Earlier this year, my food processor broke. I didn’t know how I was going to survive (no jokes), I used it so much! So right away I was in the market for a new one.
I considered getting another cheapy from Kmart but I decided to upgrade. I considered a Vitamix blender – as my blender was cheap and leaky – but I didn’t have a spare $900.
As I looked around, I began seeing heaps of great reviews for the Optimum 9400 blender. AND it was half the price of a Vitamix, yet just as powerful! Soon I justified to myself that I could spare a few hundred dollars on a high-speed blender, as it would mean I could make nut butters and flours (something I could never do with my old food processor!). So I bought the Optimum 9400.
High speed blender review: the Optimum 9400
In a few days, my new blender was delivered to my local post office. After I picked it up, I went to my local health food store to get some grains and some nuts – I couldn’t wait to test my blender out!
When we got home and unpacked the blender, we were delighted to find a free recipe was included! I gave the book to my son to pick out the first thing to make while I set up the blender (which took like, 60 seconds). We made a super tasty (and healthy) cranberry smoothie for lunch, and then I went on to test out making flours and nut butter.
Now, I will admit – I thought I broke my blender while trying to make peanut butter for the first time. I bought raw peanuts, and thought it would be too easy to just throw them in and blend away. Easy, right? Wrong. Half way through, the peanuts were all crumbly and not very buttery, and suddenly the blender stopped. Uh oh. And it wouldn’t turn back on. Oh crap.
I decided it might be a good time to read the instruction manual…and I discovered the anti-over-heating mechanism had switched off the machine as it was getting too warm. Also, I should have been blending the nuts on the highest speed. Lesson well learned! After the machine cooled down, I finished making the peanut butter, but there was another lesson to be learnt: nuts make better butters when they are roasted. I had to add some oil to those raw peanuts to help them along their way.
Then, onto the flour. I had bought wheat and spelt, so I just dumped them in the blender and blended them up. It turns out, flour isn’t that simple either! My tips for making flour:
- blend in small batches of about 2 cups of whole grains.
- keep blending until the flour starts to clump together.
- when finished blending, transfer to an airtight container but don’t put the lid on yet! The flour will be warm from all the friction – let it cool down before closing the container.
- you can also soak, sprout and dry the grains before blending into flour – this does take more preparation, but makes the nutrients more bioavailable.
What can you use the Optimum 9400 for?
I’ve had so much fun with my blender over the past few months. I’ve seriously used it just about every single day – sometimes up to 10 times a day! Here are some of the things I’ve used my blender for:
- Almond, sunflower and peanut butters
- Wheat, oat, and spelt flours
- Ground flaxseed
- Coconut butter
- Bliss balls, raw desserts
- Green smoothies
- Pureed soups
- Pancake, muffin and cake batters
- Sauces and pestos
- To finely chop/pulse fruit, vegetables, nuts
- Nut/oat milks
- Nut cheeses
- Banana icecream
The Optimum 9400 has revolutionised the way I cook. It speeds things up in the kitchen. It makes life easier. It makes life healthier. And it saves me money too, as I can make things easily from scratch (such as nut butters, coconut butter and flours) instead of paying premium for ready made items.
If you are debating whether to get a Vitamix or Optimum, like I was, here’s the video that convinced me:
You could also watch this video of the Optimum 9400 pulverising paving stones. Caution: don’t try this at home!
When you are using the blender to make nut butters or bliss balls, or other hard-to-blend items, it can switch itself off to prevent overheating. While this is good as it will save your blender from ruin, it can be annoying. However, using the blender on it’s highest speed will make the cooling fan run faster, so you can try to prevent this from happening if you blend on a higher speed.
It doesn’t blend small amounts. Sometimes, I like to blend a small amount of flax seeds or cashews or something. It’s just not possible to get it smooth and finely blended in the Optimum 9400 unless you’re blending more than a cup or so of ingredients.
My final thoughts:
I love my Optimum 9400! I couldn’t imagine a better blender, especially at this price. It is powerful, and quickly blends ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency. The parts all seem to be high quality, and Froothie (the Optimum retailer) is an Australian owned company. The Optimum 9400 has changed the way I cook and prepare food (in a positive way!) – we are now enjoying a more healthy and varied diet, all thanks to this powerful blender. I highly recommend the Optimum 9400 high speed blender to anyone who is looking for a blender they want to use on a daily basis for a wide range of uses!
Currently the Optimum 9400 is just
$691 $579 at Froothie (Australia). Check out the Optimum 9400 product page for the full details of this amazing blender.
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