Introduction: DIY Magic Bullet

You can easily turn your blender into a Magic Bullet and create awesome smoothies, sauces, salad dressings, marinades, salsa, baby food and even whip cream! The possibilities are endless. All you need is a blender and a standard mason jar. Wide mouth jars won't work with this hack because the base of the blender won't fit on a wide-mouth, but fits perfect with the standard. This should work with most blenders, but no guarantees.

* Caution * Never use Hot Liquids, which can cause the glass to break and potentially cause harm to yourself and ruin your food.

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Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

Tools:

Blender

Standard Mason Jar - Not Wide Mouth

Ingredients :

Ice - Half a jar of but will vary depending on what you are making

1/2 cup strawberries - Rinsed and sliced

1 1/2 bananas - peeled and sliced

Half a jar of ice cubes

Orange Juice - 1/2 Cup

Place ice along with the fruit into the mason jar. Pour in the orange juice.

Step 2: Time to Hack

Warning - Be Cautious of Sharp Blades

Remove the base from the blender including the blade. Next carefully insert the blade face down into the mason jar. Screw in the base until it is nice and tight.

Step 3: Blend

Place the mason jar onto the blender and turn it until it is secure. Blend! I used the ice crush setting on my blender, but the settings will vary depending on what you make. Remove the jar from the blender and unscrew the base. Enjoy your smoothie right from the glass!

Comments

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Thederpyninja (author)2014-09-09

That is so cool!

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Thanks!

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I thought this was pretty amazing, but the people in the comment section below don't seem to have the same opinion. Don't take them too seriously :)

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ccrazed (author)2014-09-11

I really don't see the point. Just blend it in the blender and pour it into the jar if you want a jar, I would prefer a glass. It may save washing up as some have pointed out, but how long is washing up a blender jug going to take? Half a minute?

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kaeldra (author)ccrazed2014-09-11

If you have a house full of kids who all want different smoothies or shakes etc you'd suddenly see the point lol. My neighbor is going to love this idea when she's watching all 6 of the grandkids! :)

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daxxvondrachen (author)kaeldra2014-09-11

I want the video of what happens when the grandkids spread liquid banana and broken mason jars on the tile kitchen floor or pool deck. Please post on you tube

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mystico (author)daxxvondrachen2014-10-31

LOL you left out blood and skin...

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My 1960's Oster blender came with a small Mason type blender. It's never been a problem and hasn't broken in 50 years. What's the problem, do your grandkids break a lot of stuff?

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kaeldra (author)daxxvondrachen2014-09-11

They drink from glass glasses everyday without breaking them so I frankly don't see what the difference would be. Yes 6 kids ranging in age from 4 to 11 can be hectic especially when they are there nearly daily but it doesn't have to spell disaster. I have dropped and broken glasses on occasion as an adult, accidents do happen, but it is not the end of the world if a glass gets broken. Mason jars are thicker glass so they actually don't break as easily and when they do they don't usually shatter like thinner glasses do anyway so it's even less of a big deal. Plus they are cheap to replace.
I have come to the realization however, that no matter what I say you are just going to come back with something negative every time. What a sad way to live. I prefer to look on the positive side, take a few risks, relax and know that no matter what happens in my life the world keeps on turning and life goes on. I'm sorry there are so many negative people like you who are afraid to live in this world. If only we could all really appreciate we have it would be a better world for everyone. I hope someday you learn to let go of your negative attitude and learn to truly love life.

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jcook20 (author)ccrazed2014-09-11

Exactly. This guy just broke his blender so he could look like he has something he doesn't, without actually having it. This kind of instructable massively lowers the quality of the site and should be pulled.

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kaeldra (author)jcook202014-09-11

He didn't break his blender he just unscrewed the bottom like you do when you clean it. It may not be as much of an instructable as some but I found it to be a useful tip. When you have company that likes different things and some drink alcohol and some don't this would let everyone have what they want without having to wash the whole blender in between. I could see setting up a frozen drink bar where people put what they want in their jar, makes it easy to change to something else for your next one too! Also this would be great for making homemade sauces ahead of time in, instead of trying to get everything out of the blender all you have to do is unscrew the blade and put the lid on the mason jar. Soups, baby food, whipped cream...the list goes on with useful applications. I need to go buy some new mason jars now, all mine are wide mouth. :P

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PyromaniacDaniel (author)kaeldra2014-09-19

Love the frozen drink bar idea! Would do this at my wedding if it weren't for the noise factor.

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ccrazed (author)kaeldra2014-09-11

Thats all very well, but you still have to wash the blades before making the next drink......which will take as much time as cleaning the original blender jug, and to be honest if I were setting up a frozen drink bar, I would not be serving my customers their beverages in jars......unless of course they were rednecks who seem to like drinking out of jars.

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ChrisE1 (author)ccrazed2014-09-12

Ever watch Gordon Ramsay on Hotel Hell? He set up a beer garden using mason jars as mugs. He's no redneck.... his restaurants have been awarded 15 Michelin stars.... although the hotel beer garden was in a college town in the south! :)

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kaeldra (author)ccrazed2014-09-11

Rinsing off the blades between drinks should not take as long as washing the whole blender pitcher for every guest. There is nothing wrong with using jars for a backyard bbq. Mason jars are used as drinking glasses all over the place not just by "rednecks". You can even buy ones with handles specifically for this purpose. There are other uses as I said as well that just make more sense to do in a jar. If I'm making a jar of homemade sauce why waste what I can't get off the sides of the blender when I'm going to put it in a jar anyway? If it's too beneath you or whatever then don't do it but don't put this guy down for sharing what most commenters feel is a great tip. I'm all for any suggestion that saves me time, money and effort personally.

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Catley (author)kaeldra2014-09-11

That's great, kaeldra. I forgot there were ones with handles for the MB. And it wouldn't be just "washing the whole blender pitcher for each guest," it would be washing the blade part as well. Definitely more work! I've always hated having to deal with a large, heavy blender jug and only did so if I had to whip up a huge batch of one thing.

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kaeldra (author)ccrazed2014-09-11

By frozen drink bar I meant at a social gathering, not a business. You know like a salad bar, taco bar, potato bar etc. where you have a themed food line setup. It's the term for it even if it's in your backyard with friends.

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carlyoungnd (author)jcook202014-09-12

I wouldn't want to eat at your house if you don't clean your food prep appliances properly.

this is exactly the kind of instructable that this site needs.

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jauncourt (author)jcook202014-09-11

Uh, that blender isn't broken. That's how you take it apart to clean the base and the ring seal. I really, really hope you don't have a blender you have never ever disassembled to clean.

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hardinlk (author)jcook202014-09-11

He didn't break anything. He just used a different jar. Not much of an Instructable, but a good tip non-the-less, as long as the canning jar threads fit the blade cap threads. It may not work on all blenders, but it is a good idea if you don't want to get a whole blender AND a drink glass messy. Less food waste too. I love our 'Magic Bullet' type blender and this is a good idea for those who just have a regular blender.

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worldzend (author)ccrazed2014-09-11

The point is being able to quickly make small batch multiple items without having to clean the blender container, and to blend them thoroughly, which can't be done well for small amounts in the full size container. If you ever have to prepare a meal for several people or get dips and such things ready for a party, you will see the value in this.

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daxxvondrachen (author)ccrazed2014-09-11

I'm with you big time How lazy do you have to be to not want to rinse a blender I wash and rinse right after I chug it from the blender container,,,,,were not sipping foo foo cocktails here

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Catley (author)daxxvondrachen2014-09-11

As lazy as a worn-out mother or wife faced with making different drinks for several people, lol! Of course, if I were alone, I might drink something just the way you do, dax, I'll admit it.

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PrimevilKneivel (author)2014-09-23

This is a very cool idea but I have reservations about the required strength of a mason jar for this type of use. A standard blender can put out a lot of energy. if that energy is transferred to an ice cube or something else that's hard it could shatter the jar.

Blender pitchers are made for this, mason jars are not. One bad day and you're standing a foot from an exploding glass bomb.

Like I said, I think it's a cool idea but personally I don't think it's a safe one.

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dwhiddon (author)PrimevilKneivel2014-10-08

I totally agree this is a potential time bomb. the idea is novel but there is a reason you should pay for things some times. I liken it to an instructable on how to make bamboo seat belts for a car. It will look cool and work in basic principle, but I don't want to bet my life on it.

On a more constructive note, you could try a plastic jar. That way if it does fail it won't be as dangerous to those making the smoothie.

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kelt58 (author)2014-09-24

simply easy & great tip !

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huasonshine (author)2014-09-20

Awesome! I never thought to look and see if they matched up to mason jars!! We have 2 bullets (which are now broken) and honestly I hated drinking from plastic cups, the mason jars are much more durable and pleasant to drink from...I wish I had caught onto this sooner, we may well have a smoothie bar at our next gathering!!

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graydog111 (author)2014-09-18

Great instructable, minecraft64

FYI: If you have an Oster blender with a blade like the one you are holding in your left hand (the stainless steel disc & blade), be aware the bearings will eventually get dry and the blades refuse to turn freely. Since the bearings do not have seals, moisture gets into the bearings and rust them. This can be restored to new condition by immersing it in cooking oil and heating it in a small pan or skillet. Be sure to remove the rubber gasket first. This will get oil into the bearings. Do not use automotive type oil, only cooking oil such as canola oil. The heat will drive the air out and make bubbles. Turn burner off and let it cool, then dry it off. After each use, rinse it, but do not immerse in dishwater.

I am not aware of how any other blender is made, but I have use this fix on several Osters in the last 50 years and it works great.

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tlebsack (author)2014-09-16

This is excellent. I have a blender, a magic bullet, and shelves of jars. I never knew that they matched.

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MrsDJE (author)2014-09-15

I think you've done a fine job of bringing this back!! It used to be that all blenders were designed with the same diameter to fit standard canning jars, and then you'd have to buy extra rubber seals depending on how much you used it. You’d select which style blade you needed – some older blenders came with a change of blades depending on if you needed to mix, blend, chop, liquefy etc., and then fix up your ingredients right in the jar in the process of home canning or what some now call ‘prepping’, as well as to store in the freezer. It would save you steps when it came time to cook, long before all the convenience packaged foods were available. I guess when home cooking from scratch started to go out of style in the 70’s the blender companies stopped including this use in their manuals.

If you have troubles getting it to work right, try quick pulses gradually increasing the timing - GrannE. (my apologies if this double posts)

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grannyjones (author)2014-09-14

This was how we used to make home-made baby food.

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thrashercharged (author)2014-09-14

Never realized that mason jars and most blender have the same thread size! Great idea - thanks!

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mbittersweet (author)2014-09-14

Decades ago, Oster would have a jar like that for smaller items. My mom had one, Never realized it was just a mason jar until I saw this.

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sselby2 (author)2014-09-14

Warning to UK readers. Over here a Magic Bullet is something quite different. for safety reasons, this should not be used a sex toy.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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ElectroFrank (author)macduude2014-09-13

Hey mac, would you kindly delete your duplicates ?

(I find I have to hit "Post" twice before the page will actually send a reply, and there's not necessarily any immediate confirmation of successful posting.)

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HappyToBeAlive (author)2014-09-13

LOVE IT! Brilliant, ignore the tossers that knock you.they are just jealous they didnt think of it first....

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snake_eyes2 (author)2014-09-13

It's true, this is awesome and not everyone knows that you can use standard Mason jars! A word or caution, make sure that the blade will turn fully, without interference, before using on the blender. Oster blenders seem to have remained unchanged in design and size since the 60's but our newer kitchen-aid has a slightly larger blade profile that required bending the blade up. I was lucky because it didn't get up to speed before getting stuck!

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fmalitz (author)2014-09-13

This is a great idea. Virtually none of you understand the benefit, assuming it has to do with rinsing the jar; THATS NOT THE POINT; read and learn. It's a terrific instructable! A large blender has difficulty making purees (smoothies) in small quantities because the ingredients often stay above the blades due to centrifugal force causing the ingredients to climb the blender sides. Using a small container keeps the ingredients in constant contact with the blades. Even a $150 Niinja comes with small jars (plastic) for this purpose. Every morning, I make my kids a smoothie of lots of spinach or kale (!), banana (for palatability), berries, a bit of fiber powder, almond or regular milk, and, for myself, raw eggs. They eagerly gobble this green mixture up! Try feeding YOUR kids raw kale or spinach with their breakfast. HA! BTW, it also works better than the regular blender for sauces, fruit smoothies, etc. Finally, my older son makes several, pops the cover on, and refrigerates them for later use.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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ChrisE1 (author)2014-09-12

Thx 4 this! Love it. My glass blender jar broke, and my son bought a plastic one. I hate plastic, so now I'll use this method.

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ChrisE1 (author)2014-09-12

Thx 4 this! Love it. My glass blender jar broke, and my son bought a plastic one. I hate plastic, so now I'll use this method.

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bruce.desertrat (author)2014-09-12

Oster blenders have always taken mason jars...That's how I used mine for about 20 years after I broke the original blender jar part 8-)

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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macduude (author)2014-09-12

I have two MB's (the older one was leaking). This hack is great. It's no different than the magic bullet (would still have to rinse blades between drinks). The big difference is the bullet dies after a minute and you have wait for it to cool down. With a regular blender you can keep going. I just want taller glass. Great hack.

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