This week for Mission: Appliances I pulled out a fairly common appliance, my blender. The thing is, I barely use it! One of those typical wedding gifts, the blender seems to be touted as a necessary gadget in everyone’s kitchen. But as far as I remember, I had only used it once before. Why not? Let’s find out.
The blender we own is the Black & Decker 48-Ounce Glass-Jar Blender. We received it for our wedding after having registered for it at Target. Now that I look at the reviews for this particular blender on Amazon, I fear we might have made a bad choice! Hopefully our unit doesn’t die like many others supposedly did (according to Amazon reviewers). I guess not all blenders are created equal.
Blender Vital Statistics
- Brand: Black & Decker
- Average Price: $50
- Power: 500 watts
- Size: 10 X 7 X 14 inches; 9 pounds
- Features: 48-ounce chip-resistant glass jar, 5 speed settings, plus pulse and ice-crush functions
- Complexity: Very easy to use
- Versatility: Blends various foods or beverages
- Cleaning: Very easy to clean since unit comes apart
- Storage: Unit can be stored in separate pieces, so is a little easier to fit in tight spaces than other appliances
- Safety Tips: Blending blades are very sharp
- Pre-series Location: Inside a tall cupboard only reached with a chair
- Pre-series Use Level: Used once before
My husband and I really love dessert drinks, so we decided to use our blender to make chocolate milkshakes. Shakes are pretty costly ($3.50 for a 16 oz at Culver’s) so making them at home proves to be very cost effective. Furthermore, we had the ability to choose the ingredients so (we hope) our shakes were a little ‘healthier’ than Culver’s.
After some research on the Internet for milkshake recipes, I created the following recipe that we ultimately used for our own shakes:
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup skim milk
4 TBS chocolate syrup
½ tsp vanilla extract
(makes 2 small-medium servings or 1 large serving)
(can add 2 TBS malt powder and/or 2 TBS peanut butter if desired)
We put all the ingredients inside the glass jar and began blending. We started with low speeds and worked up to higher speeds gradually. The problem was, we had to continually stop the blender to manually mix our ingredients because they were not blending! Additionally, the motor was beginning to smell because it was being overworked. Hmmmm.
After we finally got everything blending nicely, we enjoyed our milkshakes no doubt. But I’m a little concerned about the performance of the blender unit. If it can’t handle soft ingredients like ice cream and liquids, then how will it handle ice or other solids?
Well, it’s apparent from my analysis that we do not own the best blender on the market. However I hear that really awesome blenders can be quite expensive. All that aside, we still enjoyed great milkshakes, drinks we could not have prepared without the blender. I think in the future we will just have to be more careful about not overworking the motor since we now know that it is pretty sensitive. Not all appliances are perfect, right?
What kind of blender do you own? Have you ever had problems with the motor burning?