Blending outside the box
Turns out, high-powered blenders are more than just smoothie makers. Here are 12 extracurriculars you can task them with. Click through for lots of blender possibilities; no other appliances required.
Blenders can make it easy to fix a good guac. Save yourself the hassle of chopping the onions and tomatoes. The blender can do that for you.
I recommend starting off on a slow speed. It helps the blender catch all the ingredients and leaves you time to stop if you want a chunkier guac.
For a creamy mixture, let it blend.
Blenders are more graceful than I initially thought. With a little sugar and vanilla, most blenders successfully can aerate cream into a frothy whip capable of holding a shape.
Take advantage of that whipping power by mixing cream, chocolate, sugar, vanilla and butter together for a delicious cake topper.
You can even whip eggs and oil into something you'd be happy to spread on your sandwich.
In addition to smoothies, blenders can help make a sweeter breakfast by mixing your pancake batter.
Turn up the speed, and high-powered blenders can really impress. Many were able to turn whole almonds into powdery flour in no time.
Keep the blades to that nut flour -- the best blenders will break it all the way down into an almond butter.
If you don't have a burr grinder but want a quick way to pulverize whole beans for a fresh brew, your blender can come through for you.
Pour these into a filter and start the brew.
Blenders can do the same with whole peppercorns.
Some blenders include unique attachments. The Oster Versa actually lets you shred cheese.
Ideally, I should have peeled these apples. Fortunately, the blender still made the applesauce taste just fine.
A little green, but a sweet, healthy snack.
For a less healthy, but more coveted snack, your blender can actually make great ice cream.
With ice cubes, vanilla, sugar and milk, we made a tasty dessert.