Homemade Cashew Milk and The Froothie Optimum G2.1
Homemade Cashew Milk and The Froothie Optimum G2.1 High Powered Blender
I closed the lid on my blender and prayed that everything would go well. It had been on the blink for a while now, but as I only wanted a basic smoothie, surely it would be able to cope? I watched as it spluttered and choked on the contents and, before I knew it, I was racing out the back door with said blender smoking. Into the bin went the charred remains. I’ve never had much luck with blenders but to be fair, it’s my own fault…this is what is to be expected when you buy a cheap one and then test it beyond its limits. As for food processors, my impatience means I dislike cleaning them and changing the blades to suit whatever I’m making. I came to the conclusion that I finally needed a blender that could cope with my exacting kitchen requirements.
Introducing the new Froothie Optimum G2.1 Platinum Series blender, a sophisticated high quality blender that can grind nuts into butter and milk, make sauces and hot soups using friction heat, and even whip up smoothies and slushies. This silver machine touched down in my kitchen last month and I’ve been putting it through its paces with excellent results.
LED TOUCHSCREEN PANEL
It is so simple to use with its automatic 6 preset programs. The LED touchscreen lights up when the appliance is switched on. You then choose which program you want and hit start, it’s that easy. There is also a pulse button and you can choose manual mode by pressing the speed and time settings and pick your desired speed/time. I started first with a banana coconut smoothie and I’m delighted to report that the end result was delicious and satisfying. I noted that it was like getting a smoothie from a smoothie bar, which comes as no surprise considering this blender is intended for commercial use as well.
The one thing that drives me mad about my food processor is how awkward it is to click into place. I was very pleased to see the jug for the Optimum sits in place without any need for twisting and turning (or tutting). There is no need for separate jugs, as the Froothie Optimum 2 litre jug can be used for both and is BPA free.
ALL ABOUT THAT BASE
The durable carbon brush motor is a whopping 2,611 watts, with stainless steel 6 blade assembly. Simple and convenient, the Optimum can cut through the thickest ingredients with ease and within minutes. For those concerned about safety, the Optimum has an inbuilt sensor that automatically turns off the motor if it overheats. There is a trip switch on the base that you can use to switch the blender back on once it has cooled down sufficiently.
I can’t personally compare the Froothie to any other high speed blender because, like I said, I’ve only ever owned cheap ones. However, the stats themselves pitted against the Vitamix speak volumes:
Image from Froothie UK
The Froothie Optimum G2.1 comes with: a heavy duty tamper (although I have not needed it yet); a recipe booklet featuring 80 recipes; a nut milk bag; and a 10 year warranty on the motor/5 years of parts. There are 3 colours to choose from, black, red or silver.
The Optimum is quality you can trust, a kitchen appliance worth investing in. Especially if, like me, you have wasted a lot of money and time on various low quality blenders. You can preorder one now and the good news is, you can purchase it for £429, a saving of £170 if you hurry! This offer expires on the 30th April, after which it will go back to its normal price of £599.
HOMEMADE CASHEW MILK
I have always wanted to make my own nut milks and I am so pleased that I can now do so with the Optimum G2.1. It is very simple to make with a high powered blender. I soaked the nuts overnight and then the following morning blended it with 750ml of water, resulting in a delicious dairy free milk you can add to your porridge or coffee (I love it in coffee!). There is no need to strain it using a nut milk bag either, that’s the beauty of cashew milk.
- 200g cashew nuts soaked overnight
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 750ml water
- Place the cashew nuts along with the dates and water into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- For blending in the Froothie Optimum G2.1, simply press the 'nut milk' preset function and you will have delicious cashew milk in a minute.
- You can add more or less dates depending on how sweet your prefer it to be.
I am a Froothie Ambassador and was sent a Froothie Optimum G2.1 for review. This means that From Plate to Pen will have plenty of posts showing some of the things I make in the silver machine. It also means that if you buy an Optimum G2.1 using this link, it won’t cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. All opinions are my own.
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