Magic Bullet Blender
have you seen the infomercial?? do you own one?? is it worth getting?? I ordered the 2 blenders for one deal tonight. a warning tho: the phone sales rep will read off to you a looonnnggggggg list of upgrades and you have to keep saying NO NO NO NO NO NO NO and more NOs.
One of my Chowhound Rules of Thumb: Never, never, NEVER buy a cooking implement that you saw on a TV infomercial. For $50 you could have bought a real Oster Beehive blender that is much more capable than the Magic Bullet, and you wouldn't have to get ripped off on shipping... forty bucks to ship it? Are they INSANE? At that shipping rate, I think the company will turn a profit even if you send the thing back.
From what I've seen, the Magic Bullet pretty much stinks... louder than most blenders, and according to Cook's Illustrated about the only thing it does well is grind dry things like spices. For mixing up sauces, a whisk works just as well.
I hate to admit it, but I'm a total sucker for infomercials! I just love them! I've seen the Magic Bullet, but I was never able to bring myself to order one because of the microwave alfredo business. However, I got one for Christmas last year and it has been hiding away in the bar ever since. I'll bust it out as soon as my kitchen remodel is done. My friend makes pesto in hers and loves it.
I must say to Jester that embarrassingly enough I did order a Nu-Wave Oven. OMG! It really does everything it says it does. Well...maybe not everything because I've only done a couple of things in it of course. That seems to be my MO. BUT it did perfectly brown and quickly cook a turkey from frozen AND with only a little bit of fat in the dripping pan. So all of the juices stayed in the meat. So you are out of luck if you want to make gravy. I think your next purchase should be the Nu-Wave...just so I'm not alone!
My nephew got one when he was maybe nine years old. He loves to make "smoothies" and experiment with throwing different stuff in there.
I think I saw this being sold at Macy's ("Magic Bullet Express" -- is it the same thing?). I used to be very anti-infomercial, until I was won over by a Ronco commercial for a cheap set of knives. It worked out great!
They are fun (loud but fun) I'd say if you chose to order it over, say, paying your mortgarg, you might want to rethink it, but otherwise, have fun. I use mine all the time (Got it as a gift) That being said, I'd have to agree with JK, the Oster Beehive is a better made piece of equipment. Listen: Do you really want your stuff to outlive you?... Naaah ! For your first thing, make something cool, like a milkshake :-}