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I bought my Kenwood Smoothie Maker nearly two years ago now and despite using it a lot when I first bought it, it has since spent long periods sitting idle in the cupboard. Every now and then we seem to suddenly remember we have a smoothie maker and out it comes. We all enjoy the various smoothies and concoctions we have produced using this machine, so I'm not quite sure as to why we seem to forget we have one!
Just recently, it was dusted off once again and brought out of the cupboard and this time I have promised myself I will use it more often, as it is really easy to use and the results are lovely. I must admit I hate cleaning things like this however, and that is probably the only downside (for me, anyway) when using it.
It really is a versatile machine and can be used for making smoothies, drinks and soups as well as being an efficient blender. Smoothies and milkshakes, however, remain the favourite in our household and it is a great way to use up leftover fruit by throwing it into the goblet with some ice cream and milk and making a delicious milk shake in seconds. After placing the contents in the goblets I find switching to MIX for ten seconds then SMOOTH for a further 10-15 seconds makes a perfect milkshake. It is important that you don't forget to check that the dispensing tap is closed before you add the ingredients!
Ice and frozen ingredients can also be added to the smoothie maker though you must take note of the marked levels and only add frozen ingredients up the level marked 'frozen ingredients'. You always ensure when using any frozen ingredients that you add them last. Always use the MIX button first then finish off with SMOOTH. The buttons along with variable speed are housed to the right of the dispensing lever. As some liquids increase in volume and also due to the frothiness that occurs when in use, it is really important you do not overfill the goblet when adding the ingredients. There is also a stirrer included which is to assist when blending thick mixtures or when large quantities of frozen items are used. The stirrer slots through a hole in the top and you can use it by stirring in an anti-clockwise direction. The smoothie maker does cope with frozen items really well though. I must admit I was apprehensive the first time I tried it but need not have worried.
The stirrer is something I don't actually use much personally, but a slight niggle I have with it is when using some food items they can somehow miss the blades and become lodged at the side. It can prove a little difficult using the stirring stick to reach them. Using the smoothie maker is also quite noisy. I was surprised at just how noisy it is when I first used it and half expected it to take off from the worktop! Fortunately, you only have to use the machine for a few seconds.
Dispensing the liquids is via the tap at the front of the machine. Pulling it towards you dispenses the liquid. Some thicker drinks may require you to press the MIX button first but thinner drinks should dispense without any problems. I have experienced problems getting the last amount of smoothie drinks and found that if you add a little more liquid it will increase the flow.
As you experiment with the smoothie maker the better you become at making the drinks and achieving the consistency you prefer. At first I was ending up with drinks too thin or too thick, but through trial and error I soon got the hang of exactly what quantities of liquid and fruit etc to use. Basically it's not rocket science. To make a thinner drink just add more liquid and likewise to make a thicker drink, add more frozen ingredients.
The smoothie maker itself is a sturdy machine and does not look or feel flimsy in any way. The rubber underneath ensures it does not move around on your worktop whilst in use and it feels quite solid when putting it together and taking it apart for cleaning.
Cleaning the smoothie maker is fairly easy, just make sure the goblet is empty before you unscrew it from the blade unit. It is however not suitable to use in the dishwasher and must be washed by hand. It is also recommended that you regularly dismantle the tap and clean it thoroughly. I think this part is my least favourite and probably why the smoothie maker hasn't been used as much as I intended to use it when I bought it. Whilst instructions are provided on removing the tap I do find it a little fiddly especially when removing the spring. If this process was a little easier then it would be a big improvement in my opinion.
Having said that, I am making an effort to use my smoothie maker more and not get annoyed about cleaning it. It is an ideal way to use up fruit and also ensuring children are getting some fruit intake as some children may not like eating fruit but will enjoy a smoothie. I find it fun experimenting making various drinks and smoothies. A few recipes were enclosed in the instruction booklet and there are even a few alcoholic drinks I have made which are really delicious, such as Raspberry Refresher using raspberries, cranberry juice, raspberry sorbet and vodka.
Also included with my smoothie maker was a separate book containing 27 smoothie recipes to try as well as hints and tips on getting the most from your smoothie maker.
I bought mine from TJ Hughes nearly two years ago priced at £20. They are available to be from Argos and other electrical retailers as well as Amazon.
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