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The Price ~~~~~~~ I purchased a Braun Multi quick 530 hand blender from eBay for around £40, and usually retails from £50 plus. Many sites state that the item is currently unavailable, however Amazon are currently selling the appliance for £72. It is still worth checking on eBay and other auction sites as it is possible you can find it a lot cheaper than the retail price. Specifications ~~~~~~~~~~~ *Power (in W.) : 600 W *Speed level : 15 *Capacity : Chopping bowl: 500ml *Included accessories : 1 metal whisk ¦ chopping bowl with chopper. Design ~~~~~ The multi quick hand blender is fairly small and compact, measuring approx 25.9 x 27.9 x 19 cm in size. The hand blender has a plastic white and black coloured finish and comes with a stainless steel metal blender tool, chopper, and a stainless steel whisk attachment. It also comes with a plastic transparent 500 ml mixing bowl. The Hand blender has a 600 watt power motor and 15 different speed settings to choose from. It comes attached to a white power cord and mains plug. Experience ~~~~~~~~~ This Braun Multi Quick 5 model is very powerful using its 600 watt motor to whisk, chop and blend contents. This makes a huge difference to my older 300 watt hand blender which at the time thought was quite good, but this knocks that one right out the boat, with its 15 different speed settings there is a setting for almost any need. Setting up & Attaching Attachments ***************************** It is very easy to set up and use, and once plugged into the power mains, the tools can then be attached. Both the metal whisk and the blending attachment are easy to attach and detach and just require twist off or a gentle twist on and its locks into place well. I have never experienced the attachments coming out during use, which would of course be very dangerous, so I am thankful for that! The body is well designed allowing a good comfortable grip to form during use and the power cord is a good length. Using The Appliance & Speed Settings ******************************** To operate you press a single power button and release when you are finished. The speed can be set by selecting from the 1-15 speed options, and of course it varies depending on the contents being blended or chopped. The harder/tougher the contents the higher the speed, for example if I just blending soft tomatoes I tend to use the 4th speed setting, however if I am blending thicker contents such as some hard fruits or vegetables then I would choose setting 7-9. The speed dial being positioned at the top on the body makes it very easy to control and change settings during use. The results for the blending and mixing/whisking are always great, never had any issues there. The 600 watt power and the vast number of speed settings to choose from means it always does its job effectively and also very quickly too. It only takes minutes to whisk some eggs, or cake mixtures, and the same for blending. The Mixing Bowl & Chopper ************************ The set comes with a mixing bowl which does look a lot like a small entrapment to a food processor. The plastic transparent bowl has a 500ml capacity and holds the attachable/detachable chopper blade inside the centre tube. It has a small circular gap on the top which enables the hand blender to slot into place. Once in place the blender is operated using the single power button and the desired speed which can be chosen via a dial on the top of the body. I have used this chopper a number of times to chop many different things, such as cheese, herbs such as parsley, onions, and even surprisingly worked well cutting nuts. Simply place the food that you wish to chop into the plastic bowl, close the lid and insert the hand blender into the slot by giving it slight twist and then it's ready to chop. The speed settings used are slightly higher when chopping nuts and onions etc, while chopping fruit or herbs would need a low speed setting. The Results *********** Results are excellent, herbs are chopped finely, onions are nicely diced and sliced, and cheese is sliced and grated. I usually use this to chop a lot herbs or cheese and then store in the fridge ready to use for the weekend when I make our weekly pizza dish, it saves so much time having to slice cheese or onions without all the watery eyes! I found that during operation the hand blender wasn't too noisy, just an audible buzzing sound can be heard from the motor when switched on. Other Use for the Mixing Bowl & Cleaning *********************************** What is so amazing about the mixing bowl is that it comes with a black plastic lid that is stored at the bottom during use, which forms a good firm rubber grip when operating. But when its done you can then remove the black lid from the base and use it to cover up the contents and keep it nice and fresh, so its can be used a storage container as well. The washing up couldn't be easier, the plastic mixing bowl as well as all the attachments are all fully dish washer proof, and as they are small they don't take up too much room in the dishwasher either. Even the bowl lid is dishwasher proof. Conclusion ~~~~~~~~~ Overall this is an excellent hand blender that has a 600 Watt power motor and many different speeds to choose from, making it blend, mix our chop in minutes. It comes with handy dishwasher proof attachments that are all easy to attach and detach, and most importantly it works brilliantly on almost all types of food. Therefore I would rate this a high 5/5.
The Braun Multiquick 5 hand blender is a must have in our house. I have to admit I don't test all of its functions as I use it for specific things, but the things I use it for have made it well worth it's cost and then some, while my partner uses some of the other attachments more regularly. The blender provides all elements of a food processor but within a smaller, more compact hand held system. It works perfectly for us and I would thoroughly recommend this. Looks: The Braun Multiquick 5 is a nice looking hand blender, the main handheld section is about 16cm tall with some nice grooves to allow you to hold it easily at any angle whilst blending, it has two easily pressable power speeds for normal or fast blending and it is a really nice looking piece of kit, it is white with turquoise blue elements and looks timeless and not dated. The blender is 600w and does have real power when blending items for me. Attachments: The blender comes with a number of easy to assemble attachments, these incluse a chopper which I use solely for soups, it is a blade with a metal protective element to ensure that whilst blending there is no splash back. There is also a food processing element allowing you to blend easily, we don't use this as we have a blender. There is also a kneading hook (Again unused due to our breadmaker) and and a stainless steel whisk. The attachments are incredibly simple to add to the multiquick and remove, to add them you simply fit them into the hole at the end of the stick, to remove them you press two buttons to release the attachment and it comes away. It is something a 5 year old could quickly complete. The blending attachment is fantastic and helps me to make fantastic soups and hand blend things quickly with the minimum of mess or work on my part. Use: I use the soup blending element a few times a week, placing pre-cooked soup ingredients in a large bowl and moving the blending stick around with it on normal or high speed, it takes around 2-3 minutes to blend all ingredients to soup consistency, but has never failed to work with all ingredients from leek and potato to tomato, pepper and celery. My partner says the whisk is a decent half way house between a hand whisk and a professional hand whisk used with our Kenwood K-Mix, it allows freedom of movement and works well on blending sticky items like meringue, it does struggle with thicker elements for pastries etc, but we are fine with this as the Kmix manages this and we use this for intermediate items where it is quicker and easier to use this. Cleaning: You may need to wipe down the hand held element occasionally which can be done easily with a wipe, but it requires little more than this, the attachments can be cleaned in the dishwasher or through hand washing and are simple and easy to clean. Storage: The hand held element can be stood up to take up minimal space, the other attachments don't take up much space, overall this is a great solution particularly if you don't have space for larger items. We bought our multi-quick for £110 from Amazon and I think it has proven excellent for us, in terms of the soups we have made it has been a delight, it takes up little space, is easy to clean, simple to use and has lasted for over a year without a fault or single problem. I would thoroughly recommend this, although will give it a 4 as it now costs £120 and there are some newer rivals on the market that perhaps offer even more for similar value.
------ 'You've got the braun, I've got the brains. Let's make lots of money' ------ When our last hand blender broke, a number of years ago, we had a small kitchen and a small family and a small blender was needed. Something versatile, that could be packed away quickly. Often we've found that buying the cheapest model is false economy, but knew Braun to be a fairly reliable brand and were tempted by the Multi-quick model as it has quite a number of functions and can be used for various kitchen tasks. At the time we had a small baby, she's not so small now. Our tea needed to be blended to smithereens to make it palatable for her. The Braun fitted this well, too. ----- 'I've got the brains, you've got the looks. Let's make lots of money' ----- Essentially the Multiquick is made up of two parts; the handle which provides the power; and the four adaptor parts which slot on the end. The handle has a nice weight to it with non-slip grips, it measures about the size of a fist. The flex comes out from this and has a plug at the end. Sadly it's not chargeable, and the flex is fairly short, which can limit certain jobs. I note they now do a cordless version, which I imagine helps considerably. There are three attachments: 1) For blending and pureeing there is the long, tulip shaped part with a double pronged sharp blade which spins inside the head. This is great for baby food, but I've also used it for soups and it works very well. The advantage of this is that you can blend the soup in the pan, which saves on washing up and makes the whole process very neat. It also comes with a Perspex tub which you can blend small amounts, probably about a litre. This is a helpful addition as the problem with blending is you can quickly cover your kitchen walls with cream of mushroom soup or some such but, as this is tall and high, it contains any blending that needs to be done. 2) The whisk. This is about 6 inches long and is a single whisk, useful for cream, eggs and cakes. Sadly our whisk has broken at the end, but it still seems to function. 3) Chopping and mincing: this is a sharp, double pronged knife which rotates either in the supplied bowl or without. This is pretty sharp and rotates well to chop herbs and spices as well as harder substances like parmesan. The bowl is useful too as the chopper slots into place within it and the base is covered with a non-slip surface and is flat bottomed. This is probably the least used of all the attachments for us, but it would depend on what you wanted to use it for, and I suspect if we made more meals from scratch then this would get more use. All of these attachments can be washed up simply, unlike the handle, which cannot. ----- My Car is parked outside, I'm afraid it doesn't work' ----- We've happily used this blender for a number of years now and would recommend it. It works well with a small kitchen and a small family. I suppose we may have to consider changing up at some stage; however that's just not what we use it for. We don't seem to have the wall mount as pictured, suspect we through that out a while ago as we were never going to use it. Instead it sits in a box in the cupboard. But this model is robust and efficient and not really showing signs of age overly. This is surprising as often the plastic in these devices yellows and ages. Braun seems to make devices which last longer than the average which is always quite pleasing when you're as miserly as me! 'If you've got the inclination, I've got the crime' (Lyrics courtesy of the Pet Shop Boys)
Being cheapskates we only have an Argos value hand blender at our house, a piece of kitchen electrical equipment that does the job of hand blending, after a fashion, but is so basic it only has one blending speed and doesn't even come with its own 'goblet'. Imagine my joy, then, at having the chance to try out a Braun Multiquick Hand Blender at my mother's house. Being of partially far-eastern origin at my mother's - and despite having a lovely, still-boxed and barely-used Multiquick Hand Blender up in the attic! - they usually do the job of hand-blending by manually pounding up stuff with a gigantic, solid granite pestle and mortar. I've never gotten the hang of that myself, so when trying to puree a mixture of onions, green ginger and garlic that I was using as the base for a curry, I gave the mixture a run through the electric blender instead. I have been a great fan of hand blenders since I first found out they existed, some 20-odd years ago, and have used them in all sorts of applications: from making a smooth puree of home-made soup (which I use mine for most often) to attempted cutting of dry goods such as dried seaweed (doesn't work), via whipping cream (messy and a waste of time, use a fork), to occasional churning of home-made butter (blame Jamie Oliver; Argos Value blender is surprisingly good). Thus I can categorically state that rendering to paste a semi-solid mixture incorporating onions, spices etc. is about the most challenging application to which you can put a hand-held electric blender, while still expecting it to do what you want it to do. The Braun hand-blender pureed this mixture like a dream; I didn't even have to think about using the 'turbo' button that gives you extra blending / pureeing power. One particularly pleasant feature of the Braun blender was that while working, the motor noise was noticeably quieter than other hand blenders I've used. This was an advantage as the grating whine of a blending blender can be a slight pain in the neck while you're using it. The Braun blender like most gadgets of this type comes in two parts; a detachable 'head and neck' that houses the metal blades and can be washed, which attaches to a heavier, plastic casing comprising the 'handle' part, that contains the electrical motor, is joined to the plug and flex etc. and can't be gotten wet. It's a slightly larger, heavier apparatus than I'm used to (as I'm most accustomed to the Argos Value version) but is still easy to handle and use - although the head and neck slot together via a curved connecting section, which takes a little getting used to at first. (I estimate the weight at about 800g all in.) The semi-transparent ('smoked plastic' looking) goblet it comes with is a good size and with its slight tapering down towards the base, sensibly designed as it means the 'head' part comes into good contact with whatever's right in the bottom of the goblet. The base sits on a wider, non-slip sort of lip, which again is a very sensible design, and the head and handle parts of the blender come apart easily enough (for convenient cleaning of the head). The only slight reservation I had about this concerned washing e.g. garlic and spice residues from the blender goblet after use; if, say, you wanted to make sweet fruit smoothies in the goblet afterwards, there might be some residual garlicky taste left on the plastic. A blender like this will cost you around the £35 to £40 mark from e.g. amazon.co.uk. It's an excellent piece of kitchen equipment, well designed and most effective for its intended purpose. I understand that a number of other compatible blending attachments are available for the 'multiquick' system in general.
I was given the Braun hand blender as a present when my child got to the weaning stage in order to make baby purees. However, I have since used my blender for many more purposes. The blender is really easy to use, with no detailed instructions to figure out before you can use it. It comes with three attachments - one for blending, one for chopping and one for whisking. I use all of these on a regular basis, and all do their job perfectly well. The parts are all easy to clean, although the chopping blades are really sharp and like to hide in the bottom of the washing up bowl. The blender also includes a storage hook to mount upon the wall. This is very handy if you use the blender as much as I do, although it is not particularly stylish. The only negative points are that the chopping attachment will only chop small amounts at a time. It you overload the bowl, you end up with a mixture of lumps and puree, instead of finely chopped pieces. Also, the blender attachment seems to collect puree behind the blades, so you have to scoop it out with a teaspoon. Not a major problem, just slightly annoying!
I got this hand blender as a Christmas present from my Auntie some years ago now. At the time I thought "What a random gift for a 23 year old lad". However, it has proved invaluable ever since. The one I received came with a whisk attachment which made its doubly useful. Since receiving it I have used it to help make cakes and Yorkshire puddings (brilliant for whisking lots of air into them) and also smoothies and fruit drinks. Having owned a smoothie maker this little blender was like a breath of fresh air. My old smoothie maker was such a pain to clean with its annoying tap etc. With this I don't have to worry about any of that. I simply whack some fruit in the large plastic tumbler type thingy (that came with the blender) and just blend it up. The tall tumbler means that juice doesn't go everywhere and it's a million times easier to clean than a smoothie maker. I find this to be the perfect solution for blending yourself up a quick smoothie or fruit drink. I have also used this to blend up vegetables for soup which it is perfect for. The unit is split into two so you just snap the attachments on to the bottom and away you go. This makes it easier when cleaning as well. Like all blenders it's a little on the loud site but not as loud as some table top blenders I have witnessed. The power cord is a little short so you will have to be positioned close to a plug socket which I found was a little awkward when blending my soups whilst on the hob. The blender itself is extremely robust and the blade should take some serious punishment (mine certainly hasn't shown any signs of wear and tear). It has 2 speeds settings and a pulse button which you can use to give a short, sharp blast to whatever you're blending/whisking. The Dooyoo website says this item is now unavailable but if you see it available somewhere I would definitely suggest purchasing one.
Now we all go through phases of having the best kitchen gadgets available and in fact we never use them! I have only been in my house 8 weeks and I have 3 gadgets still to use and thrown out 1, which I knew I would never use again after the first time! That has changed slightly with this brilliant gadget the Braun M4050 Multiquick Hand Blender. I purchased this from my local Tescos for the cheapest price I have seen to date even on the net! I paid just £19.97 and got a full years guarantee along with it. The blender comes with 7 parts and detailed instructions in various different languages along with some technical and cleaning details as well. PARTS ~ Motor Part ~ Blender Shaft ~ Wall Mount ~ Measuring Beaker with airtight lid ~ Whisk Gear Bob ~ Whisk ~ Chopper Operating HAND BLENDER This is ideal for making smoothies and this is the main part that I use. The blender pulverises all types of fruit in to a nice healthy pulp. When I make my smoothies I always ensure that I have a fruit that will make a nice juicy base strawberries or grapes are perfect for this. Smoothies are an ideal way to take your 5 a day as you can scoff up to 6 7 fruits in one smoothie and not even realise you have had that much fruit. They are good to have about an hour before your lunch or dinner too as they are fairly filling. They are also nice chilled and I tend to add a few cubes of ice to mines which again the blender makes mince meet of no problem. My Recipes: Strawberry Surprise 1 Punnet Strawberries 2 x Bananas 2 x Oranges 1 Kiwi Fruit 4 x Ice Cubes Nice Juicy Pair 1 Generous handful Red / Green Grapes 2 x Peaches / Nectarines 2 x Pears 2 x Plums 4 x Ice Cubes You can also add some low fat natural yoghurt, which also give the smoothies a nice tangy taste. I used to do this at first but now find them more enjoyable without the yoghurt. With fruit being so cheap at markets rather than supermarkets I find it easy to have these at least 2 3 times daily. There are two speeds on the Motor Part and I tend to use the slower speed when 1st blending as this avoids splashes. Once your fruit is into a pulp add the ice and get right up to the highest speed. The measuring cup you get supplied with is ideal for making a smoothie with enough serving for 2 people. If you need something bigger for making the smoothies a tall measuring jug should be considered. WHISK The whisk should only be used for whipping cream, beating egg whites and mixing sponges and ready-mix desserts according to the instructions! I have used it for many tasks and never for any of the above except whipping cream. The whisk is ideal making Marie Rose sauce for those delicious home made prawn cocktails you all love to make. MY RECIPES MARIE ROSE SAUCE 1 small jar Mayonnaise Paprika / Turmeric Heinz Tomato Ketchup / Campbells Tomato Soup (Concentrated) HOME MADE MAYO 200 250ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or your preference) 1 Egg (yolk & white) 1 table spoon Lemon Juice or Vinegar (your preference) Salt & Pepper to taste Grab the mayonnaise, couple of pinches of paprika / turmeric and of course the all-important Heinz Tomato Ketchup or concentrated Campbells Tomato Soup. When using the whisk I recommend that you use a wide bowl, as this will ensure that plenty air gets in to make your recipes nice and light. CHOPPER I would say this is the most dangerous part of your hand blender. This comes with a double-sided blade and is extremely sharp. I sliced into my finger the first time I washed it! VEGETABLES The chopper is ideal for use if you want finely chopped vegetables that are ideal for salads. The chopper is also ideal for chopping the vegetables for those casseroles and stews that you make. FRUIT Yes you can also chop your fruit, which is ideal for those summer desserts. Along with ice cream or sorbet this is just the trick. MEAT This is ideal for chopping meats for burgers, meatballs and also mince! I have made mince out of many different things now. A treat to some of my unsuspected guests was Chicken Meatballs the guys loved them and could not believe the fine texture. There are numerous other things that can be chopped into tiny pieces: The hubby, The kids! Nagh kidding aside there is nuts, cheese, chillies the list goes on and on! You can choose what you want to chop. I think that even if you tried to chop the firewood it would have a good go! CLEANING Motor Part This should always be cleaned with a damp cloth and never immersed in water due to the electrical parts kind of obvious but hey you never know! All Other Parts All parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher or if you are like me the good old kitchen sink will do! Be careful with the sharp bits! After the first cut you will be careful I know I am! GUARANTEE Braun provide a full 2 year guarantee from day of purchase in all countries where this blender can be purchased, WEBSITE www.braun.com Enjoy © Squidget 2005
I think this is a wonderful item and really worth the money. Although after having bought i found out that they do one which multi-tasks as a food blender and whisk which sounds really good!! I am really pleased with my handblender. Does exactly what I would havw hoped for. Was a bit skeptical at first that things may get stuck in the blades, def a good buy. I use it to whizz stuff for soups and saucss and burgers. I also use it to get rid of lumps of flour in my white sauces :)
Maybe because of my dimensions (5' nothing) I like everything but Hubby to be small. As soon as my household was reduced to its present size of two, I did what every good Mother in Law does to free up cupboard space, namely, presented my big combo- mixer-blender-grinder to the younger generation. Oh! What bliss! I could actually clean inside by moving a few objects, without having to take everything out and put it back in.The problems arose when Hubby found a recipe for a dietetic cream-of-leek soup and I had no way of making it. With a heavy heart ( thinking of the bulk) I went out to look for a blender. One with removable blades (for good cleaning) and a strong motor. Most of the available blenders did not qualify, but sitting next to them on the shelves was an array of hand-helds, many with a mini chopper and a whisk. Thinking of the 200 watt gutsless wonder I had at home, I turned my nose up in disdain, when, lo and behold, what caught my eye? Braun Multiquick(Professional) hand-held of 500 watts. Yes FIVE HUNDRED WATTS. Wow! My veteran power horse of a combo was 400 watts. I was drawn to it as if by amagnet. A great urge to posses it overtook me, still I hesitated. The jolly thing cost as much as a full blown equally powerfull stand-alone blender. Shall I? Shan't I? Shall I.....? Needless to say miniaturisation won out. I brought it home and haven't regretted it yet. Its long, stainless steel shaft is ideally suited to plunging into a pot of boiling soup and pureeing it to perfection, obviating the need to transfer to blender and dirtying another utensil. I also prepared some heavy pancake batter (for the grandchildren) right in the dispensing jug. Naturally the same goes for fruit milk shakes etc. The mini chopper is perfect for herbs, nut meats, tearless onions and (odourless fingers) garlick. Add a tomato and your sauce base is ready. In other words a success. The whisk looks flimsy and is recommended for relatively s mall quantities of cream and eggwhites. As these are absent from our straitened fare I can not comment on its quality or usefulness. I also presume that the variable speeds are intended for this attachment, as anything needing a bit of whoomph is done on the turbo setting, either by pulses or a limited continous setting. That at least is what I surmised from the instructions. In contrast to everything else about the device, these were far from adaquate. The compiler must have known that most people (Hubby included) read instructions only when everything else has failed, and wrote them accordingly. This is an excellent device and it comes apart into five parts which fit very neatly into my deep gadget drawer. You think I'm revelling in surfeit available space? Afraid not. I had to buy an electric mincer to ensure really lean mince, and a small hand mixer with a stand and bowl for the occasional cake, but these deserve ops of their own..
I’m a bit of a sad ‘toys’ type of person – I just have to buy a gadget : Wide screen TV, DVD player, Digital Amplifier, Playstation, you name it, I’ve either owned one, or I want to buy one. Now, before I bought a house my gadgets were more ‘bloke’ stuff (like everything I’ve mentioned above) but now that I’m a bit more ‘domesticated’ I’ve started getting things for the kitchen. It all started with an espresso machine I got at Christmas – since then I’ve been on the look out for other little toys to make life in the kitchen a bit more bearable. I’m not a great cook as such, but I actually quite like ‘giving things a go’ so I’ll try and make anything really. Now, normally when reading recipes you’ll see the instructions ‘using a whisk ‘ or ‘using a blender’, but I never had one of these – instead I had to struggle with a manual whisk or the wooden spoon – but not anymore, a chance trip through Sainsburys a few weeks ago saw this Braun Multiquick hand blender on special offer – so I bought one on a spur of the moment decision. Now, if you’ve never seen a multiquick before I’ll try to give you an idea what it is: Basically, it is a compact hand-held unit that has inter-changeable ‘heads’ to let you do a variety of different things when preparing food. The actual shape is kind of like a massive electric toothbrush (wow, bet that helped eh?!) The multiquick can perform three tasks, each of which is accomplished using a different ‘head’. These tasks are whisking, blending and chopping, in order to do a different task, you simply twist off one ‘head’ and attach the next one onto the main unit – this is very easy to do with just a simple twist and pull. The other good thing is that all of the different heads are dishwasher sa fe too, making the cleaning and maintenance of them a doddle. To operate the unit you just press a single button, to stop you just release the button – again a simple design that is easy to use, plus the ergonomic design of the unit as a whole makes it very simple. So far I’ve used my multiquick to make some soups, whip up some cream to go on strawberries and also chop up a variety of vegetables for different casseroles and stews. The multiquick isn’t too noisy, and the electrical cord provided should be of ample length for when you’re using it. So, what are the benefits of using this device over a more traditional (i.e. bigger) blender? Firstly it has to be it’s compact size – I can store the whole thing along with the different ‘heads’ in a kitchen drawer – so there’s less clutter on the kitchen worktops. You are also given a bracket to hang it on a wall if you wanted to. It’s very easy to keep clean due to the dishwasher friendly nature of the attachments and easy to operate. The instructions provided are clear enough, but if you can’t figure out how to use it from just looking at the thing then you’re going wrong somewhere! The only downside is the lack of a variable speed that you would get with other blenders – there’s just ‘full speed’ or nothing – it would have been nice to have some variable control, but that’s the only fault I have with it. Braun are a company that have made a variety of kitchen appliances for a number of years – so I think they are a company you can trust – the build quality is certainly high and the 12 month warranty also gives you peace of mind too. One thing I should also mention though is that the ‘standalone’ blender I bought only came with the actual ‘blending’ attachment, the other sections had to be bought separately – although you can buy packa ges that come with all the attachments you need. There – doesn’t that make a change from my usual DVD reviews !
When I needed to invest in a mixer, I spent quite a while deciding on what is most worth my money. There were mixers that attached to a holding device, and made up a full-size mixer, there were stab beaters, there were full-size food processors, but what kept standing out for me was this Braun hand beater. It has a number of attachments, the standard beaters (for eggs, batter etc), a stab attachment (for soups, drinks), dough hooks (but I haven;t used these yet) and a mini food processor attachment. The latter is great for cutting up onions, garlic etc, making pastes (pestos etc) and is much easier to pull out than my large hand-me-down 2nd hand food processor. As far as I remember, there were no storage facility with it, but this isn't a big deal for me. I think you get the best of all worlds with this little unit
I've had my Braun Multi Quick hand blender for almost two years now, and I think it's the most used thing in my kitchen. The main hand blender unit has an easy to use adjustable dial on the top, which enables you to change the speed of the blender from 1-5. The blender comes with a mini food processor attachment, a whisk, an immersion (stick) blender and a beaker. Whether it's whipping cream, chopping parsley, nuts, chocolate, whisking up salad dressings, pureeing vedetables, or finely grating Parmesan cheese, this blender has an attachment for most tasks. All the pieces are easy to clean, and dishwasher proof, and the whole thing stores neatly away in a drawer or cupboard. At around £30 I think it's the best kitchen incestment i ever made!
This hand blender comes with various useful attachments: * A whisk - great for whipping up cream in a fraction of the time it normally takes * Mini-food chopper - brilliant for chopping nuts, herbs, or even making baby food. I have a herb garden, and the mini-food chopper is fab for cutting my fresh herbs. This is great for so many recipes. * Hand blender - great for mashing spuds, mending lumpy sauces, mixing cakes, and all sorts. I even used it in work to pulvarise some dry ice pellets! (Don't ask!) The blender has variable speeds, which is useful for mixing different types of food. I really wouldn't be without in my kitchen. It also comes with a handy device to attached the blender to the wall, removing clutter from my worksurfaces. Unfortunately it doesn't have anything to store the accessories in. Mine cost £20 (I think) from Argos, but most catalogue and electrical shops stock it. All in all, this is a great, versatile tool.
okay, so its a bit of a namby pamby thing for a 20 year old Geordie rocker to have, but I love my little hand blender to bits. I'd always wanted one and when I went off to university I got given money from various people to buy stuff, and it was on an offer with some other stuff at Makro so I snapped it up. They're great for making soups and milkshakes and stuff like that, and as it's a hand blender you can also use it to take the effort out of whisking or obliterate the nasty little lumps you get if your careless while making sauces or cake mixes. There is also a container attachment so you can use them for chopping things up and making such things as pate. All in all a very versitile little gadget.