SilverCrest Hand Blender from LIDL 

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I get the occasional chance to test items from LIDL and as in the case here they sometimes arrive in time to tell you about them before they go on sale in their stores. Here a hand blender that not only is the basic thing but comes with extra attachments for other tasks.

Silvercrest Kitchen Tools Hand Blender
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This hand blender measures 29cm long, the green top 17.5cm detaches from the stainless steel bottom 11.5cm, it is circular at a maximum of 5cm at the top and the base and 14cm just above the base is only 1cm across. The total weight is 600 grams with the hard wired 1.5metree lead attached.

The top 17.5cm part should only be wiped clean with a damp cloth the bottom 11.5cm bit can be washed normally.

The unit comes with the ‘meat and vegetable’ blade attached in the stainless steel arm.

The other attachments are in a green and clear Perspex box with the attachment removal tool; full instructions are provided in the first 20 pages of the A5 Operating Instruction guide.

Just beside the ‘on’ button is a variable speed dial.

The other attachments which flip off using the removal tool and then you push them on the spindle with a firm press till you here a click.

The attachments are the Meat and Vegetable Blade, Beater Attachment, Whisking Attachment and Multi-Function Blade.

The jobs that can be done using the blades are outlined in the Operating Manual. All the blades apart from the Whisking attachment are designed to fit flat while the Whisking Attachment is designed to fit at an angle to help get air into whatever you are whisking.

There are six basic receipts in the Operating Manual to get even the novice user started.

The blades are sharp ‘this is not a toy’ so keep away from young children and never try to wash it while still connected to the mains, always untwist the stainless steel part before you do any cleaning to it then you will not end up with a minced finger.

Once I had changed one blade it then took only around 30 seconds to remove and replace a blade.

Always use the correct blade and you will get good results.

If you watch cookery programs even top chefs use a larger version of something like this to do a multitude of jobs in the kitchen.

If you are say preparing soup then the liquid you are blending will be hot to perhaps boiling so work with care you may be as much as 30cm away from it but splashes do happen, this is less likely if you keep the unit immersed in the liquid. While I have seen chefs use larger versions for crunching through fish heads etc. that is a specialised tool and this is not in that class.

I tested this using the four attachments for several days but as always my review period was very short.

It did what I asked it and that is all you can expect.

The SilverCrest Hand Blender is available for £14.99 from their stores from TOMORROW Thursday 13th April and as always with special offers it is ‘while stocks last’.

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