On Monday this week I got one of the best surprises of my life. I arrived home from work to see a little piece of paper sticking out of my mailbox – a little piece of paper that told me I had a parcel waiting at the post office. I had, of course, been expecting this, but I had not entirely expected it to arrive one day early. The drive to the post office was full of excitement and anticipation, and the drive box home more so. Once I got back into my house I sat down with my package, my camera, and my iPad, and had to share this momentous occasion with Allysia over Skype. So, once we were both good and ready, we looked at what sat in front of us.
Even the sight of the box still fills me with happiness.
Popping the box open reveals the sweet treasure inside.
First up is the information package. A blender-based cookbook, warranty information, and a DVD!
The cookbook itself is in full color, coil-bound, and even hard cover! In a surprising moment of awesomeness, I opened the book to a random page and saw a recipe for cauliflower soup. Allysia and I had just talked about making cauliflower soup the previous day – it seemed like a sign.
Next up is probably the most exciting part: the blender bowl.
We opted to go for the slightly newer and slightly more expensive Wildside blender jar. This jar has a few advantages over the standard Fourside jar. It has a roomy 3 quart volume and a special shape involving a fifth side in the blender jar. This fifth side apparently shifts the blending vortex a bit so it mixes ingredients much more efficiently.
The blender lid followed the jar. Shiny and gorgeous.
Another exciting moment: the blender base. While the normal Blendtec blender is beautiful, we choose to upgrade to the Designer Series (for the same price as the regular blender!) You can’t get these delivered to Canada through the Blendtec website, but we ordered from Upaya Naturals and got it in only a few days!
The biggest reason we got the Designer Series, aside from the awesome red color, is the touch screen on the base. All of the controls are operated through this screen, and it just looks solid black when turned off. It looks cool, works well, and talk about easy to clean!
And now we have a little before and after photo. Definitely an upgrade. High-end blenders tend to get a bad rap for being massively huge and taking up too much counter space (especially a certain other brand of blender), but comparing the Blendtec to a cheap Walmart blender, the size different isn’t anything absurd.
Once the blender was powered up it became even more lovely. The six picture buttons correspond to preprogrammed blending cycles. From left to right they are for: mixing batters, crushing ice, making smoothies, creating ice creams, juicing produce, and blending/cooking soups. The large slider at the bottom of the faceplate allows you to select a blending speed manually and speed it up/slow it down at will. The bottom-right button, shaped like a heartbeat monitor, is the pulse button (clever!).
The blender itself is amazing. The blending cycles work really well – they speed up/slow down the blades automatically, allows the blender to chop through rough ingredients before speeding up to blend. One thing that I noticed is that this blender does not create as much heat a other high-speed blenders. The Designer Series has some improved venting which allows it to blend without heating the ingredients too much. Great news for smoothie lovers and raw foodists alike! Another interesting feature becomes apparent only when the blender is powered up. For the first few seconds a number will flash onto the screen. This number is the total number of times the blender has been used. We have owned ours for less than forty-eight hours now, and it has been used twelve times.
One of the first things I wanted to do with this blender was create a smooth and awesome blended soup using some of the random ingredients I had laying around.
Creamy Corn and Cauliflower Soup
yields 2 large servings
1 medium sized head of cauliflower (about 3 cups, roughly chopped)
2 medium sized potatoes (about 1 cup, roughly chopped)
2 ears of fresh corn
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground thyme (fresh would work better, but alas, I had none available)
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Boil a pot of water large enough to hold the potato, cauliflower, and corn. Add the potato first, then the cauliflower, then the corn so everything cooks the appropriate amount of time.
2. Pan steam (or saute) the onions and garlic.
3. When the veggies are cooked, drain the water. Cut the kernels off of the corn cobs and place all the ingredients in a blender jar. Use only 3 cups of veggie broth to start, adding more until the desired consistency is reached. Blend until smooth.
Alternatively, you could save some of the cooked veggie and stir them into the soup after blending for a slightly chunkier soup.
A little side note: in keeping with our super healthy eating plan I opted to boil and steam the veggies for this soup. I can only assume that roasting the corn, potato, and cauliflower would make the soup even more incredible.
Apparently being able to blend corn completely perfectly is a rare thing indeed. The Blendtec did it with ease. The soup was smooth after about thirty seconds of blending. After struggling with a super cheap blender for so long, it is so nice to have access to perfectly smooth soups and smoothies. I’m a big fan of green smoothies in the morning, and this blender destroys kale leaves like nobody’s business. I love our blender like a newborn child. Peace out.