Jump to content
  • Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. The Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the culinary arts. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create a free account.

Blenders for Smoothies


Darienne
 Share

Recommended Posts

My long-time Bullet gave up the ghost over the weekend and since we had a couple of free hours and were in the States...where the Walmarts are different from those in Canada...I went smoothie blender looking.

 

We found a suitable Hamilton Beach 'Go Sport' Blender and brought it home.  The specs looked good and the price was just fine.

 

HOWEVER...two major flaws in this blender which are worth noting.

 

1.  The blender bottle opening is quite narrow and I need a modified funnel to get my ingredients into it with ease.  Rats.  OK.  I can do this.

 

2.  And even worse.  This unit has NO protected blending blades.  That is, if you plug the unit in, put the cutting blades into the unit and turn the unit on and are being stupidly careless...as we have all been known to be...you can get your fingers cut to ribbons!!  (No, I did not do it.  Yet.)  Now, the directions do tell you THE safe way to use the blender...but they don't make any reference to the fact that you...OR MORE IMPORTANTLY, A CHILD...could massacre their fingers in this unit.  I was really surprised.  I can't recall the last electrical kitchen appliance which was so open to misuse and accident.  Almost all must have all the protective units in place before the blades will even work.   You'd have to do something truly unusual to hurt yourself using one.  (OK.  Go ahead.  Post all the exceptions to my statement.  :blush:)

 

I post this just in case. 

Darienne

 

learn, learn, learn...

 

Life in the Meadows and Rivers

Cheers & Chocolates

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That's if you put the jar onto the blades before you put on unto the machine.  But you CAN just put the blades onto the machine without the bottle and turn it on.  Obviously this would be an accident. 

 

But that's my point about CHILDREN.  You can't put the blades on a Bullet and turn it on...it won't work.  Most things with blades have safety built into them so that you can't do this obviously incorrect thing. 

Darienne

 

learn, learn, learn...

 

Life in the Meadows and Rivers

Cheers & Chocolates

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm glad you posted this, not that I'm planning on buying such, but I was sitting here wondering what I wanted to eat and read this and decided to have a smoothie. Frozen strawberries, a banana, some yogurt, a little protein powder, a little milk. Yum!

 

 I have a big Cuisinart countertop model that has a smoothie setting that I use quite regularly. Just hadn't been in a smoothie mood for a while, so again, I'm glad you brought it up.

  • Like 1

Don't ask. Eat it.

www.kayatthekeyboard.wordpress.com

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

 

HOWEVER...two major flaws in this blender which are worth noting.

 

1.  The blender bottle opening is quite narrow and I need a modified funnel to get my ingredients into it with ease.  Rats.  OK.  I can do this.

Try a preserving funnel, used for filling mason jars.

 

p

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The outlet on the Lee Valley catalog specifies that the funnel will fit into a bottle with an opening of 1".  My bottle opening is bigger than that.  What I did is to cut the long end of one of my kitchen funnels and I'll use that to get the shake protein powder into the bottle.  Thanks for the idea, palo.

Darienne

 

learn, learn, learn...

 

Life in the Meadows and Rivers

Cheers & Chocolates

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...