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  1. #1
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Smoothie makers

    Who has one? What kind? Like it? Any downside?
    I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    Or are my expectations off? TIA.
    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of
    St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew;
    sometimes in a pickle."
    Where are my pearls, Honey?

  2. #2
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    On Aug 12, 9:28*am, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    wrote:
    > Who has one? *What kind? *Like it? * Any downside?
    > I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    > cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    > smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee. *
    > Or are my expectations off? * TIA.
    > --
    > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of
    > St. Pectina of Jella
    > "Always in a jam, never in a stew;
    > sometimes in a pickle."
    > Where are my pearls, Honey?


    I have posted here before that I use a Vita Mix. Bestest thing for
    perfect smoothies of any kind.....

  3. #3
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    ImStillMags <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Aug 12, 9:28*am, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    > > Who has one? *What kind? *Like it? * Any downside?


    > I have posted here before that I use a Vita Mix. Bestest thing for
    > perfect smoothies of any kind.....


    And about 15 times more expensive than interests me, too. :-) Thanks,
    though, for the thought.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of
    St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew;
    sometimes in a pickle."
    Where are my pearls, Honey?

  4. #4
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    "ImStillMags" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > On Aug 12, 9:28 am, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >> Who has one? What kind? Like it? Any downside?
    >> I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    >> cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    >> smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    >> Or are my expectations off? TIA.
    >> --
    >> Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    >> Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of
    >> St. Pectina of Jella
    >> "Always in a jam, never in a stew;
    >> sometimes in a pickle."
    >> Where are my pearls, Honey?

    >
    > I have posted here before that I use a Vita Mix. Bestest thing for
    > perfect smoothies of any kind.....


    I discovered with mine that it doesn't do frozen margaritas well. Maybe
    just my model. But it was frozen at the top and loose on the bottom where
    the spigot is. I did forward and reverse.


  5. #5
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > Who has one? What kind? Like it? Any downside?
    > I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    > cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    > smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    > Or are my expectations off? TIA.



    I usually use a frozen banana or two and very cold ingredients. The
    banana is enough to freeze it.

    If I was making them frequently using ice, I think I'd buy a bag of
    crushed ice to use.

    A Kitchenaid blender can handle ice cubes, but it doesn't chop them
    up very well. Actually it doesn't do anything very well because of
    the "soft start" motor.

    It's going to be tough to produce anything with the consistency of a
    Squishee™, no matter what you use. Maybe a bar blender would work.

    Bob

  6. #6
    Oatis Willy PIO Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers


    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Who has one? What kind? Like it? Any downside?
    > I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    > cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    > smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    > Or are my expectations off? TIA.


    I just use a blender



  7. #7
    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    >
    > Who has one? What kind? Like it? Any downside?
    > I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    > cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    > smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    > Or are my expectations off? TIA.


    I've been using my Oster for nearly 50 years... ice hasn't harmed
    anything... still the same blade, gasket, and container. Any blender
    can be used for smoothies, even the $9,99 ones from the stupidmarket
    housewares aisle. Those so-called smoothie blenders are simply an
    ordinary cheapo blender all gussied up, some even have a built in
    spout, something extra to clean. So long as you use a sufficient ice
    to liquid ratio any blender will suffice... but a blender is not an
    ice crusher.


  8. #8
    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers



    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Who has one? What kind? Like it? Any downside?
    > I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    > cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    > smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    > Or are my expectations off? TIA.
    > --


    I've been using my KA immersion blender. It makes smoothies with a much
    nicer consistency that my old blender, but much more work.

    Jon


  9. #9
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    On Aug 12, 7:01*pm, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    wrote:

    >
    > And about 15 times more expensive than interests me, too. *:-) *Thanks,
    > though, for the thought.



    Keep your eye out at yard and garage sales or have friends who like to
    go to them keep an eye out for you.

    YOu can also find them in the paper or eBay or Craigs list sometimes
    too.

    Nothing will do a better job an be used for many other things as
    well. I use mine every day.



  10. #10
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    On Aug 13, 8:46*am, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Aug 12, 7:01*pm, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > And about 15 times more expensive than interests me, too. *:-) *Thanks,
    > > though, for the thought.

    >
    > Keep your eye out at yard and garage sales or have friends who like to
    > go to them keep an eye out for you.
    >
    > YOu can also find them in the paper or eBay or Craigs list sometimes
    > too.
    >
    > Nothing will do a better job an be used for many other things as
    > well. * I use mine every day.


    Maybe Lou could keep an eye out for you. !!



  11. #11
    Pinstripe Sniper Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Who has one? What kind? Like it? Any downside?
    >I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    >cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    >smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    >Or are my expectations off? TIA.


    For something like a slushee, I think my Waring "beehive" blender does
    fine. Where I wish for something different is when I try to make
    stiffer mixes. When it gets thick enough to stop flowing, I get air
    pockets by the blades or the top stays at the top and the bottom gets
    beat to death. I guess that's where some kind of forced flow machine
    will do better. Then again these beehives were available for ~$40
    online a few years ago.

    PsS

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  12. #12
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    ImStillMags <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > Nothing will do a better job an be used for many other things as
    > > well. * I use mine every day.

    >
    > Maybe Lou could keep an eye out for you. !!


    Heh! He'd find it and then charge me $250 instead of $375. <grin>

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of
    St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew;
    sometimes in a pickle."
    Where are my pearls, Honey?

  13. #13
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    On Aug 12, 12:28*pm, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    wrote:
    > Who has one? *What kind? *Like it? * Any downside?
    > I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    > cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    > smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee. *
    > Or are my expectations off? * TIA.
    > --
    > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of
    > St. Pectina of Jella
    > "Always in a jam, never in a stew;
    > sometimes in a pickle."
    > Where are my pearls, Honey?


    I don't put in ice cubes. I toss the ingreeds into the blender, then
    pour the product over a few ice cubes.
    (I still think I need an immersion blender tho for this for easier
    cleanup.)

  14. #14
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: Smoothie makers

    On Aug 12, 8:57*pm, "Cheryl" <jlhsha...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > "ImStillMags" <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Aug 12, 9:28 am, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net>
    > > wrote:
    > >> Who has one? *What kind? *Like it? * Any downside?
    > >> I find I'm making them often and am not sure how much good all those ice
    > >> cubes are doing my blender blade, and am wondering if a regulation
    > >> smoothie machine will consistently produce something like a Slushee.
    > >> Or are my expectations off? * TIA.
    > >> --
    > >> Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > >> Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of
    > >> St. Pectina of Jella
    > >> "Always in a jam, never in a stew;
    > >> sometimes in a pickle."
    > >> Where are my pearls, Honey?

    >
    > > I have posted here before that I use a Vita Mix. * Bestest thing for
    > > perfect smoothies of any kind.....

    >
    > I discovered with mine that it doesn't do frozen margaritas well. *Maybe
    > just my model. *But it was frozen at the top and loose on the bottom where
    > the spigot is. *I did forward and reverse.


    Mine doesn't have a spigot. It completely liquifies the entire
    container full of ice and ingredients for a daquiri
    in about 10 seconds flat and there is no difference in the
    liquifaction anywhere in the whole thing.

    Mine is 2 hp.....what is yours? Mine also came with the 'tamper'
    to use to move ingredients around if you need to.

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