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Old 06-12-2007, 10:08 AM
 
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Need some help from all bartenders. We are in need of a new blender, our one right now has started to smell like the rubber is burning. We make smoothies every morning for breakfast, so we are looking for a blender that can crush ice and frozen fruit on a daily basis. I know we have a few bartenders around these forums. What do you use behind the bar? And what could you suggest to use at home that is under $150?
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:45 PM
 
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I have a Cuisinart blender that I paid $100 for a few years back and use it regularly on smoothies. It crushes ice wonderfully, too and I've had it for a few years. I'm not a bartender but I do love my blender! If you ever saw the movie Enemy of the State with Will Smith, it's the same blender he uses in the scene he has with his wife in the kitchen!
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Old 06-17-2007, 05:42 PM
 
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I have a L'Equip. I got it on ebay for $60 (normally $150) and LOVE it! I can even make green smoothies with spinach and carrots in it.

Dawn
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Old 06-17-2007, 05:58 PM
 
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I've had both a Waring Blender and an Oster. I preferred the Oster - it lasted longer and crushed ice better. But both of those were a while back. Of the newer ones, now, I would consider Cuisinart or Waring.

No blender or any other home appliance will last forever, but one that is an "upscale" brand like Cuisinart, or Waring or Oster will more likely last longer.

You might check out ratings on Amazon or on buy.com or check Consumer Reports.
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:53 AM
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I have a L'Equip. I got it on ebay for $60 (normally $150) and LOVE it! I can even make green smoothies with spinach and carrots in it.

Dawn
I started delving into the green smoothies lately. My el cheapo black and decker blender does not blend the celery well at all. Nothing like a gross stringy green smoothie. lol
Does yours blend celery totally? Or does it come out stringy?
I do want to save for a Vitamix blender. They are supposed to be the best..so are they?
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:56 AM
 
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I started delving into the green smoothies lately. My el cheapo black and decker blender does not blend the celery well at all. Nothing like a gross stringy green smoothie. lol
Does yours blend celery totally? Or does it come out stringy?
I do want to save for a Vitamix blender. They are supposed to be the best..so are they?
As to the celery, try chopping it into shorter pieces - even little-bitty pieces. Or de-string it first.

I had totally forgotten about the Vitamix. I've wanted one for years, but even the reconditioned models are beyond my reach. I'll have to check out e-Bay, but I can't imagine someone selling a working Vitamix on e-Bay.

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Old 06-20-2007, 08:38 PM
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I decided after the taste of that particular smoothie with the celery and kiwi that i'd rather not have it again. If i do go insane someday and forget i made that one before, i will juice the celery first, which leaves no ick behind. lol

I made the "Strawberry field" one today again, and i used extra strawberries which made it taste divine.
The original recipe called for 1 cup of strawberries, i used 2 cups. Plus a half head of romaine lettuce and 2 medium bananas, and 2 cups water. Perfect combo.

I drink a quart of the green smoothies every day and am trying the ones in the book by Victoria Boutenko "Green for life." I make a batch and refrigerate half, then drink the other half in the evening. Favorite so far is the Strawberry field. If blueberries would ever go on sale, i'll try the blueberry pudding recipe.Tomorrow I'm trying the "Freshness" recipe:
1/2 honeydew melon
8 leaves romaine lettuce
2 cups water

I also love honeydew as a juice, so the other half is becoming my breakfast juice.
You aren't supposed to taste the veggies in the smoothies, only the fruit.

Turtlemom, i was flipping through channels late one night and I noticed a new blender put out by Jack LaLanne. It's supposed to do everything a Vitamix does, blend difficult veggies til smooth, but the blender also has a heating mechanism, so you can also create hot soups right in the blender. That looks very interesting.
I already have a Jack LaLanne juicer that i happily use every single day. I don't remember the price on the one on the infomercial, but all the recipes they were creating made me hungry.
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:00 PM
 
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Oh, gosh, you are asking the wrong person. I don't put celery in mine.

I do make green smoothies with spinach though and put in lemongrass, which is stringy, and it doesn't come out stringy.

Dawn


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I started delving into the green smoothies lately. My el cheapo black and decker blender does not blend the celery well at all. Nothing like a gross stringy green smoothie. lol
Does yours blend celery totally? Or does it come out stringy?
I do want to save for a Vitamix blender. They are supposed to be the best..so are they?
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Old 06-22-2007, 02:53 AM
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Ok, so i need a new blender.
My green smoothies keep coming out looking like i scooped up a bunch of swamp water. I've been calling them "swamp coolers." lol
Everyone else in the house is avoiding them like the plague.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:00 AM
 
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We have a Cuisinart and it does well; we crush a lot of ice and make a lot of smoothies. I really, really want to get a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker though
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