Product Type: Jamie Oliver blenders
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Jamie Oliver / Tefal Blender.....
Jamie Oliver BL523D34
Member Name: MEL0611
Jamie Oliver BL523D34
Advantages: Easy to use, good speed settings, comes with most ingredients really well
Disadvantages: Getting the jug onto the base can be tricky
I had been thinking about getting a blender for some time. I have a food processor and whilst I love it, it is quite bulky and even though I have an attachment that would probably do some of the things a blender would do, I still felt I wanted the blender. I follow the Slimming world diet plan and a big thing on the diet is homemade soups and without the blender it is fair to say that my soups have been really chunky! I also wanted to make some citrus drinks and without the blender I was struggling a little so after doing some research and looking what was available I finally opted to purchase the Jamie Oliver Blender, model BL523D34. Here are my thoughts.
There were a couple of reasons that made me opt for the Jamie Oliver one, I am not all about names and so the fact this one had a famous chef on the packaging was not the reason for the purchase, it was more of a mixture of the right price and that it had certain specifications that I wanted on it. I ended up making my purchase on Amazon, the retail price for this product is around the £74.00 mark but I had some Amazon gift vouchers so it was not such a hefty amount for me to have to pay. Whilst looking for the blender, I saw that it was also in Debenhams and John Lewis and for the same price tag.
On arrival, the blender came well packaged and upon opening I found that it had a 2 year manufacturers guarantee as well as an excellent detailed instruction booklet as well as a couple of recipes to try out with the blender. There are a number of basic parts that you get with the blender, there is the glass jug that you will put all of your ingredients into, and then there is the blade that sits inside of this. There is also the base that the glass jug will slot onto. There is a good amount of electrical lead on this, about 80cm so you can plug in and move around your worktop to a convenient place. The power of this blender is 500 watt and the glass jug has a capacity of 1.5 litres, I think that this is great as I find it gives you a lot of room to make large amounts of foods.
I like the design of this product, it is well thought out in my opinion, it looks sleek and classy. The jug being clear and the base a mixture of silver and black makes this look great on my worktop. Jamie Oliver has teamed with Tefal to make this blender and there are both of these names on the middle of the blender, there are also clear markings on the jug so you know what measurements of ingredients you have go t in there.
To operate the product is really quite easy, once plugged in you need to set the pulse speed, there are 3 settings on this, there is also an option to crush ice if you want to and this is great for when I have made cocktails and fruit smoothie drinks. As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I mainly use the blender for making soup and it really is great. The blender seems to cope with really large sized vegetable chunks so I can be really quick about making the soup as I can just throw it in, add my stock and get blending. On the quickest blending option it is quite noisy, well I don't mind it but the cat runs off!!!
I use potatoes and carrots quite a lot and it really does dice well, I know I have had them boiling first but I have had issues when trying to blend these vegetables before. I have also made some really good sauces to accompany dishes before and I have even whizzed up some homemade mayonnaise! (Although I wasn't a fan) it also makes a good amount so I can now bulk cook some soups and sauces and then freeze them which is a great help.
I don't really have any criticism of this product; it has served me really well so far. The only fiddly bit if you like is that the jug has to be sat on the blades correctly when using it or the motor will not start, it looks right and it looks balanced correctly but it takes a little bit of messing but I seem to have the knack now!
It is really easy to clean, the jug comes off and with warm soapy water all food and ingredient debris is soon removed and you can get your hand into the top and really scrub it well.
In summary, I am really pleased with this product, well made and well thought through.
4 out of 5 from me on this one
Thank you for reading
Summary: A great blender...soups are the way forward!!!
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