Blendtec has always had one serious design flaw when it comes to making thicker blended recipes. For this reason Blendtec has designed the Blendtec Twister Jar. Does the Blendtec Twister Jar really work and how effective is it handling some of these thicker blended concoctions? Hopefully this Blendtec Twister Jar review will help you answer those very questions.
The Twister Jar’s claim to fame is that it is able to handle the thickest recipes with ease such as nut butters, baby food, hummus, thick shakes, chip and veggie dips, and many other non-typical blended recipes.
As you can imagine the reason that this jar was created was for these thicker recipes as their largest competitor Vitamix already had a similar device in the tamper, which is included with every new Vitamix blender.
Prior to the release of the Blendtec Twister Jar, in order to stir and push ingredients to the bottom of Blendtec jars you had to stop your blender, remove the top, and use a spatula in order to push ingredients down to the bottom of the jar into the cutting path of the blades.
Initial Impressions With This Jar
Upon opening the package the first thing I noticed was just how small and petite this jar is compared to my WildSide Jar.
With a 32 ounce maximum capacity, the Twister Jar is literally half the size of my WildSide and looks very tiny in comparison.
The other thing I immediately noticed were the prongs of the jar. They stretch almost to the bottom of the jar very close to the blade assembly and press right against the jars sides.
Speaking of the blade assembly, I also noticed that this is the same exact assembly that is found on my FourSide and WildSide jars.
First Rounds With the Blendtec Twister Jar
Since the biggest claim to fame with the Blendtec Twister Jar is that is able to make nut butters in a snap, I decided to try an almond butter blend first. I love almond butters, but they tend to be a bit pricey and many store shelf brands include unnecessary additives and ingredients.
For this trial, I decided to use Blendtec’s very own almond butter recipe which simply calls for 1 1/2 cups of roasted almonds. I couldn’t help but think this was simple enough, and no other ingredients would be included in my fresh almond butter.
I do have to admit that I’ve tried this recipe previously in my WildSide jar with very little avail. The butter was able to be blended, but I had to stop the blender multiple times and use a spatula to push it back down into the blades. The total process took well over five minutes and was a very frustrating task.
With that said, you can imagine I was a bit doubtful to use the Twister Jar in the first place. I figured I was simply going to have another frustrating ordeal on my hands. For additional information about Blendtec blenders, please click here.
Ramping up the Speed of Almond Butter
I still had my doubts as I turned on my Total Blender and ramped up the speed to seven as directed in the Blendtec almond butter recipe. The nuts quickly disintegrated into a powder and started massing up just as they had in my WildSide jar.
I began turning the tongs on the twister jar counterclockwise as directed and was very pleasantly surprised at just how much of this gooey almond butter was being pushed back down into the blades.
Surprisingly I had a delicious thick, fresh almond butter in the new twister jar in under a minute. I was a look little bit concerned because the almond butter was a little watered down for my taste.
I did discover that this is due to the blender actually heating up the almond butter as it blends and with just a little bit of refrigeration, it thickened very quickly.
With almond butter out of the way leaving me pretty impressed, I decided to move on and try some salsa.
Making a Fresh Salsa With the Twister Jar
For this one, I decided to use Blendtec’s easy salsa recipe. I’ve made this one before in my WildSide jar and truthfully, it wasn’t that difficult.
It did however come out a bit runny and blended way too much. Imagine trying to dip tortilla chips in V8 juice.
Now one thing that should be noted was that rather than using diced tomatoes, I opted for sliced fresh tomatoes, which I cut into chunks prior to making the recipe.
Once all of my ingredients were mixed in, I pressed pulse on the blender a couple of times.
After pulsing just a couple of times I stopped and turned the tongs of the twister jar a few times counterclockwise and then pulsed three more times.
By using the twister jar, I was able to move the larger pieces of ingredients back down to the bottom of the jar while more of the liquid rose to the top.
This resulted in a very thick salsa that was actually quite delectable on some quickly fried tortilla chips. This recipe made for a fantastic little snack during movie time.
Warranty Information on the Blendtec Twister Jar
As with every jar that you buy from Blendtec, this jar is fully covered with a three-year no questions asked warranty. That means that if something goes wrong with your Twister Jar within the first three years of ownership, you can get it replaced.
This gives you a little bit of peace of mind as this is a significant investment of $119 for the full-size Twister Jar.
Cleanup With the Twister Jar
I imagined that it would be very difficult to get the prongs on the twister jar cleaned up, especially when I was trying to use the self-cleaning option.
This was not the case, and I was able to have my twister jar quickly cleaned by using one cup of water just a little dish soap and pulsing it three times.
After that, just a quick rinse from the spray nozzle on my sink in the prongs were cleaned quite well.
Overall Thoughts on this Jar
I really do enjoy fresh almond butter. The ease at which it was prepared by using the Blendtec Twister Jar is going to be very tough to beat.
For that reason, I would have to say that I would recommend this as a sound investment if you are wanting to make thicker blends or would like to blend dry ingredients often.
If you do not frequently prepare these types of blended recipes, then you would be better off to pass on the Blendtec Twister Jar.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you currently own the Blendtec Twister Jar? Have you used one the past?
Please leave your thoughts, comments and suggestions below and as always, thanks for reading.