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It's not a law firm, it's a blender

The Salton Harley Pasternak Power Blender provides a reasonably priced alternative to Vitamix and Blendtec. Whereas models from those companies tend to cost $400 to $500, this Salton model promises powerful blending for $250.

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Make some noise

With 1,500 watts and a 2-liter jar, the Salton blender slices through ingredients with its eight stainless blades.

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Plenty of power

The engine features full metal gears.

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Ready, set

The controls are simple and the dial responsive when changing the speeds.

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Blend!

Flip the machine on and get to blending.

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Ice test

The Salton blender pulverized most of 2 cups of ice within seconds.

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Pancake batter

It left some pancake batter residue along the edges and under the blades.

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Whipped cream

We made whipped cream, and it held its shape and passed the flip test.

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Pesto ingredients

Our first stress test, pesto, involves spinach, parmesan, walnuts and a few other odds and ends.

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Pesto

The Salton blender produced a creamy result.

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Almond flour

We also tasked it with turning whole almonds into almond flour and then almond butter.

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Stirred up

I needed to help it obtain almond butter by stirring occasionally.

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Almond butter

But eventually, the Salton blender succeeded.

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Finger on the pulse

By completing all of our stress tests, the midrange Salton Harley Pasternak Power Blender proved it can keep up with high-end competition.

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