Just before we moved out of our home in Colorado, I burnt up my blender due to a stuck blade. I hadn’t replaced it since I'd been given one of those cheapie single serve blenders from a client. It was OK to make smoothies in, but I needed something bigger and hardier for soups and purees.
So when the folks at Blendtec approached me to review their blender, I jumped at the chance to test drive it. I had heard about Blendtec blenders after watching Tom Dickson, the CEO and Founder of Blendtec, and his “Will it blend?” videos on YouTube. I’d also seen their commercial blenders used at my favorite juice and smoothie shops. However, I wondered if they were truly worth the cost ($440 and up).
Blendtec’s Total Blender Classic with WildSide jar
I received a factory refurbished Total Blender Classic Series motor base with the WildSide jar. It came with a cookbook (which includes kid friendly and gluten free recipes), an owner’s manual, and a how to DVD. You can use it to make smoothies, fresh juice, ice cream, shakes, margaritas, soups, sauces, bread dough, and more. So far I’ve only had time to make tofu sour cream and smoothies for the kids. I make smoothies with a huge amount of ice every morning, so I use the Ice Crush/Milkshake setting. It completely crushes all the ice and makes a perfect smoothie every time – no more pieces of uncrushed ice and no guessing when it was done.
Also, the WildSide jar is HUGE (nearly 3 quarts) so you can make a big batch of smoothies, soup or what-have-you without having to break up your recipe in two batches. The Total Blender Classic blender base also has settings for ice cream/frozen yogurt, soups/syrups/fondues, sauces/dips/dressings/batters, whole juice, and (non-ice cube using) smoothies. I used the sauces/dips/dressings/batters setting for my tofu sour cream. The jar is BPA free (yay!) and washes up easily in the sink. I’m looking forward to trying out more recipes soon!
The Twister Jar
Blendtec also sent me their new Twister Jar set which comes with their terrific Blendtec spatula. The Twister Jar is designed for thick recipes like nut butters, baby foods, dressings and more without having to worry about a stuck blade - and burning out your motor. All I had to do was put in my ingredients according to the directions, then twist the lid counter-clockwise while the blend cycle was running. The twisting forces the ingredients from the sides of the jar back into the blade, which meant I didn’t have to stop the blender and push everything down with a spatula.
I used it to make the pesto recipe below from the included Twister Jar Recipes cookbook. I’ve made homemade pesto from basil in our garden before, but this recipe is just about perfect.
Classic Pesto for the Blendtec Twister Jar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add olive oil, garlic and basil to the Twister Jar in the order listed.
- Push basil leaves down into oil with the Blendtec spatula.
- Then add remaining ingredients in order listed.
- Place Twister Lid on Jar. Hold Twister Lid and with the other hand press “Pulse” intermittently until desired texture is reached. Turn the Twister Lid counter-clockwise during blending.
- Serving size: 2 tablespoons
Disclosure: I received a Blendtec Blender Set to facilitate this review. All opinions and experiences are my own.
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