Saturday, 7 February 2015

Hotpoint Steam Blender Review Pt 1.

As an avid home cook there are essential small kitchen appliances and gadgets which the majority of cooks can not live without, or would find it difficult to have no longer in their kitchen.  For example, a toaster and a kettle are considered to be essential but for many foodies there are the additional  essentials that are must haves in the kitchen such as: food processors, hand-held mixers, kitchen mixers, healthy grilling appliances, steamers and blenders. I am fortunate to have all of those kitchen items in my compact kitchen, but there is a new kitchen essential that all foodies should consider: Hotpoint's Steam Blender. For the busy cook, or those who are pressed on time, I consider this small kitchen appliance to be essential to make: soups, milkshakes, juices, baby food and crushing ice, in a matter of minutes, in fact, I've made a soup from start to finish in 15 minutes. 

Many thanks to Hotpoint for my Steam Blender which arrived with a thorough instruction pack and some handy recipes such as Soup With Pesto and Gazpacho. I briefly read the instruction manual and decided to start on making a Butternut Squash and Bacon soup. My initial impression when making this soup is that the Steam Blender is quite heavy, durable but yet also looked compact and stylish in my kitchen. The two parts of the Steam Blender were easily assembled and I decided to test whether it works ok before placing food in there. Fortunately, for this appliance, if something is not quite right, than audio will occur with letters  such as E1 and the fault is listed in the instruction manual. 

Hotpoint Steam Blender
There are several positives which I have found using this appliance in the short period of timing which I've been using. The Jug holds up to 1.5 litres of juice, I usually only prepare soup or juices for 1 or 2 people, but the glass jug is large enough it could easily make shakes and smoothies for at least 6 people,  which is perfect for large families. I did find when using the steamer function there was an initial loud noise to begin with but this quietens, after a few minutes. 
Here is a collage of what ice made so far:

Ultimate Green Juice

Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup, Leek Soup.

Cucumber Smoothie.


Carrot Juice
Handy Facts
Unique Steam Cooker/Blender
Keeps nutrients locked in
4 Speed Settings plus plus function
1.5 litre Glass Jug
LD Display With Digital Timer
Ideal for Soups and Milkshakes
1300W Power with Cooking Function
600W Blending Power
Steaming Basket
Ice Crusher
3 Year Warranty

Dimensions - H 480 X W 215 X D 195 (mm).
Colour: Stainless Steel.

The RRP is £189, however, I have seen this item for around £65.

Positives
Easy to use.
Perfect to make smoothies, juices, soups, baby food and milk shakes.
Can blend a large amount of fruit or veg.
4 different settings.
Cooks and blends.
Made by a revered brand.
Looks stylish in the kitchen.
Reasonably priced.

Not so good
Water may need to be drained when steaming vegetables for soup to prevent having too much liquid. 

Overall
I think this appliance has been prefect for me drinking regular green smoothies, so here is the recipe for my ultimate green smoothie as seen in the first collage.

Ingredients
Serves 1, happily
Mug of spinach,
Banana (frozen for 10 minutes), then peeled and chopped.
1 green apple, cored and seeds removed
Handful of Ice cubes
200ml water

Method
Place all the items in the Steam Blender, turn the setting to number 2 and blend for 2 minutes.

Enjoy 

Disclaimer:
I received the Steam Blender from Hotpoint, I was not required to write a positive review and as always all opinions are mine.

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6 comments

  1. Nice piece of kitchen equipment - multitaskers are really useful too. Quite pricey but more affordable when discounted and we all love a bargain!

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  2. Yes, it's reasonably priced on some of the well-known electrical stores. I have no excuse not to make soup for work anymore :-) x

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  3. It all looks great - especially what you've made with it - but I think that unless you have an enormous kitchen, with space for all these gadgets, it can become a bit overwhelming. Good honest review though :-)

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  4. a great review C... I've had mine for about a year now but i'm afraid it's gone to the back of the cupboard... I must get it out again. I too thought it added too much water into the soup and it's quite big to keep out on the counter but I should give it another go!

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  5. Thank you Sally, what i've found is if you drain some of the excess water once the veg has steamed, then the soup becomes less liquidy :-) x

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  6. Others won't even crush ice or melt almonds into butter. Speed matters, just as much as size matters. The sustainable power associated to speed relates to longevity. Blenderre

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