Product Type: Jamie Oliver gadgets
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A poor impersonation of a real kitchen gadget
Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker
Member Name: paulie1975
Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker
Advantages: I can't think of any
Disadvantages: Poorly designed, expensive, weak, useless
For some time this has gathered dust at the back of our kitchen cupboard, we were given one of these as a wedding gift, as my wife felt it looked really impressive and would be a great asset in the kitchen. On both fronts we are now agreed she was wrong.
This is a whim purchase and nothing more, shaped like a pear, you place your flavours in the shaker and then crush and grind them into a marinade or whatever you wish. To my mind the idea was this was to make a more convenient pestle and mortar, however, this fails miserably, it is complicated to lock, it leaks, it is noisy, it fails to crush seeds or spices and make a real marinade. Overall it was rubbish.
The product is available in a myriad of stores, it has been a strong seller, but doesn't live up the hype, despite how good it looks of Jamies kitchen shows.
When you open the box it is much smaller than you'd imagine, it is ineffective in crushing spices and it just doesn't cut the mustard as a serious kitchen product. The instructions for use are simple and clear, but unfortunately the product can't match its expectations.
We've heard from friends that other Jamie Oliver products were similarly disappointing. We were slightly shocked at how bad this is, it doesn't take much space, but who cares when this is so ineffective. We don't want to sell this on and would rather throw it away as it is not very good at all.
We followed instructions, adding flavours into the shaker and then dropping the ceramic ball on top of them, we then screwed the top and bottom parts of the shaker together and began shaking, after a while, we felt the ingredients must have fused together, however this wasn't the case so we had to continue too long, making the whole process more work than a pestle and mortar, when the herbs and oil began to fuse it began leaking while we shook it, this has happened on more than a few occasions, so we have given up on the product.
Overall it is incredibly overpriced, poor quality, fairly ugly, ours is see through olive plastic, and it simply looks and performs badly. I wouldn't recommend this and really feel strongly this is a poor product sold at a massive mark up on the back of a popular chefs name, it is poor, badly designed and less effective than a fork and bowl or pestle and mortar.
Do not be seduced by the name, this is poor and lacks any redeemable feature. Disappointing.
Summary: Pukka this ain't!!