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A Great Little Blender,
This review is from: Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set (Kitchen)
According to the Amazon data base, I purchased the Magic Bullet in March. It is hard to believe that I've been using this blender at least twice every day since. I have used it primarily as a "frozen" drink maker--some would call them smoothies, I call them meal replacement drinks. I have also ground coffee beans to an espresso grind; made pesto, salad dressing, and use it to mix the wet ingredients for my seitan.
What I have learned: the heavier ingredients need to go into the cup first and then the lighter ingredients, whatever they are. When making pesto, this means that the nuts go in first, followed by the cheese (especially if you are using a chunk of cheese as opposed to shredded) and then the basil. If you are using olive oil, it should actually go in last. The reason for the importance of the order is that the blade, while it is put on top of the cup, is actually the bottom of the blender. Putting the heavier ingredients into the cup first help insure smoother blending action. The only time that the heaviest item should not go in first is when it is sticky: nut butter, molasses, etc.
When I make pesto, I leave it in the cup and use the "storage" lid. I have found that it keeps very nicely for about a week.
What I do not recommend: While grinding coffee beans was successful, I was a bit concerned about the motor burning up. It may be because I was grinding the beans to an espresso grind rather than a drip--as they show on the infomercial. I also do not recommend grinding large quantities of cheese. Truthfully, it is questionable as to whether it is faster than using a box grater. I have also tried to grind medications and calcium tablets. It takes a very long time and the pills never really got powder smooth. They also stay "stuck" to the bottom of the cup when blending into a drink.
Advice: remove the gasket for cleaning. When using berries, the seeds can slip under the gasket and cause a mess. Also, when using the Magic Bullet for mixing anything with oil or fats, I recommend washing it in the dishwasher (top shelf). I had no luck cleaning the "grease" out; however when blending just about anything else, it is very easy to clean with just water and a drop of dish soap.
Yes, I will buy another if/when this one dies of over use.
Asides: for some reason, the Amazon data base has me having purchased the Bullet through them through a 3rd party vendor. My purchase was not through the 3rd party vendor--why, when Ammy ships for free? My original review can be found at: Magic Bullet Express 17-Piece High-Speed Blender Mixing System
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2010 5:02:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2010 5:04:03 PM PST
HC shopper says:
I want to use it to make protein smoothies as 2 meal replacements...meaning I'll be using the Magic Bullet 2x per day for quite some time. I'm glad to see there is a replacement blade - just in case. I think I'm going to go ahead and buy this one. The product was listed as a 'must-have' by one of the tv show hosts in December, but I heard Whoopie Goldberg mention hers on Wendy Williams show today. That clinches it for me.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2010 5:17:14 PM PST
I'm confused. Replacement blade? There are two blades with the MB but they are very different. One is a flat blade and the other is a, I don't know. It has to spokes pointing up and to pointing down. That is the one that I use for my smoothies/meal replacements.
The flat blade is for grinding coffee beans and that sort of task.
Posted on Apr 22, 2012 4:34:03 PM PDT
"I have also ground coffee beans to an espresso grind"
"The flat blade is for grinding coffee beans "
The mental image of someone grinding coffee in a blender gave me a pretty good laugh. I don't think that's what they intended the flat blade to be used for. Actually a blender is not meant to be a coffee grinder at all, especially for espresso.
It would be like trying to use your microwave cook a turkey or bake bread.
Posted on Sep 4, 2012 2:31:11 PM PDT
I finally found the answer to "shredding soft cheese" like chedar... the answer is... "Nope". Thanks for the excellent review.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2012 5:59:52 PM PDT
Yeah, all you'll get here is chopped or mush. I recommend an actual shredder. If you have a food processor with a shredding/grating blade you're golden. I didn't have luck with the Salad Shooter but your luck may be different.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2013 2:46:52 PM PST
Aubrey Taylor says:
I had the same thought. There's $10 grinders for coffee that do a much better job. It's like using a screwdriver to hammer a nail; while it's possible yes there is a tool more suited for that...
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013 8:32:24 AM PST
I agree 100%. There' also something wonderful about the breath of aroma when you take the top off the grinder after grinding the beans. Pure heaven.
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