1. Turn a blender into a Magic Bullet by screwing the blades onto a mason jar.

Fill a mason jar with smoothie or milkshake ingredients, attach the blade, and blend normally.

Note: Wide-mouth mason jars won't work here. Only use standard-mouth mason jars.

 

2. Aerate wine.

Hyperdecant a young red wine into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds.

 

3. Crush ice for slushies and snow cones. 

 

4. Make homemade oat flour.

Place 1 cup of rolled oats in a blender and pulse on high for about 30 seconds or until the oatmeal becomes the consistency of flour.

 

5. Turn kitchen scraps into liquid compost.

Break down food waste (egg shells, coffee grounds, food scraps) quickly by using a high-powered blender (note: don't try to blend banana peels and other tough food scraps without a high-powered blender). Puree food scraps with water and spread throughout your garden. You may want to add water and work the soil with a small shovel to ensure all nutrients are absorbed.

 

6. Make bread crumbs out of stale bread.

If your bread is still slightly soft, slice it into 1/2-inch cubes and bake in a 300-degree oven until all the moisture is gone.

Fill your blender up to a third of the way with dried cubes, and blend to desired texture. Store crumbs in the freezer.

 

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7. Transform hard chunks of brown sugar into useable crystals.

Stick hardened brown sugar into a blender and pulse until useable. Depending on how hard the chunks are, you may need to a add a few drops of water to help break up the chunks.

 

8. Make sidewalk paint with cornstarch, water, and food coloring.

Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup cornstarch in a blender and blend on low speed until smooth.

Transfer to a plastic bowl and stir in about 12 drops of food coloring.

Use paintbrushes and sponges to decorate the sidewalk. Wash away with water.

 

9. Make an olive oil face cleanser.

Pour 2 teaspoons liquid face soap or baby wash, 2 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons glycerin, and 1/2 cup olive oil in a blender, and mix until smooth. Use a funnel to transfer the cleanser to a pump bottle.

Use a quarter-size amount of cleanser and gently massage into your face and neck for about a minute (use on eyelids and eyelashes for makeup removal too). Remove with a warm washcloth.

Adapted from Prairie Cottage Rose.

 

10. Grind coffee beans.

 

11. Add soap and water to a dirty blender and blend it clean.

 

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