11 surprising ways to use your blender (no smoothies included)

You know that machine tucked away in your kitchen covered in dust? You know the one -- it starts with the letter "b." Yea, blender! That's it! It's not just for making smoothies in the summer months, it can be used for much, much more. Check out these tasty recipes and put that baby to work!

10 unusual ways to use a blender
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10 unusual ways to use a blender
Ever wonder how salsa in a jar is always perfect? Or how restaurants get the perfect balance between chunky and saucy, like this fast, fresh recipe? If you use your blender, you can have the best of both worlds! Blend a portion of the ingredients in a blender until completely smooth, then add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until desired consistency. 
Make any and every sauce, from pizza sauce to spreads to Tahini for these ultimate falafel patty melts. Your blender is your best friend! 
Disguise Veggies in Food
Want your kids to eat more veggies? Go get your blender. Use it to puree veggies to add to meatballs, pasta, mashed potatoes, and even dessert
Salad Dressing
For a seriously smooth vinaigrette (minus the chunks of garlic and shallot), simply put all the ingredients in your blender! 
Did you know you can make your own fresh aioli (fancy word for mayo) right in the comfort of your own home?! It literally takes just a few seconds and four ingredients (when you don’t count water, salt and pepper), so now you’ll never have to buy a jar of the store-bought stuff again! 
Slushy cocktails are THE BEST, and they’re not just for summertime, either! Try one of these delightfully refreshing recipes, including a foolproof frose
You don’t need a fancy food processor to make breadcrumbs, just use your blender! Try them on top of a cheesy pasta bake for added crunch.
Milkshakes -- pretty self-explanatory, but we felt the need to include ‘em just for this boozy pb&j concoction that we need RIGHT NOW.
Making dip for a crowd has never been easier, especially when the most effort required is to dump everything in a blender and press “on.” 

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