Kitchen Tools I

A few years ago, in what was easily the worst faux pas in the history of my marriage to The Mr, I was gifted a blender for Mother’s Day.  Cue the disappointment; it might as well have been a power drill (or a vacuum, I’m not anyone’s maid, so for the love of all that is holy do not buy me a vacuum!) I was less than enthusiastic about this “epic waste of money” (I hope you envisioned air quotes as you read that…..) and was resigning myself to a lifetime of failure and disappointment, while visions of whole food smoothies, soups and home-made avocado “ice cream” danced in The Mr’s head.  Long story short, we all know I’m a bit of a drama queen – especially when it comes to gifts.  Gifts should be heart-felt, thoughtfully chosen things/people/places/insert any noun that fill the recipient with an incredibly indescribable sense of joy, peace, or happiness.  If you love vacuuming, then by all means, a vacuum could be the ultimate gift.  I hate vacuuming; I hate all chores actually, but vacuuming is the worst because eventually the canister has to be emptied and that’s just gross.  Maybe it’s a home-made gift from a child that warms your heart in all the right places and makes your frozen-Olaf-heart melt into a puddle of non-potable water.  I never thought that a blender fit any of the above gifting criteria and honestly, if there had been a pre-nup, I would’ve had a clause about appropriate gifts, just to avoid this massive faux pas.  We were about to embark on a new journey, where a blender was the only kitchen tool we would need, and a liquid diet of whole food smoothies (who wants to chew their food anyway?), soups and “ice creams” would rule our lives.

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I will always be the first to admit I’m a spoiled brat.  I was wrong about the blender.  I love the blender, although it took some time to grow on me (I just wish it hadn’t been a gift.) I mean, I really, really love this blender.  Our marriage started off with a gifted blender from a wonderful couple whom we love and adore to this day, but that blender was weak.  That blender had no business calling itself a blender.  It couldn’t do anything I asked it to do.  We eventually broke up with it and started dating a newer, slightly higher-powered blender and learned to work with it; relationships with blenders are difficult.  You ask and they sometimes begrudgingly give you what you ask for.  Then this new blender came along, something that was more for The Mr than for me (I forgive him – please don’t take that seriously) and we demanded it accomplish small feats of nature; make me tortilla soup! Voila! Warmed soup. Make me a smoothie with all the frozen things! “Coming right up!” it seemed to say with a smile. We fell in love.  There is literally nothing we think this new member of our family can’t do – we’ve even watched YouTube videos of all the incredible things it can chew up and spit out (though I wouldn’t recommend ingesting the hockey puck.)  I’m a true believer in the power of a legit blender, and you will be too – once you’ve experienced it for yourself.  I can toss in whole oranges with pith, and you’d never know it!  This blender makes frozen fruits its’ beeyatch.  I use it to shred stringy ginger into ginger syrup for fresh ginger-ale.  Ice? Puh-lease.  Go get yourself a nice blender before one is gifted to you so you can skip the resentment phase and fall in love from the very beginning.  Trust me, it is worth living on rice and beans for a month so you can afford it (which is what we did when we bought our first dining room table as young newlyweds.)  

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Now that you have your fancy, magnanimous blender, put it to the test.  I love the whole juice button on my blender, although I don’t know where they get the juice part from.  It’s more like a finely pulped whole food (you could leave the seed and stems and everything if you wanted!) smoothie.  I’m a fan of adding greens to my whole food smoothies, but my sons despise it.  We’ve met on middle ground with this orange-carrot-ginger concoction that I experimented with. Here is the recipe:

Orange Carrot Ginger Whole Food Smoothie
Serves 2
A delicious whole food smoothie made from oranges, carrots, ginger, lemons and apples.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
11 min
198 calories
51 g
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3 g
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427 g
52 g
36 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 52mg
Total Carbohydrates 51g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 36g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 whole oranges, with peel removed
  2. 2 large carrots, ends removed
  3. 1 whole lemon, with peel removed
  4. 2 red apples, cored, with peel
  5. 1 inch chunk of peeled ginger
  1. Slice off the outermost peel of the oranges (I keep as much pith - the white part - as possible), slice in quarters and drop into blender jar.
  2. Slice off the outermost peel of the lemons (keeping as much pith as possible), slice into halves and add to the blender.
  3. Quarter and core the apple, leaving the peels on, and add to the blender.
  4. Remove the stalk from the carrots (or leave them if you prefer) and cut into 2 inch sections and add to the blender (I do not peel mine first.)
  5. Peel off the outer layer of bark on the ginger, add to blender and don't forget to put the lid on.
  6. Select the appropriate setting (whole juice on mine) and start blending.
  7. Pour over ice and serve immediately.
  1. I prefer to use as much of the whole fruits and vegetables as possible, because they contain an awesome amount of nutrients and minerals. My blender does a fantastic job of blending everything into an indiscernable smoothie, but if you don't like the consistency or taste of the smoothie, try playing around with how much peel you remove.
  2. I prefer mine over ice, as the intense power and length of the cycle creates some heat, even if your ingredients have been refrigerated.
Pretty, Polished, Perfect.
Remember that high-powered blender I got?  It was legit expensive, but worth every penny (in the end.)  It was as close to industrial as you can get without having to carry a special license.  I’ve heard many differing opinions, but BlendTec and Vitamix seem to be the forerunner for most favored in all the land.  I have siblings who have had both and each swears by them the way Toyota lovers curse Chevrolet and Honda fans roll their eyes and sigh in patience at Kias.  Throw Ninja mixers into the ring and I don’t know that any other blender brand counts.  I started off with an off-brand, went mid-range with a Cuisinart (I respect that brand, but as far as blender power goes……) my gifted BlendTec has been front and center – even replacing my food processor.  In a perfect world, I would have a tool for every variation of every need (and the space to store it); the immersion blenders are so convenient when making tomato sauce, food processors have slicing attachments that can’t really be beat, and a blender with the right amount of power (and crucial scientific design) can really do anything you want it to.  Don’t get me started on my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer. Here are three blenders I think are worth considering (take note of Cuisinart’s duel tool at a very reasonable price!), from most expensive to most affordable:

Professional 750 Blender-Wildside

Professional 750 Blender-Wildside


Mega Kitchen System

Mega Kitchen System


SmartPower Duet Blender/Food Processor

SmartPower Duet Blender/Food Processor


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If you are a BlendTec believer, leave me a comment with which model you have!

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  1. anna wing says:

    Such a fun read and I agree! Once you get a good blender, it will take you farther than anticipated!

  2. Will try this recipe, just wondering what is the final taste with the ginger inside.

    • It’s definitely got that ginger zing to it! A few strings, but beauty is pain, no? lol

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