A long-time fan of KitchenAid I was excited to hear about their new cordless collection, which includes an immersion-blender; a two-speed, five-cup cordless chopper that mixes, chops, purees and whips; and a variable-speed hand-blender that can make up to 200 cookies on a full charge.
Each item comes in blue, two shades of red, matte grey, black, and white.
I’ve tested all three, and am a very much a fan. Lightweight, compact and powerful, I find I’m using at least one of them most days. That’s in contrast to a lot of counter-top appliances I’ve tried over the years; they tend to end up on a shelf or at the back of cupboard. I love not having a tangle of cords to contend with, and I love the small-footprint design.
I probably used the immersion blender the most at first. It can blend 25 bowls of soup on a full charge, has a sturdy four-point stainless steel blade that blends and purees ingredients super quickly. A clever removable pan guard that fits over the blade means it can be used directly into cook-ware without doing damage. It’s also good for homemade mayo, pesto, smoothies, and whipped cream. And clean-up is so easy.
As I harvested herbs from the garden in the fall, the five-cup chopper got a good work-out. It was so easy to chop large quantities of fresh herbs, some of which I churned into ramekins of butter and froze for future use. I also stored (super clean!) jars with clean, dry, chopped herbs, filled them with oil, and stored them in fridge-they are such great flavour boosters. I also use the chopper-with a whisk attachment-to make my weekly portion of vinaigrette.
The fave item I’ve made so far with this set has got to be Pistachio Cream: the mini-chopper came in so handy to make this delicious recipe.
FYI-I went light on the sugar and added a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk at the end, which gave it a lovely silky texture. Not only is this a terrific treat to keep in the pantry, it makes a wonderful gift-especially when presented in a inexpensive, reusable jar.