Today was a big day. It marked the arrival of my new Ninja Professional Blender from Amazon. I frequently use a blender when I’m cooking. It’s a great tool for making sauces, marinades, hummus, and of course smoothies. I wanted to put my new Ninja blender to the test, so the first thing I made was this traditional hummus recipe.
Before I jump into my traditional hummus recipe, I want to share my experience and reviews of several different blender brands.
Magic Bullet Blender, average price: $35
The Magic Bullet blender is my go-to blender for smoothies and shakes. The blending cup doubles as a travel and storage container, making this blender ideal for mixing up a smoothie on the run. My morning routine often involves blending up a banana, peanut butter, and chocolate protein shake to sip during my drive to work. I also mix up dips at home, throw on the lid, and take to work for snack breaks. I highly recommend this blender to anyone that wants to take meals or snacks on the go.
The blending cup doubles as a storage container which is great for traveling. I also love the interchangeable lids. I use the lid with a straw hole for my morning smoothies. Another benefit is that this blender is fast! It literally makes smoothies in seconds. Cleanup is also quick. There aren’t a lot of pieces needed, just the blade and the cup, so dishes are minimal. This blender is affordable which is a huge plus.
As I mentioned, the Magic Bullet makes smoothies in seconds, but sometimes more time is needed. The manufacturer warns against running the Magic Bullet for more than a minute at a time. Therefore, I use another blender for heavy duty blending recipes, such as hummus or homemade cashew paste. As convenient as the interchangeable blending cups and lids are, they’re also a pain to store. They’re not stackable so my storage cabinet is a bit of a mess.
Cuisinart HB-155PC Smart Stick, average price: $48
The Cuisinart Smart Stick is the perfect blender for soups and sauces. This is the only blender I use for making soup. One of my favorite recipes to make with this blender is split pea soup. The Cuisinart Smart Stick removes the extra mess and dishes by blending right in the pot. This removes the hassle of transferring hot soup from the stove to a blender, blending, and then moving back to the stove.
As I mentioned, this is the ideal blender for making soups and sauces. Cleanup could not be easier. The only piece of the blender that needs to be washed is the blade, which is dishwasher safe.
Although great for mixing hot liquids on the stove, I don’t use it for many other recipes. The blender comes with a mixing cup but the it’s too small to use for many other dishes. It can also be challenging to blend ingredients in a bowl using the hand mixer.
Ninja Professional 72oz Countertop Blender, average price: $90
I loved using the Ninja Professional blender to make hummus. It was so easy. I placed all the ingredients in the blender, pushed power, and the hummus was ready in a few short minutes.
This is such a powerful blender. Hummus can sometimes be tough to mix. The chickpeas and tahini sauce are relatively thick so a weaker blender will often need additional liquid and mixing time. The Ninja Professional didn’t have any trouble blending hummus. Additionally, it has a lot of space for ingredients. With other blenders, I’ve had to mix recipes in small batches or in stages. The Ninja Professional mixes all ingredients at once.
This is a large machine. The base is taller and heavier than I realized, so it does take up a lot of counter and storage space. I also found that cleaning is not as easy cleaning the Magic Bullet or Cuisinart Smart Stick. There are three pieces that all need to be thoroughly washed: the lid, blade, and plastic container. They are all dishwasher safe but I could see it being a pain to clean if you don’t have a dishwasher.
Packing this Traditional Hummus recipe on the go
Okay, now back to the Traditional Hummus recipe. As I mentioned in my reviews, making this hummus recipe was a breeze in the Ninja Professional Blender. Packing this recipe is even easier. Once blended, I place the hummus in a travel container and take to work along with vegetables or crackers to dip. I keep the hummus in the fridge at my office during the week, giving me a nice go-to snack in a pinch.
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- Open can of chickpeas, drain the water, and add chickpeas to a blender. Add tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, water, salt and pepper to blender. Blend on high until hummus is a smooth consistency.
- Serve with a dash of paprika and finely chopped parsley.