As far as kitchen appliances go, the blender is pretty underrated. Not many people notice it; in fact it’s usually ignored for three seasons out of the year, and when we do use it, we limit it to smoothies and milkshakes. Sure the odd margarita or other frozen cocktail might grace its blades, but most of the time the blender does just that: make drinks. But there is so much more to a blender, and so much more it can do.
Blenders can make dips, soups, nut butters, nut milk, and so much more. Really, the possibilities are endless when it comes to a blender. And the best part? It’s easy! All you have to do is throw in your ingredients and blend. Sure there may be a little prep involved, and you have to make sure that you are using the proper setting, but that’s just a little effort. When throwing a party, a blender will really come in handy, especially when you want to make your food fast and tasty. Make the blender the star of you parties this year. You definitely won’t regret it.
You’re going to need a high-powered blender. That means that the blades move fast enough and can go for a while without overheating or slowing down out. High-powered blenders, like any top-of-the-line kitchen appliance, can be expensive, going for as much as $639 for a Vitamix Professional, but the price is definitely worth it. Expensive blenders will last longer and give you better results than cheaper varieties. Plus you’ll get different settings that will be useful for making different foods.
We’ve gathered up some delicious party foods for any occasion that you can make in your blender. Whether you’re throwing a brunch or just having some friends over for snacks, your blender will help you out!
Blender salsa is perfect for a girl’s night in. Instead of buying store-bought salsa, grab some fresh ingredients and make your own. This spicy recipe requires some preparation for the vegetables, but it’s so worth it.
This is our way of saying a fancy, vegetarian spread. Blenders are perfect for making smooth spreads, and you can really use your creativity with this. We like to blend up roasted veggies and cream cheese for a pate that goes perfectly on bagels and sandwiches.
This article was originally published on July 29, 2014.