“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Hand Blender / Wattage: 300W „
I make a lot of soups especially when I am dieting (which I am now along with probably about half the population) and find that a hand blender is ideal to blend most vegetables into a smooth consistency for the perfect soup. This blender from Sainsbury's cost £13.99 and is 300w so has a fair bit of power. It measures 40.5cm tall, 11.1cm wide and 10.7cm deep so is quite compact and the cable is 0.8m long. It is a sort of curvy shape and is easy and comfortable to hold and it isn't heavy to hold at all, even when I am blending a large amount of vegetables at one time.
A thing which makes this blender different from others that I have owned is that the stem is made of stainless steel so you can put it into very hot vegetables and boiling stock and you don't have to worry about it melting. The stem detaches easily for cleaning which you can put into the dishwasher however I find that if you wash it immediately after use it cleans quickly and easily, often just under a running tap with a quick rub with my washing up brush.
It is blue and white in colour and has 2 speeds. If I am using whole or chunky vegetables I will usually start on the slower speed which helps to chop them into smaller sections and then I will switch to the quicker speed which blends everything down right down to your required consistency. I mainly use the blender for soups but occasionally I will use it to make smoothies if I have some fruit which is past its best as I don't like waste and find that a smoothie mix will last a few days in the fridge where as I would have otherwise had to throw the fruit away. The blades are sharp and I have never had any trouble with them cutting through anything. I will use a very slow circular motion and find that this gives the best results.
It is quite a simple gadget but it does everything that I need it to do and is much quicker than getting the food processor out which does the same thing but takes far longer and causes me a lot more washing up! It comes with a two year warranty but I can see it lasting far in excess of that as there really isn't much that can go wrong. It is suitable for soups, smoothies and also for making ice cream or even mixing cake ingredients together. It is literally a matter of taking it out of the box and plugging it in and switching it on so it is suitable for everyone. I think this is good little gadget which doesn't cost much but is a great help in the kitchen.