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Archive for October 2nd, 2012

So Fast It’s Hot

Posted by terrepruitt on October 2, 2012

When you do something, like Nia or use a blender every day, it gives you a lot of material to post on a blog!  I’ve been using my birthday present almost every day.  When I first heard of “super” blenders that made soup I thought that was crazy.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba  I thought that the blender had a heating element to heat up the soup.  And there are some like that.  But with the high-speed blenders, I didn’t realize the blades go fast enough to cause heat and heat up the soup.  They go so fast it is hot!  I didn’t think it would be something I would like.  As you may know I love to make soup and one of the things I love about the soup I make is the fact that I do it all in one pot and then I use my immersion blender.  I really like that.  I don’t like having to pour cooked soup into a blender then blend it then pour it back into the pot to re-warm it.  The soup recipes that I have seen for blender soup either have you doing that or have you cooking some if not the majority of ingredients before putting them in the blender.  At this point, for some of my soups I will stick to my one pot and stick blender recipes.  Another reason I like to make the soup in a pot is because I believe that cooking some of the ingredients as you go allows you to layer the flavors.  Now, I know that phrase from cooking shows and I could be off base with what it means and what I am doing, but that is what I consider myself doing when I sauté onions and then garlic and then add the butternut squash and sauté it.  Then add other spices, etc.  It layers the flavors.  But in a lot of the blender soup recipes you just dump it all in.  Well, since I got the dang thing I decided to at least try one of the recipes for soup.  I picked a recipe that does not require any other cooking.  Just dump all the ingredients in the blender container and press soup.  Now with that kind of ease I could maybe live without the layer of flavor if I liked the soup.

I like it ok.  I think that if I followed the recipe exactly it would have more flavor, but I also think that if I follow the recipe exactly it would be too hot for me.

The recipe that came with the Blendtec Blender and is on their website is for Tortilla Soup.

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2 cups warm water
2 Roma tomatoes
1/2 large carrot
1 1 inch strip of red pepper
1/4 avocado
an onion wedge
1 1 inch X 1/2 inch chunk of pepper jack cheese Monterey jack
2 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon no-salt herb seasoning Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

The ingredients go into the blender in the order that they are listed then you press “Soups” on the blender and let it do its thing.   It does really go so fast that it actually does get hot!  Some people might like their soup piping hot so this MIGHT not be hot enough for them.  But this type of soup is perfect at the temperature that the blender makes it.

It was not spicy because I didn’t use the pepper jack.  I bet if you like that hot (spicy) cheese the soup is good with it.  I will make it one day with the pepper jack because even if it ends up being too spicy hot for me, my hubby will eat it.  For now, I am just using the Monterey jack.

The first time I made this it took me 30 minutes because I was going slow.  The second time I made it, it was ready to eat in 20 minutes.  So my title, So Fast It’s Hot, applies to the blades of the blender AND to the fact that this can be made and in a bowl in 20 minutes.  Now that is HOT!

Before I got the blender I had an opinion about blender soup, what about you?  What do you think about blender soup? 

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