Campervan Ideas: Hand-Powered Blender

The Vanna Project - Hand-Powered Blender - Tips + Ideas for Your DIY Conversion Van

By and large, we really enjoy living simply on the road, which includes keeping a simple kitchen. However, it’s sometimes nice to be able to make something blended to add variety to our recipes. While we do run the van on solar power and could accommodate a small electrical appliance, we wanted to explore our hand-powered blending options first and found that there are a lot of great possibilities out there!

We found this blender at a Target and tried it out to make hummus (something we crave but don’t buy often because it can be rather expensive). These hummus packets made by Busch make a variety of hummus flavors very easy to pull together– all you need to add is a can of beans!

How we made hummus using zero electrical power:

  • Drain 1 can of garbanzo beans and pour, strained, into the blender. Pour all of the contents of the hummus oil and spice packets into the blender.
The Vanna Project - Hand-Powered Blender - Tips + Ideas for Your DIY Conversion Van
The Vanna Project - Hand-Powered Blender - Tips + Ideas for Your DIY Conversion Van
  • Blend! For us, using the manual blender took about 4 minutes. Admittedly, we were a little skeptical about the pull cord style blender, but it felt really sturdy upon use and was easy to work with.
The Vanna Project - Hand-Powered Blender - Tips + Ideas for Your DIY Conversion Van
  • Refrigerate and it’s ready! Pair with crackers or your favorite veggies.
The Vanna Project - Hand-Powered Blender - Tips + Ideas for Your DIY Conversion Van

We’re excited for the possibilities of making other dips, smoothies, and blended snacks, all without using a bit of electricity.

 

What simple kitchen hacks do you have up your sleeve? Share your ideas in the comments!