Between my bout of the flu, pinched nerve, and burnt finger, I found myself looking for a way to cheer myself up. What better way to give your spirits a boost than a little retail therapy? And bless the internet – online shopping (and free delivery) means you don’t even have to leave the house to brighten your mood. A great bonus when you are coughing, sneezing, feverish, and generally feeling like garbage.
Seeing as I hadn’t done any Boxing Day shopping after Christmas, I figured I’d get the most retail therapy for my buck and make a fairly large purchase…
Oh yes I did. I purchased the high powered blender of my dreams! Presenting…my new Blendtec Designer Series Blender!
Yes, I am living on a student budget. And yes, this was still pricey even with the wicked sale price. But I had Christmas money, and why not put it towards something I really want, rather than buying stuff I don’t need?
I know what you are wondering – why did she go with the Blendtec over blogger blender darling Vitamix? Ultimately, I feel they are virtually comparable in their blending ability, but the Blendtec is way sexier (seriously – digital controls, sleeker design. Vitamix could use a makeover). Plus it’s smaller in height, and counter space is at a premium in my kitchen, so I need a machine that can be stored put together.
Speaking of the digital display – check it out!
It comes with both pre-programmed blender settings as well as a sliding control so you can ramp it up or down as you see fit. I also love how the whole panel goes black when the machine is turned off. Like I said, sexy.
It comes with the one blender jar, and this great manual/recipe book. I have already picked out at least half a dozen I want to try – things like making my own vegan mayonnaise, vegetable bouillon powder, homemade V8 juice, and more. Even if they are recipes I could make in say, my food processor, I still hadn’t even thought of them being possible before now.
And yes, I have tested it out with an inaugural smoothie – Red Velvet Smoothie from Vega. I can’t seem to find the recipe on their website, but I have shared it via Facebook (have you liked my Facebook page yet? What are you waiting for?!)
Basically, it involved beets, raspberries, cocoa powder, water, and chocolate protein powder. Check it out mid-blend.
I used the smoothie pre-programmed cycle, and it produced a great smoothie product.
I love the deep red colour – very reminiscent of those red velvet cupcakes I made not too long ago. It didn’t quite taste like a cupcake, but it was good. Earthy, not too sweet, but enough chocolate flavour. I did add a few extra raspberries to mine, just because I really like raspberries.
So far, I’m pleased with my purchase. I need to start trying out some of the non-smoothie recipes just to see how versatile this machine is, and to decide if I really can get rid of any of my other kitchen appliances. I definitely think I’ll be getting some good use out of a few of my cookbooks as well now.
So stay tuned – I’m sure I will have plenty more to say once I get fully immersed into blending with the Blendtec!
PS – have you ever watched any of the “Will It Blend?” videos? I highly recommend it – you will be entertained.