24 March 2007

What, you say?

I'm sorry, I can't hear you.

After years and years of using my grandparents' classic old Oster blender, circa 1957 (beehive shaped, brown), I broke the jar and ordered the new jar from eBay but had since thrown away the blade part and the new jar didn't come with the blade part and finally I just decided to give up and buy a whole new one.

After half an hour of deliberation at Target, I bought a new Osterizer, same as the old Osterizer. Except even more old school, since the Grands' had had a rheostat to control the blade speed and this one is so retro it just has an on-off toggle switch.

Merely 2 weeks after bringing it home, I dragged it out of the box to whip up a batch of Minty Lime Coolers.

The noise the thing made defies description. Your noisiest hair dryer does not begin to approach the volume. A leaf blower? Maybe closer. A snow blower? Dunno, I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA hahahaha.

Jet engine before takeoff? Yes, exactly. Exactly. The dog bolted in fear. I almost wet myself. Again.

Back to Target. Any suggestions?

9 comments:

MsLittlePea said...

Can't help you there. I'm looking for a good one myself. We have hybrid cars and spaceships but we're still stuck with noisy blenders...let us know what you end up with.

Country Mouse said...

I like my Kitchenaid blender. It was expensive, but it's heavy-duty and is happy to blend frozen fruit for smoothies without end (which is what completely burned out the motor on my previous blender).

Librocrat said...

I have a suggestion - don't buy things from Target. Never a good decision. Kitchen stores usually know what's up.

Amanda said...

I love my Cuisinart blender. It was under $100 and it works for everything from margaritas to grinding meat for baby food. And you can buy it in red if you want!

Izzy said...

I have a blender, possibly a Sunbeam or something, and it's loud as hell, too. I guess I've just resigned myself to it. Maybe you could test some out at Bed Bath & Beyond or a similar store.

Mom101 said...

I like the old style ones from Williams Sonoma persnoally. I'm with librocrat...

SUEB0B said...

Librocrat, Mom 101 - not shop at Target?

clutches chest, falls over.

drsharna said...

I have a red one just like you're describing - from Target, no less. To me, the noise level screams that it means business. It's perfect for blending frozen margaritas and that's what I mostly use it for. There's also a Cuisinart mini food processor/blender in the cabinet but I never use the blender part, only the mini food processor part when the job is too small for my big Cuisinart food processor. The jar is too wide to pulverize ice properly. I like my margaritas smooooooth.

--Who wants salt?

Elizabeth said...

My food processor is the exact same way. I try to chop an onion, and it sounds like a jet taking off, and I end up with onion liquid.

And my blender is an Osterizer. It's not THAT loud, but it makes excellent baby food.

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