There are so many things we can blend in our kitchens that we often look beyond them. Making smoothies and juices is a way of life nowadays. However, there are few other things besides veggies and juices that can be blended in your kitchen quite seamlessly. In fact, blending these things could make your diet healthier and your life easier in the kitchen.
Here are 10 things you didnât know you could blend and enjoy!
- Coffee Beans
When you have coffee beans, it is but natural you will put the beans in the coffee grinder. But did you know you can even blend the beans. All you need is a milling blade and then you can blend the beans as fine or coarse as you want. The texture of the blended beans will depend on your brewing method. If you are using a coffee machine, make the texture fine-coarse. On the other hand, if you intend using a pour-over method of brewing coffee, the beans should be blended to medium-coarse.
- Salad Dressing
Forget about buying readymade salad dressings. They are filled with calories and additives. You can make your own salad dressing in your blender by blending freshly ground mustard seeds, olive oil, freshly ground peppercorns, lemon juice and salt. You will be amazed at the freshness of the dressing and it definitely is much healthier than the ones available at your local supermarket.
You donât have to stand for hours chopping up the veggies for your coleslaw. Roughly chop up peppers and green onions and then bring out your food processor. Use the regular blade for coarsely chopping up the peppers and green onions. Then use a slice blade to chop up the cabbage. Â Add julienned carrots and some dressing and your blended coleslaw is ready.
- Rosemary Oil
Blanch rosemary oil and some parsley for 30 seconds in boiling water. Transfer the blanched herbs to iced water. Remove excess water and transfer to a blender. Add some grape-seed oil and blend for about 2 minutes. Pass through a muslin cloth and your rosemary oil is ready. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
- Tomato Sauce
Homemade tomato sauce for pasta always tastes better when made at home. And, it is so simple to make if you have a blender. SautÃ© onions until soft and golden brown. Add garlic and chopped tomatoes and cook further. Transfer to a blender until everything is pureed. Transfer back to the pot. Add some fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Allow the puree to thicken while stirring constantly.
This refreshing drink is so easy and quick to make. Add tequila, lime juice, triple sec and crushed ice into a blender. Run for a few seconds. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves.
- Almond Butter
Instead of using regular butter, make almond butter at home and enjoy the delicious taste and healthy fats like never before. Use a milling blade to blend the nuts into a smooth consistency. Add natural honey to sweeten it. Now slather over freshly baked bread and enjoy the heavenly taste.
In a large pan cook diced up pears, sugar, some pear juice and lemon zest. Cook until the pears are tender. Remove the pears and allow the syrup to reduce by half and thicken it. Now blend the cooked pears and syrup in a blender and pass through a fine sieve. Transfer to container and freeze. Whisk the semi-frozen mix every hour for 4 hours. Serve in a bowl topped with candied ginger. Delicious!
Who would have thought you could make comforting soup with a blender? Boil carrots, celery, potatoes, tomatoes, handful of lentils, onions and fistful of fresh coriander leaves in a pot until soft. Transfer the contents into a blender. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fry some onions in butter until brown and mix in the thick soup. Serve with freshly baked bread.
You can make an eggless eggnog in a blender using silken tofu, soy milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, nutmeg powder, turmeric, dry sweetener and some brandy. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Chill well and serve!