In a world of high tech cooking gadgets like digital refrigerators, coffee pots that grind the beans and froths the milk as you brew, water ovens that allow you to cook like a gourmet chef, it is extremely difficult to find a product that hasn’t been done again and again – and yet again, without significant, if any, improvement.
One such product genre is the blender; counter blenders, blenders that sauté the food and cook it as you go, blenders that work as food processors or smoothie machines, and of course, the high power blender touted to chop ice, grind coffee or heck, chew up about anything else besides rocks. But they are never as powerful as they say – leaving chunks, overheating and shutting off, calling for only a particular order of ingredients and so on. So, I usually just go to my old standby, my trusty Cuisinart Food Processor – not built right for blender needs, but more powerful, more consistent.
Then what should arrive at the door to my test kitchen, but a big old box from Waring Pro. I delved into that brown box as soon as I could, and inside (cue the glittering spotlight and soprano singing “AHHH”) was a squat, pit bull of a monster machine, called Waring Pro Xtreme – Professional Blender. It honestly looked as intimidating as that pit bull guarding the door of the house you want to enter, but was a teddy bear (like the pit bull) of a machine once you get past its looks and get to know it.
This little baby sits on the most squat, sturdy base you’ve ever seen, hiding a motor that would probably drive a yacht, with a blender jar that’s pretty much invincible, and huge enough for a party-sized smoothie or hummus recipe, and promises to be an incredible addition to the kitchen. But will it work as well as it looks, as well as it promises?
So, I decided to test this new appliance with a triple recipe for hummus - I make a lot of hummus and invariably have to stop the blender or even my beloved food processor, to stir, push prod and otherwise entice the machine to make the chick peas into a smooth puree without making it soupy or shutting itself down (a safe, but irritating feature, for sure). And still, it never comes out perfectly smooth like the store-bought hummus that fills the shelves at the groceries.
Until now. Wow. This machine is a monster. Not only did it grind those chick peas and whole cloves of garlic into a smooth pulp without very much olive oil, but it did it in about two seconds flat, almost like magic. It’s fill, push, whirr and done. Amazing. It’s a big loud… but so is that sweet pit bull when you first encounter it – but this gadget isn’t just the bark – it has bite galore.
Yes, this counter top appliance is pricey. But it is professional quality, in fact, would be powerful enough to use in a small bar or restaurant, is beautiful and lives up to its promises. How often can you say that?
Interested? You should be. Here are the feature:
· Made in the USA!*
· Heavy-duty 3.5 peak HP high-performance motor, 30,000+ RPM
· 64-oz. unbreakable polycarbonate container
· Simple High, Low, Off and Pulse paddle switches
· NSF listed
· Limited Five Year Motor Warranty
*Made in the USA with U.S. and foreign parts
Specifications and Ordering Information
Product Dimensions (D x W x H): 8.5 x 8.5 x 19.5"
Weight: 15.8 lbs.
Cord Length: 6 ft.
And you can – and really should, if you are a serious cook, buy it here
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