By Diana Condolo
Food aficionados of all kinds joined this year’s Top Chef Canada winner Chef Nicole Gomes, as she demonstrated how easy the Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender is to use at Nella Cucina in Toronto on Nov. 2, 2017. To illustrate its power, Nicole ground up an avocado along with the seed. If the blender can do that, it certainly is robust. I’m not sure you should be eating the seed (I don’t know), but it does demonstrate that this hand blender can probably handle any food. She demonstrated how easy it was to make Vichyssoise and gave us tips for making other kinds of soup, quickly and easily since dinner needs to be made quickly for most of us in this time-crunch-lifestyle we’ve got.
That evening, we also participated in a cooking competition. To make a long story short, I lost. The winners received the newly launched Braun Kitchen Collection. As a consolation prize, I received the Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender. Nice prize for the losers 🙂
I’ve had the same trusty Braun 200-watt hand blender for more than 20 years, but I was super delighted at the chance to upgrade to the Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender with its highly efficient 700-watt motor. It also has a food processor attachment so you can use it for tasks normally associated with a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, but would like a small one so you can expand on your kitchen arts, this could be the one for you. The food processor is slightly small, but big enough to process a full can of chickpeas to make hummus.
To test it out at home, I decided to make almond butter. I’ve never made almond butter before, but I read that the process is a lot faster if you warm the almonds in the oven first, as this helps release their oils faster when they are being processed. In the beginning, it looked like the hand blender would just turn the almonds into flour, but I continued to process the almonds for a few minutes, and they turned into butter. It was amazing to see.
It was my first time making almond butter and the great news is that making nut butters is so easy to make at home with the Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender. Doing so allows you to get creative by customizing your recipe with all kinds flavour variations, as well as adding superfoods.
I also tried the Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender to make a smoothie. It was very quick. The hand blender was heavier than my old model, but I didn’t find that mattered at all.
I am very pleased with the performance of the Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender and I look forward to using it to make new recipes at home.