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How to Choose the Right Blender for Smoothie Making

Monday, October 19th, 2015

 

Any blender will mix fruits and vegetables together to make a green smoothie. However, choosing the best blender will result in enjoying the best smoothies. Here are a few tips for making the right decision:

 

In general, the higher the power the motor the better the blender. Most blenders on the market today are between 500w and 800w but high street stores do sell ones up to 1,200w. The higher wattage blenders will be able to handle frozen fruit and ice much better and also manage thicker smoothie consistencies. It is recommended looking at one that has a minimum of 750watts if possible.

 

You should look for a wide and solid base for stability, when blenders are being worked hard they can vibrate quite a bit so you need a solid base.

 

Blenders come with either plastic or glass pitchers and there are advantages to each. Plastic are lighter and easier to handle but are prone to scratching (check too to make sure they are dishwasher safe). Glass pitchers are heavier to lift and pour from but are scratch resistant and very durable (unless you drop on the floor!). Generally, glass is better than plastic but as this is not being used for storage of food, the plastic is easier to handle. It’s really down to personal preference.

 

The size of the pitcher is something to think about too if you feel you will be doing more than one serving at a time. A bigger pitcher is better, though you might not need the larger size daily, if you have friends around or want to get your kids involved in making their own smoothies having the option of a larger pitcher is useful. Also look for a wide based pitcher as it is easier for the contents to blend and easier to clean.

 

The controls are also important. Smoothies can be messy (when doing them with kids at least!) so touch pads can be a lot easier to wipe off than buttons. Smoothie residue can tend to build up around buttons and switches so my preference is touch pads. Also consider whether you prefer the ability to vary the speeds or if you prefer pre-programmed options.

 

So when you are ready to upgrade to a Blendtec blender for this purpose, take a look at Blendtec Discount Coupons for more information.

 

Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

One of the most overlooked advantages of regularly using this handy kitchen aide is the fact that once your items are placed inside and its turned on, the rest of the work is taken completely out of your hands. What can be better than that?

If you haven’t had the chance to explore many of the easy crock pot recipes that can be made with a slow cooker, or if you’ve forgotten all about the convenience these appliances provide, hopefully this article helps inspire you to jump back on board the crock pot express.

Was that bit too much?

Well still, it’s important to point out not only how convenient these kitchen tools are, but also the quality of meal that can be prepared without you needing to slave over the stove for hours preparing a meal for your family.

Funny thing is, ever since my crock pot was accidentally broken and needed to be thrown out I never replaced it, so I forgot about how wonderfully easy they were to use.

Then a couple years pass and as the Healthy Meals of the Week section of the website started taking off, my father’s beef stew gets thrown onto the agenda and guess what, a slow cooker is needed.

After borrowing my parent’s crock pot in order to create the meal for the website, I realized how much I missed having one of these slow cookers at my disposal. How much easier can cooking a meal be than for the most part only having to put everything into the bowl and turn the machine on?

It is also very comforting knowing that by the time you get home a delicious meal will be ready needing very minimal effort on your part other than to serve portions for your family. That’s why most of the meals you will find are considered to be easy crock pot recipes.

Purchasing A Slow Cooker

When I went to our local Walmart, they had a number of slow cookers for sale ranging from $14-$40 depending on size and features offered.

Since I did not need a humongous slow cooker with all the bells and whistles, I opted for the popular “Crock Pot” name brand 4 quart size for only $18. This size will accommodate 4-6 people, has low and high settings, and is dishwasher safe.

This slow cooker also came with easy crock pot recipes in a 68-page cookbook with step-by-step directions and ingredient lists for quite a number of different meals. The categories listed in the table of contents are appetizers and side dishes, beef and pork meals, chicken and turkey meals, seafood, soups, stews and chowders, desserts, and even vegetarian meal ideas.

Briefly glancing through the cookbook I found my mouth-watering looking forward to trying a number of these easy crock pot recipes.

If you already have one of these valuable kitchen tools, take a moment to explore the many different meals you can create with relative ease. Even if you don’t have a slow cooker, use this as inspiration to go out and purchase one especially since most are around $20.