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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2016-06-15 1:40 pm   Permalink

I've had the same problem which HH reported - hassle of using a big blender when making a handful of blended drinks in one evening. I solved this two ways -- using a vertical drink mixer ("milkshake mixer") with my shaker tins, or using the Oster Blend-N-Go ware. They have the same base as the Oster blender, but smaller capacity. I own 5 or 6 of these, along with 5 or 6 shaker tins. I bring 'em out, use 'em, and then wash them when the evening is done. Voy-lah!

Here's a pic of the Oster mix-n-go jars:


Here's a pic of the drink mixer:


 
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the_devils_tool
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Posted: 2016-06-15 5:42 pm   Permalink

My dog freaks out when I use my Vitamix so testing a top down mixer more or less became a necessity at my house. I started with El-Cheapo Hamilton Beach chrome one.

I've come to pretty much the same conclusion as what seems to be the general consensus regarding aeration and ease of use, I find that it's not so hard on the liquids (which as I type this already sounds stupid). As an aside, is "bruising the ice" a thing? I've always heard it was when shaking but never did any in-depth research on it.

I like the top down enough that I'd like a more robust one, it gets a lot of use. The Smuggler's Cove book has some recommendations in there - I won't spoil the surprise.


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jokeiii
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Posted: 2016-06-15 6:06 pm   Permalink

If your space can only accommodate the footprint of one appliance, I suggest getting an Osterizer with an additional steel jar fitted with the "milkshake" blade. It's pretty comparable to a top down mixer, very reasonable in price, and quick to clean.
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Posted: 2016-07-12 09:19 am   Permalink

Mixer in my daughter's commercial hospital kitchen. 2 feet tall with a one gallon container



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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2016-07-12 10:47 am   Permalink

Cool, yay for the pro stuff! Now check out this gigantic stick blender we were using to mix cocktails for Hukilau 2016. Those containers hold multiple gallons.


 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-07-05 08:42 am   Permalink

Just noticed in the Oster world --- aftermarket replacement parts. They seem to work fine, but in my case the plastic lid is just a bit less spiffy as I'm used to seeing with original Oster. So I found a great vintage square-top Oster glass jar at a thrift store. It needed the "kit" with the lid, filler cap, and the base/blade/gasket. I did a Google search, selected a vendor, ordered the kit for $9 with shipping. It arrived just fine, works just fine too, but you can tell the lid is an inferior quality lid made with molded black vinyl.

For me, this is a "secondary" jar which only cost me $2 plus the parts. I plan on using it to fine-grind ice for making my ice cones, so I'm not really worried about it. But it is the first time I've received stuff which doesn't look as spiffy as the normal Oster stuff. For all I know this could have come directly from the same people who make this stuff for Oster in China, but there's no way to tell except to use the hell out of it and see how it goes. (I'm sure it will be fine, and I saved a few bucks.) I did go for the lowest price online, and I'm fine with that, but wanted to share with others just as an FYI and to bump this thread since Oster rocks the basic at-home blender world.

I'm still in love with my Oster jar blenders. Oster has kept the same parts configuration and design for what, 40 or 50 years without any changes? But I'm also still loving and using my stand mixer. I posted pics of both in an earlier message.
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2017-08-19 05:45 am   Permalink

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On 2017-07-05 08:42, AceExplorer wrote:
Just noticed in the Oster world --- aftermarket replacement parts. They seem to work fine, but in my case the plastic lid is just a bit less spiffy as I'm used to seeing with original Oster. So I found a great vintage square-top Oster glass jar at a thrift store. It needed the "kit" with the lid, filler cap, and the base/blade/gasket. I did a Google search, selected a vendor, ordered the kit for $9 with shipping. It arrived just fine, works just fine too, but you can tell the lid is an inferior quality lid made with molded black vinyl.

For me, this is a "secondary" jar which only cost me $2 plus the parts. I plan on using it to fine-grind ice for making my ice cones, so I'm not really worried about it. But it is the first time I've received stuff which doesn't look as spiffy as the normal Oster stuff. For all I know this could have come directly from the same people who make this stuff for Oster in China, but there's no way to tell except to use the hell out of it and see how it goes. (I'm sure it will be fine, and I saved a few bucks.) I did go for the lowest price online, and I'm fine with that, but wanted to share with others just as an FYI and to bump this thread since Oster rocks the basic at-home blender world.

I'm still in love with my Oster jar blenders. Oster has kept the same parts configuration and design for what, 40 or 50 years without any changes? But I'm also still loving and using my stand mixer. I posted pics of both in an earlier message.
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When I'm looking for Oster replacement parts, I'll be especially vigilant not to get anything not genuine Oster. A few years ago I stripped the drive pin, and the "fits Oster" one wasn't nearly the quality. One thing I also love about them is how mason jars fit the blade base perfectly.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-08-19 08:27 am   Permalink

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On 2017-08-19 05:45, jokeiii wrote:
One thing I also love about them is how mason jars fit the blade base perfectly.



That's GREAT! I'll do some testing with my Mason jars. I'm about 15 years into my home bar now, and have been using Oster stuff much longer. Not one regret. My top-down blender is a Waring Pro - no regrets their either, but it's a much more simple device.

On a side note, I have a dozen small/medium Mason jars which I bought for $3.00 at a thrift. I've made two home-made "test" tiki torches which run on kerosene. They work great.


 
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CincyTikiCraig
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Posted: 2017-08-20 6:31 pm   Permalink

I finally bought a milkshake blade and metal pitcher for my Oster blender, and it's the best tiki-related purchase I've made. The Oster combo is head and shoulders better than the Hamilton Beach Drinkmaster with its flimsy plastic blade. the stock Oster blade will pulverize your ice and turn your drink into a smoothy. Not so with the milkshake blade. Makes one heck of a Navy Grog.









 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2017-08-20 7:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-08-20 18:31, CincyTikiCraig wrote:
I finally bought a milkshake blade and metal pitcher for my Oster blender, and it's the best tiki-related purchase I've made. The Oster combo is head and shoulders better than the Hamilton Beach Drinkmaster with its flimsy plastic blade. the stock Oster blade will pulverize your ice and turn your drink into a smoothy. Not so with the milkshake blade. Makes one heck of a Navy Grog.











That's pretty much the rig I have. I use the glass jar and sharp blade for frozen drinks, and the metal jar with the milkshake blade for flash blended Tiki drinks. Now I just have to upgrade my blender base to the one you have...

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jokeiii
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Posted: 2017-08-26 12:11 pm   Permalink

@AceExplorer & @CincyTikiCraig and any other tikiphiles whose bars require appliances with a minimal footprint, check THIS out.
50 at a rainy day garage sale. I need to clean it up, but a test drive shows it both crushes and cracks ice without any problems. I may experiment with running the ice through twice to see if it gets close to shaved ice (i.e. for a Navy Grog ice cone) but even if not, I'm pretty happy.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-08-28 7:18 pm   Permalink

Jokeiiii, great find! I have three of those, lol. They work VERY WELL but tend to be a bit leaky and make a bit of a mess. You can make very fine ice usable in ice cones, as I recall. So why don't I use it? Because the Oster ice crushing blade in a self-contained blender jar works just as well without the leakage from the melting ice fragments inside the device. But if you can manage your work area, no problems. Another advantage of using a blender jar is that you could more easily crush ice and then scoop it out and into your ice molds. Please keep testing and share your results here. The device is fairly easy to find on eBay, but much harder to find in thrifts.

 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-08-28 7:21 pm   Permalink

I tested my mason jars with the Oster blender base. Pint size jars work perfectly. Half pint jars which were previously filled with pesto sauce were too small. I took some photos, but they're still in my phone. I'll try to post over the next few days and share the photos.
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2017-08-29 11:22 am   Permalink

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On 2017-08-28 19:18, AceExplorer wrote:
Jokeiiii, great find! I have three of those, lol. They work VERY WELL but tend to be a bit leaky and make a bit of a mess. You can make very fine ice usable in ice cones, as I recall. So why don't I use it? Because the Oster ice crushing blade in a self-contained blender jar works just as well without the leakage from the melting ice fragments inside the device. But if you can manage your work area, no problems. Another advantage of using a blender jar is that you could more easily crush ice and then scoop it out and into your ice molds. Please keep testing and share your results here. The device is fairly easy to find on eBay, but much harder to find in thrifts.


This is as far as I've gotten. I rigged a "canning funnel" to keep the ice crusher trapdoor open (otherwise it's one measly cube at a time) which allows for much faster crushing of more cubes, and faster = less melt/leaks. It shoots the crushed ice down into a tray salvaged from an ancient fridge that fits PERFECTLY under the chute. In sum, no appreciable mess thus far.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-08-29 11:33 am   Permalink

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On 2017-08-29 11:22, jokeiii wrote:
It shoots the crushed ice down into a tray salvaged from an ancient fridge that fits PERFECTLY under the chute. In sum, no appreciable mess thus far.



Cool "actual-use" feedback, and a good innovation to use a salvaged tray... And I know what you mean about the spring-loaded door being a pain. I guess it's designed to prevent ice from potentially flying up and out of the machine, or to make it less likely you'll put fingers in there.

I ran mine A LOT - crushed a whole ice tub from the fridge all at once. The inside of the machine got so cold that powdered ice started building up in the nooks and crannies. That's actually what melted and made a mess. So - to modify what I described earlier - it's only messy if you use it and let it sit on the blender. But it's NOT messy if you use it and then set it down in a sink or something. But it works great!

Of the three that I have, one is an early model and looks quite different from the streamlined ones which are most common. Someday I'll have to pull mine out and take pics just for grins.


 
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