|This is the recipe book I received, as pictured on their website|
The first thing I did was look at the recipe book, because I had heard from other bloggers about how awesome their recipes are and I was genuinely curious about the 'shakes' I kept hearing so much about. As I was flipping through the drinks section, I saw the recipe for an 'Apple Pie Shake,' using unsweetened applesauce and knew that was what I was going to make. In my mom's house, we have can after can after can of unsweetened applesauce in our pantry, and we have long since run out of things to do with it. We're not sure how so many accumulated, but we know that the extra cans need to be dealt with, so I knew this would be a perfect way to use them! I followed the recipe word for word, and the shake really did taste like apple pie! I was so excited that I immediately told my mom about it, whom I was on the phone with while I was making it. This is definitely a recipe I will use again! There are also recipes for things like Pancakes and waffles, salsa, sticky buns, french toast, all sorts of main dishes, salads, salad dressings, marinades, and all sorts of desserts (including an interesting Powdered Sugar Drizzle that I'll have to try out soon). I am convinced that there is at least one tasty recipe in that (if not 10) that you can make today with ingredients you already have laying around in your house! Of course, I found one for my house, but I'm going back into the recipe book tonight to look for another!
|This is the insulted sling I received as pictured on their website. Check out the snap that comes apart! That meant you can take off the top really easily without having to take off the sling!|
I also received an insulated sling that fits the Blenderbottle perfectly, hugging it just tight enough to keep it in, but not so tight that it's hard to get on. In fact, this was the second thing I played with when I opened the package. The sling is available in lots of different designs, and I picked the Stripes 2 design. The colors were beautiful and the stitching was really really strong. Also, there's a handle over the top of the bottle, so you don't need to hold onto the bottle while you're walking, you can just hold onto the handle. I bet that handle would also allow you to hang it from the handlebars of your bike, too! I checked the stitching on the sling (one of the first things to break on most similar products) and it was extremely well stitched! I do not think this is going to break on me anytime soon! On top of that, the bottom of the sling is rubber, but it's a particularly clingy rubber (I wish I had another way to describe it that's more flattering) and it's flat! That means that I can set my Blenderbottle down in the sling and not worry about it falling over! Now let's talk about why you might need the insulated sling in the first place, besides being able to hook it onto your bike for easy travel. As I mentioned before, I made an apple pie shake with my Blenderbottle. Imagine being able to make that shake, then take it to work with you and drink it all day. Or, for college students, imagine making it right before class, then being able to drink it while you take notes. I didn't think I would care for the sling, but when I really thought about it, I just love the idea and the product and I'm so glad it was included!
|The 28 oz. Blenderbottle I received, as pictured on their website.|
Now on to the main event: the Blenderbottle itself. This bottle is BPA free, which is great because that means you can store stuff in it and it won't have chemicals leaking into your food! It's also a very sturdy plastic. I didn't drop it, but I'm sure if I did it wouldn't break (always a plus, right?). The top screws off, but there's a little tab that you can pull off the top to reveal a small hole you drink or pour from, which is great if you want to drink out of the bottle or you want a low-mess way to pour pancakes into a pan. My main concern about this bottle was the 'whisk' part of it being, for lack of a better word, squishable. I was worried that it might flatten itself after a while of use, because it didn't look that sturdy on the website. Well, I no longer fear that at all! I spent a good 30 minutes playing with it (not for review purposes, I'm just easily amused) and it was extremely resilient and hasn't lost its' shape at all. 30 minutes of me playing with it is probably more stressful to the spring than 30 minutes of shaking it in the Blenderbottle, so I am very confident this product will last me a long time!
|This little ball is amazing!|
Since I am a college student, I do think about products from that point of view, so let's go over why this would be a great present for any college student, even if they don't have a kitchen:
- The recipe book lays out everything you need to know about every recipe, as if it were the first time you're making anything having to do with that recipe. This simplicity is really great for students who are just starting to cook on their own.
- The recipe book also has lots of recipes that don't involve cooking, like the shakes and various dips and salads. These things are surprisingly common in dorms without kitchens.
- The insulated sling allows for easy transportation, so students can take their creations, whatever they may be, to another dorm or to class comfortably. Even if they're traveling on a bike!
- There are two sizes of Blenderbottle, and most college students would get a lot of use out of the smaller size, because most college students are only cooking or making drinks for themselves.
- Both sizes would easily fit in the door of a mini-fridge. This is important to a college student. Trust me.
- The Blenderbottle is really easy to clean. Unless you're working with something that can make you sick (raw eggs and the like) you don't even need to really wash it. After I made my shake, I just poured it into a glass and rinsed out my Blenderbottle. No fuss!
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