I’m back to road test the Russell Hobbs Desire Collection. Yesterday, I wrote about the Desire Food Processor and hosted a giveaway, today I am featuring the Desire 3 in 1 Hand Blender and the Desire Hand Mixer. The Russell Hobbs Desire collection is matt black in colour with red accents. I think of all the range, this combination of products are the two I am most likely to use on an everyday basis.
Desire 3 in 1 Hand Blender
I find that 3 in 1 one hand blenders are great because you get one main piece/handle (fitted with a cord) with three different attachments – all of them useful for different jobs for faster food preparation.
The first attachment is an electric whisk. You would mainly use this for whisking double or whipping cream, or perhaps for whisking together eggs and sugar if you were making a custard. Really, any occasion where you would ordinarily use a manual balloon whisk, but want to save yourself the hassle of standing there and whisking for a while.
The second (middle attachment in the picture above) is a wand with a blade – essentially a whizzer (that you can either use with the plastic beaker provided) or stick straight into a pan of whatever you are cooking to puree or pulse. I always use my stick blender to whizz my Bolognese sauce, a trick which I find makes the sauce more palatable and less lumpy for kids. To do this with a stick blender, you simply cook your Bolognese sauce and then use the stick blender to pulse the meat just three or four times. You aren’t trying to get a puree (unless you are weaning) you are just using the stick blender to breakdown some of the meat. You can, of course, use the stick blender to make purees for babies, or you could use it to make a super-quick smoothie, a blended soup or to puree or remove the lumps from a sauce.
The third attachment is a kitchen genius – the chopper. Using the same main handle, you screw the handle onto the bowl lid with the chopper blade in place and you have a mini-chopper. This has a multitude of uses. I use mine to finely chop nuts, make pesto, whizz biscuits to make a cheesecake base or to make quick homemade breadcrumbs out of stale bread.
I have found the 3 in 1 Hand Blender to be so useful in the kitchen. It is easy to use and all three parts make life much easier when preparing food.
You get a small, basic instruction manual - sadly only with one recipe, a coriander pesto, the same recipe that came with the food processor! There are more recipes on the Russell Hobbs website.
Desire Hand Whisk
I have decided to feature these two items side by side because I found that they take up minimal space, but between them have the most functions and uses. I don’t think I could be without an electric hand whisk in my kitchen. I have tried (and still use) a Russell Hobbs Allure Hand Blender that was sent to me to test. The Desire Hand Whisk I found to be a little more basic (it doesn’t have a nicely back-lit electric display) but it is more than half the price (£17.99 versus £39.99). In any case, the Desire Hand Whisk is sturdy and has a flat base so that when you have finished whisking you can stand it to one side. It has five speed settings and means that you can whizz up a cakes, bakes and biscuits pretty pronto. If you want to try your hand at making bread or perhaps a pizza dough, the whisk also comes with a two dough hook attachments.
Again, a small manual is included with one recipe for biscuits!
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Discloure: I was sent the Russell Hobbs Desire Collection range to test/review along with a second set to giveway. No incentive was given to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received in order for this product to be featured on Fabulicious Food!
Part Three of my Russell Hobbs Desire Collection Giveaway is still to come.
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