SMOOTH THE UNSMOOTH
It’s no surprise that the smoothie became a popular drink when the world’s first blender hit the shelves. The first blenders were introduced as milkshake mixers in 1910 when the small electric motor was invented by the pioneering, household appliance advocates; Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Co. These were, what we would most likely call today; a ‘Retro Kitchen Appliance’. The motor was separate and attached onto an adjustable stand, the cup would be placed onto the stand and raised up to the motorised mixer to create a malty milky beverage for all to enjoy.
Hamilton Beach Manufacturing, now simply known as Hamilton Beach is currently the world’s leading brand of bar and food blenders. Lockhart Catering Equipment stocks a large range of their products, including this Spindle Drinks Mixer HMD200, the modern day equivalent of the first milkshake mixers. Also available in the Hamilton Beach range is the Summit Blender HBH850 1.9ltr; catering for up to 99 frozen drinks a day, 3 horse power motor and noise shield sound closure. This product is more in line with the later invented, Poplawski model.
Stephen Poplawski; owner of Steven’s Electric Company, developed a new product that incorporated a spinning blade in the bottom of a container in 1922, and thus began a revolution in smoothing the once unsmooth. And whilst this was originally designed to mix soda fountain drinks, the product was patented in 1932 as a machine that would liquefy fruits and vegetables.
The earliest known commercially successful blender was actually the Waring Blender. Originally known as the Miracle Mixer, it was adapted from the Poplawski model and arrived in stores in 1937. The Waring Blender was named after Fred Waring, singer songwriter of the Waring’s Pennsylvanians, popular for their choral music in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Waring, an innovative invention enthusiast, became the main investor when Fred Osius, of Hamilton Beach Manufacturing fame, requested financial assistance in order to better his prototype.
Blenders have also played a pivotal role in scientific research. In 1953, Dr Jonas Salk used the Waring Blender when developing the vaccine for Polio.
During the 1960’s people started to become a little more health conscious and when macrobiotic and health food diets gained popularity, it was only natural for the smoothie to take centre stage. In 1970 a lactose intolerant Steven Kuhnau was in search of a delicious alternative to the milky market of shakes and malty drinks, so he began blending frozen fruits and juice. Three years later, the franchise The Smoothie King opened its first branch. Popularity soared and today they house 800 venues over three continents. Over time the providers of delicious, healthy blended fruit drinks have increased all over the world and production is showing no sign of slowing down.
The concept of the smoothie itself dates back to around 1000 BC; lassi is the yoghurt based drink originating in the northern parts of India and can be served savoury or sweet. The savoury versions are made with salt, cumin or turmeric and for a more modern twist, fruit is added to create a wide variety of sweet flavours. Both can still be enjoyed today as a delicious and nutritious beverage, aiding digestion and providing a healthy dose of calcium.
In the modern western world, the smoothie has taken on many different guises and people from all walks of life can enjoy them for all kinds of reasons. The construction of the smoothie usually consists of a liquid base like yoghurt, milk or coconut water, fruit and/or veg, a sweetener of your choice, add a couple of ice cubes, drop these ingredients into Lockhart’s Blendtec Blender Smoother 1.5ltr and blend blend blend.
It’s a common misconception that all smoothies are super healthy, in fact you can definitely have a little fun with the ingredients. For example, with this simple creamy and indulgent recipe you can treat yourself and make your bananas that little more interesting. To fully enjoy this thick and creamy recipe, you will need Lockhart’s wide set Smoothie Straws and with the retro Glacial Soda Glass you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to a 1950’s diner.
- 1 large or 2 small bananas, sliced
- 1 cup milk
- 1 – 2 scoops vanilla ice-cream
- Place banana into Lockhart’s Fury High Performance Bar Blender 1.8ltr
- Add milk and ice-cream
- Blend until smooth
Gym goers and peanut butter lovers will find the below recipe extremely tasty and beneficial. It’s packed full of protein and it’s just what you need after a good workout. With a name like Chunky Monkey this smoothie definitely deserves a fun Knickerbocker Glory Dessert Dish and extra-long Clear Bendy Bottle Straws.
- ½ banana, peeled and roughly chopped
- ½ tbsp cacao powder
- 1½ tbsp peanut butter
- 250ml almond milk
- 1 scoop (30g) chocolate protein powder
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- Using Lockhart’s Eclipse High Performance Bar Blender 1.4ltr, chuck all the ingredients in and whiz up until you reach a roughly smooth drink.
If you’re looking for a healthy smoothie, crammed full of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, green is the way to go. Green smoothies are a mixture of fruit and vegetables, the vegetables help you stay fuller for longer and the less fruit you throw in, the less sugar you consume; great for losing weight! Slicing and peeling the vegetables can become quite laborious, but Lockhart’s Japanese Mandolin Slicer makes this process a doddle. Serve in Lockhart’s Genware Glass Mason Jar to get the rustic, earthy feeling like you’ve just got back from the allotment.
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 celery stick
- 4 thick slices of cucumber
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1 kiwi
- 1 medium apple
- Place all ingredients into Lockhart’s JTC OmniBlend V + 1.5ltr BPA Free Jug and blend until smooth.
All you need to do now is enjoy!