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Getting A Bianco Forte Blender


grafik-bestandteile-bianco-forteBasically ever since I heard of it, so I guess at least since 5 years ago, I wanted a high power blender. The most well known one is the Vitamix, which costs 700€. That wasn’t easy for me to pay, so I’ve spent a long time wanting but not having.

Recently, I got annoyed at it always being “later” and started thinking “what if I could now?”. Long story short, I found an equivalent blender, a second hand one for 285€, with half paid by my parents as a Christmas gift. (Thanks!).
 
The blender is the Bianco Forte, a German brand and the best value for money in the high power blender market that I know of.
 
What can it do? Well, there are videos on Youtube showing someone using a similar machine to turn a mobile phone into dust. In other words, I can pulverise basically everything. A food nerd like me can find so many applications for this.
 
– Make affordable nut butter out of any nuts! (I can even save a euro per jar by blending my own peanut butter)

– Blend cashews super smooth so you can make fermented cheese out of them without the grainy texture
– Add dates instead of sugar in any recipe by blending them up fine
– Make green smoothies with vegetables that normally wouldn’t become smooth in a blender, e.g. broccoli
– Make applesauce or pumpkin puree without cooking the fruits
– Grind flour out of anything you can think of, avoid paying hipster prices for fancy gluten free flours
– Hey, what happens if I blend a raw carrot?
 
Today I attempted to make almond butter, but burnt the almonds while preparing them to be blended, but then decided to grind the charcoal into ersatz coffee. (PSA: 90% of the flavour of coffee comes from it being charcoal, that’s why you can make ersatz coffee out of anything. And no, I won’t be the one drinking this). It became powder in seconds. I also made pumpkin seed butter and a drink made out of frozen strawberries, dates and apple juice. The strawberries didn’t need to be defrosted beforehand. The result was perfectly smooth.

The first time I turned it on, without anything in the blender, the sound it made as it accelerated – continuing to accelerate for something like 20 seconds – was kind of terrifying. Or, with a switch in perspective, it was exhilarating, giving me the impulse to cackle madly. I feel like I got a black market piece of military equipment. In fact, that is what I will be calling it from now on. My military-grade blender.

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  1. Julia says:

    Do you like soup? My vitamix (a hand-me-down from my mother) is an important part of my process for making awesome soup stock that can’t be beat. Roast your favorite aromatic vegetables in the oven until they are soft, and then blend them into a slurry, and then boil them for 1-2 hours. Strain out the solids and discard them. Makes the best stock. 🙂

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