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Which appliance do you use when you have to blend or grind a small quantity of food - so not enough to work in the vitamix?

Sometimes I need to process or blend just one cup or less of ingredients and my vitamix doesn't work with this small quantity of food. I'm looking for a powerful but smaller version of my beloved blender for those needs, any idea??

asked by Valentina | sweet kabocha 9 months ago
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added 9 months ago

I use a Ninja Blender system and the smoothie attachment works great for small batches.

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added 9 months ago

What about an immersion blender .... Some models come with a measuring cup and are perfect for small quantities , not as good as a vitamix but may work for you

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HalfPint

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added 9 months ago

I have a little electric coffee bean grinder that I use for grinding spices. Picked it up at a yard sale for $8 (!). Kinda looks like this, http://www.target.com/p...

Or I use my little mortar & pestle for the really small quantities (like ~2 TB).

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HalfPint

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added 9 months ago

For other foods beside spices, I just use my blender.

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added 9 months ago

I use a sunbeam mini processor (about 1 cup-still available on ebay) sometimes, or a regular 5-6 cup mini processor, but they don't really grind the same way as a blender. My ancient but still good Osterizer came with small (1-2c.) blender jars, and I assume others do too, but I always found them pretty frustrating to use because you can't get in to stir easily. I'm curious as to what actually happens with the Vitamix- the Osterizer will blend very small quantities- you just need enough to cover the blade- but material sticking to the sides of the jar can be a problem.

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Susan W

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added 9 months ago

My breville stick blender came with a small cup and an attachment to turn it into a mini processor. I love it for small amounts of ingredients. For spices, I use my 25 yo coffee grinder.

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added 9 months ago

My magic bullet is 5 years old and going strong. Cheap and reliable and great for grinding or mixing like salad dressings. My cuis hand blender also came with a great attachment that's designed to ground nuts but works great on everything else.

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added 9 months ago

Buy the small (32) oz Vitamix container. Works just fine for smaller amounts.

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added 9 months ago

Even 1/2 cup of food?

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added 9 months ago

I have not done that small of an amount, but it works fine for one cup. If one is often blending such small amounts and wants the smoothness of a blender rather than a grinder or small processor, I'd look into the single serve blenders as Anne recommends below.

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ChefJune

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added 9 months ago

I generally use my immersion blender for small amounts - or my spice grinder. Depends upon what the item is.

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added 9 months ago

You'd be best to use a single-serve blender for small portions. They're perfect for whipping up ingredients for recipes or even smoothies for yourself. Check out this website: http://bestblenders.reviews... They have some helpful lists like best single-serve blenders and reviews on all kinds of different blenders. You can find all the information you need there :)

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added 9 months ago

E.g. I had to blend 1/2 avocado with basil and garlic for a sauce, so I need an appliance with really low blades :) I'm not interested in smoothies, maybe this info can help!

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Sam1148

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added 9 months ago

Mini prep. Small foot print on the counter top and has two buttons to pulse with reversible action. Super easy to clean.
It I use it for sauces, hummus, even to mix one 1 ball of pizza dough.
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added 9 months ago

Actually, you can whip up a ripe avocado pretty well with a baloon whisk.