This recipe for Blender Eggnog is a PERFECT way to utilize your Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender! Not only does it whip up perfectly, you can cook the eggnog, too!
My husband absolutely LOVES eggnog, me… not so much. There is something about the thickness and flavor of store-bought eggnog that I just don’t like. Now that I have this wonderful Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender, I decided to whip some eggnog for dear hubby and guess what?
It was delicious! I’ve become an eggnog lover, or at least a lover of this blender eggnog recipe!
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If you have been thinking about getting a Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender and aren’t sure if you would use it… this recipe might just convince you how incredible it is!
I have been enjoying the blender and using for soups, sauces, and even a praline topping for this incredible banana bread! You know what? This eggnog would be delicious served with the banana bread! Oh my!
So, let’s get to the eggnog!
DO YOU HAVE TO COOK HOMEMADE EGGNOG?
No, you don’t have to cook it. You can throw the ingredients in a blender, blend them up and voilà… homemade eggnog. There are a couple of issues with this method that I wanted to quickly address.
The first issue is the one that I think most people will be asking about. That pesky bacteria called Salmonella. Let me start off by saying, the risk of a store-bought egg carrying the salmonella bacteria is very small. The FDA reports that 1 in every 20,000 eggs is contaminated with salmonella. That is a small percentage, but it won’t feel small if you happen to get that 20,000th egg!
This is why I wanted to only create a recipe for an eggnog that is cooked to ensure safety or at lease take those chances of getting sick from salmonella way down. So, I set out to do some research. How can I cook the egg mixture, kill the salmonella and NOT end up with scrambled eggs! That was the question.
Turns out, it’s pretty easy to do. After reading multiple articles about egg temperatures and killing salmonella, I kept seeing that 150°F/66°C will, in fact, kill 99.99% of salmonella if the egg mixture is held at that temp for 5 minutes.
You can also buy pasteurized eggs at the grocery stores and, if you are serving homemade eggnog to young children, older adults, or anyone with a weakened immune system, I would probably go this route and buy the eggs pasteurized AND cook the eggnog to 150°F/66°C for at least 5 minutes.
The other reason I suggested cooking your homemade eggnog is to thicken it. I found that cooking egg mixture for 30 minutes really helped thicken the homemade eggnog to a perfect thickness and the Ninja Foodi Hot Cold Blender makes it so EASY!
CAN I MAKE BOOZY Blender EGGNOG?
Yes, Yes, Yes! I left this recipe without alcohol for simplicity sake, but you can add any kind or amount of alcohol you want. Some common types of alcohol added are bourbon, brandy, cognac, whiskey, dark rum and I’ve even seen peppermint schnapps added to some!
I had a bottle of pecan whiskey and thought I would give that a try. Oh my goodness, it was so good! I really recommend giving that a try if you want to make boozy homemade eggnog!
The brand I used is Revel Stokes Roasted Pecan Whiskey. I’m not a huge fan of it straight, but mixed in this blender eggnog it was perfection! I added ½ cup to a batch after the cooking process was complete.
Another pecan bourbon that I absolutely love and is superb even straight, is William Wolfe Pecan Bourbon. It’s a little harder to find and more expensive, but it is the BEST!
WHAT CAN I DO IF MY EGGS START TO COOK?
If you notice that your eggs are starting to cook, hit the pulse button and hold it for 5 seconds. Then remove the center piece from the lid of the Ninja Foodi Hot Cold Blender. You will also want to strain your eggnog before serving to remove any pieces of cooked egg.
How to Make Blender Eggnog in the Cold & Hot Blender
This recipe is for a small batch of eggnog, maybe 4 glasses or so, depending on the size. You can certainly double the recipe and have plenty of room in the blender, but it may take longer for your mixture to reach the 150°F/66°C.
Add the cracked eggs to the blender, along with the sugar and half & half. Put the lid on the blender and select the pulse function. Hold the pulse button down for 5 seconds.
Select the cook mode and press low. Allow the blender to heat the egg and half & half mixture for 25 minutes, but make sure to hit the pulse button for 1 second every 5 minutes. This will prevent the egg mixture from cooking on the very bottom.
I like to take a temperature several times during the 25 minutes just to make sure the mixture isn’t getting too hot. I have tested this recipe several times and feel very comfortable that you will be fine making it even if you don’t have a thermometer. It takes just about 25 minutes to reach the desired temperature and then we want to hold it there to kill any salmonella that might be present.
After the 30 minutes, add in the spices, heavy cream, and vanilla. Select the smoothie function and when that is complete, your eggnog is done and ready to be chilled.
Transfer to a pitcher or other container and chill for at least 4 hours.
Serve & Enjoy!
Blender Eggnog in the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender
- 5 large eggs
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup half & half
- ½ tsp cinnamon ground
- ½ tsp nutmeg ground
- ¼ tsp cloves ground
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Crack the eggs into a small bowl or directly into the blender. Add the sugar & half and half and press the pulse button for 5 seconds.
- Select the cook function and choose the low setting. Every 5 minutes press the pulse button for just 1 second. Allow to heat for 25 minutes and check the temperature. By the 25 minute mark, the temp usually is 150°F/66°F and you want to hold that temperature for 5 minutes.
- After the eggnog is cooked and held for 5 minutes at 150°F/66°C, add in the heavy cream, spices, and vanilla extract. Select the smoothie button. Once that program is completed, your eggnog is ready to be chilled.
- Chill for at least 4 hours. Serve and Enjoy!
ABOUT THE RECIPE AUTHOR, LOUISE LONG
Louise is a full-time recipe creator and food blogger @ The Salted Pepper. She has over 30 years of experience with cooking and recipe development. She owned a restaurant for several years and was a full-time RN until retiring to blog full-time.
Louise has several very active Facebook groups that help people with the basics of cooking and getting the most out of the Ninja Foodi.
Seeing the need for easy, delicious, and high quality recipes, she is focusing all of her efforts creating recipes specifically for the Ninja Foodi. Her recipes are easy for the home cook to follow and provide step-by-step instructions.
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