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Hit me with your best banana-free smoothie recipes

I bought a Vitamix last summer, and a book of smoothie recipes. It was all fun and games until I was diagnosed with a banana allergy. Help me make my smoothies taste good again! [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 2, 2014 - 16 answers

Best blender for $100?

I have started making smoothies in the morning, and my $30 wedding gift blender ain't cutting it anymore. I want a new one, and my budget is $100. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Dec 11, 2013 - 23 answers

Things to do with my Vitamix in the winter

I loved making green smoothies with my new Vitamix over the summer. Now that it's cold, my it has been sitting idle. What can I make in the winter? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Dec 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Is there a multitasking kitchen appliance that actually works?

I have extremely limited kitchen space but consider both a food processor and a blender to be essential pieces of equipment, especially around holiday food prep time. I currently have a Cuisinart food processor I'm not unhappy with and a crappy compact blender that can barely handle making salad dressing, let alone crushing ice. I'd like to replace both with an all-in-one device, ideally a powerful base that I can put either a blender jar or food processing bowl on. But I'm wary of all-in-one devices because they tend to be not very good at any of the things they do. Are there any blender/food processor combos that are actually good at both? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Nov 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Vitamix vs. Ninja Blender

Through a strange set of circumstances, we recently came into two high-end blenders, and I'm having a hard time figuring out which one to keep. We were first given a Ninja BL660 and I've already used it a bunch. It's approximately 1000x better than our old blender. It turns out, I LOVE the single-serving glasses for quick smoothies and protein shakes because it saves washing the huge jar out. Then we were given an insane Vitamix Pro 750 which looks like it'll do anything except my meal planning. We really only need one blender: we already have a food processor, and a stick blender. What is the advantage of the Vitamix over the Ninja? Bonus: any great smoothie or juice recipes? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Sep 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Vitamix or bust

About to pull the trigger on buying a Vitamix, an object of lust for some time. A few questions for Vitamix-experienced folks... [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jan 13, 2013 - 27 answers

Am I too old to start over again?

Unable to find consistent work since 2009 I'm thinking of reskilling again. I'm 38. Is this too old? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Blender materials, what am I missing?

I've tried yet again to tackle learning Blender, and yet again, I'm stuck on what should be a basic simple thing. Adding a material to an object. Can someone get me unstuck? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Jul 5, 2012 - 6 answers

What's the best blender for milkshakes?

What's the best blender for milkshakes? Detailed instructions on making a chocolate milkshake with said blender would also be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by jtothes on Jun 19, 2012 - 24 answers

My God... It's Full of Soup...

I need recipes for my soup-making blender thing!!! [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Jan 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Mindblowing blenders without budget-blending prices

A blender for smoothies, nut butters, milkshakes and ice crushing: do we have to go up to the Vitamix/Blendtec range, or is there a lower-end blender that you'd recommend for our needs? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jan 5, 2012 - 22 answers

To smooth or to juice?

I just watched a documentary and some youtube videos on juicers, and I'm wondering if there is a significant advantage over using a juicer as opposed to making vegetable smoothies with fruit? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Oct 1, 2011 - 15 answers

electric motor noise-- just for safety? and where can I find proof of this?

I have heard that the electric motor in a household blender continues to be noisy, even though the technology for a quieter one exist, is due to some sort of safety standard. I searched everywhere I can, but couldn't find any literature/ actual protocol to back this up. Does the hive mind have an inkling as to where I could find legit, cite-able sources for this?
posted by atetrachordofthree on Sep 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Drinking my lunch

How do I make healthy, filling juice to have as my entire lunch every day? 400-500 calories with all the protein and such that I need from lunch. [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Jul 13, 2011 - 18 answers

Fruit Smoothie Nutrition

Couple nutrition-related questions concerning fruit smoothies. [more inside]
posted by frankly mister on May 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Protein Shakes 101

Protein Shakes 101: Give me your protein shake/smoothie tips, tricks, advice and recommendations, especially the best, most delicious recipes you have. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jan 30, 2011 - 27 answers

Pick out my immersion blender

Which immersion blender should I buy? Which should I absolutely not buy? Primarily using it for soups for two people.
posted by nadawi on Sep 25, 2010 - 26 answers

Help me find a high-on-power, low-on-decibels blender.

I'm looking for a simple blender that is strong enough to transform various foods into goo, but not make me deaf or give me a headache to start my day. [more inside]
posted by Dr. ShadowMask on Jul 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Is my blender broken?

My blender has a bit of black dust at the bottom after I use it, presumably from the black rubber connectors under the container and on top of the motor. It still works, but is this normal? Will the black stuff get sucked up into the food stuff I'm blending?
posted by jyorraku on Jun 8, 2010 - 6 answers

How can I fix my battery-powered blender?

Can I fix my battery-powered blender? [more inside]
posted by Hiker on Feb 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Besides making juice and smoothies, what else can I use my Vita-Mix for?

Besides making juice and smoothies, what else can I use my Vita-Mix for? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Dec 26, 2009 - 8 answers

What to blend with new immersion blender?

I just got a brand new immersion blender. What should I blend? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Nov 24, 2009 - 34 answers

I will crush you. BTW, can you give me some tips on how best to do that?

Should I buy a monstrously powerful ice-crushing carrot-liquifying nut-pulverizing fruit-vaporizing circuit-breaker-throwing uber-blender? Why? And which one? [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Sep 3, 2009 - 26 answers

Seeking glass/metal food processor

Where can I find a food processor with a glass or metal bowl? Is every food processor bowl in the world made from polycarbonate? I would like to find an alternative because of concerns with bpa. [more inside]
posted by alms on Mar 20, 2009 - 15 answers

How to find the number of pages in back issues of magazines.

Please help me find out how many pages are in back issues of several popular magazines. [more inside]
posted by imjosh on Mar 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Any recommendations for a good blender?

I'm looking for a blender. I've seen this post and this one. [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay on Oct 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Best thing since sliced bacon?

Thermomix, useful or just another overpriced kitchen gadget? [more inside]
posted by racingjs on Oct 17, 2008 - 17 answers

Imprinting in Blender

How to get an "imprint" of a model in Blender? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Help my dad enjoy eating again

My father is several years on from surgery to remove a lymphoma in his neck (between his trachea and his esophagus I think). He has recovered wonderfully except for some scarring that has affected his voice (minor) and ability to eat much solid food. I want to help him find new ways to enjoy eating again. [more inside]
posted by jethrographic on Jan 5, 2008 - 10 answers

Please help me learn a few simple techniques in Blender.

Please help me learn a few simple techniques in Blender. Including outputting an animation to video. [more inside]
posted by austinlee on Oct 4, 2007 - 1 answer

Hack my Cuisinart

Will the BFP-7 food processor attachment work on my Cuisinart SPB-7 blender? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Jan 18, 2007 - 1 answer

Just rinse it under running water, they say...

Have I ruined my expensive blender by soaking it in washing soda? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jan 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Fiat Lux!

Looking for a crash course in "lighting" as it applies to photography. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Jul 10, 2006 - 10 answers

No smoking?

I have a blender that I've used for several months with no real problems. I tried making cookies today and found a setting called "Mix" which I set it too and the blender started mixing the ingredients into cookie dough. However, a few minutes into it, smoke came out of the bottom and it smelt like burnt electronics, although everything seemed fine otherwise. My roommate swears he's had hand mixers smell like that. What's the deal? Are mixers supposed to smoke?
posted by lpctstr; on Dec 11, 2005 - 25 answers

What can I make in my shiny new blender?

I just bought my first blender. What can I make? Give me your favourite recipes for smoothies, cocktails, and blended whatnots!
posted by Robot Johnny on Aug 17, 2005 - 25 answers

Whats the difference between a blender and a food processor?

Whats the difference between a blender and a food processor? Seems to me the only difference is that a blender has more speed options, but I could be wrong. Please let me know.
posted by thebwit on Sep 27, 2004 - 5 answers

Almond Butter

I love Almond Butter but here in the UK a little jar that holds about 300 grams costs around £4.00 or $7.00. I decided to try and make it myself. I bought a bunch of almonds, put them - as I was advised into a food processor, using the steel blades and turned it on - what I ended up with was finally ground almonds. I have looked everywhere from google on down and found nothing useful. What i am after is a pure almond butter, with nothing added, like the stuff that comes in the expensive jars from health food shops. Can anyone tell me how to this?
posted by donfactor on Jan 19, 2004 - 16 answers

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