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Crucial Blender Assistance/Advice Desired!
Geeky Tiki
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 533
From: Las vegas
Posted: 2003-01-20 3:22 pm   Permalink

Greetings.

Gotta get my basement oasis stocked and outfitted. I've hit a true snag with blender selection. Usually I can shop around to find the ne plus ultra in a given product category, but this blender thing has me flummoxed!

Which is the ultimate blender?

(I've looked at Island Oasis machines, but they are beyond my budget.)

On a semi-related note. If I look for a blender from south of the equator, will it spin the opposite way? Since we like Polynesian drinks, should I be looking for a reverse polarity brand?


 
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Futura Girl
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Joined: Oct 01, 2002
Posts: 933
Posted: 2003-01-20 3:33 pm   Permalink

After burning out an Osterizer and typical home version Waring, we finally went to a restaurant supply store to buy our blender. We went professional and got a 2 speed Waring Commercial Blender - we use it daily and have not had any issues with it.

 
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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1800
From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2003-01-20 4:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-01-20 15:33, Futura Girl wrote:
We went professional and got a 2 speed Waring Commercial Blender - we use it daily and have not had any issues with it.



Why is it that commercial blenders only have two speeds, but home models have lots of variable speeds? Is it because commercial ones have more powerful motors?

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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
Posts: 3536
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2003-01-20 7:58 pm   Permalink

I also use a Waring Commercial Blender, and I've never had any trouble at all with it. It also looks pretty swank. We had trouble with other blenders.

Blender at Williams-Sonoma

I bought it a few years back at Williams-Sonoma, where I'm sure I inappropriately paid top dollar for the sucker. But even at that price, it's been great.


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SoBeTiki
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 92
From: Miami Beach, Florida
Posted: 2003-01-20 9:58 pm   Permalink


I went with the KitchenAid Professional w/Stainless Steel Jar. It crushes ice like a champ. Makes a mean Painkiller or Soy Protein shake (depending on when my Atkins diet kicks in).


 
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johntiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1525
From: MD
Posted: 2003-01-20 10:32 pm   Permalink

You can't go wrong with the Waring Pro-Model - I have had my for 5 years and haven't had a bit of trouble!


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PiPhiRho
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 1004
From: Redondo Beach
Posted: 2003-01-21 12:14 am   Permalink

I have a cheap, plastic Hamilton Beach blender with 7 speeds that I have owned for at least a dozen years. It has been used for little other than making drinks, but it has served that purpose admirably. It could probably crush ice a little better, it has a tendency to leave chunks, but other than that I have not had a problem wiht it. Seems to me a blender is pretty much a blender. But I could be wrong.


 
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waikiki tiki
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Joined: Jan 06, 2003
Posts: 144
From: Atlanta, GA
Posted: 2003-01-21 10:49 am   Permalink

We bought a cool older Osterizer with the beehive design at a flea market. It works great so far, but we haven't had it very long. Do you guys use a separate ice crusher? We have a 70's Snowflake crusher that works great, so we usually don't use the blender for ice crushing. We also have an old chrome Juice King juicer...what kind of juicer do you all prefer? Just curious about how everyone outfits their bar!

Happy Tiki Hunting!


 
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BONBONVIC
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 123
From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2003-01-21 10:58 am   Permalink

I just got a seperate ice crusher for x-mas. It has a hand crank. I intend to give it a workout this weekend. I was wrapping ice in a towel and hitting it with a hammer.

 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 4965
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2003-01-21 12:24 pm   Permalink

We use a vintage chrome Osterizer and it has not failed us. The spindle wore smooth and we had it replaced. Crushes ice, or whatever.

The hand crank ice crushers are about worthless to me. Mine is vintage and it does the job okay, but it melts more ice than it crushes. I helped the problem for a while by keeping it in the fridge, but who has space for that?
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thejab
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2003-01-21 1:12 pm   Permalink

I use an old Waring "Blendor" for blending drinks, an old hand crank ice crusher for making cracked ice, a new hand crank ice shaver for drinks calling for crushed ice, a juice-o-mat for serious juicing jobs, and a hand juicer for small jobs.
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11003
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-01-21 1:29 pm   Permalink

Just in terms of Polynesian Cocktails:

Tony Ramos, master mixologist at Don The Beachcomber and Madame Wu's, taught me and the Beachbum this:
Part of the lost tradition of authentic Polynesian Potion Mixing is that they are to be mixed with top mixers only, of which the Hamilton Beach blenders are the classics. You can still find those at antique stalls, and they have been re-made by (?) as lighter, inexpensive retro ware.
Glass cylinder bottom mixers are too frothy and came into use when the Margharitas took over from the Mai Tais. As Polynesian cocktails fell out of fashion (and were shoddily mixed, if at all), so did Hamilton Beach blenders.


 
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thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2003-01-21 1:38 pm   Permalink

I've been looking for one of those old Hamilton Beach drinkmasters for a long time. The old ones in good shape usually sell for over $100. They make new versions but they don't have quite the look of the original jadite or black ones. I once bid on an old black ceramic one on Ebay that was sold by Bacardi in the 30's and the metal label said "rum-master" but I got way overbid on it ($275).

Of course at the Tiki Ti all they use are the top mixers.
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11003
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-01-21 1:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-01-21 13:38, thejab wrote:
I once bid on an old black ceramic one on Ebay that was sold by Bacardi in the 30's and the metal label said "rum-master"



That's SWEET! Show those rum drinks who's their master! Whip 'em in shape!

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Of course at the Tiki Ti all they use are the top mixers.
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Yup. No less will do.


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2789
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2003-01-21 4:43 pm   Permalink

I'm lucky enough to have an ice factory just down the street from my house. Just before a party, I pick up a 50-pound bag, (the smallest they sell), of crushed ice, take it home and fill up two large ice-chests behind the bar. The crushed ice can be used as is for certain drinks, or thrown into the blender for blended drinks. Since it's already pre-crushed, it saves wear-and-tear on the blender.

If you don't have an ice factory near you, you can usually find a supermarket that displays their fish on crushed ice. That means they probably have a commercial ice-crushing machine behind the counter and, (if they're nice), can sell you any sized bag of crushed ice you desire. I've had good luck getting ice this way.

Sabu


 
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