I finally found something that a blender will do better than a Cuisinart food processor: crushed ice based milkshakes. There's a reason. It involves the question, IS my great cooking the reason my husband, Richard, had to start going to Weight Watchers (where, consequently, he discovered he loves their low-cal thickshakes)? Actually, assignment of possible guilt for his weight gain doesn't matter because I actually like fruity or chocolatey thick shakes myself...
I did try making a Weight Watchers thickshake with my beloved Cuisinart full-sized food processor, only to discover, after bragging about its invincibilty many times here, that it's just WRONG, very wrong, for the thickshake job. So, I dug around in my "closet of shame" which, contrary to what you might assume, has nothing to do with concealing my boring and unremarkable sexual orientation. Nay, what my closet of shame actually conceals from view are all those small appliances that I discovered JUST DID NOT WORK OUT tragically too late to return them to the store for a refund.
So, rather than leave the deep fryer, the wildly expensive Zojirushi bread machine, the quark maker (don't ask), and the pasta machine out in the open to collect dust and otherwise mock me, they are consigned to the dark recesses of the "closet of shame". The blender had been in there, sadly among their sorry ranks for 25 long years! It was a wedding present - horribly ready waiting to remind me of the bad-taste of the early 80's in all its harvest gold maize colored glory...
So chowhounds, please help me choose a new blender. I have a recent Wall Street Journal article comparing the margarita making capabilities of 5 widely available blenders. They chose the Kitchenaid 5-Speed Custom Blender with Polycarbonate Jar as "best overall" for $129.99, but available at some retailers for $89.99. Their "best value" choice was the Cuisinart Brushed Stainless and Black Bar Blender for $99.95. Lesser, but acceptable grades were given to the Waring and the Oster blenders.
But, I'd really like to hear your own opinions, personal experiences, advice and recommendations for the perfect thickshake-making blender before making my final selection.
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