Magic Bullet Blender Review –
I have been wanting to try out a Magic Bullet for years now! I used to see those infomercials on TV late at night, and just die at some of the yummy recipes they created. The good people at Magic Bullet were nice enough to send me their 17 piece set for review, and whip up some of my own goodies with.
I really love treating myself – and company – to frosty smoothies, shakes, and of course ice cold cocktails (on occasion) 😉 So, I knew right away I would get a lot of use out of my Magic Bullet with those long Summer nights coming up.
My first impression of the Magic Bullet blender system was how small, and easily portable it really is. I’m used to the big ole glass pitcher blender with heavy base my sister gifted me a couple years ago. It has stayed in the same spot since I got it. Its a nice decorative piece, its just not at all fun lugging it around the kitchen when I need to use it for several different dishes. So, I really am impressed with the size of the Magic Bullet and it’s small footprint on my countertop.
Next, the system comes with 17 pieces! I enjoy accessories, but I’m not a fan at all of having to buy things *sold separately*. The Magic Bullet comes with power base, 2 stainless steel blades, tall and short cup, 4 party mugs, 2 shaker tops, 2 stay-fresh lids and recipe book. So you are really getting everything you need to really get some good use out of the product. Each of the Party Mugs has a screw on color ring for the top of the mug (around the lip). With 4 different colors. This helps keep drinks separate when company comes over, and also helps you keep track of whats what when you are mixing up different drinks at one time.
The blender blades are stainless steel, and everything is dishwasher safe. You cant beat an easy cleanup!
It comes with a great *10 second* recipe book packed full of everything from smoothies to soups! All of the listed recipes, are seriously quick, and look easy! Its certainly a handy guide for busy moms to have on hand.
When it came to trying out my Magic Bullet, I knew I wanted to go for 2 completely different types of foods/drinks. So, I decided to make a smoothie, and to put the blades to the test, a chicken coating/casserole topping made with French Fried Onions, and BBQ Pork Rinds.
The Magic Bullet did great with breaking down most of the ice, and chopping up the strawberries (along with liquids) for my smoothie (recipe below). It took about 40 seconds (way longer than the advertised 10 – but still not long), and some literal shaking of the blender to get the smoothie where it needed to be however. A bit more involved than I would like it to be to crush some ice with a brand new machine. So I was a little let down at this point.
I then tried for a nice kind of crushed or ground coating for some baked chicken I was to make that night. The Magic Blender is advertised as a *High-speed blender that grates, grinds, blends and mixes drinks in 10 seconds*. For the coating I was using BBQ Pork Rinds, and French Fried Onions. I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea to add both in at once, so I tried grinding up the pork rinds first. Right away I was having issues! The blade was spinning round, but the pieces weren’t being tossed enough to catch. I made sure not to fill the cup too full as it were, but I had to shake the blender itself (again) for the pieces to be crushed down enough. I continued this same process with the remaining Pork Rinds, and the French Fried Onions. In the end, I realized it would probably be less intensive to just grab a potato masher, and big bowl and do it by hand. So, I was really not impressed with how it ground up these dry, yet easily crushable foods.
My final thoughts on The Magic Bullet are that it works best for liquid-based mixes, and very soft foods. Great for blending, pureeing and mixing, but in my experience not great for grinding! I’ll be sticking to making mostly drinks with it from now on!
Magic Bullet Recipes ~
Fresh Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Half cup ice
- Half of 1 med Banana
- About 5 small/med sized Strawberries (with greens left on)
- 1 Whipped Strawberry Yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk or add Half cup of Orange, Strawberry, Banana Juice to a Dole Shaker, shake, and use contents
- mix until smooth & enjoy!
This smoothie is delish! Very fresh & satisfying!