You’re know you’re a foodie when…
- You’re excited to get spatula’s in your Christmas stocking.
- Your parents give you an immersion blender… because you’re always borrowing theirs.
- Your husband gives you a Blendtec for your birthday.
- Or a stand mixer!
- You nearly faint when Blendtec wants you to try out their Wild Side Jar…
- And their Twister Jar too, even though you have no clue what it is.
Have you heard of the Twister Jar?
Not me. At least not until I told Mr. Crumbs about the email from Blendtec and he’s like, “Oh cool! That’s the new jar that has a lid you can twist and stuff!”
I honestly had no clue what he was talking about. As far as I knew, Blendtec only made two jars:
- The original Four Side Jar
- The new Wild Side Jar
Apparently I had been living under a real foodie gadget cave birthday #32 and #33 1/2 because I completely missed the fact that there WAS third blender.
And based on Mr. Crumbs’ reaction, I was missing out on something pretty cool!
Opening up the box with the Twister Jar inside was a bit like Christmas. It was new, shiny, and oh so awesome! Granted I had no idea how it worked or what it could do, but it was still neat… and a definite call for some kitchen experiments. 😉
The Blendtec Twister Jar is noticeably shorter and smaller than the Four Side and Wild Side Jars. I’ve read some complaints about this, but there’s perfectly good explanation: The Twister Jar wasn’t designed for mass production of food.
Instead, the 16 ounce Twister Jar was designed to blend super thick recipes like nut butters, ice cream or hummus. So unless you plan on making hummus for the masses, the 16oz size jar will fit all of your super thick recipe needs just fine and produce an amazing result every time. Even if you are making lots of ice cream, it only takes a minute or so per batch. So what if you have to make another batch of ice cream. In my opinion, the size isn’t a drawback – it’s a feature.
From an engineering perspective, it’s harder for a large machine to properly chop/blend/puree thick recipes into the proper texture when there’s a lot of it. Inevitably a piece of ice or a rogue chickpea gets lost in the mixture and then we as consumers are disappointed because the resulting texture wasn’t “perfect.”
It’s like trying to make a giant pan of lasagne. Sure the outside and edges will be cooked, but the inside and middle won’t. What’s the solution? Break it up into smaller chunks.
The capacity of the Twister Jar is perfectly designed for its unique purpose – to puree thick recipes into a smooth-as-butter result. And it does its job very well!
In case those garbanzo beans or pieces of frozen fruit just don’t want to obey the law of gravity, the Twister Jar comes with a super unique lid that helps to scrape the sides of the jar and push the large chunks back towards the middle of the jar.
Now I know I said in part 1 that one of the reasons I didn’t like the competitor was because of that long jamming stick thingy that you had to use to keep food going down. But the Twister Lid is different.
It doesn’t jam food down. The 3p horsepower inside the Blendtec doesn’t need help in that department. Instead, the Twister Lid scrapes food off the side and pushes it inwards so that the machine can keep doing its job and blending.
It’s a genius idea really, because in one minute you can have homemade peanut butter without any chunks. Or almond butter. Or banana ice cream. Or coconut banana ice cream with mini chocolate chips on top. Yum.
If the jar itself with its super cool twister lid weren’t enough, the Twister Jar also comes with a spectacula.
Part spatula. Part spectacular. Totally ingenious.
Perhaps my excitement over a “special spatula” is a bit extreme, but hear me out: The other Blendtec jars are square (or mostly square like the Wild Side). You can take a normal, flat spatula and easily scrape down the sides of the jar without much fuss or wasting ingredients.
The Twister Jar is ROUND. Using a regular spatula to scrape the sides of this jar is kinda like trying to fit the wooden square block into the round hole of a preschool shape sorter toy.
It just doesn’t work.
Blendtec invented the spectacula to rescue those recipe remnants stuck to the sides of their jar. Stranded food particles is wasted food in my frugal kitchen, so I greatly appreciate and personally thank the engineer that came up with this idea!
So how does a foodie find use for all these jars?
If you’ve been keeping track, I now have THREE Blendtec jars and one machine. It might be overkill to have all this equipment, but to me they all have their unique jobs.
- Four Side Jar – standard smoothies, daily worker bee
- Wild Side Jar – big batches
- Twister Jar – small batches of super thick recipes
Although, I am contemplating retiring the Four Side Jar and replacing it with the Wild Side for the daily worker bee jar. It’s always nice to have a back-up, just in case something were to go wrong with the new jar (although Blendtec has a multi-year warranty, so I doubt that’s truly an issue).
At a minimum, I can blend three batches of something without having to stop and do the dishes. 🙂 Aw yeah, now THAT’S worth it!