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Post# 1009081   9/30/2018 at 05:34 by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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When I grew up my mother had a 60`s Kenwood Chef and the only thing she used the liquidizer attachment for was to make us kids a banana shake or maybe grinding nuts for baking.
I only have a stick blender now because space is precious in my kitchen and admittedly it doesn`t get much use.
But still curious what others use their handsome countertops for on a regular basis.





Post# 1009089 , Reply# 1   9/30/2018 at 06:12 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Choco-banana smoothies and fruit smoothies-real fruit and frozen-My collection of Vita Mixes handles those jobs with no problem!Blendtecs as well.Also peanut butter-planters cocktail peanuts or Carolina nut brand flavored peanuts.Use my rare SS containers for this.Do not want to scar up my lexan containers.Also have made hot cocoa with the VM-just run it for about 6 min.DElicious!!!

Post# 1009094 , Reply# 2   9/30/2018 at 06:50 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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You'd be surprised.... I use mine most for recipes where ingredients have to be chopped and mixed into liquid. Muffins are a good example - you mix the liquid ingredients (milk, eggs, oil) then add any fruits or nuts that you want chopped. Full disclosure - I still pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ones and mix by hand!

I make my own mayonnaise and variations thereof in the blender, along with salad dressings which benefit from the 'chop in liquid' approach above.

Soups are a something I make a lot - not just Vichyssoise or Borscht in the hotter months, but vegetable/meat combinations made with fresh or leftover veggies.

I have a couple of cake recipes (adaptations of European torte recipes) that have ground nuts in the batter and I make these in the blender too. I prefer making a regular shortening-type case with one of the mixers, however I do make a few with the blender just to prove to people that you can... LOL

I could write a book about what I make with the blender.... Oh wait, I did! It has been rejected by every publisher I sent it to so far though....


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Post# 1009097 , Reply# 3   9/30/2018 at 07:17 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Frozen daiquiris, margaritas...

Post# 1009120 , Reply# 4   9/30/2018 at 08:26 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Homemade Irish Cream


Post# 1009127 , Reply# 5   9/30/2018 at 08:43 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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Double-strength Abuelita or Ibarra Mexican hot chocolate.

 

Grind a whole Abuelita or Ibarra Mexican chocolate puck to a powder.  Turn off the blender and add 2/3 cup powdered nonfat milk, a pint of just-boiled water, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 2 heaping teaspoons of instant decaf.

 

Hold the lid in place with a folded dishtowel and start the blender on low, working your way up through the speeds to minimize splashing and overflow.  When you've reached the ideal speed (no overflow), let it run for 2 to 3 minutes.  Switch off the blender and quickly divide the contents into 2 20-ounce mugs so both get the same layer of foam on top.

 

When it's really cold outside, pour a jigger of coffee liqueur into the bottom of each mug.  DON'T stir after pouring in the hot chocolate.  You want those little pockets of coffee liqueur as you sip.


Post# 1009133 , Reply# 6   9/30/2018 at 10:14 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

In the 70s, the book that came with the Panasonic blender had a recipe for banana bread. It was pretty neat to add the bananas at the end through the hole in the top and watch the fruit spiral around as it got pulled down into the swirling batter.

I still like it better than the food processor for cole slaw where you chop the cabbage in water and then drain it into a colander. The water seems to remove the strong flavor from the cabbage.

I must admit that newer appliances have taken over the blender's duties, but I used it a lot when it was the only appliance like that.

In the 60s, at a friend's house, we used to make what we called Billy's Bubbling Burpee Brew in their Waring Blendor. We would dump a can of frozen orange juice on top of the blades in the jar then turn it on and slowly add water. The resulting orange juice would have a really good head on it and a really sweet, mild flavor. The collapsing bubbles in the gut produced tremendous burps, belches and eructations when the brew was consumed rapidly.

I read that the band leader Fred Waring first saw the drink mixer at a resort where the band played. He was so impressed that he bought the patents and rights from the bartender-inventor. That is why only the Waring machine can be spelled "Blendor."


Post# 1009145 , Reply# 7   9/30/2018 at 11:20 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

For years I was using a Nutri Bullet for my vegetable smoothies in the morning, then I stayed with my sister for a bit and used her Vita Mix E310 and realized how much better of a job that thing does at blending. It tasted like I was drinking a creamy smoothie and not a cup of vegetable pulp that would make me gag like what comes out of the Nutri Bullet.

Since then I dug my grandmas 1975 Harvest Gold Osterizer in near mint condition out of the closet and started using that, does a much better job than the Nutri Bullet blending the vegetables into an actual smoothie. Also was using it to make my mocha frappe’s

The Osterizer is decent, but needless to say a Vita Mix is going to be my next big purchase.


Post# 1009166 , Reply# 8   9/30/2018 at 13:56 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
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If you own an Osterizer of any vintage, you can get a "Fusion" blade for it and effect results nearly as good as from a Breville or Vita-Mix.  There's also a milkshake blade available.

 

Osterizers are the most versatile of blenders IMO, offering a few different blade options depending on the task, and the ability to fit any size of standard-mouth mason jar onto the blade assembly for either small jobs or instances where you want to blend and then store.

 

I don't "regularly" use my blenders, but when I do it's almost exclusively for drinks, be they non-alcoholic smoothies (a beautiful  black/silver/blue Lady Kenmore Osterizer clone -- thanks Nate!) or typically blended cocktails such as margaritas, grasshoppers, pina coladas, various fizzes, and when I feel inclined, slightly slushy gimlets like my friend's mom used to make.  

 

My bar blender is a vintage Waring that consists a "rocket ship" type base and "waterfall" carafe with an unusual blade that crushes ice with ease.  Its slim footprint takes up less space than any other blender, which allows me to keep it out on the bar to admire.

 

I did recently use my LK blender to make sauce for shrimp culichi.  That was the first time I'd used it for cooking purposes in I don't know how long.


Post# 1009177 , Reply# 9   9/30/2018 at 15:06 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2019!)        

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Post# 1009180 , Reply# 10   9/30/2018 at 15:28 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I've used mine twice. For a packaged smoothie mix (that was kinda gnasty) and a cheesecake recipe that instructs for blender prep (was lovely except it has no crust so leaked out of the springform pan until it set-in).


Post# 1009183 , Reply# 11   9/30/2018 at 16:29 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Currently, it's used to collect dust...


Post# 1009184 , Reply# 12   9/30/2018 at 16:30 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Thinking back, the only thing I can remember using a blender for is pureeing soups.


Post# 1009185 , Reply# 13   9/30/2018 at 16:30 by Xraytech (Rural southwest Pennsylvania )        

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I have an Osterizer Cyclomatic 50th Anniversary and a Lady Kenmore blender
I use it pretty much only to make an occasional chocolate-cherry milkshake and to make vinaigrette dressings.
On rare occasion I use while making a small batch of applesauce, usually I make so much a Foley food mill is easier.


Post# 1009188 , Reply# 14   9/30/2018 at 17:13 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I use mine to make margaritas as well as sorbet and instant ice cream.

Gary


Post# 1009190 , Reply# 15   9/30/2018 at 17:31 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

I Have a Kitchenaid "Diamond jar" blender and also the Kithcenaid 5-speed hand blender.

I use them very often, always with excellent results.

THe blender i use if more often to prepare Toddy (Yes, toddy still exists in Brazil and every time family opr friends come to the USA I ask them to bring a 2kg box) It tastes MUCH better than Nesquik, similar to 100% cocoa and a bit of sugar.


The hand blender I use for toddy if the blender is dirty or in the dishwasher, and I love to use it to "pull" chicken straight in the pot I'm using.



Post# 1009192 , Reply# 16   9/30/2018 at 17:40 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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I have an older KitchenAid Ultra Power and a Hamilton Beach single serve. I used to use the Hamilton Beach for protein shakes.

The K-A I thought I would like but I haven't used it much. Mainly because stuff always manages to drip between the jar and base cover, and I didn't like having to take it apart each time to clean. It also needs a new gasket. The one I have was an aftermarket item and leaves black specs in what I'm blending.


Post# 1009210 , Reply# 17   9/30/2018 at 20:11 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

My Breville is most frequently used to make Salsa Verde and Jell-O recipes that incorporate cream cheese.

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Post# 1009218 , Reply# 18   9/30/2018 at 20:51 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The Oster ice crusher blade is superior to the regular blade for everything, not just ice.

Post# 1009227 , Reply# 19   9/30/2018 at 22:47 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Agreed Tom.  I keep the ice crusher blade in my Osterizer all the time.  I have the fusion blade as well, but I only use that one if I'm doing a smoothie from scratch. 

 

Most of the time I make the orange smoothies from the packets.  They're the closest thing to an Orange Julius even though they can't compare to the real thing.


Post# 1009236 , Reply# 20   10/1/2018 at 00:19 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Oster blenders-the OLDER ones were the best-you can use the newer blades and containers on them.Those are a good alternative to VM.Vintage and commercial Warings are good-same with commercial Oster if you can find them.

Post# 1009285 , Reply# 21   10/1/2018 at 17:25 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I occasionally use mine to make a chocolate shake, but more often I use it when I make French salad dressing.

Post# 1009292 , Reply# 22   10/1/2018 at 18:25 by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Nothing, lately

I was gifted Mom's circa 1970s Osterizer when I first got my own place.
I used to use it to make the occasional milkshake.
Although I hate to say it, because I really like the thing, I haven't used it in years. 🙁

Barry


Post# 1009294 , Reply# 23   10/1/2018 at 18:28 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

This is the blade mine has, the ice crusher blade. From what I can tell, the second one is the Fusion blade, but it doesn’t specifically say so on their site. I’ll have to give it a try, along with a glass jar as I’ve already managed to scuff up the plastic jar this one originally came with.

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Post# 1009320 , Reply# 24   10/1/2018 at 22:05 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
As with all other appliances

I have probably 150 or more blenders, I use them all the time, Right now on the counter is a GE from the 60s and a mid 50s 2 speed Osterizer, The one Turquoisedude had in the picture is a Montgomery Ward, I think Dormeyer made it, I have one, I have a Braun that is really good ,I have the first Waring , you turn the jar to switch it on, the best way to make cole slaw is with the blender, I use it making meatloaf,to chop the onions , make the bread crumbs etc..

Post# 1009388 , Reply# 25   10/2/2018 at 18:20 by Ultralux88 (Denver)        

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I've got Grandma's avocado and chrome Osterizer, the Oster mixer, blender food processor thing, and a Nutone food center that I don't have installed. Generally I just use Grandma's, usually just for making tasty things to drink. If I ever get into the habit of cooking more, I'm certain I'll find even more uses... Cooking to me means, what can I make that will involve the most different appliances and gadgets in the kitchen. It can get to be a bit much...

Post# 1009391 , Reply# 26   10/2/2018 at 18:54 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I accumulated a few of the Oster small food processor units that can be used on the blender (or Kitchen Center) base.   They do a decent job, and give me an excuse to pull out an attractive vintage appliance.

 

I gave away a few Osterizers when we moved, and included the mini food processors with them. 


Post# 1009396 , Reply# 27   10/2/2018 at 19:39 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I have a chrome beehive Osterizer that hasnt been used in ages. I have no use for a blender now, cant bother. Want something simple in my old age.

Post# 1009444 , Reply# 28   10/3/2018 at 05:03 by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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This is quite an impressive list, thanks and keep them coming.
I`ve recently seen a beautiful modern three speed beehive chrome Oster in a showcase in Spain, very reasonably priced, was tempted but had no space in my suitcase and it would have been too heavy anyways. Then I thought would I ever use it ? What would I throw out to make room in the kitchen for it ?

I remember when I was a kid, must have been sometime in the late 1970s, there was a sales-demonstration for a push button Osterizer on the place in front of a supermarket. This was the one and only time I`ve seen an Osterizer offered in Germany. Anyways, The guy made among a hundreds of other things which I don`t remember anymore a delicious wine mousse. He even threw in a few eggshells to demonstrate how finely they`d get pulverized saying calcium was good for our health. Back then it obviously wasn`t considered a problem at all to hand out a sample of an alcohol containing dessert to a child. Even had a refill :-)
Another thing I still remember is when he demonstrated how to rinse and slice cabbage for Krautsalat (the German way of coleslaw) in one simple step.
Even as an 8 or 9 year old I was thinking how can he do this to the vitamins. But it was impressive what else you can do with a good blender when you add water and then drain everything in a colander.


Post# 1009456 , Reply# 29   10/3/2018 at 08:43 by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
I use mine............


for pureeing soups, for salad dressings, the (very) random smoothie, and my monthly/weekly milkshake-frappe-cabinet (milk/flavoring/ice cream).


Currently have two Oster, and one Waring. No stick/immersion blenders at the moment. Want an immersion blender very much. Immersion blenders are great for soups...just stick the business end into the soup pot, and let it rip!


Lawrence/Maytagbear


Post# 1009491 , Reply# 30   10/3/2018 at 13:30 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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One bit of advice about immersion blenders:  get one with the immersion section made of metal.  I have a Moulinex immersion blender that's entirely white plastic.  One episode with a bit of curry in the mixture and the stick was stained yellow for eternity.


Post# 1009503 , Reply# 31   10/3/2018 at 15:29 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I, too, would like an immersion blender--and for the reason Lawrence cited: pureeing soups. Indeed, about the only thing I regularly used a blender for in recent history was pureeing soup. One reason an immersion blender tempts me--I'm thinking the cleanup will be faster and easier than my regular blender.

 

Unfortunately, though, no immersion blenders have come along. They appear at Goodwill every so often, but cost more than I want to spend. When sales come around, I've never found one that is a good deal--maybe they sell out quickly once a 1/2 price clearance sale cycle begins.

 

As for getting all metal to avoid staining, that's probably a good idea. I also don't really like the idea of putting plastic into a hot pot of soup. That said, given how cheap I am, I'd tolerate plastic if it meant I could get an immersion blender for next to nothing.


Post# 1009511 , Reply# 32   10/3/2018 at 17:18 by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

I use the Ninja or the BD to make the lemon pie that uses the whole lemon. I also use them to make Banana Choc smoothie using Yahoo soda and frozen nanners.


Post# 1009657 , Reply# 33   10/4/2018 at 20:26 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
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Once used do not like long lay ups without use.

Since they cannot be immersed in water residue from whatever being mixed can and often gunks up inner works so thing won't turn.

Have a nice NOS Baring unit got off eBay years ago now. Used it a few times then put it away. Got it out a few months ago and the thing wouldn't turn on. A quick internet search revealed reason why and how to correct.


Post# 1009683 , Reply# 34   10/4/2018 at 23:20 by superocd (PNW)        

A while back I bought an immersion blender to make milkshakes, coffee shakes and smoothies without dirtying up my Oster blender. I was crestfallen when I discovered that it made more noise (and mess) than action.

I'd like to get my hands on one of those DQ Blizzard machines. I remember when our town DQ burned to the ground when I was about six or seven. I was so devastated that after the demolition crew cleaned up the debris, I stood on the cement slab of where it formerly stood and cried.

Since the nearest DQ was almost 50 miles away we'd buy some vanilla ice cream and some toppings (Oreos and Butterfingers) at the local Hy-Vee in order to get my Blizzard fix. I would take a sturdy serving spoon and imitate the beating action of the Blizzard machine (including the sound, lol). I was able to get it to the right consistency and was even able to flip the glass over. I said that I was going to grow up and open a brand new Dairy Queen, lol.

Whenever I did get to go to the Dairy Queen, which was 50 miles away, I kept my Blizzard cup and spoon as a memento.


Post# 1009795 , Reply# 35   10/5/2018 at 19:34 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
In honour of this thread

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Got out Bamix blender. What did one do?

Made up a few batches of laundry starch.

See what I did there?


Post# 1009809 , Reply# 36   10/5/2018 at 21:57 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        
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Sometimes when I get my ice cream at Dairy Queen, I beat the ice cream with the spoon until it's a smooth consistency. I like the sundae to be very soft.

One DQ here has those commercial Vitamix blenders, with the Orange Julius brand on them. I seen them behind the counter. But the Blizzard machine is not visible at that one, it is at the one near my house. But I don't think they have orange julius.

I tried to make an orange milk shake with vanilla ice cream and orange juice in my K-A blender, but it didn't have the right taste to it. Maybe more orange juice would help. Wasn't too bad though.


Post# 1010104 , Reply# 37   10/8/2018 at 11:52 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

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Immersion blenders can be washed... I toss my KA hend blender in the dishwasher all the time. (Not the motor, obviously)


Post# 1010143 , Reply# 38   10/8/2018 at 20:00 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Stick/Immerson blenders vary

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But mine (Bamix) like many others have no way to remove the "stick" from motorized part, thus cannot be immersed in water nor placed in dishwasher.

The attachments (various blades)are so small one doesn't dare put them in DW either.

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Post# 1010182 , Reply# 39   10/9/2018 at 04:47 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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I've always put my Bamix attachments in the cutlery basket or on the cutlery tray of my dishwasher. No problem at all.

Post# 1010188 , Reply# 40   10/9/2018 at 07:40 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
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Am not doubting what some do with their immersion blenders in regards to automatic dishwashers.

My current dishwasher is a vintage GE Mobile Maid that will blast anything not firmly anchored to kingdom come. It has just the one silverware basket and even then small items are impossible. They will simply be shot clear by force of water.

Suppose could nestle the small bits from a Bamix blender between stems of cutlery to possibly keep from being throw clear; but the thing is rather small and easily hand washed, so that is that. Why court disaster?


Post# 1010192 , Reply# 41   10/9/2018 at 08:09 by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Yes, not like it is a nightmare to clean it. For intense cleaning you could always put it in a cup with hot water and a denture tablet. Not assuming though you have those at hand, but they come in handy for many things like cleaning a teapot.

Post# 1010194 , Reply# 42   10/9/2018 at 08:50 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Thing is

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With the Bamix am already going to wash stem part anyway since it cannot go in dishwasher. It takes but a few more moments to wash blades/attachments and be done.



Post# 1010200 , Reply# 43   10/9/2018 at 10:40 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I thought that all you had to do to clean an immersion blender was to put it down in a container of water and detergent and turn it on then repeat for rinsing.

 

Fan of fans, Try using Tang and vanilla ice cream with a little ice water and you can get an intense orange flavor.


Post# 1010205 , Reply# 44   10/9/2018 at 11:49 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

Note to add to my personal files:

Never buy a Bamix hand Blender.

This design is simply stupid nowadays.

What makes the Bamix so special?


Post# 1010209 , Reply# 45   10/9/2018 at 13:34 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I can't say what the newer ones are like but I do also own a vintage Bamix and I have successfully used it for typical blending/pureeing/mixing tasks as well as whipping egg whites, mincing garlic or onions, chopping cooked meats, mixing cake batters, and mincing small quantities of raw meat.  In fact, my old Bamix was THE only food prep appliance I had in the kitchen of the apartment where Hubby and I lived from 1994 until 2001.  It's a remarkable machine! 

Full disclosure: I also owned a Braun hand blender back in the 80s but I found the Bamix outperformed it!


Post# 1010219 , Reply# 46   10/9/2018 at 16:54 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Bamix is to immersion/stick blenders what La Coupe/Cuisinart is to food processors. They were the first and had the added cachet of being European (Swiss).

Like food processors you can find immersion blenders by many different brands/companies today.

Thinking about it rise of the immersion blender may have helped kill off sales of larger blenders, and or even food processors.

It will largely depend upon what one does in the kitchen, however many feel they don't need both a large blender and immersion. Stick blenders have the advantage of allowing one to say puree foods right in a pot/pan or other container directly. So if you want to puree something for baby it could be done right in a bowl. This instead of putting into a blender then having to get it all out again.

As with food processors sales of immersion blenders took off when nearly every television cooking show featured someone using them. Then of course Madame *had* to have one to be Queen of the Cul-de-Sac.


Post# 1010227 , Reply# 47   10/9/2018 at 20:12 by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

Hey Thomas,

They are still Swiss made and generally last a lifetime. I have my grandmothers that was bought new in 1978 and last year I had it serviced and they replaced the shaft that contains the bearings and seals plus the capacitor for the total amount of $45. I have a newer more powerful Swissline model that I use in a 5 gal stock pot and it runs for 5-10 mins without issue. My newer one runs at 18,000rpm, the 1970's model is 10,000rpm. You cant run something that fast and have fully sealed bearings that are dishwasher safe. I've always assumed that the Dishwasher safe models have a much slower Rotational speed.

They dont go in the dishwasher, but if you have some soapy water in the sink from washing up, you just plug it in and run it in the sink. Shake it dry and put it away. It doesnt need intensive washing. I wash the shaft and the head that way and then put the blade in the dishwasher.

Every 6 months, you unscrew the bottom cover, lift the shaft seal up and put 1 drop of sewing machine oil in the shaft and then screw the base back on.

There's no plastic to crack or discolor and that seems to be what makes the big difference.

Cheers

Nathan


Post# 1010252 , Reply# 48   10/9/2018 at 22:50 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
This is mine

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Exact same right down to the box.

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Post# 1016261 , Reply# 49   11/29/2018 at 21:13 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Right now a Redbridge Sourghum Beer Milkshake, among others, just using beer, vanilla ice cream, and an egg...



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Post# 1016342 , Reply# 50   11/30/2018 at 16:37 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
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Back in the 70's Mother bought her first Bamix at some kind of food demo party where she had gone with a relative they both bought a blender but ours was a 2 speed model in brown and the other a single speed in grey ditto to yours. It lasted many years and only went in the bin when it burst into flames and melted the switch it had blended many a jug of gravy and soup and the herb chopper was used but not that often as you could only wipe it out not wash so no garlic etc.
The single speed machine was never taken out of its box and so came to replace the one that burnt out at our house its now residing in my Son's kitchen as I have a Braun multi thing that the stick part is separate thus able to go in the DW and although its plastic and not stainless steel like the bamix it works very well even in hot boiling liquid.

Austin


Post# 1016347 , Reply# 51   11/30/2018 at 19:29 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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"Fan of fans, Try using Tang and vanilla ice cream with a little ice water and you can get an intense orange flavor." Tomturbomatic

Thanks for the info, I'll have to give that a try.


Post# 1016375 , Reply# 52   12/1/2018 at 00:16 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I use my blender as a place holder in the cupboard!


Post# 1016382 , Reply# 53   12/1/2018 at 00:59 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

New blender in my collection---Blendtec "Stealth" to go with my Vita-Mix "Quiet One"-LOVE these machines---gone is the chainsaw roar of usual blenders in the kitchen!You can talk to another person or on the phone while they are blending-even at max speed!

Post# 1016416 , Reply# 54   12/1/2018 at 07:29 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Mostly used to puree. I have the same Waring pictured.

 


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Post# 1019748 , Reply# 55   1/1/2019 at 17:47 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        
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That E310 ended up going on sale for Black Friday for $199 or so and got it for Christmas....So far I love it! The Osterizer served me well the 4 months I used it but the greens were starting to overload it a little and I was starting to get uncomfortable with that. So far the Vitamix has showed no weakness. Even used it in making my potato pancake recipe for Christmas.
The only thing I really don’t like is the noise - wish the shrouded models weren’t so expensive, but it doesn’t need to run long to do its job.


Post# 1019768 , Reply# 56   1/1/2019 at 20:45 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I made the sauce for Camarones Culichi in my vintage Osterizer (LK Badged) with the "Fusion" blade and it made short work of liquifying the (five) skinned large poblano chiles, coarse chopped onion, and the milk/media crema/bullion powder mixture.   I really do think the "Fusion" blade turns an Osterizer into a poor man's Blendtec.  But yeah, it can't make ice cream like a Vita-Mix.


Post# 1019829 , Reply# 57   1/2/2019 at 15:54 by washerboy (Little Rock Arkansas)        
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I had a Waring beehive blender...it was a birthday present a few years back. It was cheap junk...leaked and made a mess every time I used it...about 6 months ago I tried to use it and ended up putting the damn thing in the dumpster. That was one appliance I didn't feel least bit sad to say goodbye to. My plan was to buy a KA, but to be honest...I haven't come across the need to have/use a blender.

Post# 1019832 , Reply# 58   1/2/2019 at 16:27 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Unless you're a serious blendophile, I don't see any need for a fancy machine.  Most people don't use their blenders on a daily basis.  For me the Osterizer system is the best one out there for convenience and versatility.  The blade assembly will fit any standard mason jar and the assembly itself is easily cleaned since it can be removed from the carafe.  The selection of blade options is another plus.  I use the ice crusher blade as my standard, and the fusion blade for smoothies and other liquefying tasks.

 

This design hasn't changed for over 50 years.  A carafe bought new today will fit on an Osterizer from five decades ago.  The same can't be said for most, if any other make of blender.

 

I do have a vintage Waring "rocket ship" single speed/toggle switch blender on my bar.  The Waring was designed as a bar blender, and the earlier flat-edged blade types (four blades, not the really old ones with only two) are better at crushing ice than the pointed tip blade design that came later.


Post# 1019843 , Reply# 59   1/2/2019 at 17:06 by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        
Brazilian passion fruit mousse

I've made it for new years eve but I'm sorry, I forgot to take pictures and now it's too late.

It's delicious, refreshing and extremely easy to make.

Ingredients:
2 cans of Nestlé sweetened condensed milk
2 cans of Nestlé table cream (the can that is the same size as the condensed milk) It works ONLY with that brand (easily found in supermarkets and even dollar stores, usually sold as "Media Crema").
1 bottle of Maguary Passion fruit concentrated juice. (This is a little bit harder to find, but you can find in Brazilian stores).

Blend everything for 5 minutes, pour the mixture in a nice serving bowl or individual cups. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Enjoy!

Obs. If you find fresh passion fruit, you can decorate with some of the pulp. (seeds)

The taste is awesome and even with all that sweetened condensed milk it's not heavily sweet as the sour from the passion fruit balances the taste.


Post# 1019857 , Reply# 60   1/2/2019 at 19:16 by soapgirl (Northeastern Ohio)        

I use my blender for everything from drinks to experimenting with vegan cooking. I have a Vitamix 5000 bought at an estate sale. Upgraded with the smaller container so it fits under the cabinets. It replaced a Vitamix 3600 bought at the scratch and dent sale they used to have at the factory in North Olmstead, OH. Since we were the only ones there on a snowy December evening the salesman let us look through all the cartons and pick out our base and container. Got a perfect blender at a bargain price. Also have a decades old Bamix stick blender bought at a Home and Garden Show demonstration. I burnt out a couple of stick blenders before the Bamix. I do so love my kitchen toys.

Post# 1026574 , Reply# 61   3/8/2019 at 10:50 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Recently bought a Whole Bean coffee, because I forgot to read the label to make sure it was Ground...

My mom's grinder was too far away to get, and the cord for it got too tired from being wrapped around the unit, so in short, here's my blender used for grinding coffee, although hard to clean out, and I may have done this feat with it before:

(Of "coarse" you should only do small batches at a time, and I probably didn't!)



-- Dave


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