While everyone is all cooped up for the time being and cooking at home much more, you might be starting to look for new ways to zhuzh up some pantry staples and turn fresh produce into longer-lasting meals. This high-speed blender from Ninja, which we’ve described as an affordable Vitamix alternative, can help. It can blend frozen fruit into a clumpless smoothie, power through the thickest vegetables for hardy soup without bogging down, chop tomatoes for a chunky salsa, and so much more. For total beginners, or even more experienced home cooks who want a break, it also has ten different preset programs, including nut butter and smoothie — the widest variety of speeds of any Ninja blender — to further streamline the process. Plus, it comes with a special smoothie cup, in case you don’t want to deal with the fuss of pouring everything into a glass. And best of all, it’s even less expensive than usual: just $99 at Walmart, over 30 percent off the list price (and a fifth the price of a comparable Vitamix).
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