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21 Underrated Uses For Your Blender

Why make smoothies when you can make fruit leather?

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First, you need a blender.

Get these ones here ($35), here ($80), and here ($119).

Of course, there are professional, top-notch blenders like Vitamix ($360) and Blendtec ($400), but they aren't necessary to make the following recipes.

1. Make nut milks, including almond, cashew, and walnut.

You just need to soak the nuts for a day before blending. Learn the basics of making nut milk from The Kitchn .

In order to make the process even easier, try getting a strainer for $10, and a nut bag for $16 or a cheese cloth for $3.63.

2. Similarly, you can churn those nuts into butter.

3. Mix up sauces, like this unbelievably good cauliflower sauce.

Yeah, cauliflower rice is cool and all, but did you know there was such a thing as CAULIFLOWER SAUCE? Learn how to make the sauce that'll change your life at Pinch of Yum.

4. Or make classic pesto.

Pesto is the easiest thing to make and the tastiest addition to pasta. The ingredients are also incredibly easy to substitute! Don't have basil? Add kale. Don't have pine nuts? Add walnuts. Learn the fundamentals at The Kitchn.

Store your creations in these mini mason jars ($25).

5. Roll out some tasty pizza crusts.

There's a way to do it with regular dough but cauliflower's the hottest thing right now, so here's a recipe for cauliflower crusts from How Sweet Eats.

If you want really good, crisp pizza, get some parchment paper for $7 and a pizza peel for $23.

6. Get drunk on homemade frozen cocktails all summer long.

7. Make your own falafel or veggie burgers.

Easier than you'd think, because everything's easier with a blender. Learn how to make both falafel and veggie burgers from Minimalist Baker.

If you're grilling the burgers, try this small portable grill for $60.

8. Make the perfect pie crust or any pastry.

Need a rolling pin? Get this one with cats engravings for $26.

9. Knead all kinds of breads, like this low-carb, healthyish bread.

10. Combine spices and veggies to make delicious dressings.

This tomatillo-avocado ranch dressing takes five minutes. What are you doing with your life? Get the recipe from Carl's Bad Cravings.

If you don't like dealing with messy avocado hands, try this avocado splitter, cutter, and peeler for $8.

11. Stir up some frothy lattes.

12. Scramble eggs, cook omelettes, and eat more eggs.

Yes to fluffy things, especially fluffy eggs. Learn the secrets to making the best eggs from Spork or Foon.

Another trick to making delectable eggs? A freakishly good spatula. Get one for $6.

13. Whip up some cream or make frosting.

Nobody likes to unintentionally work out their arms. Use a blender. Learn how to make whipped cream from Love and Olive Oil and learn how to make frosting from Blender Babes.

14. Blend together the batter for buttermilk pancakes.

Let your hands relax. Learn how to make these in a blender from Savory Sweet Life.

If you want to make perfectly round pancakes, try getting some molds for $15.

15. Mash together avocados to create excellent guacamole.

16. Churn together the ingredients for ice cream.

It's summer. You have no excuse not to try making your own ice creams. This avocado recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod starts with blending together the ingredients first, then adding them to an ice cream maker. However, you don't need an ice cream maker. You can easily use frozen bananas and a few other ingredients to make ice cream that's just as good.

If you plan on making the avocado recipe, you'll need an ice cream maker. Get one here for $29.

17. Crumble oats and nuts together to make tasty granola bars.

18. Press yummy fruits into fruit leather.

Fruit leather is the most underrated snack. Learn how to make it from Two Peas And Their Pod.

The recipe uses a Silipat baking mat, which you can use for all your baking adventures. Get it for $25.

19. Finally, compost all that food you didn't eat.

20. EXTRA!! You probably didn't know this, but you can customize your body scrubs with a blender.

21. Similarly, you can blend together rejuvenating face masks.

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