Product Type: Breville blenders
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A versatile kitchen accessory!
Member Name: ms_123
Advantages: blends and chops with ease
Disadvantages: plastic stains easily, a whisk accessory would have been useful
I have been using my hand blender for around 4 months now and I honestly can't understand how I managed without it! Apart from my kettle and microwave it is my most used appliance! The hand blender itself is white in colour with a silver strip in the middle of the body. The motor is housed at the top end of the blender which can be detached from the blending arm, which I can only describe as looking like it has a flower at the end with a small blade underneath its head! The arm is detached by simply pressing a button half way up the body of the blender. This is such a handy feature! My mum's old blender at home has been going strong for about 20 years now but rather annoyingly doesn't have this detachable arm feature. This can make it a bit of a pain to wash as it means having to immerse the blending arm in water whilst trying not to get the blender motor wet! It also makes it difficult to wash the blade and inside the blending arm as it is impossible to turn the arm upside down and not get the motor wet!
At the top of the body there is a button which turns the blender on. This button has two sections. One simply turns the blender on and when depressed the blender whirrs into action at its normal speed. The lower half of this button is for the "turbo" setting which delivers an extra burst of power - great for foods that are slightly harder to blend. I should point out here that the blender has a powerful 500 watt motor that enables it to blend, chop and puree with ease. I tend to use the blender in short 30 second bursts as I am wary of putting too much stress on the motor and burning it out!
I have used this blender in the kitchen to make cake batter which is what I initially bought it for. It's good at creaming together butter and sugar as well as whisking eggs. However I do think that an electric whisk would do a slightly better job here as creaming the butter and sugar can take a while and a lot of it does get stuck inside the blender arm! Having said that I do eventually end up with a batter that has a smooth, silky consistency and makes excellent cakes!
As the days get colder I have also found myself reaching for foods like soups to warm me up. In order to save a bit of money and also to be a bit more adventurous I have started to make my own soups with great success! Last week I made a delicious sweet potato and carrot soup and used the blender to blend the soup to a silky smooth consistency. Last year when I first made home-made soups I used to pop the hot mixture into a blender that came with my food processer. However it is much easier just to use the hand blender in the pan. I will point out though that hand-blending my soup did take a bit more effort than just popping it into the food processor but meant that I could blend in one go rather than in batches and also save on extra washing up! My food processor is also bulkier than the hand blender and as my kitchen is quite small I tend to keep this stored in a cupboard and only bring it out when needed so getting it assembled is a bit of a pain. With the hand blender it's just a case of plugging in and I'm ready to go! The only downside to using this to blend my soup is that the orange colour of the carrots and sweet potato has stained the plastic to a bright orange colour! This would not have happened with a blender with a metal arm.
The chopper that came with this blender is also excellent! It consists of a small container which has a 500ml capacity and that houses a small chopping blade. This is covered by a lid which has a slot for the blender motor to fit in. I find that the chopper is great for making dips. Just a couple of days ago I made a scrummy home-made pesto sauce in this chopper and it managed to blitz the basil and pine nuts with no effort at all. And it tasted much better than the shop bought ones in my opinion! Like all food processors though some of the ingredients do tend to accumulate on the side and then are not accessible by the blade. I just get around this by removing the lid and scraping the ingredients back into the centre before resuming blending.
The hand blender also comes with a 500ml beaker which can be used for pureeing food and making smoothies. I tend to make a lot of smoothies in the summer months but tend to use frozen fruits which I think might be a bit much for the hand blender so I tend to use the food processor blender instead. Given my experience of blending soup with this I think that blending fruits with this would require much more effort than using a larger blender.
To summarise, I love my new addition to the kitchen and in recent months it has been one of my most used appliances. It is good for making cake batter and handy for blitzing soups. The chopper is brilliant for making dips and sauces and I can see myself using this quite regularly. I already have a list of recipes for chutneys and dips that I would like to try! For the price I think this is an excellent bit of kit for any kitchen and so useful I often wonder how I ever managed without it!
Summary: A very useful addition to my kitchen