If a basic blender is all you are looking for in your next blender, then the Osterizer 14-Speed Blender should be the one to consider. Every kitchen needs a blender but not all kitchens need a fancy blender. Basic was my word of choice when speaking with the salesman that introduced me to the Osterizer 14-Speed Blender. It didn’t matter to me how it looked and I’m sure my weekend houseguests didn’t mind either, as long as we got our mixed drinks.
The Osterizer 14-Speed Blender was designed for people like me which often get in a hurry at times and tend to make spill things. The rubber at the bottom makes it almost impossible to turn over. I don’t even worry about my kids using it or being around it on the kitchen counter. And with it being a plastic appliance, and not steel or glass, the Osterizer 14-Speed Blender is almost harmless. I use the word “almost” because it is an electric appliance.

Getting back to considering the Osterizer 14-Speed Blender just a basic blender is an understatement. In the past few years of owning this machine, I have yet to have any problems with the maintenance and upkeep of the blades which I was expecting to get dull or in need of any attention within all my spans of heavy use. To be honest I would have thrown it out and bought another one but everything still works fine on it.

Now comes the part that’s hardest to describe. But it’s a blender so this was expected. Tearing the Osterizer 14-Speed Blender all the way down is a careful process and everything is done separately. The plastic blender can simply be wiped down in a matter of seconds. The glass pitcher can be manually washed or placed in a dishwasher. And to prevent rust or any future malfunctioning, you may want to use a damp rag on the blades. I find my way of taking care of the Osterizer 14-Speed Blender the way to keep it working for many more uses in the future.

Now, with all that being said, I can now say what every person looks for in any blender, whether it is a basic blender or expensive blender? The Osterizer 14-Speed Blender does give a perfect blend. That gives this blender the privilege to be sitting in anyone’s kitchen from a small apartment to a luxurious home.

The Kalorik BL-16909 is a stainless steel countertop blender. It is fitted with a 500-watt motor, so you can use it to blend anything from ice to smoothies. You can find this model for an average price of $35. Keep reading to learn about some of the features that it offers.
Control

The Kalorik BL-16909 is a two-speed blender. The control dial offers you the choice of four different settings. They include off, low, high, and pulse mode.

Blades

The Kalorik BL-16909 blender is equipped with six stainless steel blades. Two of the blades are serrated. These blades are designed to handle any task big or small. You can use it to make soup or smoothies from frozen fruits. The blender can also handle difficult tasks like crushing ice.

Jar

The Kalorik BL-16909 is fitted with a 48-ounce glass jar. The graduated jar offers measurements so you can add ingredients accurately. There is also a large handle so you can maneuver it around with ease.

The jar provided with the Kalorik BL-16909 blender also has a removable filter cap. You can use this to add more ingredients to the blending process without needing to remove the lid. You are provided with a tight-fitting plastic cover to go over the jar.

Maintenance

The Kalorik BL-16909 is easy to maintain. You will need to wash the jar by hand after each use. It’s not designed to be put in the dishwasher. The base of the unit will need to be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Design

The Kalorik BL-16909 incorporates a brushed stainless steel base. There are also non-slip feet to keep the machine stable while it’s operating. It measures 15.5 inches high, 7.25 inches wide, and 7.25 inches deep.

The Kalorik BL-16909 blender is equipped with six stainless steel blades to handle any task big or small. The included glass jar can hold 48 ounces and offers measurements to add ingredients accurately. The removable filter cap allows you to add additional ingredients to the process without having to remove the lid. You will need to wash the jar by hand as it’s not safe for you in the dishwasher.

Has a recipe ever called for a pastry blender and you’ve never owned one in your life? Here are a few suggestions for using commonly found utensils in place of not-so-commonly found ones.
I don’t profess to be a chef by any means, but I have baked a lot. Therefore, I’ve found the following methods to work for me.

Pastry Blender

Used often to cut in shortening or fat into flour for doughy recipes, it’s a handle with curved blades.

The simple substitute is using two knives, either metal or plastic. Hold one knife in each hand and cut across your mixture in opposite directions so that the knives cross paths. Letting them actually make contact and “rub” helps to cut the mixture faster but isn’t necessary.

Another possible replacement is a large metal whisk. Since the whisk has lots of wires to cut through the dough. One drawback however, is that flour and shortening tend to get caught up inside the whisk. Just knock it hard on the rim of your bowl to shake it out.

Zest

Fancy name for pieces of lemon or orange peel. There’s also a fancy utensil, which looks a lot like a fat fork, and is used to scrape off small pieces of the rind.

A regular grater can create the same effect. The amount of pressure you use on the grater will determine the size of the pieces. Scrape gently to get thinner pieces. I suggest the regular grater size because smaller, finer graters tend to make mush of the rind pieces rather than strips.

A sturdy spork can create a similar effect as well. Or a Grapefruit Spoon (a teaspoon with jagged edging to help remove grapefruit from the rind).

Strawberry De-Topper

Ok, not sure if there’s an actual gadget for this, but since I was on the subject of Grapefruit spoons, thought I’d mention that these are also great for removing the leafy tops of strawberries. They are much more efficient than cutting them with a knife. Just insert the spoon at an angle and scoop off the strawberry’s top. You’ll see that you lose a lot less of the strawberry vs. using a knife.

Meat Tenderizer

A heavier hammer-shaped utensil that has two large ridged sides. These ridges, pounded into meat, helps to tenderize the meat.

Here again that large whisk can be used. You’ll have to supply the force yourself since there isn’t all the extra weight like in the actual meat tenderizer utensil, but just pound the side of the whisk on the meat several times on both sides of the meat and you should note some difference in tenderness upon eating it.

Meat Tenderizers are also good for crushing things into crumbs, but for those of us who don’t own said utensil, place your crackers or cookies into a sealed Ziploc bag and whack with a wooden spoon or rolling pin. Note that make sure your wooden spoon is sturdy and don’t whack TOO hard, or else you’ll break the spoon. (Yes, I’ve done that!)

Biscuit/Donut Cutter

A circular cookie cutter with a handle, they often come with a removable smaller cutter on the inside which forms the hole when cutting donuts. You remove it to make biscuits.

For biscuits, or the outline of a donut, a plastic cup or drinking glass works just fine. You can even sort through your cups and glasses to find the exact size you prefer, in case you like bigger biscuits or smaller donuts, etc.

For donut holes, use the mouth of a pop bottle. (soda bottle…for non-Midwesterners)

Flour Sifter/Powdered Sugar Sifter

These range in shape, but often consist of a cup or other container, with a handle and a trigger or a crank. The trigger or crank moves blades at the bottom of the container which sift the flour or powdered sugar through a grate or screen.

There a few different methods of sifting which you can use in lieu of an actual sifter utensil. The way I learned back in Junior High Home Economics, was to place the flour or sugar on a large piece of waxed paper, then cut with a large knife. The same as if you were mincing veggies. Then just pour into your measuring cup.

Since then, I’ve decided that I prefer using a strainer. Use any size that’s comfortable with you, just as long as it sits on the measuring cup. (You can even use a strainer that’s bigger than the cup, just keep the flour or sugar toward the center of the strainer.) Set the strainer on top of your measuring cup and spoon the flour or sugar onto the strainer. Tap or shake the strainer to get the flour/sugar through.

When I’m not patient enough for the strainer method, I simply put ¾ of the called for amount into the measuring cup and then stir vigorously with a mini-whisk, mini rotary blade or even a fork.