Use your gadget for more than just smoothies.
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An energizing green juice isn’t the only thing your blender is good for. By now, you’ve probably realized you can toss just about anything into the appliance and give it a whirl, but they can also be easy to forget about. If yours has been collecting dust lately, these blender hacks will help you rediscover how useful your blender can be.
It doesn’t just make smoothies: From nut butter to compost, there are truly endless uses for a blender. This kitchen gadget can enhance what you’re already whipping up, regardless if it’s on the counter or handheld. You probably aren’t thinking of grabbing this little machine while cooking breakfast in the morning or when you’re ready to brew your favorite cup of coffee, but with a blender, these unconventional, day-to-day kitchen tasks can be maximized (or blended) to their fullest potential. With these hacks, you’ll wonder why you haven’t reached for your blender more (and push your food processor to the side in the process).
Blend 2-Ingredient Lemonade
Skip the citrus juicer and roll fresh and clean lemons before cutting them into wedges. Blend the wedges of one lemon with 2 cups of water for a minute on high speed. The lemon juice and rind will get released during the process. After pulsing, let the mixture sit so the lemon pieces rise to the top and then strain the liquid before adding fresh mint leaves or sweetener.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, composting is an environmentally-friendly way to discard food scraps which enriches the soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. By breaking down softened vegetable peels and fruit rinds, your blender can inspire you to make sustainable choices. Go green by dumping coffee grounds and grinding eggshells in your blender to create a dustlike powder. You can then sprinkle the dust in your potted plants or in your garden to prevent pest infestations and enrich the soil with calcium.
After cracking your eggs, cut your prep time by whisking eggs for just three to five seconds in a blender instead of by hand. You’ll end up with the lightest, fluffiest eggs for perfect omelets every time.
Enjoy a sweet and chilly treat in the summer months by blending up a bowl of homemade sorbet. Blend two servings of fresh or frozen fruit chunks with a half cup of your favorite milk and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice, and store in the freezer. Give it a try with this mango sorbet recipe.
Mix Nut Butter
Nut butter is a tasty addition to any snack or meal and is rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein. Blending your own mix of nuts and spices lets you control how much added salt and sugar goes into each jar. Because homemade nut butters are usually preservative-free, make sure to store in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a month. Try this maple almond butter or experiment with other nuts like roasted cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, or peanuts.
When it comes to flour, we usually only have the traditional white flour stocked in the pantry. But now, people are swapping in healthy alternatives because it’s linked to containing toxins, preservatives, and bleaching agents (which means that there are a ton of white flour swap recipes to try). When a recipe calls for oat flour or cornmeal, instead of going to the supermarket, you can easily make your own by grinding oats or popcorn kernels on the pulse setting until they become powdery.
Pudding is a classic comfort dessert that isn’t talked about much but is extremely satisfying. Whipped mousse and creamy pudding are the perfect no-hassle dessert options that can both be made in a blender. Make a batch of this three-ingredient strawberry mousse or this creamy mango pudding for a decadent flavor, all thanks to your handy dandy machine.
Separate Sediment in Wine
Did you know you can decant wine with your blender? Older wines accumulate sediment, and blending wine can help aerate and isolate the liquid. And, according to Bon Appetit, sediment that accumulates throughout the years can create a bitter taste. Pulse your wine on high for 30 to 60 seconds and transfer to a glass to enjoy.
You can also use your blender to make “bulletproof-style” coffee, which fits into the keto diet plan. Combine 2 tablespoons butter with 1 cup of brewed coffee and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil blended all together. Just remember to make sure the lid is tightly screwed on to avoid a hot spill.
Whip your favorite batter in your blender. For 15 seconds, blend together flour, eggs (or ground flax seeds and water for a vegan substitute), and water or milk to make your own crepe or pancake batter from scratch. (You can even try these green smoothie pancakes for a nutritious start to your day) Customize your batter with nuts, seeds, and natural flavors such as vanilla extract or add pumpkin when it’s in season during the fall months.