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Kitchen Gourmet Electrical Hand Blender – My Review

The Kitchen Gourmet Electric Hand Blender is a useful appliance. It gives many of the features of a regular mixer with the mobility of a cordless model. Here is my full review.

The Kitchen Gourmet Electric Hand Blender is inexpensive at around 30 dollars. The ergonomic design fits your hand nicely. It is easy to clean, opening in the middle to get the blade out. It comes with a chopping and a whipping blade. It runs on 120 volt AC power connected to a wall outlet.

The unit comes in handy when you want to mix something in an odd place. I recently made soup in large bowl and used the Hand Blender. I would have been unable do to this using a normal mixer. Pick a strange place and it can go there. You can mix drinks, whip eggs, or mix paint if you want to. You can buy them for that purpose and keep them separate from the kitchen appliances.

The down side to the Kitchen Gourmet Electric Hand Blender is considerable. It has a cord that limits its reach. You also have to worry about the cord getting dirty, knocking things over with the chord and all that. You might be better off with a battery-powered blender. The Kitchen Gourmet is a powerful electric device. There is a possibility of electrocution with this.

You must make sure the cord isn’t frayed. Think of it as a blender without a bowl. The spinning blade can hurt you. Without a bowl you can get flying hot soups on you or your hair caught in the blade. You have to plan a little to make sure you don’t do something stupid. You can’t run it long or you can burn the motor up. You also have to protect the motor from getting any fluid in it.

Once you get things set up, it can dramatically reduce the time it takes you to make things.

I conclude by saying the Kitchen Gourmet Electric Hand Blender is a useful addition to the kitchen. It is inexpensive and works well providing mobility to the cook. If you aren’t a serious cook you might want to just get a battery-powered mixer. These are ok put you have to keep changing the batteries. But a serious chef will get the Hand Blender.

As long as you follow the directions and don’t misuse it you will be fine.

Four Things a Melon Baller Can Do in the Kitchen

A melon baller does make cute little round orbs from the firm flesh of juicy cantaloupe or water melon, but that’s not the only thing this kitchen gadget can do. A melon baller is a kitchen multi-tasker that helps save time in the kitchen, reduces kitchen waste and/or can add a decorative flourish to ordinary foods.

Melon Baller Removes Seeds From Fruits

A melon baller quickly and cleanly removes seeds from fresh fruit. Cut an apple or pear in half, then rotate the melon baller around fruit center to evenly dig out only the core and seeds. A melon baller leaves behind a perfectly shaped round hole in the fruit center, ready to filled with a favorite topping.

Create Petite Meatballs with Melon Baller

Using a melon baller to create petite meatballs is not only quick and easy, it’s also a good trick to use when trying to cut calories without cutting flavor. The smaller sized meatballs still add the desired flavor to pasta dishes or hors d’oeuvres, but have fewer calories and fat grams than their full sized counterparts.

Portion Control Homemade Cookies

Use a melon baller to form homemade cookie for perfectly round mini cookies. The mini cookies are easy to package into portion controlled sized snack bags for a grab and go low calorie snack for school or work. Mini cookies shaped with a melon baller also make perfect finger food snacks for parties.

Great Balls of Dessert

You may actually eat a little less of a favorite sorbet or ice cream when it’s scooped out with a melon baller. Various flavors and colors of a frozen treat scooped into tiny balls with a melon baller and served in a decorative ice cream dish will feel like an expensive and decadent treat instead of a low-cal frozen concoction from the local grocery store.

Here you will find food processors for making frozen desserts.

When baking a homemade cake or bread and the bottom or crust burns, don’t toss it out, use a melon baller to scoop out the middle portion, plate a serve. Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar or drizzle a little syrup over cake balls and serve as dessert. Serve scooped out balls of bread on small side plate next to the dinner plate and the family will think you meant to do it that way.

Dense bread scoops out cleanly with a melon baller, airy yeast bread, not so much.