“ Hand held blender that comes with 2 speed motor, stainless steel blades and blending beaker. Easy to clean. „
bought it for myself as a way of achieving my New Year's resolution of consuming more fruit. My logic was that I could make fruit smoothies for breakfast and start the day off healthily.
I was initially impressed by the look and feel of the device. It is simply put together, I've had my Kenwood hand-held blender for a good few years now. I originally comprising of 2 main segments - the base/handle which is held during operation, and the removable metal mixing end. The rotating blades are surrounded by a dome of metal so the risk of accidentally slicing a finger during assembly is minimal! The mixer is lightweight and comfortable to hold, both of which are essential for a hand held mixer!
The device came boxed with operating instructions and a year's manufacturer's guarantee. The instructions have still not been looked at to this day, however, as it is such a simple item to use. There are 2 buttons located on the base which turn the mixer on. The button with one dot pictured on it indicates a standard mixing speed and the button with 2 dots is faster. It is supplied with a large, clear plastic cylinder tub for mixing your chosen ingredients, though I have tended to simply use it in my own bowls/jugs.
The New Year's resolution of smoothie making lasted less than a week, though Id o find this mixer very helpful for the following things:
* Yorkshire pudding mix
* Pancake mix
* Mixing baking ingredients
* Smoothing mashed potato
* Making soup
Obviously there will be hundreds more uses but as a bit of a novice in the kitchen, these are the things that it has really helped me with. It is also super easy to clean by simply twisting off the top, washing and twisting back on - easy stuff!
The only slight negative I could give about this mixer is that if you don't completely submerge the mixing end in the mixture before turning the machine on it can be very messy indeed. I discovered this on one of my first uses and still have the strawberry stain on the wall to prove it!
All-in-all, I've had the Kenwood Wizard for several years now and I have never experienced a problem with it. It is obviously as reliable as any other Kenwood product I have come across.
I love my Kenwood blender so much I bought another to make soup at my boyfriend's house.
It was bargain- £12 from Tesco usually £16.
I love making soup, my favourite is garden pea and mint, So simple, lovely onions, frozen petits pois, Marigold bouilllon, single cream and garden mint.
Most soups do need blending and even partial blending can lead to a thick soup with lovely texture where the veggies have been left somewhat in their chopped state.
Other blender types:
Before this I used an excellent old-fashioned Moulinex goblet blender, but it is a pain transferring and pouring to and from a goblet, this way you keep the soup in the pot.
WARNING From the Bunny
You MUST keep the blender down on the bottom of the saucepan because it will splash up otherwise and you could get burned. Do be sensible and make sure the lead is not trailing on the cooker.
How to use, what to make:
However, this is really idiot-proof and will soon reduce a lumpy suace to a smooth one, and can be used to chop and blend herbs. The two speeds allow a good range of control.
Basically you grasp the nice chunky handle and use the blender vertically,pressing on the soft touch buttons as required.You can also make mayonnaise and weirdly even whip cream if you haven't got a whisk!( my own idea). You can make super quick milk shakes with ice cream, or yoghurt and fresh fruits ( soft fruits)
I had a look at the blenders in Robert Dyas, ut they had weird cranked handles and were very heavy- this Kenwood is really the Daddy.
It comes with a measuring and blending beaker which I have never used, but it is for shakes etc. I use it to put my washing up brush in! LOL
Be careful not to cut your fingers on the blades when cleaning. The had comes off so you can just soak it in hot water and shake it to dry and dry, otherwise you will chop your teatowels! So much easier to clean than the goblet type.
Soft textured grip provides easy operation and user comfort * 0.5 Litre calibrated beaker * Durable stainless steel blades for smooth and thorough blending * Powerful 180 Watt motor * Hanging hook for wall or rail mounting * 1 year UK Warranty Included * Hand Blender * 0.5L calibrated beaker * Instruction manual * Registration card * 3 Pin UK plug Specifications * Voltage: 220-240V ~ 50/60Hz * Wattage: 300W * CE and RoHS £25 quid on Amazon( why was mine so cheap?)
Someone else reviewing here got extra bits like a whisk, but mine was as above apart from the price
I recently decided that obtaining one of these was going to make my life a lot easier, having witnessed a friend of mine effortlessly blend her soup whilst still in the pan and red hot. I am currently making a lot of soups from scratch as I am following the weight watchers plan (and also I have realised it is an easy and efficient way to use up any leftover veg at the end of a weekend).
I purchased mine from Tesco where it was on sale at £19.99. It comes with a 'blending beaker' which effectively is a stout plastic container which you can use to blend in if you wanted to - however I have only ever used mind in pans and pots and have so far had no need of the beaker. It would be useful if you wanted to make a smoothie or some such fresh milkshake I imagine though.
The blender has two speeds which is useful as generally I use it on the slower speed when I initially turn it on to ensure all the lumps are broken up and then whizz it up at the higher speed to achieve a complete smoothness.
I have to say I absolutely love this product and find that it ticks every box for me. The blades are protected under the umbrella shaped bottom of the wand and this means you can push the bottom down on to the base of whatever pan you are using without fear of metal-on-metal. It also makes it easy to clean without cutting yourself and I actually find the blades themselves come clean very easily if you just swish the wand in some hot soapy water.
The cord is long enough to make it easy to use and the wand is ergonomic and easy to hold even when you will be blending for a good few minutes. It is not heavy and is shaped to fit your hand easily. The results are not always perfect, I do occasionally find a chunk of carrot or potato that has somehow been missed - but in general it makes blending down very easy and quick and you can do it while your soup is still hot without the fear of burning yourself.
Overall I think this is a great addition to any kitchen at a very economical price. If all you want is a basic hand blender then you cannot get much better than this for the price.
I can't remember exactly when it was that the stick blender replaced the jug blender on most of the cooking shows on television or in the kitchen of most of my friends. However, thank goodness it did as it's so much more convenient to use.
I started using one when I went to my friend's house to help prepare dinner. She had a Kenwood and I used it to make soup, and it turned the whole experience into a breeze. I immediately went out and bought one myself. I chose the Kenwood HB300 as it comes with a blending beaker, a little pot with a blade inside for chopping, and a nifty little whisk attachment as well - for some reason these aren't mentioned in the desciption though.
To use the stick blender, all you do is put the stick into the pot of soup (although it shouldn't be too full or it will overflow) and press the on button. In seconds you have a creamy soup with no lumps. It used to be that to perform this same task with any reasonably large quantity of soup you needed to pour a bit of the soup at a time into a blender, blend, and then pour into another bowl and repeat. There is very little washing up and very little bother. I also love to use mine to make excellent fruit smoothies. It can even handle rock-hard frozen fruit like berries to make your drinks extra refreshing.
To use the whisk attachment, you simply twist the blender bit off and the whisk bit on. You can then make the most delicious omelettes that are light and fluffy with very little work. The whisk can also be used to make meringues and anything else you can think of. It isn't powerful enough to mix something like cookie dough, though.
The only thing about this blender that disappointed me was the attachment with a blade inside. This broke almost immediately after I started using it. The blade just refused to go around and no matter how many times I tried to fix it I couldn't. It may have been due to putting thick mixtures in the pot and trying to blend them as I think a little plastic part broke although I couldn't figure out exactly what was wrong with it. Anyway, I find my food processor to be much more appropriate for any chopping tasks so this particular attachment was a waste of time to me.
I paid only £20 for this hand blender and feel it was extremely good value, even taking into account the fact that one of the attachments broke. I would recommend that every keen chef who likes to cook from scratch buy one of these as it will make your life much easier. I only wish I had gotten one sooner.
The only thing I would say is that you need to be extremely careful when using this as the blade is very sharp and there are no safety mechanisms to stop it from slicing through any stray finger that might get in its way.
Short name: Kenwood HB300