Did you read yesterdays blog post? I shared a recipe for smoothies and then rounded up 25 other ones to get you on track and ready for blending all year long! When it comes to blending smoothies there are a few good things to know. If you plan on doing it all the time it’s worth investing in a few good kitchen tools. The upside to this is you can use these kitchen tools for many things in your kitchen.
Kitchen tools are worth the investment even if it’s for your home kitchen. Especially these days when we are being more health conscious. Today I’m sharing my favorites that my family members, myself or when I was working have used. I’ve worked in several cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and have used many different kind of kitchen tools.
It’s best to figure out a budget of what you’d like to spend, take stock of the items you may already have. Even check with family if they have two of something. They might want to part with a few tools and lighten up their drawers.
Kitchen Tools: Smoothie 101 Zero To Hero Must Haves!
When it comes to selections there are lots out there. You want to purchase kitchen tools that will last you, get the job done when getting creative and cooking up things in your kitchen. Look at the reviews, look for the quality items you can afford (you can always upgrade down the road). Purchase an affordable sharp paring knife. There is nothing worse than using a dull knife that doesn’t work. You can always find them affordable or go up to the very high end. Pick items that clean easily, such as cutting boards you can wash and even put into the dishwasher.
When making smoothies it’s always good to have a hand juicer. This one comes with a free recipe book and is high quality stainless steel. These are handy for adding lemon or lime into your drinks. Think peach / lemonade, raspberry lime sherbet or any combination you can think up! You can refer to my smoothie post yesterday to help you with 25+ Smoothie recipes and I have also included a few free (*at the time of this writing) Kindle eBooks to help you get started in the right direction. Smoothie eBooks
Kitchen Tools: Blenders;
Of course the hero of blending is the blenders! These days it’s so easy to comparative online shopping for kitchen tools.
My top three picks are;
My daughter has a Ninja and loves it! She makes her own baby foods and smoothies with it. This one has 1100 Watts of Professional Performance Power. Total Crushing Technology crushes ice, whole fruits and vegetables in seconds! I’ve pinned a few recipes for her you can check them out over on Pinterest and follow along if you like. This board is called Recipes: Baby-Toddler. I also have lots of other related boards such as Bento, Fun Foods…
I’ve used BlendTec brand before they work extremely well and would be a great addition to any home kitchen. This is a Commercial-quality 1,560-watt counter-top blender with 3 HP direct-drive motor. The ones we used at our work had covers to keep the sound down. You can view all the options if you like.
This includes a few tools and Vitamix “Create” Recipes Book contains over 300 restaurant-quality recipes, including a section contributed by professional chefs. 1 x Vitamix Recipes Book from the CIA Master Chefs is a collection developed in the 41 teaching kitchens and bakeshops at the Culinary Institute of America. 1 x The Getting Started DVD, featuring Chef Michael Symon, walks you step-by-step through the techniques and recipes featured in the Getting Started guide.
Now if your looking for smaller space saving options the NutriBullet 900 is a great option. Of course there are More blender Options it’s just a matter of narrowing down what you’ll be using them for, how much power you’ll need and what you’d like to invest. Remember a good investment can last you many, many years. I know I’ve had my blender at least 15 years. It may almost be time to upgrade as I’m seriously blending more and more these days. I promise to share when I get mine!
Kitchen Tools Blender Care Tip;
Once you get your blender be sure to care for it by reading the manual and following recommendations. One tool I love for cleaning mine is the Good Grips Bottle Brush keeping your blades free from debris and getting all those hard to clean spaces clean. Happy Blending!
What type of blender do you have or want to get? What’s your favorite kitchen tool?