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 Post subject: why don't my dates blend?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:05 am 
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Sorry if this seems like a silly question but.. Every time a recipe calls for dates to be blended until smooth, I never get smooth dates. I've tried soaking them. (how long are you suppose to soak them?) and even that didn't break them up into a smooth consistency. So i made a preworkout sports drink from Thrive and it called for blended dates in there. I did this, and blended for a very long time, and there are always still chunks of dates swimming at the bottom of my drink..yuk. Is there a secret to this?? :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:43 am 
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Do you have a good blender like a Vitamix? I've never had problems blending dates. Are you adding enough liquid, maybe that would help?


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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:03 am 
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ahhh, no vitamix..just a standard blender. Damn, more money to spend!! I'll look into one! And there definitely was enough liquid, so I guess it's my blender. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:07 am 
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I highly recommend one! Blendtec is suppose to be good too and you can find deals on them if you look. Costco sometimes has them on sale and if you don't like it Costco will take it back.


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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:02 am 
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carreannjoe wrote:
ahhh, no vitamix..just a standard blender. Damn, more money to spend!! I'll look into one! And there definitely was enough liquid, so I guess it's my blender. Thanks!
I have a Blendtec and it struggles with dates. Tried it in thick smoothies or with little else to make a drink. Always left with chunks, and the blender gets REALLY loud trying to chop them up. Pisses me off that I paid so much.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:57 am 
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I saw the title for this thread and thought it was about going out with socially awkward people :)

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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:15 am 
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I have a regular black and decker blender and it struggles with dates, too. I dream of the day I can afford a VitaMix....

That being said, I don't buy dates anymore because I am incapable of being around them without scarfing them all down, I love them so.

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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:18 am 
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Ha! I'll be dreaming right along with ya for that vitamix!!


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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
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I've got yer standard Osterizer and never suffered the Dreaded Date Chunks. My secret is picking the cushy dates: Medjools. They are a tad more expensive but they "melt" into a smoothie like butter. Their consistency is only slightly more dense than coconut oil at room temperature.

I have a trick, though. Start out by only pouring a cup of water or whatever liquid you are using into the blender. Add your nuts, flax seed, dates, protein powder, etc. to this small batch and blend on high until it is completely broken down. The higher friction of this liquids:solids ratio will assist the blender in its work. If I add my whole flax this way, I get flax powder in my beverage. If I forget to add it and toss it in last, I get the Dreaded Slimy Flax Chunks.

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Oh, I should have mentioned, I was talking about medjool dates.

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lobsteriffic wrote:
Oh, I should have mentioned, I was talking about medjool dates.


Medjool dates, Mmmmmmmmmm! (Homer Simpson voice)

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I think they are my most favourite food EVER.

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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
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lobsteriffic wrote:
I think they are my most favourite food EVER.


They make great outfits for other food: wrap a raw pecan in a fresh leaf of peppermint, then stuff inside a pitted Medjool date. Do happy dance while you chew.

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 Post subject: Re: why don't my dates blend?
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thats weird i have a 30 dollar blender and it usually doesnt have a problem with most kinds of dates


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