I have a new toy in my kitchen – except it’s not a toy, it really means business! I’ve made do for years with my (very good) food processor and my hand held stick blender and I honestly thought they were good enough – I was wrong! I’ve been testing the Froothie Optimum G2.1 blender, the very latest blender from the Froothie stables, after being asked if I would like to be an ambassador for the brand. I have used it EVERY DAY for the last month. It has made smoothies, soups, nut butter, hummus, cashew cream and sauces absolutely effortlessly and I am totally hooked.
It is perhaps not surprising that it can turn cashews into the creamiest of creams and soup into the smoothest of soups when its powerful motor and blades can do this to paving stones!
The Froothie Optimum G2.1 is a domestic and commercial grade blender, it compares very favourably to the Vitamix, outstripping or matching it in all the areas which matter as you can see from this table (I was going to put all this into flowery prose but, actually, the facts speak for themselves and I can move on to talking about soup once you’ve read them!)
|Optimum G.21 Platinum Series||Vitamix Pro Series 500|
|Motor:||2,611 Watts||2 Peak HP Base Motor|
|Grade:||Domestic and Commercial||Domestic|
|Blade:||6 blade assembly||4 blade assembly|
|Blade Quality:||Stainless-steel blades||Stainless-steel blades|
|Jug Size:||2 Lt||2 Lt|
|Jug Application:||Eastman Tritan Copolyester BPA Free||Eastman Tritan Copolyester BPA Free|
|Programmed Cycles:||6 Pre Programmed Settings||3 Pre Programmed Settings|
|Weight:||5.5 kg||5 kg|
|Warranty:||10 Year on Motor, 5 Years of Parts or 12 month Commercial||7 Year Warranty|
The Froothie is a gadget I’m happy to have out on my work surface, it’s a thing of beauty gleaming away and showing off with its elegant touch screen panel (there’s no point putting it away in a cupboard anyway, it’s always in use!).
I can programme it manually or I can select any one of six automatic programmes;
|Create nutritious fruit smoothies and juices in a matter of seconds with a smooth, delicious consistency.|
|Create deliciously smooth healthy sorbet.|
|Grind various grains and seeds with ease and simplicity.|
|Create delicious dairy-free nut milks, soy milks and much more|
|Create smooth and creamy nutrient rich hot soups.|
|Create homemade spreads, dips, dressings and marinades in seconds.|
I’ve put it thoroughly through its paces and it hasn’t let me down yet but there is one programme function up there which actually made me gasp – I really hadn’t realised when I loaded it up with ingredients to make my celery soup that it would actually COOK it as well as blend it to smooth deliciousness! When I opened the lid and steam came pouring out I may have done a little dance! I make soup almost every day with so many mouths to feed at so many different times and this makes the whole process almost instant! It also seems just a little bit magical as there is no heating element inside the jug and I do like a little bit of kitchen magic! (Apparently it all works due to friction from the fast moving blades – clever stuff)
The Froothie Optimum G2.1 comes with a 104 page recipe booklet to get you started, a nut bag and a tamper tool to push things down a bit if necessary. The jug is made from BPA free plastic and is pretty resilient as this video shows – I haven’t tried this at home but Bonus Boy is pretty keen to give it a go – it a shame Mr TS sold our fork lift truck!
So – what else do you need to know before I share another soup recipe?
Things I REALLY like about the Froothie Optimum G2.1 Blender
- It’s really, really good at its job. It blends effortlessly and has transformed my cooking
- It’s simple with one jug which is easy to remove (no locking or twisting), a well fitting lid and easy to use controls
- I don’t have to remove the blades to clean it. One drop of washing up liquid, some warm water, switch it on and it is its own personal dishwasher – excellent.
- IT MAKES HOT SOUP (did I say that already?!)
Things I don’t like about the Froothie Optimum G2.1 Blender
- The name is a bit of a mouthful
- That’s it really
- Struggling to think of anything else
- I sometimes have to soak it if I’ve made something particularly bitty in it, I might have to wipe the rim with a cloth – but I’m scraping the barrel there and nit picking, it’s hardly a problem is it?!
So – on with today’s Froothie Recipe (you can make it in another blender or using a stick blender but it won’t be as good!)
Roasted Red Pepper and Wild Garlic Soup
The instructions couldn’t be simpler. Gather your ingredients, put them in the blender, turn it on to the soup setting, get a bowl, pour it in, eat it!
- 2 jarred roasted skinned red peppers
- 20 wild garlic leaves
- 5 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained
- 1 whole red chilli (I used a mild one)
- 2 spring onions, trimmed
- 25g cashew nuts
- a generous handful of fresh basil leaves
- 1½ cups vegetable stock
- ½ cup passata
- Just throw it all in, push the 'soup' button, wait until it finishes, pour it into a bowl and eat it!
- Roughly chop peppers, spring onions, garlic leaves, chilli and basil
- Add all ingredients to a food mixer/blender
- Blend until smooth
- Pour into a pan and heat until hot but not boiling
For more information on the Froothie Optimum G2.1 visit the Froothie website. The blender is currently on offer at £429 (RRP £599) so it is a big investment but one I would recommend, unhesitatingly, to anyone who is serious about cooking. It is available with a 30 Day Trial, money back guarantee including return postage costs.
Disclaimer: You can expect to see lots more recipes using the Froothie Optimum G2.1 here on Thinly Spread as I am an ambassador for Froothie. Any links in this post or others which mention Froothie are affiliate links, if you purchase through my link it won’t cost you anymore but it will earn me a small commission. I only support and endorse products I am happy to use myself, I have not been paid for this post and all opinions are my own.