Product Type: Jamie Oliver gadgets
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A Babushka Doll For The Kitchen
Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker
Member Name: dkm1981
Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker
Advantages: Nicely designed
Disadvantages: Pretty pointless, overpriced, gimmicky
I enjoy cooking and so as a result tend to get a kitchen gadget or two for my birthday and for Christmas each year. Some of them have been super useful whilst others have been a bit of a disappointment. I'm afraid the Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker falls into the latter group. This is partly because it is an expensive gimmick but mainly because I just don't see the point of it.
I got mine a few years ago for Christmas when Oliver was just about everywhere and everywhere he could be. Mine is the original flavour shaker and cost about £20 at the time. It has since been reincarnated in many styles and colours to keep it going, but I think you can buy the original in Debenhams for about £15 and probably much cheaper elsewhere.
I've never particularly liked or disliked Jamie Oliver, so that has no bearing on my opinion of the product. However I do like my gadgets and so I embraced this new one as I always do. The flavour shaker is basically a gadget to create dressings and the like by mixing herbs and so on. You just grab your ingredients, add some oil or whatever and 'shake the flavour'. Simples . . . or so it would seem.
As my title suggests, it looks like a Babushka Doll (or nesting dolls as they are sometimes called) - the wooden toys where they are packed one inside the other. The flavour shaker is made of fairly robust plastic which is transparent so you can see how your dressing or whatever is coming along. It also has a rubber grip around the edge which makes it easier to grip when you are shaking. That is one of the only good things I have to say about the flavour shaker - it is designed so that it is fairly easy to hold.
The only other good thing about it is that it has measurements up the side of it, so you can pour liquids straight into it without have to dirty your measuring jug as well.
Inside the gadget is a fairly hefty plastic ball. The idea is that when you shake it around, it will crush all your ingredients together and let the flavours out. To be honest on the few times that I have used it, it has just turned everything into mush.
I have found that I have had to chop things up (garlic especially because it seems to pound the goodness right out of that) before I put it in the flavour shaker, which leads me back to the question of 'what is the point of it?'. If I have to chop everything up first, then I might as well just hand make whatever it is I'm making.
My other problem with it is that you have to shake it so rigorously that it is a lot of hard work. I think a lot of people will struggle to use it for that reason.
Also, it is a pain to keep clean because you have to take all the bits apart and you'd be amazed at how many crevices in it things like oil seem to get stuck!
I think this product has an effect like Marmite - you either love it or you hate and I'm afraid to say I am firmly in the hate it camp. I don't see the point of it, it is more hassle than it is worth and it is overpriced.
Summary: Don't waste your money