Mom Gets Out The Blender, But Isn't Making Smoothies - I Never Knew I Could Use It For THIS
LifeAspire Staff 5/26/2016
Buried in most people’s kitchen cupboards is an often overlooked blender, but in addition to making awesome smoothies, this small appliance can be used to make amazing things, so get it out and get started.
Homemade Healthy Almond Milk
If you love almond milk but don’t like the higher store prices for a carton, make your own. Soak almonds overnight in water, then blend, strain and drink. You also can add different flavors to the almond milk or try other nuts for a new spin on this healthy homemade drink.
Believe it or not, you can make freshly milled flour for baked goodies with a basic blender. Whip up a couple cups of wheat berries, sift, repeat and enjoy. You also can try this process with whole oats.
Save money and spare the preservatives by making your own nut butter. You can even try different combinations, such as honey-cashew or nutty chocolate. When using a blender, be sure to scrape the sides often and do not overwork the motor.
Avoid the extras found in store-bought applesauce and make your own version at home with your blender. You don’t even have to cook them on the stove first. Just toss cut fresh apples along with water and a bit of cinnamon in your blender and voila!
Relish a slab of homemade butter by whipping up cream in the blender until you see the butter solids separating. Let it sit so the butter can float to the top, then strain off the buttermilk. Blend once more with cold water to wash, strain and then add salt if desired. You can even add roasted garlic, herbs or spices to spruce up the spread.
Homemade dressing is delicious and the perfect topping to your salad. Use a blender to pulverize ingredients like herbs and fresh garlic, or emulsify your oil and vinegar into a smooth vinaigrette. You also can make creamy dressings with a blender, like homemade caesar salad dressing.
Your blender is the perfect tool for making more than just edibles. You also can whip up a body scrub with such natural ingredients as olive oil, sea salt and citrus. Even better—they take less than five minutes to make.
Instead of letting the compost sit and convert, chop up soft food scraps in the blender to speed up the process. Watch this video for tips.
Easy Blender Projects
Just when you relegated that blender to the back of the cupboard, pull it out and get started making homemade nut milk, butter or even lotion. Get some good use out of that small appliance and think big with your projects.