By the Numbers–Top 10 Posts of 2012



A long time ago, in a universe far, far away (called Texas), I wrote a column for my high school newspaper called “The Hot List.” This was really just a top ten list of random things going on around the school, and I don’t remember why it was dubbed the hot list. Back on those days, we actually “pasted up” the newspaper for it to go to print…so it’s safe to say we’ve come a long way since then.

But, I always liked those top ten lists, and, thought I would share the top ten posts from Test Kitchen Tuesday in 2012 to bring back some content that new readers may have not seen before. I hadn’t looked at the detailed stats until just now, and, several of the most popular posts in 2012 are from pre-2012, which is crazy.

Here they are, in descending order.

10. How to Make Blended Coffee Drinks in a Ninja Blender

The name sort of says it all in this one…

9. Going Green – Part Deux

This is a re-post of something I wrote on my non-food blog before I figured out I should start a food blog. It has a simple formula for creating green drinks.

8. It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time

I do love the honest simplicity of homemade peanut butter. Apparently, so do a lot of folks! This has step-by-step instructions and photos of how to make peanut butter in your Ninja Blender.

7. Making Apple Juice in the Ninja Blender

This is a step-by-step tutorial to use your Ninja Blender to make apple juice. I have since determined it is not totally necessary to peel apples to  make apple juice, since you will be straining the juice anyway, so the peel will be strained out.

6. How to Make Vanilla Soft Serve in your Ninja Pulse

People asked for quite some time before I could come up with a reasonable vanilla soft serve in the Ninja. While it’s not “DQ-caliber” this soft serve is good and guilt-free!

5. Berry Blender Soft Serve

This was one of my earliest Ninja Blender creations, and it has been a hit over the years. Simple berry ice cream whipped up in your Ninja Blender.

4. Banana Cream Pie Blender Ice Cream

This is my absolute favorite recipe because it is both delicious and super simple. You only need two ingredients to create a great blender ice cream.

3. Product Review: Ninja Pulse Blending System

We like our reviews around these parts, so this is no surprise at all!

2. Product Review: Ninja Professional Blender

The post that started it all – I just had no idea at the time. I like to read product reviews from real people, so, when I bought my original Ninja Professional Blender, I wrote a review for all of about 10 people to read. That didn’t last long, and the growth of this blog has been phenomenal thanks to this original post.

1. How to Make Juice in the Ninja Blender

Oh my goodness, I am so glad I didn’t know how much this post would be read when I wrote it. It has been viewed more than 100,000 times just in 2012. That is a lot of eyeballs!

This is also probably the most commented on post, because there are many different opinions on whether or not the Ninja can truly juice.

I will always stand behind this point: It is a blender, not a masticating juicer. So, it isn’t going to provide the same end result as your trusty Jack LaLanne juicer. But, it is so ridiculously easy to clean up that I think it makes up for its weakness in spades.

I am planning a more in-depth look at juicing in the coming months, but, I have learned a lot since this original post was written, and recently wrote a short post with my best advice for pulp-lovers and pulp-haters.

And with that, I wish you a happy and safe New Year – I’ll catch you on the flip side!

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