Several weeks ago, I wrote a review on one of my newly discovered (Thank you Hubby!) kitchen gadgets, the Magic Bullet mini blender. You can check out my review if you’d like by clicking right here: Magic Bullet Review.
Since that time, I was talking with a friend of mine about the Magic Bullet, and she confessed that she had one, but had retired it to the back of her pantry. Now, after reading my review, she has decided to drag her Magic Bullet back out and give it another chance.
She granted her Magic Bullet some prime real estate on her kitchen counter and started to put it to work, hopefully, to save money and get a return on that investment she made. Truthfully, many folks buy kitchen gadgets that they abandon after only a few uses. That is a tremendous waste of money. Let’s see what my friend found out about the possible return on the investment she made in her Magic Bullet.
Because her family is hooked on those designer smoothies from the specialty shops, she decided to try making a gourmet smoothie of her own. Having picked blueberries earlier this summer, she was hoarding them in the freezer, trying to figure out what she wanted to use them for. And, this couldn’t be just ANY recipe, as those were some highly prized blueberries, hand-picked with love. She chose a simple smoothie that would highlight and “glorify” (her words) the blueberries, and not hide the flavor behind something else.
Using a simple recipe of just 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (yes, leave them frozen solid), about 1- 1/2 cups of soy milk, and just a drizzle of honey to bring out the sweetness of the blueberries, not to overwhelm the delicate flavor, she gave the mixture a few good whirls, and voila!, delicious frothy and very blue blueberry smoothies. You can’t get much simpler than that. It may not look like much to begin with, but check out the finished product!
Isn’t the color of the completed smoothie beautiful? I think this would appeal to very young children just because of the incredible color and the frothiness. Of course, you can use any milk you want, but she just happens to drink soy milk. Add a little ice cream and you have a very nice dessert, too. This is one luxury that can be made at home for a fraction of what it would cost at a specialty shop.
So, can you actually save money by creating your own gourmet smoothie drinks at home, even when you figure in the cost of the Magic Bullet?
Yes, indeed, you can. In order to treat your family to smoothies at a specialty smoothie shop, you know you won’t leave without spending $20 or more. Even considering the one-time expense of purchasing the Magic Bullet for around $50, you’ve got that covered in your first few stops at the smoothie shop. At home, you can blend up a whole mess of smoothies for less than a few cents each, depending on the ingredients you use. If you’re using up fruit that’s gone beyond its freshest moments, you’re also helping your regular food budget by using up fruit instead of tossing it out.
Homemade smoothies are definitely saving you money. Additionally, you get to control the ingredients you want your family to ingest. I’ve also posted some great recipes recently that will make your family forget all about that gourmet smoothie shop! Just click here to find lots of ideas and recipes for creating delicious homemade smoothies that will appeal to kids and grownups alike.
I think my friend’s Magic Bullet has probably earned its spot on her counter top already. But, there are many more uses and recipes that she and I will both try. It seems that the simplicity and ease of use will be what brings folks back to using the Magic Bullet time and again. As a matter of fact, this little kitchen gadget may qualify as one of those tools you can’t live without, especially once you see that return on investment kick in. If you haven’t purchased a Magic Bullet yet, you may want to click here to take a look.
My frugal challenge today, then, is to drag out your dusty kitchen gadgets, whether it’s a Magic Bullet, full-sized blender, or food processor, and put it to work saving you money. Make your appliances earn their keep!
p.s. I would love it if you would check back here and let me know how you’re saving money with your kitchen gadgets. I’m always interested in hearing about what works for your family as you try to live a more frugal lifestyle.
p.p.s. And, if you’re already hooked on smoothies but would like to find even more delicious and nutritious recipes, click here to find out how you can get all the recipes for smoothies that your little heart desires!