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4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make In A Blender!

I had such fun experimenting in my laboratory/kitchen yesterday! I spent the morning getting to know my new blender, the Designer Series from Blendtec, and making some stuff I’d never “made” before at home. Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who doesn’t know this stuff….but I really didn’t know you could make powdered sugar in the blender! :-) I’d heard you could make mayonnaise in the blender, but had never tried it before. Same with whipped cream and bread crumbs. Well, it was high time I tried!

Let’s start with the bread crumbs…..

The exciting thing about learning about making my own Bread Crumbs was the revelation that I could make them gluten-free and start making my Parmesan Chicken again! Which I did last night! Happy day!

Another revelation? Just how easy it is!  Toast 4 pieces of GF bread, cut them into quarters and blend them up!  Since that was basically a no-brainer…I decided to “challenge” myself and make my own seasoned Bread Crumbs. Not much of a challenge actually.

BREAD CRUMBS

Just add:

  • 4 slices toasted bread (I used gluten-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Dump all the seasonings on top of the quartered toast pieces and BLEND!  Done.

After the seasonings were mixed with the still slightly warm toast…the smell was HEAVENLY!  And the TASTE was even MORE heavenly on the Parmesan Chicken that I made for dinner.  I didn’t take any pictures, but this dish is one of my family’s all-time FAVORITE dinners. (Click here for recipe.)

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Feeling pretty confident with my blender skills…I decided to tackle Whipped Cream. Of course I’ve made whipped cream in a bowl with a hand mixer LOADS of times…but in a blender???? What kind of crazy talk is that??

The ingredients list was a bit intimidating….cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. :-)  But I did hit a snag because, believe it or not, I didn’t HAVE any powdered sugar in the house. (Dontcha hate when that happens?) Since I was still in my jammies (yes, I admit it, I do blog posts in my jammies sometimes. It’s wonderful!), I had no desire to run to the store.

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Thankfully my new BlendTec actually came with a “recipe” for Powdered Sugar! Once again…the list of ingredients was a little overwhelming….granulated sugar. :-)  THAT, I DID have!

POWDERED SUGAR

Directions:

Pour 1 cup of granulated sugar in the blender and….BLEND.  haha. I couldn’t believe it! In the blink of an eye I had a heaping bowlful of fluffy, white powdered sugar.

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NOW I was ready to tackle Whipped Cream.

WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add ingredients to blender and….BLEND!  Are you beginning to sense a theme here? :-)  Add & blend.  Too easy.

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MAYONNAISE

My final foray into blender experiments for the day was a wee bit more challenging than the first three, but not much.  I have wanted to try making my own mayonnaise for a long time. I actually printed out a recipe for it several months ago….and it’s been floating around my kitchen ever since. Never quite got to it….until today!

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This is one of those recipes that actually really NEEDS to be done in a blender (although I suppose you could also use a food processor)…and it comes out BEAUTIFULLY!

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7/8 cups vegetable or canola oil (divided)  (weird measurement, I know. I just filled my measuring cup to just below the 1 cup mark)

Add first 4 ingredients and 3 tablespoons of the oil and….BLEND for about 10 seconds. Blend again, this time streaming in 1/2 of the oil. Stop the blender, then repeat with other half of the oil. Done. PERFECTLY seasoned and creamy mayo!

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All of these recipes were made with the Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender. While I’m sure I probably could have made the same things in my old Cuisinart blender…the performance of the Blendtec was truly amazing! I’ve never seen anything quite like it. EVERY blender I’ve ever used before you have to coax it along with a spoon or a spatula in order to get everything property incorporated. Not with this blender. Its’ motor is so strong it just powers through pretty much ANYTHING you put in it!

I honestly can’t WAIT to experiment some more with it!

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  • The easiest way to make mayonnaise these days is to use your stick blender. Just put ALL ingredients, including all of the oil, into a container and blend with your stick blender. For some reason, it always emulsifies perfectly.

  • The olive oil mayo dilemma:

    For a few years, I experimented with an old recipe I had for making mayonnaise in my food processor, but I wanted to make it with at least some extra virgin olive oil for flavor, so substituted some of the veggie oil. The recipe always came out tasting strange – bitter with a strong “off ” flavor. I could do it manually, but that’s much too much work and time involved (it’d be so much easier if we had three hands for pouring – slowly – a trickle of oil into the mayo, while whisk, whisk, whisk-ing, while holding the bowl stable). I was disappointed with my mayo efforts and finally shelved the project as probably not worth pursuing.

    Then a while back I ran across a bit of info that had never occurred to me: rapidly mixing olive oil in a blender or food processor warms the oil in the process and breaks down the oil droplets into smaller ones. Extra virgin olive oil has phenols in it which give it its distinctive taste. When the droplets are too finely broken up, too much phenol is released, making the suspension (that’s what mayo is) taste bitter. Sooo… make your mayo in a blender or processor with a good quality vegetable oil then, when it’s done, beat in a bit of extra virgin olive oil by hand as a seasoning – it’s delicious!

    By the way, adding garlic works pretty much the same way – best to add finely smushed garlic at the end of the process to avoid it becoming bitter.

    And I’ll use my blender, as you suggest. Thinking about it, it seems like a better idea than a food processor because the shape of the blender bowl keeps moving liquids down into the blades.

    I love your ideas and upbeat approach. You’re the best! Thanks for this terrific post, Jillee. I’m back to – making mayonnaise! Yay!

  • I’ve been making batters in my blender recently. Much easier than messing around with a bunch of bowls and spatulas. So far I’ve made brownies, cake, popovers, and pancakes.

    Seriously, though, had no clue you could make powdered sugar in a blender. I guess it makes sense, though!

  • Hi! I’ve been following you on Pinterest since I opened my invite only account… whenever that was. I would like to blend fruit purees to make fruit leathers for my two beautiful girls for their school lunches!

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  • I love making things in my old blender, but, you are right when it does not pull everything in and mix adequately and I have to get a rubber spatula and scrape the mixture from the edges.I like making Malts,icings,cake batters ,pancake batter, drinks, even try to crush ice,now that is an almost non existent task,it keeps jamming up so out comes the hammer. :(
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    MAKE MILK SHAKES, SMOTTHIES (FOR GRANDSONS) ADULT DRINKS, SAUCES, MIXING THE INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR PIES. tHERE ARE SO MANY THAT IT WOULD BE IN USE ALL THE TIME

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  • […] BREAD CRUMBS – I started making these more as a CONVENIENCE than anything else. I got sick of having to run to the store to get some if I wanted to make my Parmesan Chicken. Then one day it hit me, I ALWAYS (well, mostly) have BREAD in the house!  Why not just MAKE some! duh. […]

  • This blender looks amazing. The blender I currently have is the one I received as a wedding gift 34 years ago. It is definitely time to get a new one and I would love to have one of these! Your One Good Thing blog quickly became my favorite, and I can’t wait to read it each and every one. You have so many great tips and ideas, and sometimes I think “Why didn’t I think of that?” Thank you for inspiring all of us!

  • I would love love love to have such an amazing blender! There are so many things I would use it for, but my favorite treat would definitely be margaritas!! :)

  • I would LOOOOOVE to have such an amazing blender. I just moved out of my parents’ house for school in a different town. I am doing my best to manage a full time job, gotta pay my own bills now, and full time school! I have almost no type to eat properly. If I got the chance to win the blender I would make juices and smoothies all the time.

  • I make coconut milk and spaghetti sauce in my blender. I also try to make black bean fudge, but my blender is not powerful enough. I love to use my blender and the poor ol’ thing is starting to tell me enough is enough! Love all the great recipes and ideas on here.

  • I would make all that you showed here and then I would work my way through the recipies that come with the blender. I love your blog and read it every day — thank you for sharing with us.

  • I would love to make homemade peanut butter from my husband, and milkshakes for my son! I keep seeing this blender, and everytime I see it, I fall deeper and deeper in love!

  • I love to make smoothies! I do not have a blender at the moment because mine gave out on me….it was not good at making smoothies anyway. I have not purchased a new one because the good ones are expensive. I also like to make homemade dressings and salsas etc. and of course, the occassional skinny margarita. Jillee you are awesome!

  • My favorite thing to make is healthy smoothies for my family. My kids love them. I also purée vegetables and would like to make powder sugar. I would love a blendtec. Our blender broke and we have missed the smoothies.

  • I love following you on Pinterest. This blender looks like it can make my whole -grain waffle batter, morning smoothies, German Pancakes, salsas, soups, jams, and wholesome ice cream. I think becoming a winner of the the Blentec blender contest might be of the best things to happen to our family this entire year. Great contest!

  • I like to make smoothies in the blender, tho with a Blendtec I’d also be able to make that great one ingredient ice cream (using frozen bananas) as well! :)

  • Sorry, just realized that I repeated myself about liking blendtec on facebook. Oops! Other than the mayo, if I had this I would make my delicious strawberry sauce to go with my favorite cheesecake recipe. I’d also make some crockpot apple butter, which I like to put in the blender to smooth it out. Crossing my fingers that I’m the lucky winner!

  • Hi! Found this post via Pinterest, I’ve been following you on Pinterest for a while now and pin so many neat things from your blog. LOVE the blender and would probably faint if I actually won one! I am definitely going to give the mayo a try.

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  • I would use , the Blend Tec blender to make fruit and veggy smoothies, blend cooked veggies to thicken soup, chop herbs and spices, mix wet ingredients, and who knows what else… I’m always looking for new recipes and new ways to use my kitchen appliances.

  • I love making smoothies in my blender, but thank you for all the recipes! I’m definitely going to have to try them all! With holiday baking coming up, the powdered sugar recipe will come in handy, I’m sure!

  • Jillee, I have been so blessed by your website. Thank you. I signed up for your daily emails, follow you on facebook and instagram. Keep up the good work.

  • I’ve seen the awesome youtube videos about the Blendtec blender! I have to say that I would be able to get rid of my old blender & food processor with the Blendtec blender. I would make soups, sauces, salsas, baby food, smoothies, powder my own spices, mayo, powdered sugar (did not know!), etc, etc…

  • Oh the possibilities with this blender! My current blender has been passed down to me from my mom when she got a new Blendtec Blender! Whenever I visit her she is always using it as a food processor or to make ice cream and soups! I am always so impressed because mine pretty much stops at smoothies :( If i won I would use it to make some pumpkin soup now that its fall and I would love to try a making a holiday ice cream!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Nicole
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  • I use my blender for just about everything! Protein shakes, pasta sauce, hummus, homemade pumpkin purée, graham cracker crust, homemade stuffing…I love using a good strong blender!

  • My blender broke down, so I am blenderless :( My husband has dietary restrictions, so breakfasts can be hard for us. I dream of making a protein-rich smoothie…with a little chocolate thrown in, of course :) A blendtec would sure be nice for that….hint hint.

  • Hi, Jillee. My son loves to have fruit smoothies every morning! I would also love to make delicious pasta sauces and all the things that you mentioned above. I love following you on pinterest and facebook. You have amazing ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • We are trying to convert to clean eating and making a lot of stuff on our own, rather buying processed foods. This would make it so much easier to make our own sauces, breads, ect. A regular blender just doesn’t seem to cut it. Saw this on Pinterest.

  • I follow you on Pinterest! I love all that you post and share with us. Pinterest is soo addicting But It helped me out last night. I have the app on my phone and My son would not stop coughing at 3 in the morning so I looked it up and in a quick second I learned to put eucalyptus oil on his feet with some socks over the top . I didn’t have eucalyptus oil, what i did have was lemon oil , I used it and the coughing was stopped with in 20 minutes. AWESOME

  • Hi Jill! :) I love to make all natural smoothies in blenders but my blender broke down a while ago and I’ve been on the hunt for a really good blender ever since. I already follow you on Pinterest (thankfully :] ) and I like and followed both you and Blendtec on Facebook and Twitter and I tweeted Enter to win a @Blendtec Designer Series Blender hosted by @JillsGoodThings: https://onegoodthingbyjillee.com/?p=10097 on my twitter acct as well. :) I also subscribed to your e-mails. Thanks so much for giving everyone this wonderful opportunity to win such a fantastic blender!

  • I love all you ideas for using the blender! I have not had one to use in a while because my last one broke and I can’t afford a new one…I’d love to be able to make smoothies again and try some new things

  • I love your blog, there are so many great recipes and tips! I also follow you on Pinterest. I would use the blender to make morning green smoothies, milkshakes, margaritas, yummy sauces and many new creations!

  • Hi Jillee! I would love a Blendtec Blender to make smoothies and meal replacement shakes mainly. I recently got married & moved from my parents house, where I always used my mom’s Magic Bullet for my marinades. Now I don’t have a blender, or bullet, and my marinades aren’t the same anymore. I would love to try to make homemade powdered sugar, never knew you could do that! I love following your blog & your Pins!

  • I would use mine for smoothies (Weight watcher approved), and I also make my own tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes. Other uses – I would love to try out your homemade versions of soaps! I’m so afraid of doing it in my cheap Walmart blender. lol

    I’m following you on Pinterest. :)

  • I love blending smoothies, sauces, and soups. I really want the twister jar to blend nut butters and thicker stuff. I’m hoping to make soy milk one day soon as well!

  • I love NEED this :) Like everything else on my pinboards :) I would use it to create world peace… well not really but one dinner at a time we can have peace at my house!

  • THIS GREAT BLENDER WOULD BE GREAT TO MAKE SMOOTHIES ! bUT I REALLY WOULD LOVE IT FOR BREADCRUMBS AND FOR PUREEING BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP! I’VE USED MY “WEAK” BLENDER FOR THOSE TWO ITEMS IN THE LAST FEW DAYS AND REALIZED I NEED A BETTER ONE! tHANKS FOR ALL YOUR GREAT IDEAS ON PINTEREST!

  • I actually don’t have a blender! So this would be awesome to win! But when I lived with my mom, I used hers to make smoothies all the time! :) I need a blender!!

  • I already follow you on Pinterest because your ideas are so awesome! I would LOVE to win a blender! And I promise to use it every day!! My current blender is not-so-awesome. It worked well for a while (vitamix) but the canister leaks now… I’m sure blend tec would LOVE to out do their competition and get a new happy customer to share my great experience with everyone!

    I think that is it! I completed all the contest requirements :-)

  • I have been following your blog for a few weeks now and I receive the daily email! I LOVE the deoderant stain blog, I am doing it right now with the whites. AND I am going to try the ammonia/iron carpet cleaning trick too!

  • Hi there! I just “liked” your FB and Blend Tec’s FB!!! Oh how I love blending stuff! My favorite is to blend a daily smoothie (spinach, banana, frozen strawberries and blueberries with fresh squeezed OJ and some Chia seeds and flaxseed- my kid drinks it up super fast!)

  • Wow!! You have changed my life and cut down on my spending and store trips. I try to make anything instead of paying the high prices for the name brands. I have been making Mayo for a few years now. It works in one food processor but not the other. As for canning I do tomatoes in the machine so you do not have to take the skins off. The blender sounds like it would be so much easier. I hate the cleanup of the food processor. One machine instead of several. I also have a smoothie machine. Every time I make something I have to get a different machine out. Thanks Jill for your great website. I have been a subscriber for a while and love the emails.

  • I just signed up to receive your info via email. Would love to win the blender. I love to make a mock “Moo Latte”.
    I have been following you for a short time & I love so much of you stuff. I can not implement the things on your website fast enough. Love it! Saves time, money, & my patience. I have 5 kids & a loving, yet sometimes challenging husband. Every bit of help I can in reserving patience is much needed.
    Thanks again!

  • I think I’m gonna try my hand at the mayo and the powdered sugar, (what a money saver & it’s cornstarch-free).. I’m constantly making granola, smoothies, banana “ice cream”, and grinding down nuts for dessert breads or whatnot. I’m hoping to get a little bit more adventurous with my blending, and try out some soups and dressings. :D

  • We love fruit smoothies in our blender. Any time I have extra fruit I put it in a bag in the freezer . When we want a smoothie I just dump the bag of mixed fruit and some juice in the blender and we’re ready to go!

  • My boyfriend loves making smoothies in the morning. I’ve been making my own breadcrumbs for awhile now. It’s perfect for bread that is starting to go stale!

  • You know, I used my Grandma’s blender until someone broke the carafe. Then I had to get a new one — I ended up with a relatively inexpensive nice one, even though I’d had my eye on those “Magic Bullet” things. We NEED a great blender, a big one and not one of those makes-enough-for-one things. My husband is famous for his Chocolate Malts (we have 5 kids and all the extraneous high school kids that come with them, and they line up for the malts). I’ve made oatmeal flour in the past – these days I’m usually whizzing up some sort of Bisquick “impossible pie.” So all that said – this blender looks fabulous! Thank you so much for the giveaway, and always for the great daily posts!

  • Hi Jillee!
    A BlendTec blender would be so helpful to me as I endeavor to create as much as I can from “scratch” these days. In an effort to create as independent lifestyle as I can, I am making and “putting up” much of what we eat. We are also creating a healthier lifestyle and are enjoying smoothies, veggie drinks and the like. Anything that simplifies and creates more time to enjoy LIFE would certainly be a welcome addition to our home. (LOVE ALL THAT YOU!)

  • I love the Blendtec Blender. Had no idea they made a household version. Sooo cool, my favorite coffee house mixes the best blended coffee’s with these!! Hope I win!! Yeah!!

  • Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies and more smoothies!! The kids love them and it’s a great way to get extra goodness into them. Would love this blender and to try lots of new things in it!

  • I have been wanting a Blentec for YEARS to make my smoothies! Now that we are expecting our first kiddo though, I really want to get one before the baby gets here, for lots of good, homemade baby food (and smoothies for mom and dad)!

  • I use my blender every morning for my breakfast smoothie, it would be so nice not to smell burning rubber every time I use my cheapo blender! What a fantastic giveaway!

  • What a fabu giveaway! I love using the blender for pop-up pancakes and popovers, and smoothies for me and the kids. Getting a better one would be great! (or is that grate?)

  • I hate my old 1912 blender! It’s so bulky and looks ugly on my counter, would love this one! I had no idea you can make your own powdered sugar? I just spent 5.00 on a big bag! UGH Ready to make my own bread crumbs, and my Weight Watchers salad dressing.