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Unread 12-05-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default News (Sort Of) You Can Use: The Mini Blender (pics)

This discovery is bittersweet. Have you ever had one of those moments
when you think you've discovered something truly unique? You know, one
of those instances when you look at your discovery and think, "Wow! This
is... I've got to go tell people about this immediately!" No? Am I the only
one? Well, here's my latest ego-crushing reality-two-by-four-to-the-face
moment.



Based on the picture above I think you can see where this is headed.
There I was, leaning against the kitchen counter, minding my own
business, when I spied some things on the same counter that *gasp* my
daughters were supposed to have put away. I saw the blender base and a
nearby canning jar. Being keenly in touch with the MacGyver side of my
personality, I looked at them and, with an almost Terminator-like scan, I
thought, "Oh yeah, those two things were clearly made for each other!"

With great expectation I grabbed the jar and quickly mated it to the
blender base. As I screwed them together I was already thinking about the
possibilities of my discovery. I could make personal milkshakes (more on
that later), small batches of marinades or sauces, homemade mayonnaise,
salad dressings, the list was almost endless.



Eager to share what was sure to be an earth-shattering culinary discovery,
I showed our youngest daughter, Chloe. She was amazed, as she should
have been. The moment that I mentioned the possibility of personalized
milkshakes, with a built-in serving glass, her eyes lit up and I could tell that
she got it. Within moments she had me convinced that we must make
milkshakes immediately to test this new-found awesomeness.

Sandi was out and about with the older two girls, so I called her and asked
her to get some ice cream sandwiches on the way home. She did, and the
three girls enjoyed ice cream sandwich shakes. It worked flawlessly.

Today, as I was thinking about how cool this post would be, I did
something that would quickly bring me a strong dose of reality. I Googled
"blender mason jar" (without the quotes). I was shocked when I found that
apparently everyone but me knew that small mouth canning jars fit the
average household blender base.

Although my ego was bruised, I held out some hope that some of you, my
beloved readers, would find this discovery to be as exciting as I initially
did.

You're welcome.

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John
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Unread 12-05-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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Well it's news to me!
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Well, At least your girls still view you as the smartest guy in the world, right, that's worth something!
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I had no idea, thanks!

yet one more reason I can give that half of my glassware is actually BBQ sauce jars
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Well, At least your girls still view you as the smartest guy in the world, right, that's worth something!
Ha! Way to look at the bright side.

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yet one more reason I can give that half of my glassware is actually BBQ sauce jars
You too?

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Okay....I gotta admit, I think the Ice Cream Sandwich Milkshake is genius.

WTH is the good of using the canning jar instead of just using the blender top?

I told my wife about it and she just looked at me like I was insane.
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Okay....I gotta admit, I think the Ice Cream Sandwich Milkshake is genius.

WTH is the good of using the canning jar instead of just using the blender top?

I told my wife about it and she just looked at me like I was insane.
Thanks, bro. The milkshake idea came from an online interview of Guy "The
Human Lava Lamp" Fieri where he described some dude doing apple pie
shakes by dumping a whole pie, crust and all, in a blender with ice cream.

I did mine with just an ice cream sandwich and a little whipping cream and
whole milk. Chloe said, "This is the best shake that I've ever had."

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Three words: Mason Jar Margarita

Marinate on that!

BYOJ

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Wait tell I show my friends! Lol useful find, and a genius dad(dads making milkshakes!) in your girl's eyes, cool read THx for sharing brotha:thumbup:

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Thanks for the reminder Daddio. I had read that once, but had forgotten.

One word of warning, dont put hot/boiling liquid in there, or you may have just created a pressurized rocket, like when you were a kid.
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News to me too, thanks for posting.
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Coo idea. Doesn't matter if it was already known "out there". I didn't know it, you didn't know it and others here didn't know - and YOU thought of it. Pretty genius in my books.

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I discovered this idea this summer when looking for tailgating ideas. I found a site where they did the same thing but...they used a cordless drill to have a wireless blender for tailgating. They sell a kit to "convert" your drill but you don't really need it. I tried it out but my 12v drill lacked a little power, an 18v would do the trick though. It is nice to make small batches of things and not have to pour back and forth...love the milkshake idea, might have to make those tonight!
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This was a well known fact back when canning was a way of life. Use this all the time for batches of hot wing sauce.
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