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Old 02-22-2010, 09:14 AM   #21
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Am I reading this right, that Mrs. Thefed's favorite drink has seven shots of liquor in it?

I nominate thefed as the officila bartender of e-r.org!!!!
It does, but that makes about 44 oz of drink.....so 2 big mugs full....

Don;t forget that triple sec isnt 80 proof. I am experimenting now using Blue Caracao instead of triple sec but cant decide if I like it
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:36 AM   #22
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It does, but that makes about 44 oz of drink.....so 2 big mugs full....

Don;t forget that triple sec isnt 80 proof. I am experimenting now using Blue Caracao instead of triple sec but cant decide if I like it
And she drinks 2 big mug fulls?!?!

Curacao is 30 proof and blue, orange, or any other of the colors all taste the same. (The blue version was designed to be used in "Blue Hawaiis, I believe) I don't remember the alcohol content of Triple Sec but I suspect it is less than Curacao.
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thefed--I have a Kitchenaid blender that works very well; it was about $100 if I recall correctly. However the Vitamix is the best you can buy IMO. If you go to the Vitamix website, you can buy a reconditioned machine for $379. It comes with the 7-year product warranty and cookbooks, just like a brand new one. (I imagine these factory reconditioned machines were returns from people who tried the "30-day trial" and didn't think it was for them, or from one of the hundreds of live demos.) At any rate, they are reconditioned as new and save $70 off the regular price. Also, many health-related websites have a link to Vitamix that will provide free shipping...another $25 savings. (Like this one ... Links - The Longevity Shoppe ) Access Vitamix website via the link at the bottom of the page and get free shipping!

Anyhow, the Vitamix may be overkill for mixing recreational beverages but it's the cat's meow for healthy green smoothies, etc. Also, it will definitely stand up to ice as it has a 2 hp motor. Caution: You will get drawn in to the "Vitamix mystique"-- it's practically a cult, lol.
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If your library gets Cooks Illustrated, they had a comparison of blenders in their march 09 issue
Blenders - Cooks Illustrated

They gave the Kitchen Aid 5-speed Blender ($150) a Highly recommended - model KSB560
and the Kalorik BL Blender, Model 16909 ($50) a Recommended rating

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Old 05-12-2010, 09:03 AM   #25
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The June 2010 Consumer Reports

Vita Mix 5200 - Top Rated - Excellent ratings in all categories (crushing ice cubes, blending smoothies, and pureeing vegetables)
Oster BCG08 - Best Buy (about $40)

In order of rankings the next 7 were Breville, L'equip, Waring, Viking, KitchenAid(KSB580),West Bend, and Kitchen Aid (KSB560)
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The vitamix ($450) scores an 89 and the oster ($40) scores a 77 in that article.

We have an old Oster with a stainless steel pitcher part. It works great, and only cost $2. I use it literally every day with frozen strawberry protein smoothies. The stainless steel pitcher will never crack or break like plastic or glass.



Frozen fruit is a blender killer. Be sure it is on the top of the liquid when you start it up, and be ready to shut it down if it binds. If the frozen stuff is wedged in the blades before they've started spinning I don't think any blender can handle it.

Blenders are common at garage and rummage sales. Buy a couple of good ones for a few bucks each and if one burns out, go on to the next.
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The vitamix ($450) scores an 89 and the oster ($40) scores a 77 in that article.

Blenders are common at garage and rummage sales. Buy a couple of good ones for a few bucks each and if one burns out, go on to the next.
Agreed, we use the same strategy with drip coffee makers, never pay more than a few dollars and always keep a back-up in the garage if it breaks. Amazing when people sell all their small kitchen appliance (or big appliances) simply because they are painting and changing their color schemes...
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I just bought an Oster Fusion (all metal working parts). I just make protein and frozen fruit smoothies, but sometimes add a few ice cubes. It's new, but it works great. I bought it at Walmart for about $65. A metal pitcher would be nice.

I have looked for blenders at garage sales without success. I'll keep an eye out for a metal pitcher.

I'm interested to know what goes in a green smoothie. Do you put protein
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For people who own the Vita Mix 5200:

Is it really as noisy as they say? Heard "jet engine" among other descriptions. DH hates loud appliances but really appreciates a top notch performing blender.

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I'm with Al on this one. Old and cheap rules!
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Got this one free from a couple who were combining two households into one. Whoopee! Use it every day for smoothies. Grinds ice cubes or frozen fruit like a champ.
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The strongest blender I had was a Braun Powermax. It's not recommended because it has a plastic part that breaks frequently.

Anyway, when I got it, I did a comparison with my previous blender. I put in a measured amount of water and ice cubes and blended for a short amount of time. The old blender broke the cubes up nicely.

When I did it with the Power max, the ice was totally gone. Just water was left. I did a double take.
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For people who own the Vita Mix 5200:

Is it really as noisy as they say? Heard "jet engine" among other descriptions. DH hates loud appliances but really appreciates a top notch performing blender.

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Audrey--it's no louder than any other blender. The great thing is, it's so powerful that the blending takes only a few seconds so the noise isn't an issue.
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Audrey--it's no louder than any other blender. The great thing is, it's so powerful that the blending takes only a few seconds so the noise isn't an issue.
Good point. I noticed one being used on Michael Chiarello's cooking show and it looked very nicely designed and very effective. That's what made me look into the blender.

DH thinks that if the motor is truly more powerful, a blender should be quieter. Or maybe it's the gearing?

The variable speed feature looked pretty interesting too.

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My vita-mix (5200) is noisy, but it's not like it is "on" for a long time anyway! I brought it to DBf's, and now he never uses his other one! Super smooth smoothies! And I can make cashew "whipped cream" and nut cheeses...fun experimenting!
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Yes, Rambler, I did all of those. Cut salt, increased exercise, no red meat, eat raw foods, but it seems the biggest thing I did was give up alcohol. I was a 1.75 litre of vodka per month and went "cold-turkey" last year. I was shocked that I never missed it because I was feeling so much better with the diet change and the weight loss. I did not mention, I lost 35 pounds in three months just from no drinking. I had an incredible amount of water in me.

The green smoothie gives me all the proteins, roughage, and vegetable vitamins I need every day. I've lost (or losing) my cravings for the bad stuff. My wife and I bring our Blendtec with us on our frequent travels (just finished two months in Hawaii). We are at all the farmer's markets and then we blend and drink large amounts of the organic fresh foods we buy. She is making my morning "slurry" as I write this.

PS my b.p. this morning was 122/70. One year ago my normal was close to 200 over 115. I was on beta blockers but they had no affect. I am still on a beta blocker (carvedilos, sp?) but something in the drinks make it work when it didn't use to. I will always be on some level of this drug as I am a recovered congestive heart failure person.

pps My wife consumes more of the "slurry" than I do and she is 5'4", 108 lbs, 63 years old, and looks hot in her "skinny jeans". I still have a ways to go thanks to my 35 years of stout beer and black russians.

I credit our smoothies with turning my health around. I prefer the Blendtec as it is better built, more powerful, and easier to pack/carry than the VitaMix. I am on my third VitaMix. Now I use it only to mix my powdered, no fat, organic milk and to mix my yogurt I make daily. Check out the Blendtec on youtube. Funny stuff.
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A little on the cheap side at just $40 but the Ninja is the best thing I've had so far. Been using it for just 3 months on a daily basis for coffee smoothies and such so I don't know the long term durability just yet.
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