Product Type: Tesco mixers
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Tesco Value HM06
Member Name: SusanLesley
Tesco Value HM06
Advantages: Cheap, works well, easy to clean
Disadvantages: Maybe a little bit flimsy
As many of you already know my husband, Dave, is working in Edinburgh on a long term contract and so he has rented a holiday cottage at Swanston for the duration. He tends to come home to North Wales every other weekend to try and limit his travelling a bit as it is so tiring.
He has always fancied trying his hand at baking as his mom makes the best Victoria Sponge I have ever tasted! I am generally a decent cook but sponges are not my forte at all! Anyway he went off to his local Tesco store to stock up on the bits and pieces that he needed for his new venture.
Amongst the things that he bought was a Tesco Value Hand Mixer for £4.18. He doesn't usually buy things that will duplicate what I already have at home but we decided that wouldn't break the bank!
The mixer comes in a small, sturdy, plain box with the blue, red and white Tesco Value logo on the top left hand corner, a picture of the mixer and the following information:
125 watt power
5 speed settings
Steel dough hooks and beaters
Eject button with safety feature
Inside the box, neatly packed, is a small white motor unit complete with fitted plug, two dough hooks, two beaters and a user guide.
The instruction leaflet is short, to the point and very easy to read and understand. I know food mixers aren't rocket science but it is nice to see a nice, simple set of instructions. It also includes a section of hints and tips on the best use of your new mixer.
The Motor Unit
As I have already said this machine is quite small but is still easy for both me and Dave to use. There is a switch on the top which, when pushed forward, turns the mixer on and as it is pushed further forward increases the speed. It clicks into five different settings meaning five different speeds.
The button next to it is the one to push to release the beaters when you have finished using the mixer.
Underneath the unit there are the two holes where the beaters or dough hooks are inserted for use.
These are the standard metal beaters that you see on any food mixer and can be used for mixing cake mixtures, egg whites, sauces, puddings, cream, batter and easy mix doughs amongst other things.
The Dough Hooks
These are twirly pieces of metal which are used in the making of the heavy yeast doughs, dumplings, potato pancakes and any mixtures which require kneading. The instructions also say that they can be used for short crust pastry but I always rub my ingredients together and then just combine the entire mixture using my hands.
The first thing to do after you have unpacked your mixer and before you use it is to wash the beaters and dough hooks in warm soapy water and dry them thoroughly.
You then decide whether you need the beaters or the dough hooks and insert them into the tow holes in the base of the motor unit. To do this you just have to insert each one into one of the holes and twist slightly until it locks securely into place. If you are using the beaters they can go into either holes but the dough hooks can only be inserted the correct way round and the instructions will tell you which way this is.
Then you just insert the beaters / hooks into the mixture and switch on the machine, increasing the speed as needed.
Once you have finished using the mixer you just have to press the release button and the beaters / hooks will come loose to be removed for washing as, obviously, the motor unit should never be immersed in water.
So What did I Think?
Well i am glad you asked me that! I watched Dave use the mixer to make a lemon drizzle cake and it seemed to work very well. The beaters were easy to lick when he'd finished! LOL! He makes a cake when they have a team meeting at work and takes it in to share, bless him.
There was some of the lemon filling left over so I decided to try making a sponge whilst he was a work - that way if it was a failure I could throw it out for the birds and say nothing! To be fair it doesn't look too bad considering I made it so we'll keep it.
The beaters were excellent to mix the ingredients and, although the whole thing does feel a bit light and flimsy, it works well and mixture was well mixed with lots of air in it which is exactly what I wanted.
I am sorry to say that I cannot comment on how well the dough hooks work as neither of us have used them yet but I think that most of us use the beaters most of the time and any other bits and pieces only come out occasionally if at all!
I think this is a great little machine for occasional use although I do prefer my trusty Kenwood Mini at home that has served me well for many long years! The Tesco Value one is great for the situation that Dave is in and would be fine for a student for example or even if you wanted to try your hand at baking without spending a fortune on equipment. Let's face it where else are you going to buy a food mixer for £4.18?
Its thumbs up from me!
Summary: Excellent mixer for the price!