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Have Blender will Travel
When I travel for work, I used to bring my Blendtec blender with me to prepare my foods for tube feeding. But then I discovered the little Oster “My Blend.” It cost about $30 and came with a 20 oz. smoothie bottle. It’s not a replacement for my main blender (I don’t think it would hold up to the abuses of every meal, every day), but it is very easy to haul around, and almost a year later it is still working well.
I put my food and liquid in the bottle, screw on the cap with the blades, then twist-lock the bottle into the base. A couple of minutes later, I have a liquidized meal. I did have to modify the My Blend a little to help it blend my meals. I had to sharpen the blades using a diamond file. It made the blades razor sharp. This really helps when I am blending coleslaw and black bean salad. It works well on chicken and beef, too. You can overload the blender by not adding enough liquid, but once you get the right mix it works well.
I put the blender in a little tool bag I picked up. The bag holds the blender, bottle, strainer, and pump. So far, the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) has let me through the security check with no questions asked about the blender.
As an aside, I am on tube feeding after a radical neck dissection due to cancer in the base of my tongue and thorax. I cannot swallow without severe aspiration issues. Unable to tolerate canned formulas, I switched to a blended diet and have thrived on it. A blended diet fits me to a T.
—Steve - email@example.com
Thanks to Steve for adapting and updating this entry from an Oley-Inspire forum entry.
LifelineLetter, May/June 2012