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The big Christmas prezzie that I got myself this year is a BlendTec Blender. It's a geek blender if such a thing is possible. Aside from the normal blend functions, it has presets for a bunch of different things, and goes through these nifty computer-controlled cycles. And it's square instead of round, which as it turns out is a nifty fluid-dynamics design that helps keep pockets from forming.

It comes with a cookbook. One of the sections is on making ice cream, and has lovely places for susbstitutions-- for instance, instead of cream, I used almond milk and whey powder, and instead of sugar I used Splenda. 30 seconds later, I have a quart of blueberry ice cream, low-fat and low-calorie, high protein, healthy, made with real blueberries.

And oh, it's good.

As I'm heading into a funky place with weight loss and food, it's turned out to be a really good investment. It gives me a lot more control over the content of things like soups, sauces, any kind of batters, cream sauces, and the like. I can do things like make my own hot sauce with fresh ingredients with no salts or preservatives or sugar.

I'm more impressed with it than I thought I would be. For all the comic relief of the Will It Blend videos, it turns out to be a really effective kitchen appliance.

Gotta give kudos to barda for making it possible, and for pointing me toward the nifty.

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loba
Jan. 1st, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
*drools* Bluuuuuuueberries!!!
Yaaay!! Blendy fun is great fun!! Since I've pretty much given up milk (ouchy on the stomach), I find that blended frozen fruits, poured into ice cube trays,are great fun when put in flavored spritzer water.... YUM!

I'll look fwd to see what sorts of neat stuff you come up with -- the blueberry stuff sounds GREAT!!

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