We recently had a summer happy hour at the Apartment Therapy Media offices, with cocktails served up by guest bartender (and ATM staff member) Michael Kuhn. When I went to get a drink, I noticed he was shaking up his delicious gin-and-basil concoction in a BlenderBottle. Having been unable to locate a cocktail shaker, he improvised with the shaker cup, which gave me a major moment of inspiration.
What else could you use a BlenderBottle for?
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BlenderBottle shakers are designed to allow you to mix up and transport shakes and smoothies on the go. The whisk-ball thingie incorporates ingredients, and the lid keeps a tight seal that's spill- and splatter-proof.
But some of the qualities that make this seemingly unitasking kitchen item great for its intended purpose also make it great for a number of other tasks. Here are five good ideas we came up with.
1. As a cocktail shaker
Besides the fact that the whisk ball and tight seal make it great for shaking up drinks, BlenderBottle has measurement markings up to 20 ounces, meaning you can even measure your drinks directly into the container.
2. To mix and dispense pancake mix
The spout on the BlenderBottle makes for easy, and relatively mess-free, dispensing directly onto the griddle. Plus, you can toss the shaker into the fridge for storage and have homemade pancakes today — and tomorrow. Just give it a little shake to re-incorporate ingredients beforehand.
3. To whip up a homemade vinaigrette
Just like with the cocktail shaker idea, you can measure all the ingredients for your favorite vinaigrette directly into the bottle and just give it a shake to emulsify the oil and vinegar. With the tight seal on the lid, you don't have to . worry about splattering oil on the kitchen — or yourself.
4. To scramble up some eggs
While mixing up liquids (and powders) seems like a no-brainer, I wasn't sure if the BlenderBottle could handle the slightly more heavy-duty task of mixing up eggs for scrambles and omelettes. As it turns out, just a few firm shakes was more than enough. I then shook it hard for about 20 seconds and was able to get perfectly fluffy eggs.
5. To make whipped cream
After less than a minute of shaking, I had stiff peaks, perfect for topping off a slice of pie. The whisk itself is a good indicator of when you are getting close to whipped cream — it starts to slow down as the cream thickens. If you keep doing it (although you may have to pause to scrape down the sides), you should even be able to BlenderBottle your way to butter.
What other ways have you used a BlenderBottle? Let us know in the comments and we'll test them out.