I realize I haven’t posted hardly anything on here in the last couple months…..things have been absolutely CRAZY around here!!!! More on that as well as some cute pictures of my kids tomorrow, but for now I just couldn’t contain how excited I am about my new “Magic Bullet” that….get this….uses MASON JARS!!!!!!!
In our marriage, David and I have owned an Oster Blender (pretty much the same design as my mother’s 1970′s Sunbeam blender). I liked it well enough, but I hated how there was only one blade, one jar, and one lid. It seemed like such a pain to haul out, put together, use, take apart, and clean…only to use it again.
We eventually got rid of it and upgraded to the Magic Bullet. I made all of the kids’ baby food in it. David used it for making protein shakes, and I have recently been using it for making condiments for Jessica’s new diet. (In case you are just now joining us, Jessica is on a sucrose free, dairy free, preservatives free, yeast free, gluten free, fermented foods free, and fructose lite diet. It seems to have made a significant difference in her Autism symptoms.) The Magic Bullet has worked great! However, it is made of plastic so the parts do wear out with the kind of abuse it gets around our home, and I am always running out of cups and blades (I told you we use it A LOT)!!!
**I should probably also mention at this point that we do have a Cuisinart stick blender that I purchased after the Magic Bullet primarily use for canning, soap making, etc (read heavy duty kitchen projects).
With all of the cooking we are doing for Jessica’s diet, it has become apparent to us that we need to make some upgrades to some of our kitchen appliances. Enter the DIY Magic Bullet! I love the idea of using Mason jars because 1) I have A LOT of them…we use them for drinking glasses, canning, breakfast on the go, etc. 2) I have A LOT of lids for Mason jars! The Magic Bullet only came with 2 lids that didn’t have any holes. 3) They are made of glass and very durable! 4) We can make individual sized servings or use the blender pitcher to make multiple servings at one time!
I bought a new Oster blender from Wal-mart. To my knowledge any standard Oster blender design will accept a regular mouthed mason jar (pint size and jelly jar size). I chose to buy a new blender 1) because if it is something you are going to get a lot of use out of then I prefer to buy it new so you don’t have to worry about abusive previous owners and 2) this particular model has a food processor adapter. I rarely use a food processor. I prefer my mandolin and knives; however, it is nice to have the option without purchasing a separate appliance. I also purchased an extra blade, gasket, and lid while I was at Wal-mart. I also purchased a third blade on Amazon that is supposed to be very heavy duty and be able to handle almost anything I could throw at it!
This is my complete set-up (not counting my collection of mason jars and the heavy duty blade I had to order online). This should serve me better than the Magic Bullet ever could: infinite jars, infinite lids, as many blades as I want to buy, durability, and all replacement parts are easy to come by at any garage sale!!!!! I see many breakfast smoothies in our future!! We really liked this one from Pinterest:
and I am really wanting to try a variation on these: