This week for Mission: Appliances, I’d like to feature an appliance that I wish I had dusted off long ago…the smoothie maker. Why? Well, I find myself using it regularly now that I’ve discovered how cool it is!
We own the Back to Basics SJR1X Smoothie Blast smoothie maker. My husband got it before we were married and as I said above, I only recently discovered its potential.
You see, my husband’s grandparents have a HUGE garden. And every year they supply us with copious amounts of frozen fruit, like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and apples. I certainly have used this fruit to make desserts in the past, but now with this smoothie maker, I can use the fruit in lots of new ways (and the fact that the fruit is frozen is a bonus!). Let’s see how great this smoothie maker really is.
Smoothie Maker Vital Statistics
- Size:32 ounce container, 6 x 16 x 7 inches, 8 pounds
- Features: Dispenser valve serves smoothies without a mess
- Complexity: Very easy to use
- Versatility: Marketed for smoothies, but can blend just about anything a normal blender would blend
- Storage: Unit breaks down into parts that fit well inside a cupboard
- Safety Tips: Blending blades are sharp
- Pre-series Location: Inside a high cupboard that can be reached without a chair
- Pre-series Use Level: My husband used it a couple of times before we were married, but I never had until now
Project Smoothie Maker
A few weeks ago when we used our blender to make milkshakes, we also decided to bring out the smoothie maker too. I searched recipes online, never having made a smoothie before, and came up with this:
Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie
8 frozen strawberries
3 ice cubes
½ cup milk
½ cup plain yogurt
2 TBS white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
We added the ingredients to the container and immediately noticed a feature with this smoothie maker that was going to make it better than our blender: a stirring stick you can use to stir the ingredients while they are blending so you don’t have to keep turning the unit on and off to mix the solids around.
After everything blended, we used the handy little spout to pour the smoothies into our glasses. Yum! Now this first time we used a recipe, but since then, we’ve invented all sorts of different smoothies. For example, my husband loves to combine frozen pineapple chunks, yogurt, orange juice, sugar, and vanilla extract. I for one love strawberries as my base, but I’ve been adding blueberries, cran-raspberry juice, and sometimes ice cream instead of yogurt if I’m feeling naughty. It’s actually quite fun to try different combinations to see what you can come up with!
I want to mention here also as a side note that we were also able to borrow another kind of smoothie maker from a family member this month, called the Magic Bullet. This smoothie maker uses a smaller blender unit and the container you use to blend your ingredients in is the same container you use to drink out of later. I really like that concept because there’s less to clean. It’s definitely a nifty little gadget, but our smoothie maker also gets the job done.
We love our smoothie maker! It blends better than our blender (thanks to the stirring stick) and we’ve had a lot of fun inventing smoothie recipes. I know we’ll keep using this appliance regularly and I’m glad we have it!
Do you own a smoothie maker? What is your favorite kind of smoothie?
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