My kitchen blender dramas have been well documented, but if you missed the various rants, in short at the end of last year both my immersion hand blender and mini-food processor went on to the big kitchen in the sky.
First world problem? Yes, of course. But I do live in a first world country, and we do like our weekend smoothies. In any case, KitchenAid was kind enough to send me a hand blender to try out when mine died and boy did I give it a work out over the past few months.
Then the other day this showed up – a just released KitchenAid Deluxe Hand Blender from their Artisan range…
In addition to all my blending issues being solved, I now have one to giveaway so yours could be too!
The KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender is a pretty good little tool. The 5-speed grip not only clicks into an immersion stick blender, a chopper and a whisk, but the stick has 3 separate stainless steel bell-blade attachments for all different uses.
Really handy features:
- Immersion blender is stronger than expected. While making a smoothie with frozen bananas and ice cubes I thought it wasn’t really blending – then I realised the entire mixture was smooth already. It made quick work of hummus and I’ll be putting it through its paces soon enough with some Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream.
- The blender jug and chopper bowl have a rubber ring around the base so they don’t move around – I love this feature. They are BPA free too.
- Blender jug has a lid that the bell blade fits through for splash protection. A guard for the bell-blades clip-on to protect your pans if pureeing straight from the stove.
- Pretty much everything twists apart for easy cleaning.
Things to keep in mind:
- The chopper is a chopper not a food processor – the smaller blade is perfect for chopping nuts, breadcrumbs, eggs and herbs but for thicker things like hummus and large amounts of liquid keep with the immersion stick blender.
- You have to match up the arrows to get the stick to click into the grip properly – an art director somewhere made the arrows as light as possible as to not distract from the overall design but they can be a bit hard to see in a poorly lit kitchen. I have a poorly lit kitchen. Once you know where they are it isn’t an issue however.
- There are some plastic parts, but the important components like the bells and blades are all metal.
Ok, so the bit you’ve been waiting for…
UPDATE the giveaway has now ended – congratulations to Terese from Tasmania – I hope you enjoy your new hand blender!
Giveaway open to readers with an Australian mailing address. If you win and want to give it to your mother for Mother’s Day, major brownie points for you; if you want to keep it for yourself, go right ahead! Winner will be selected from the best answer in the comments about what you would make first if you won.
And before I go I’ll leave you with a quick recipe for a great twist on hummus, you could of course make it with this hand blender [see what I did there]. It may have been spread over pretty much everything I ate for weeks.
Smokey Chili & Lime Hummus
The round warm spiciness of dried chillies combined with smokey tahini and sour lime juice makes for a stunning twist on classic hummus.
Serves: makes approx 1 1/2 cups
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 5-6 dried chilies, soaked in 1/2 c boiling water
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp tahini
- juice from 1 lime, approx 1 – 2 Tbsp
- big pinch sea salt
- 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
- chili flakes, lime wedges, olive oil
Pour boiling water over chillies, set aside to soften 10 mins. Drain and reserve soaking water, remove stems from chillies.
Puree all ingredients, adding a bit of the chili soaking water to make a smoother puree if necessary.
Garnish with chili flakes, lime wedges and a drizzle of olive oil. Dip, spread and top whatever you wish.
- Chilies: I somehow ended up with a huge bag of dried red chilies from an Asian grocery store, oops. They aren’t overly hot so I used quite a few but add them slowly to control the heat. I also slit them down the middle and scraped out most of the seeds before blending. If you don’t have dried chilies feel free to use fresh or roasted ones.
vegan // vegetarian // gluten free // dairy free // refined sugar free
Thanks to KitchenAid Australia/New Zealand for the giveaway. The KitchenAid Artisan Deluxe Hand Blender retails for AU $249.00 and is in stores from this month. Don’t forget to sign up to the KitchenAid Top Table monthly newsletter for recipes, product information and local demo locations.