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What Can You Use Your Blender For?

by Andrew Chase and Nicole Young

What Can You Use Your Blender For?

Do you have a blender hidden away in your cupboard? According to the authors of  The Blender Bible, Andrew Chase & Nicole Young, blenders are an indispensable and extremely convenient kitchen tool. From grinding spices to puréeing soups to mixing beverages to making batter, blenders help keep your cooking on a smooth track. So find your blender a place on the kitchen counter!

Blenders are extremely useful in basic food preparation such as:

Making bread crumbs: Break stale and dry bread into small pieces by hand.

Pulse in 1-cup (250 mL) batches to desired consistency. (You can make cookie and cracker crumbs the same way.)

Grating hard cheese: Cube cheese in 12-inch (1 cm) pieces. Blend on high speed in 12-cup (125 mL) batches.

Grinding coffee: Grind coffee on high speed in 1-cup (250 mL) batches until desired consistency.

Grinding spices: Grind spices on high speed in 14-cup (50 mL) to 12-cup (125 mL) batches until desired consistency.

Whipping cream: Whip 1 cup (250 mL) cream on low speed until thick and smooth.

Chopping nuts: Pulse 12 cup (125 mL) to 1 cup (250 mL) nuts several times, scraping down sides with a spatula between each pulsing.

Making mushroom powder: Break up 1 oz (30 g) dried mushrooms into small pieces by hand. Pulse on high speed to a fine powder. Use as a seasoning in sauces to give a rich mushroom flavor.

Preparing dried tomato paste: Pour 3 4⁄ cup (175 mL) boiling water over 1 oz (30 g) dried (oven-dried or sun-dried) tomatoes. Let stand until soft, about 20 minutes. Purée on high speed until smooth, then strain through fine sieve. Use this sweet and intensely flavored purée in place of tomato paste.