- Food and Cooking
A CORDLESS HAND BLENDER - A WONDERFUL GIFT!
My Favorite Small Appliance
Why I Love My Cordless Hand Blender
Our Holistic M.D. told me to stop eating SUGAR, ALL GRAIN and ALL DAIRY. What? That sounded impossible, but I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, so decided to do it. THIS is where preparing many of the foods that I now eat came in, and why I love my cordless blender.
If you read the labels of most prepared condiments and salad dressings, you'll discover they nearly all contain an abundance of sugar, or worse, High Fructose Corn Syrup. They are also loaded with salt, chemicals, toxic colors, soy (which I also can't eat because I've had breast cancer), gluten and even dairy. But don't despair - there are yummy alternatives.
This is where a food processor and a hand blender are a must. I chose a cordless because I'm a klutz and tend to spill and turn over anything in my path when dealing with a cord. There are many wonderful cordless hand blenders out there, but I'm on a limited budget, so chose a Cuisinart brand because I have a Cuisinart food processor that is nearly thirty years old and still works great.
Mine came with a clear plastic container that holds two cups and is perfect for making one breakfast smoothie. I also use it for making my own salad dressings, which save me money and are much healthier.
When your cordless blender arrives you must charge the batter pack for twenty-four hours. This is good to know if you decide to buy one while on vacation or visiting relatives. Also leave the power unit plugged into the wall socket when you aren't using it, to insure it will always be powered up when you need it.
I ordered one for my elderly father, my single son and my grandson who is living in a college dorm. None of them eat right and they tell me the blender smoothies are quite helpful, tasty and easy to make.
The Cuisinart hand blender is amazingly powerful. I've put a banana, strawberries, yogurt and ice cubes into the container and made a smoothie in about twenty seconds! The battery stays charged for a very long time, much longer than I expected it would.
When I'm ready for clean-up I simply put a drop or two of dishwashing liquid into the container and ‘blend' it - for a few seconds. This cleans the blender and the container in seconds as well.
One of our favorite salad dressings is:
2/3 cup of olive or other healthy oil
1/3 Cup of Organic apple cider vinegar.
1 Clove of garlic (a bud. Not the whole bulb!)
1 small bunch of fresh parsley or a teaspoon of dried.
4 Fresh basil leaves or a ½ teaspoon of dried
1 Teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into the blender container and blend until smooth - about ten seconds.
If you like a creamier dressing - add 1/2 Ripe Avocado!
Experiment with this recipe and try adding fresh basil, onion, mustard powder or maple syrup.
1/2 a ripe banana (or several frozen banana slices - a good way to save over-ripe bananas)
1/2 cup Coconut (or any nut milk)
1/2 Cup orange or pineapple juice
1 Handful Baby spinach (or Kale)
1/4 Ripe Avocado
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
I've found that replacing dairy milk with coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, walnut milk or even pistachio milk works great in most recipes.
Coconut butter or oil is much healthier than butter and makes an excellent substitute.