Magic Bullet Review

This is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets ever! I received the Magic Bullet as a wedding gift when I got married and it is one of the best small kitchen appliances I have ever owned. It basically takes the place of a blender and a food processor for single servings. I use mine almost every day.

Why I Love the Magic Bullet

I’ve heard from other moms that there is a newer one available, but I have never had any problems with the one I currently own and until it goes out I have no plans on replacing it. It works perfectly for what I use it for and is super convenient.
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Pros

  • Space-saving design
  • Chops, whips, and blends without buttons
  • Blend in ready-to-use cups to minimize dirty dishes
  • Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher-safe pieces
  • Very easy to use

One of the reasons I love this gadget is because the actual unit takes up very little space. I can leave it out for when I use it and since I use mine pretty often, it’s much easier than having to take out my big blender every time. It comes with two different blades to allow for mixing, whipping, chopping, and blending. I use the cross blade a lot for chopping ice and frozen fruit. I rarely use the flat blade which I believe is mostly just for mixing.

Another feature that makes this device convenient is the fact that you use the same cup you mix in to drink from for mixing smoothies and drinks. When you’re a busy mom anything that saves on extra dishes to wash is helpful. This also saves time because I can just mix up a quick smoothie, screw on the ring and go. The cups can be used in the microwave and the freezer without melting or breaking making them ideal for storing leftovers or warming up.

The press down operation makes it really easy to use. My blender has so many different buttons for different things I’m not even sure what they’re all for. With this you just put whatever you’re chopping, blending or mixing into the cup, screw on the blade and push into the power base. The high speed mixing system does the job perfectly. You can also put the cup into the base without twisting to lock into place for a pulsating action to chop or mince. Just press down to start and let up to stop.

Cons

  • Can’t mix large batches
  • Need place to store cups and parts

These are the only negative aspects I could see with the Magic Bullet. You can only use it for single servings, although this is one of the primary reasons why I love it because it’s convenient. If you want to blend a big batch of something, however you still need a blender or food processor. Also, though the actual unit takes up very little space, you do need storage space (not much) for the additional parts and cups that it comes with as opposed to a blender which consists of just the power base and the pitcher. I don’t really have the counter space to store my blender so it stays in the cabinet until I need it with the rest of the parts to my Magic Bullet blender. I mainly just use the large cup and the cross blade so these just stay out.

I use my Magic Bullet blender for pureeing baby food, making fruit smoothies and shakes, and chopping up or mincing vegetables for cooking. It has never failed me one time in the nearly 5 years I’ve had it. The small cup is perfect for preparing a 1-2 serving meal for my son which I could blend smoothly when he was just starting solids to chunkier textures as he begins working on courser foods. I can just blend up a quick meal then pop the cup into the microwave to warm it up for a few seconds and feed him all from the same cup. I can also use the larger cup to make a few extra servings to save the rest in smaller containers in the freezer or save in the fridge for the next day. If I’m sipping on a smoothie and don’t have time to finish it, I can screw on one of the two sealed lids that it comes with and store it in the freezer for later.

Baby Bullet: The Baby-Friendly Version

Baby BulletThere is a Baby Bullet system that is specifically designed for making baby food, but it’s basically the same thing. The only difference is that it is BPA-free (the Magic Bullet is not) and it comes with extra parts including a dated storage system and short cups with handles. They don’t specify how big the large batch bowl is but according to the description you can prepare a week’s worth of baby meals in less time.

Honestly, I think it’s just a gimmick to target parents because it has the word ‘baby’ on it. In my opinion, you’re better off just going with the original Bullet because it has more versatility. It comes with a milling blade and a ‘baby blend blade’ but from what I can tell, the blades look exactly the same as the unit I have. I had seen a commercial for it and thought it sounded pretty neat and that maybe I could use it as an extension set with my Magic Bullet. Upon further research I concluded that it was pretty much the same thing as what I already have and it would just be a waste of money.

This is what other moms who have tried this system had to say about it:

”If you already have a blender or food processor, just use that and don’t waste your money on this. I tried blending cooked sweet potatoes and it didn’t blend all the way. I had a hard time getting all the food out of the processor because it was caked around the blade. I can’t trust that the food is blended all the way”
”I was looking forward to using the bullet for my daughter at 4 months. At first everything was great; it was easy to use and offers suggestions for different foods at different stages. The product I received is just poor quality. My advice to new moms: skip this product!

These reviews were paraphrased for your convenience. You can read the full detailed reviews along with other buyers that have tried it posted here to help base your buying decision if you are considering getting this system.

Easy Recipe Ideas with Magic Bullet

I love making healthy fruit smoothies for myself. My daughter will sometimes drink them and other times I’ll just put some in a bowl for her and freeze it for about 30 minutes to make sherbet. If you have a picky eater on your hands, a delicious smoothie is a great opportunity to sneak in some veggies for little ones (and husbands!) Here are a couple of recipes I like to whip up in my bullet for the kids.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup frozen strawberries
½ of a large banana
½ bag of fresh baby spinach
¼ cup cranberry juice

For your strawberries, you can use the bagged frozen strawberries or just cut up some fresh strawberries and place in the freezer for about an hour. Because the cranberry juice is a little strong, I usually thin it out with a little bit of water or add ice to blend it instead of freezing the strawberries (if you freeze your strawberries and add ice it will make it too thick). Place ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. I have also used the Juicy Juice strawberry banana juice as well. For a creamy smoothie, a good suggestion is to use vanilla soy milk instead of the cranberry juice (and it has less sugar)

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

½ a bag of fresh baby spinach or 1 cup of Kale
1 cup sliced peaches, frozen
¼ cup skim or vanilla soy milk
¼ cup orange juice
½ plain Greek yogurt
½ tsp vanilla extract

Baby spinach is easy to disguise in fruit smoothies but kale works great too. Also, I’ve heard some people use Almond milk in their smoothies instead of soy. I’ve never tried this but I would imagine it would probably turn out pretty good.

Another easy vegetable to hide in fruit smoothies are carrots! They are already naturally sweet and loaded with nutrition such as beta carotene, folate and vitamins A, B6, C, and K just to name a few. You can just cute one up and throw it in with either of the above recipes.
For making my own baby food I usually cook or steam my vegetables first like sweet potatoes, carrots, squash and zucchini) then blend in the blender with a little water to desired consistency.

Strawberry Daiquiri

This recipe is for mom. It’s super easy with just a few ingredients and well deserved after a long day!

Frozen strawberries
4-5 shots of rum
1-2 tbsp sugar (or agave nectar)
Juice from a fresh squeezed lime

Put your strawberries first to fill up the cup (if you are using a standard blender – I would estimate about 1-1 ½ cups of frozen strawberries. This recipe is one I use with my bullet) If you don’t have a shot glass to measure out your rum I believe the amount is equivalent to ½ cup as a standard shot glass is 1oz. I squeeze my lime into a cup first so I can take out the seeds then pour over the other ingredients and blend. Enjoy!

There are many ways you can use the bullet for preparing healthy and wholesome meals or drinks. And for after the kiddos are in bed, you can whip up a quick and easy single serving cocktail! I really love my Magic Bullet on so many levels. In my opinion, it is a really great value and a neat gift idea.

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