Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kitchen MVP Spotlight :: The Emulsion Blender.

As an artist and designer, I have my hands-down favorite pens (which are stashed in every nook and cranny of my life), my go-to brushes, and the favored paper consistency. Naturally. So when it comes to the kitchen follies, there are obviously going to be some key important tools and devices, this "chef" gravitates towards for her clean eatin masterpieces. Obviously.

While there are a few things that my meal prep could not survive without, I had to start with a particular such Cuisinart Hand Held Emulsion Blender.
Once upon a time, I was desperate to create a "paleo" mayo or other form of bonding agent for yummy dishes like chicken salad, deviled eggs and the like. But the "slowly drizzle your oil" step in every recipe was quite the turn off. When I'm meal prepping, time is golden, okay?? I finally got my hands on one of these bad boys as a present from my sister and my life is forever changed! ...or at least my dips, dressings and mayo's...
Finally I can dump it all in one spot and in less than 10 seconds, I have a perfect consistency, all natural, homemade dressing of any kind.
I mean, it's literally magic.
You've seen me rave about the jalapeno ranch. Well this is the tool that makes that happen and that's just the start of it.
The base of any sort of "mayo" is as easy as
  • 2/3 cup of Avocado oil (or any other light tasting oil...EVOO...)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
From there, it's just about spices. Dill, Parsley and some Cayenne have become a go-to for a little kick of flavor. The jalapeno, garlic powder and a little extra lemon juice make that delicious jalapeno ranch dip. Experiment with any spices, hot sauces and other flavors to produce all sorts of dips and dressings.

It seems bizarre but it truly is a matter of just throwing everything in the tall container, starting the blender on low at the base and slowly raising to the top for perfection. My friends have literally seen this happen and gone "what just happened??" The response? Magic.

I store my dressings and dips in these easy little 2 ounce plastic cups with lids for easy grab and go.
While this act of magic is enough for this little guy to make the MVP list, there is actually an entire manual of other things to be done with it. With an additional whisk attachment, variable speed dial and easy to use and wash body, this tool is well worth making the kitchen cabinet cut.

So run, don't saunter, and grab your own little magic machine. Your meal-prep deserves it. And so do you.

Finding Fit,

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