Vintage Osterizer Blender

My mother in law has a vintage Osterizer Blender she has been using consistently for about 50 years with essentially zero maintenance. She bought it in 1960, making it 50 or so years old, and uses it almost daily; certainly several times a week. It’s older than me and perhaps in better shape!

It is an “Osterized Cyclomatic Galaxie” model which proudly proclaims it’s “solid state” which simply means it has no vacuum tubes. Definitely a marketing gimmick here :) Blenders never had vacuum tubes.

The front control has a manual, cyclomatic, and off setting. She doesn’t use the cyclomatic setting which lets you have it automatically run at various speeds for certain amounts of time, switching automatically. The different speeds are Stir, Puree, Whip, Grate, Mix, Chop, Grind, Blend, Liquefy, and Frappe, similar to a modern blender. It’s a 10 speed blender, plenty for me, although Oster 12 speed blenders and 16 speed blenders seem more popular today.

I’m a budding gourmet chef, make a very few dishes very well, and use very few of the settings on my blender, maybe 3 or 4. My mother in law does use all 10 settings on hers, and I have no doubt if she had more she would use them as well. In general you start at a low setting and then crank up the speed slowly, to prevent, in her terms, a “Mount Vesuvius type eruption.”

It does have a solid vintage look to it, with a sturdy square glass jar, silver base with black bakelite panel on the front and a gold faceplate and metallic blue stripe.

Older models tended to have heavier construction and stronger motors making them more durable. My mother in law expects this blender to outlast her, and if it doesn’t she will happily buy another. The only maintenance she’s done, if you can even call it that, is bought another blade. As Osterizer blender parts are widely available this was easy.

Its most popular use is making her favorite (and only) salad dressing. I’ll admit to getting tired of this salad dressing as I like variety but it’s quite good, consisting of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil, garlic, and plenty of shallots. Along with mixing the dressing, the blender also chops the garlic, shallots, and basil. It needs to be mixed just right so everything is adequately ground but the dressing doesn’t get too thick she says.

Other popular uses for her include chopping nuts, making breadcrumbs (I’ll have to try this one), and preparing soups.

Interestingly, this blender survived two college cycles of making frozen blender drinks, like frozen daiquiris, frozen margaritas, and who knows what else. I knew my wife and her sister in high school and college and am certain it got lots of use!

My mother in law now says she has bequeathed her vintage Osterizer blender to me in her will. All just because I asked a few questions and was interested, and I am interested in everything having to do with food, cooking, and eating!

You can't buy her model, except maybe on eBay, but you may be very happy with the extremely popular Oster 4093 Classic Beehive Blender available at Amazon and other retailers.