands of years without blended drinks, then a new consumer device came along and someone got rich convincing the public it was a new necessity.

Blenders are not washing machines or fridges.  They are not labor saving devices that have freed us from domestic drudgery, they are totally optional luxury devices that take up space in your kitchen, like electric can openers, avacado slicers, and quesadilla makers.  You don't even need to own one, and you certainly don't need to own a $600 one when there is a shelf full of $10 ones at goodwill.

Who is going to start the thread about their awesome motorized twirling spaghetti fork?  Only three easy payments of $89.99 (because you deserve the deluxe model) and you too can find true inner happiness while eating spaghetti.  It's life changing!

I don't need to own two 400+hp sports cars either, but sometimes I just don't give a fuck.

Apparently a retirement target 25 years before normal and a 50%+ savings rate just isn't enough to appease you so I should go find some other forum, eh?  Speaking of forums, we also lived for thousands of years without internet. Or electricity.  Or ovens.  Or any feature of modern society.

The amount of outrage you have over a random internet person's $250 purchase is laughable.

Yeah, I agree, I have an 80% savings rate and mentioned my 10-15 year old blender that cost me $20.

We actually have other threads on this forum that might be more appropriate for people to complain about, such as the "lusting after" thread, the "splurging on" thread and the threads that come up about buying brand new cars, for example.

Yeah, there are much bigger fish to fry here.

I bought my blender in my pre-MMM days and wouldn't likely have bought one now, but damn is it nice to have when the occasion arises!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: gerardc on July 26, 2018, 03:29:46 PM
Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form

Frozen mixed drink as in something blended with ice.  If you want to chew your drinks, more power to you. I have a different word for that and it's "food."

YES! That's exactly what I'm saying. Frozen blueberries FTW! Chunks FTW! Chewing FTW! I would like my fellow forumites to have more power to them too. And if you're worried about the food/drink label, I'd encourage you to focus more on the taste, function and quality of your food than what you call it!
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 03:40:05 PM
Why do you need things to be blended? Can't you just eat the chunks? Tastes even better IMO.

You're basically paying a machine to chew food for you, so you don't have to. Seems lazy to me. And that's only for a basic blender... the luxury ones... I can't even

Try making a frozen mixed drink without a blender..

Just did this actually. Frozen blueberries + water + peanut butter. Delicious. Everything you eat doesn't need to be in pre-digested form

Frozen mixed drink as in something blended with ice.  If you want to chew your drinks, more power to you. I have a different word for that and it's "food."

YES! That's exactly what I'm saying. Frozen blueberries FTW! Chunks FTW! Chewing FTW! I would like my fellow forumites to have more power to them too. And if you're worried about the food/drink label, I'd encourage you to focus more on the taste, function and quality of your food than what you call it!

I think you're reading a different version of what I said than what I actually said.  First you infer that I believe that everything I eat needs to be in pre-digested form, and now you assume I'm worried about labels?

Words mean things.  Please don't imagine new ones into my posts.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: BookLoverL on July 26, 2018, 03:56:50 PM
I don't make ice cream in a blender, though - you eat it and it comes in tubs from the shop or on sticks usually. And it's a food, not a drink.

That sounds like a lot more hassle than just having a glass of very cold milk.

??? Milk and ice cream are two different things, even though ice cream is technically made from milk...

If I want a cool, refreshing glass of milk, I just pour it and drink it. It doesn't need ice because it is stored in the fridge, which is already cold. Usually, I just drink water, though, because it's healthy and cheap and convenient.

On the other hand, if I am hungry and it is a hot day, or maybe I want some chocolate since the ice cream that comes on sticks has chocolate around the outside, I eat ice cream. And how is it hassle to buy it with the rest of the grocery shop and then stick it in the freezer?

I was confused by this thread to start with, but now I'm just baffled. I definitely know the difference between milk, ice cubes, ice cream, and regular cream, but as far as I'm aware you don't need a blender to have any of those things, and "drinks" that are solid only exist in vending machines in some places like bowling alleys where they are called "SlushPuppies" or somesuch, or were when I was a kid.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: JLee on July 26, 2018, 04:03:02 PM
I don't make ice cream in a blender, though - you eat it and it comes in tubs from the shop or on sticks usually. And it's a food, not a drink.

That sounds like a lot more hassle than just having a glass of very cold milk.

??? Milk and ice cream are two different things, even though ice cream is technically made from milk...

If I want a cool, refreshing glass of milk, I just pour it and drink it. It doesn't need ice because it is stored in the fridge, which is already cold. Usually, I just drink water, though, because it's healthy and cheap and convenient.

On the other hand, if I am hungry and it is a hot day, or maybe I want some chocolate since the ice cream that comes on sticks has chocolate around the outside, I eat ice cream. And how is it hassle to buy it with the rest of the grocery shop and then stick it in the freezer?

I was confused by this thread to start with, but now I'm just baffled. I definitely know the difference between milk, ice cubes, ice cream, and regular cream, but as far as I'm aware you don't need a blender to have any of those things, and "drinks" that are solid only exist in vending machines in some places like bowling alleys where they are called "SlushPuppies" or somesuch, or were when I was a kid.

I am usually a gin & tonic guy, but there are plenty of drinks that involve a blender. 

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/17651/drinks/cocktails/blended-cocktails/
https://www.thespruceeats.com/blended-summer-cocktail-recipes-759880
http://www.myrecipes.com/summer-grilling/summer-drinks/frozen-alcoholic-drink-recipes
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: DreamFIRE on July 26, 2018, 04:04:18 PM
I don't make ice cream in a blender, though - you eat it and it comes in tubs from the shop or on sticks usually. And it's a food, not a drink.

That sounds like a lot more hassle than just having a glass of very cold milk.

??? Milk and ice cream are two different things, even though ice cream is technically made from milk...

If I want a cool, refreshing glass of milk, I just pour it and drink it. It doesn't need ice because it is stored in the fridge, which is already cold. Usually, I just drink water, though, because it's healthy and cheap and convenient.

On the other hand, if I am hungry and it is a hot day, or maybe I want some chocolate since the ice cream that comes on sticks has chocolate around the outside, I eat ice cream. And how is it hassle to buy it with the rest of the grocery shop and then stick it in the freezer?

I was confused by this thread to start with, but now I'm just baffled. I definitely know the difference between milk, ice cubes, ice cream, and regular cream, but as far as I'm aware you don't need a blender to have any of those things, and "drinks" that are solid only exist in vending machines in some places like bowling alleys where they are called "SlushPuppies" or somesuch, or were when I was a kid.

So you can see the difference between ice cream and ice milk, which I was trying to get you to see, yet you don't understand the purpose of a blender.  When I use a blender, the product is very different than the sum of the ingredients combined in a bowl.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: BookLoverL on July 27, 2018, 01:53:54 AM
I don't make ice cream in a blender, though - you eat it and it comes in tubs from the shop or on sticks usually. And it's a food, not a drink.

That sounds like a lot more hassle than just having a glass of very cold milk.

??? Milk and ice cream are two different things, even though ice cream is technically made from milk...

If I want a cool, refreshing glass of milk, I just pour it and drink it. It doesn't need ice because it is stored in the fridge, which is already cold. Usually, I just drink water, though, because it's healthy and cheap and convenient.

On the other hand, if I am hungry and it is a hot day, or maybe I want some chocolate since the ice cream that comes on sticks has chocolate around the outside, I eat ice cream. And how is it hassle to buy it with the rest of the grocery shop and then stick it in the freezer?

I was confused by this thread to start with, but now I'm just baffled. I definitely know the difference between milk, ice cubes, ice cream, and regular cream, but as far as I'm aware you don't need a blender to have any of those things, and "drinks" that are solid only exist in vending machines in some places like bowling alleys where they are called "SlushPuppies" or somesuch, or were when I was a kid.

So you can see the difference between ice cream and ice milk, which I was trying to get you to see, yet you don't understand the purpose of a blender.  When I use a blender, the product is very different than the sum of the ingredients combined in a bowl.

Obviously a blender is different than not a blender. But I was confused because it sounded like people were making ice cream in a blender and calling it a drink...

I guess the argument then becomes whether the taste bonus of blending it up is worth not just eating it as a salad/stew/whatever (which is still pretty tasty) and skipping the blender entirely. A cheap blender is probably a lot easier to fit in a budget, to be fair. For me personally, though, a $600 blender would cost me between 1/15 and 1/10 of the amount I'm planning to spend in the year. For all of you who are drowning in a giant stream of money, maybe it makes more sense, IDK.
Title: Re: What Blender Do You Have?
Post by: Zacyra on July 27, 2018, 02:44:19 AM
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