One important difference between a blender and a smoothie maker is that a smoothie maker generally crushes ice better than a blender does. In addition, a smoothie maker is capable of liquefying fruit to create a smooth smoothie. Most smoothie makers also include a dispensing spigot and a stirring stick.Continue Reading
When choosing an appliance to make smoothies, focus on the appliance's features. It's best to buy a blender or smoothie maker with a wide metal base for stability and support. A high-powered motor of 500 watts or more is recommended, which allows the appliance to crush ice easily and puree or liquefy frozen fruit and berries. A blender or smoothie maker with a glass pitcher is advised because it is durable, resists scratches and is easy to clean. Touch pad controls allow spills to be easily wiped away.
Whether it's prepared in a smoothie maker or blender, a good smoothie starts with two cups of a liquid base, such as yogurt, juice or coconut milk. Then add 3/4 of a cup of fruit, such as bananas, berries, mango or peaches, along with a few ice cubes and a small amount of sweetener, if needed. Add more liquid or fruit to achieve the desired texture.Learn more about Small Kitchen Appliances
Cleaning a Ninja blender involves wiping the base and washing the pitcher and lid with mild detergent. Ninja Kitchen produces blenders and blending bowls that are capable of making ice cream, but does not manufacture actual ice cream makers, as of 2015.Full Answer >
Single-serve cups for the Ninja professional blender are available at the Ninja Kitchen website and Bed Bath & Beyond online. Individual Ninja blender parts are sold separately at Ninja Kitchen, including the 16-ounce Ninja cup and Ninja cup lid. Bed Bath & Beyond offers a set of two cups.Full Answer >
To make a smoothie, a combination of fruits, diary products, ice, vegetables or other ingredients must be blended to a smooth texture in a blender. The Food Network website offers more than 50 smoothie recipes, and the Health website offers up to 11 healthy smoothie recipes that weigh in at less than 300 calories each.Full Answer >
To make a smoothie in a blender, add 2 to 3 cups of frozen fruit, 1/2 cup of yogurt and 1 cup of a liquid ingredient such as fruit juice. Blend the smoothie in short bursts until it reaches the desired consistency and all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.Full Answer >