Friday, April 3, 2009

Oh what a difference a Blendtec makes! :)

I just threw together a raw recipe that would not have been possible without my lovely Blendtec blender. I'm eating it right now and it's pretty darn good!

Strawberry Cream
1/2 c almonds, soaked, water discarded
1-2 c strawberries
1-2 bananas

Mix together!

I thought this would work best in a food processor so I started there with the almonds and ground them up finely. Then I added the fruits (using the bigger sizes listed) and I processed away.

Well, after a minute or two, I realized the almonds just weren't getting crushed up enough. So basically it was straw-banana mash with ground almonds. Er, not what I was looking for. I tasted and the flavor was pretty good, but the chunks of almonds were really a deal breaker. It was just unpalatable.

So now I was trying to decide what to do. Throw the whole thing out and chalk it up to another raw recipe that just isn't for me, or throw it in the Blendtec on the off chance that it could do the job the food processor wasn't? I didn't really want to dirty up two appliances that are hand wash only, but I also didn't want to waste all this food! So Blendtec it was.

The Blendtec did an awesome job whipping this into an actual cream like substance. It's still a bit gritty but 100% better than what the food processor was doing to it. I probably could have tried letting it blend longer but I'm still getting used to the blender and I wasn't sure if it was going to be heating up my food. Warm strawberry cream didn't really appeal to me all that much either! But this is really good the way it is and I'm so happy that the Blendtec came through and saved the day. I can't believe what a difference it made.

After I eat this, I was going to try another raw recipe to throw in the dehydrator and I was thinking the food processor would be best, but now I'm throwing things straight into the Blendtec. Plus the Blendtec is so fast and easy to clean that it's really painless. It's not like the dang food processor that is going to be sitting around waiting for me to hand wash it. Yay!

This recipe filled a cereal-sized bowl completely to the top. It is way, way too much for one person to eat. At the minimum, I need to cut it in half next time and even that is still going to be a lot. I'm not sure how well it will save but I'm sure I can't eat it all. It's good though. It tastes almost like the filling from a strawberry jello pie or something. It's kinda fluffy though mine is runnier than a pie filling would be.