Over 50 blender uses, from the ones you’re probably already using a blender for (like smoothies) to the more unique uses for a blender (making carpet deodorizer and preparing garden fertilizer, to name a few). Read the whole list and find new uses for your blender!
I’ve always said that if I was stranded on a desert island (and assuming the island had electricity), the three kitchen appliances I’d pack are the following:
These three things are the lifeblood and workhorses in my kitchen. They save me time and money because I can now make so much more from scratch without taking forever to do it!
However, I know there are TONS of readers who have one of these things – or all three – and have no idea what to use them for!
We’ve already talked about 30+ creative ways to use a KitchenAid mixer (and covered it quite thoroughly, I think).
We’ve gone through 20 Things to Know Before You Buy an Instant Pot.
And we all know how to use a blender, but let’s dive into all the AMAZING blender uses – specifically, to do things you had no idea they could do!
50+ AWESOME BLENDER USES
HOW TO USE A BLENDER FOR MEAL PREP
1. Waffles. This is my go-to waffle recipe and it comes out perfect EVERY SINGLE TIME.
3. Muffin Batter. To make muffins in a blender (like Banana Bread Muffins), combine all the wet ingredients first, then pulse in the dry ingredients just until it’s combined. Stir in the toppings and pour into muffin cups!
4. Quick Bread Batter. Use the tips for “muffin batter” above!
5. Cauliflower Rice. Add steamed cauliflower to the jar and pulse a few times! Here’s how to make crispy cauliflower rice.
6. Bread Crumbs. Put bread in the blender and pulse. Tada!! Breadcrumbs! (Here’s the full tutorial.)
7. Chopped Nuts. Chopped nuts are almost always cheaper than whole nuts, but they aren’t always in even pieces. Or you might want really finely chopped nuts for Almond Crusted Chicken. Give them a quick pulse in the blender and they’re ready to go!
8. Refried Beans. I was able to put a WHOLE BATCH of Homemade Refried Beans into my blender and whiz them up for slightly chunky refried beans.
9. Soup. The Blendtec specifically has a “soup” function, which uses the heat from the motor to warm the soup. Tomato Basil Soup is delicious!
10. Oat Flour. Turn rolled oats into oat flour with this tutorial.
11. Pumpkin Puree. Homemade pumpkin puree is so easy using this method. Plus, you can freeze extra all season long! This also works with cooked butternut squash or sweet potatoes.
12. Grate Hard Cheeses. You can grate hard cheeses like cheddar in your blender – simply cut it into pieces and pulse until the cheese is your desired size. You’ll get more of a chunky shape than shredded cheese from the store, but it melts the same in recipes and it’s less effort than grating by hand!
13. Make Baby Food. Although I’m no longer in the baby stage, I remember the days of feeding my kids all sorts of purees. Simply blend a cooked fruit or vegetable with a little bit of water for easy homemade baby food.
USING A BLENDER FOR SIDES & SNACKS
15. Larabar Bites. Using a blender for Pumpkin Larabar Bites makes the process SO much faster!
16. Energy Bites. The methodology for Larabar bites applies to Sweet and Salty Energy Bites too!
18. Fruit Leather. Homemade Fruit Leather starts with a blended mixture of fruits and vegetables.
19. Fruit Roll-ups. The same concept as fruit leather, except that fruit roll-ups are slightly thinner. When you use a blender, you can easily gauge how much additional liquid to add to get the consistency you want.
20. Mixing Peanut Butter. Natural peanut butter tends to have lots of oil at the top and super thick peanut butter on the bottom. Scrape it all out into your blender and mix it up!
21. Nut and/or Seed Butter. Make nut butters from scratch! Great for the little bits of nut crumbs that end up in the bottom of your bag.
BLENDER USES FOR SAUCES & CONDIMENTS
23. Thai Peanut Sauce. The PERFECT sauce to make any boring dinner amazing is Thai Peanut Sauce.
24. Hot Sauce. Never buy hot sauce again with this amazing copycat Frank’s hot sauce recipe!
25. Tomato Sauce. Use this tutorial to make Homemade Tomato Sauce!
27. Pizza Sauce. One of the most common blender uses at our house – we’ve been making homemade pizza sauce using a blender for 11+ years. This is the best recipe ever.
28. Lime Crema. Tacos need Lime Crema. Seriously. And it’s so easy using a blender!
31. Salsa. Another dump-and-blend recipe (that will beat anything you buy on store shelves) is Homemade Restaurant-Style Salsa.
32. Creamy Cauliflower Sauce. For those who can’t have dairy, Creamy Cauliflower Sauce is a delicious alternative! Seriously, your family won’t know that they are eating vegetables.
33. Apple Butter. Similar to applesauce, you need well-mashed apples to make Slow Cooker Apple Butter!
USES FOR A BLENDER: DESSERTS
37. Milkshake. Ultra-smooth chocolate milkshakes are my husband’s specialty. He loves this frozen treat!
38. Sorbet. Sorbet is a fancy word for blended and frozen fruit. Take some fruit, blend it up, freeze it in something flat (think these oblong baking dishes), and use an ice cream scoop to serve!
39. Powdered Sugar. Powdered sugar isn’t necessarily a dessert in and of itself, but it’s most often used for dessert. Here’s the step-by-step to make it.
40. Whipped Cream. I normally make my whipped cream in the stand mixer, but you can also make whipped cream in a high-powered blender – simply add the heavy cream to the canister and whip it at a medium speed until it gets light and fluffy.
BEVERAGES USING A BLENDER
42. Coffee Creamer. Mix up your creamer ingredients first using a blender and then heat on the stove. Or try using the “soup” function on the Blendtec. I like to make Homemade Vanilla Bean Creamer or Pumpkin Spice Creamer.
43. Non-Dairy Milk. You can save TONS of money by making your own non-dairy milk. If you need dairy-free alternatives, this is one of those uses for a blender you’ll return to again and again. Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Rice Milk are easy to make, to name a few.
44. Frappucino. Although “frappuccino” is technically trademarked by Starbucks, I’m thinking you can throw some coffee, creamer, and ice in the blender to make your own version of this crushed ice blended drink.
45. Juice. A high-powered blender can also be your juicer! You won’t just extract the juice but keep the pulp from the fruit and vegetables too, which means more fiber!
46. Flavored Lemonade. I use this simple recipe for homemade lemonade, but it’s also delicious with pureed strawberries or watermelon for a sweet fruity treat – just mix in the blender!
OTHER GREAT USES FOR BLENDER
48. Tomato Powder. Just like dill, you’ll need to dry the tomatoes first (how to make tomato powder).
49. Carpet Deodorizer. You could add essential oils to a jar with baking soda and shake it up, but I like to do a quick whiz in the blender to really distribute the oils. Here’s how.
50. Laundry Detergent. Use this tutorial to make your own laundry detergent. The blender really helps to make a fine powder that works in your laundry.
51. Garden Fertilizer. No recipe here but make a coarse powder out of your kitchen scraps before throwing them into the garden. This mixes into the soil much better than whole potato peels!
QUESTIONS ABOUT BLENDER USE
What kind of blender should I use?
There are MANY options when it comes to blenders. They come with various speed settings, in stainless steel or plastic, “easy to clean with warm water” claims, and a wide range in price. I’ve seen them priced as low as $10 and also well over $1000. I have experience with several types of blenders, but my all-time favorite is the Blendtec Total Blender Classic. It’s a funny story, about how we ended up with it, but I’ve used mine for nearly 12 years now and it hasn’t lost a beat!
What are the benefits of using a blender?
Using a blender means clean-up is easy, it’s a huge timesaver, and with so many uses for blenders, it’s very versatile.
Do I need a high-powered blender?
No, you don’t NEED a high-powered blender. You could get along just fine with an ordinary kitchen blender from Walmart or Target. But there is the possibility of it breaking and you having to buy a new one over and over again. I’m on team “save up for the good stuff”. Nearly every year on Black Friday, I’ve seen the refurbished Blendtec go on sale for an amazing price. It’s worth the wait if you’re ready to upgrade your blender!
Can a blender be used as a food processor?
It depends. Blenders need a certain amount of liquid for the blade to keep spinning. Food processors use multiple blades to chop or slice. Use the appliance your recipe calls for, unless it specifies that you can use either one.
BLENDER USES RECAP
You can make a TON of things in the blender, so you don’t have to spend so much time in the kitchen. Here are the best blenders (in my opinion), depending on your budget:
- Under $100 – Ninja Professional BL610
- Under $400 – Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender and 75 oz Four Side Blender Jar
- Go Big or Go Home – Blendtec Designer Blender with WildSide+ Jar and Twister Jar
I’ve used my Blendtec for nearly 12 years now and it is still running strong. I honestly use it every day and don’t know what I’d do without it!
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