Hi, and happy new year!
Im not sure if this is the place to post this, but i guess it relates intimately to meal planning-thats what i am trying to do now.
I want to incorporate smoothies (or thickies) into my childrens diet to increase their protein, fats, fruit and vegetable intake.
Can anyone here recommend a blender that will be used daily for the following-
-frozen and/or fresh fruit
-raw nuts and needs of various kinds
-probably precooked rice or oats or quinoa (or can you put i in straight?)
-various fresh/frozen vegetables
-possibly precooked or uncooked (if possible?) potatoes/starchy vegetables/pumpkin/sweet potato
-using mince meat, or mincing the meat (can you do that?)
-cream of chicken soup
Ok, thats the general idea.
Can one blender do all of this?
Is it easy to clean?
Is it noisy?
I dont understand if i should get a blender that heats things (like the vitamix) Id rather not have to throw ice in there all the time. Is this necessary with a good blender?
Anyway, i would love to get a better idea about blenders (my googling has left me confused) for above purposes.
The vitamix seems good, but at $500, there has to be another option.
The hand mixers (immersion mixers i think they are called) seem viable, but i am not sure if they are better than the usual ones....
I think i would want to make 5 cups of a smoothie in the morning, two of them included in a lunchbox. Then i would want to make a soup of some kind every other evening.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond....