Hannah Hossack-Lodge from Domestic Gothess
Im Hannah and food makes me happy. My favourite way to spend the day is in the kitchen baking. I grew up with a father who loved to cook anything and everything, and a mother who made and decorated amazing cakes and gingerbread houses so my interest in baking was encouraged from an early age. I was given free run of the kitchen to make what I liked…so of course everything was dyed bright colours, filled with marshmallows and covered in sprinkles and glitter…I like to think that my baking style has gotten a little more sophisticated since then…
To make thai spiced cashew butter I used my new Froothie Optimum 9400 power blender which made extremely light work of the task. What usually takes 10-15 minutes in a regular food processor took merely a couple of minutes in the Froothie. I have had the Optimum 9400 for quite a while now but it has taken me some time to get round to writing a review of it; that does mean that I have had a good chance to put it through it’s paces first however! It takes literally 30 seconds or less to grind nuts or oats down to a fine flour (if you want them chopped rather than blended to dust simply use the pulse function instead), and only a little longer to turn that flour into creamy nut butter. You can even use it to make soups and custards right in the blender – with prolonged blending (4-6 minutes) it heats the ingredients so there is no need to pre-cook! ....Click here.”
Christine Baily from ‘Advanced Nutrition Ltd’ :
Christine is a qualified leading Nutritional Consultant, Chef, Journalist and Media Expert. During her extensive training she gained a First Class Honours degree in Nutritional Therapy at the renowned Nutrition Centre CNELM. She is also qualified to MSc level and holds at PGCE for adult training and lecturing. An experienced Food and Health Writer Christine regularly contributes to national and local Magazines and Newspapers on Food, Health, Nutrition and Fitness. She has appeared extensively in the media including radio and television. She is author of several health and recipe books.
“"The Optimum 9400 is designed to bring professional level specification into your own home. I use my blender several times daily and it comes with me on my nourishing cookery days. This is one of the most powerful blenders on the market and I have really put it through its paces. Whether you want to make super healthy smoothies, dips and spreads, soups, desserts, nut milks, nut and seed flours, nut butters, instant healthy ice cream and sorbets this will do it all for you!"
Jacqueline Meldrum from ‘Tinned Tomatoes’ :
Jacqueline Meldrum is a food writer and recipe developer who writes vegetarian and vegan recipes on her blog Tinned Tomatoes. She also writes for Baby Centre UK, Great British Chefs and Readers Digest. Jacqueline was named top food blogger by Foodies 100 in 2013, by Vegetarian Living magazine in 2014 and was named a vegetarian and vegan blog you need to know about by The Guardian.
"I have the Optimum 9400 blender and Optimum 400 slow juicer. I use at least one of them every day for juices, smoothies, soups, sauces and desserts. I love their power, the quality of the result I get and they are so quick and easy to clean. Before I start cooking I always stop to think "Can I speed this up with my Froothie?"" Read More ”
Becca Pusey from Amuse Your Bouche :
Becca writes the popular vegetarian blog Amuse Your Bouche. As well as writing delicious veggie recipes for her blog, Becca has worked with some big brands such as The Yogurt Council, Aunt Bessie's and Waitrose. Becca also regularly features on Great British Chefs.
"So let me tell you a bit about the Optimum 9400 blender. It happily stands up against its main competition - Blendtec and Vitamix - and in fact outperforms them in many categories. For example, it can spin faster than both, and has more blades - which means it takes no time at all to get a perfectly smooth result. It took just seconds to get my banana smoothie nice and creamy!"Read More”
Shaheen Sutton From 'Allotment2kitchen':
Shaheen started her veggie and vegan blog to feature the recipes she made using vegetables from her allotment. Since then she has run her own cafe, been named one of the Top Veggie Bloggers in the UK by Vegetarian Living Magazine and was a runner up in this year’s Great Vegan Bake Off.
"I do have a blender from a well known designer brand, and often make spreads and dips such as Hummus but noted in comparison that it did not offer the same creamy smooth bit-free that I got from the Optimum 9400. The other thing I noted immediately is that majority of the blenders that I have used in my life would take a good 10-15 minutes in reaching the point of creamy smoothness, as well as a lot of stopping and scraping down of the blitzed vegetables from the sides. The time was massively reduced with the Optimum 9400 blender. "Read More”
Debbie Walsh from ‘Maple Spice’ :
Debbie is a Canadian food blogger who lives in Ireland. Her vegan blog is very popular and she won third place in The Vegan Woman's Top 10 Vegan Blogs. Debbie has featured in The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner and the Irish Independent.
"Now, if you have been following my blog for a while you have probably also noticed a distinct lack of smoothie and beverage recipes. This is not down to not liking smoothies, I love them, I just haven't had a good enough blender to get the perfect consistency I like.
Until now that is. The lovely folks at Froothie sent me their Optimum 9400 to review and folks, I am in love! "Read More”
Elizabeth Atia from ‘Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary’ :
Elizabeth is a Canadian living in Shetland with her family here she blogs family recipe using local seasonal produce. Elizabeth was a finalist in this year’s BIB Awards and is ranked third in the UK by eBuzzing Gastronomy. Elizabeth writes for A Taste of Shetland and 60 North Magazine. Her work can also be found on i’i Shetland and 750g le mag.
"This morning I used it to blend soaked cashews into a creamy purée to make into vegan cheese (an experiment – I will report back on this!) and as I type I’m sipping on my deliciously smooth liquid breakfast of 2 whole carrots, 2 whole apples, a handful of spinach, a slice of lemon and water/ice to thin. It took a matter of seconds to make and there are absolutely no lumps whatsoever."Read More”
Emma Potts from ‘Coconut & Berries’ :
Emma blogs the most beautifully shot vegan dishes on her popular blog Coconut and Berries. Emma's work has featured on Blog Her and Crumbs Magazine.
“Consider a high-powered bender as an investment in your health!… Other Things I like about it are the jug is BPA-free
, it’s easy to clean
, comes with a tamper
(perfect for blending ultra-thick purées), it even has little cable clips which means it’s neat and tidy
on the countertop. I use my blender every single day! You CAN probably get along just fine with a basic blender for most things but it may not blend vegetables like kale or fruit like dates as smoothly as you’d like. A high-powered blender also opens up a lot of fun possibilities so you can’t help but eat healthily!”Read More”
Jane Sarchet from ‘The Hedgecombers’ :
Jane blogs from Cornwall about her attempts to live a self-sufficient life, raising animals and growing fruit and veg. Janie has worked with ad developed recipes for some big brands including Twinings Tea, Baking Mad, Jordans Cereal, Lakeland, Whittard of Chelsea, Dotcomgiftshop, Heggies, The Great British Florist, Ronnie Sunshines and Gousto.
"The Pulse function is a good way to keep control over what you are processing and to not 'over process'. For example, if you popped some peanuts into the jug and wanted them rough ground for a Thai style salad dressing, due to the power of the blades within no time you'd have peanut butter! Instead, whizz the peanuts in bursts using the pulse and you have complete control over the texture of the nuts. Overall verdict, rather impressed with my Froothie…"Read More”
Kavey Favelle from ‘Kavey Eats’ :
Kavey loves travelling around the world and learning about different cuisines and her blog reflects her travels with a diverse range of recipes. Kavey has featured in Morrisons Magazine and has appeared on The BBC's A Question of Taste.
"The reason power blenders such as Vitamix and Froothie’s Optimum 9400 are great for making custard is that you can throw all the ingredients in to the blender jug, switch on and gradually ramp up the speed to its highest setting. Simply leave the blender running for several minutes; the speed of the powerful blades generates enough heat to cook the custard. Believe me, after 7 minutes, our custard was steaming hot! And because we had confidence in the power of the blades, we dropped the solid pieces of white chocolate straight into the hot custard and blended again. The Optimum 9400 blades broke the chocolate down quickly and the heat melted and combined it thoroughly into the custard base."Read More”
Kellie Anderson from ‘Food to Glow’ :
Kellie is an American living in Scotland. Kellie is a health educationist and nutrition adviser at the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Although Kellie is not vegan she mainly eats a vegan diet and that is reflected in her healthy recipes.
"Being a fairly methodical person I really wanted to make sure that I had run it through its paces before I passed on my assessment. And I wanted to do a couple of side by side challenges against my Vitamix to see how my two machines compared.
For my head-to-headchallenges I made today’s smoothie, a double batch of beetroot and cashew hummus, some frozen yogurt and sunflower seed butter. Both machines performed very well – as would be expected ofhigh level machines. But there are a few points that may tip the balance in the Froothie’sfavour:
3. ease of blending
4. blending time
Louise Carruthers from “Crumbs and Corkscrews” :
Louise loves cake and baking, but she counters that with Weight Watchers. Louise’s recipes can be found on Gourmandize UK, Disney Baby and Yahoo Shine.
“"Helping me along the road to smoothie heaven is my new little friend; he’s been part of the family for a couple of weeks now and he’s fitted in just fine. Welcome Optimum 9400 ! He sounds a bit like a Transformer, a Good Guy Autobot of course; but actually he’s a super duper blender from Froothie, and I love him!
Whilst the Optimum can handle everything from strawberries to paving slabs; I’ve been mainly blitzing fruit, some protein shakes and indulging in my caffeine addiction with skinny caramel frappuccinos. They’ll all be coming up soon. But I also want to but the Optimum to the test with a load of other things it can do including:"”
Michelle Minnaar from ‘Greedy Gourmet’ :
Michelle is a food writer and photographer from South Africa who know lives in London and blogs recipes using the freshest of ingredients.
"In the meantime I’ve also received a Froothie Optimum 9400 machine. Preparing Curd in the old-fashioned way is a pain. Suddenly life became much easier with the Froothie. It's a matter of peeling the kiwis, separating the eggs and measure out the ingredients and placing everything in the jug. You'll end up with the maximum setting of 10. This is when you leave the machine alone to work it's magic for a full 5 minutes and stare in wonderment how you lived without one for all these years. What I found particularly fascinating is how the contents start to heat up after a few minutes, thus cooking the eggs." Read More”
Monica Shaw from ‘Smarter Fitter’ :
Monica’s blog about learning to live a fit and healthy life through real food and clean, simple living. Monica has two ebooks out - Smarter Fitter Smoothies and Healthy Vegan Breakfast Salads. Monica is a regular contributor to Great British Chefs.
"As many of you know, I’ve been a devoted user of the Vitamix for years, so when the opportunity came along to try out the Froothie Optimum 9400 Blender I felt a little bit like I was cheating on an old and very dear friend. But I decided to have an open mind and see what this new kid on the block could do. A few weeks ago I stashed away my Vitamix and replaced it with the Froothie to see how it worked for my daily blending needs.
Daily? That’s right. I’m a pretty heavy blender user – I make smoothies for breakfast every day and often (at least once per week) use the blender for other tasks such as pureed soup, custard for ice cream, almond milk and cashew gravy. So far it's been a stellar performer and performed at least as well as the vitamix. If it excels in one area I'd say it's noise: the Froothie is noticeably quieter than my Vitamix. I also like the clear jug."Read More”
Nayna Kanabar from ‘Simply Food’ :
Nayna is one of the UK's most popular vegetarian bloggers. She blogs easy veggie recipes and is ranked in the top 50 food blogs in the UK by Foodies 100. Nayna's recipes have appeared in The Metro, The Evening Standard and Eat In magazine.
"Froothie have come up with a powerful mean machine called Optimum 9400 which will blast any ingredient and blitz it to a delicious purée in moments, furthermore it crushes ice like it cutting through butter, it chops, grates, grinds and whips and you can use it with wet or dry ingredients in it without buying a separate jug. It also makes instant ice creams for the summer and warm soups for the winter so you can make use of it the whole year around."Read More”
Nazima Pathan from ‘Franglais Kitchen’ :
Nazima and her husband write Franglais Kitchen as a team. They love creating global recipes. They hold supper clubs and run a food consultancy where they work with food producers and restaurants in the UK and internationally. Franglais Kitchen also contribute to Flavour on radio Cambridge 105.
"At first glance this sturdy blender with its 2 litre capacity is similar in appearance to the Vitamix, but in fact the engine is more powerful and slightly quieter (a big bonus!). For us though, the best thing is the blade – the Froothie blender has a 6 blade assembly, 4 facing up and 2 down. Why is this good? because when you are only blending small quantities, you get more a more efficient chopping of the ingredients than blenders with only upward facing blades (Vitamix included)."Read More”
Stuart Vettese aka ‘Cakeboi’ :
Stuart is a Scottish blogger who just loves to bake. He has recently ventured into the world of smoothies and raw bakes, which he is having great success with. Stuart is sharing a stage with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood at this year's Good Food Show and is ranked in the top 30 gastronomy food blogs in the UK.
"As the machine has a very powerful motor, it won’t burn out like other cheaper alternatives. Have a look at the specifications of the optimum 9400 macine compared to the Vitamix, another blender on the market.
The Optimum 9400, which is available at a special introductory price, also has a 10 year extended warranty so you can be rest assured you will be using it for years to come. The cost is really good value when you consider cheaper models won't do a fraction of the things a 9400 will and it is considerably less expensive than other high-end blenders which can retail up to £600. "Read More”
Marie Rayner from ‘The English Kitchen’ :
Marie Rayner is an award winning artist, writer, food blogger, and recipe developer who aims to dispel the myths surrounding English Cookery on her blog The English Kitchen. As a Canadian Ex Pat now living in the UK, you will find on her page a delightful mix of the traditional and the new with a distinctly North American twist. Her recipes are based on seasonal eating with the use of fresh ingredients and simple methods of cookery designed to save time and money, with the ethos that cooking can be fun, delicious and healthy with a little bit of naughty thrown in for good measure.
"I am trying to eat healthier lately and so I decided that I would just throw some frozen berries into the Optimum 9400 along with some milk and a bit of honey, plus some vanilla. A milk shake has to have vanilla! I also added a bit of lemon juice to keep the colour nice and pink. In less than two minutes I had the most delicious, creamiest milkshake I have ever eaten. No kidding! It had a beautiful thick texture. Just look at that . . . and the taste. It was seriously delicious! I haven't enjoyed my breakfast so much in a long time and I absolutely loved the fact that I was drinking/eating something which was quite healthy and yet seemed totally luxurious!"Read More”
Laura Scott from ‘How to cook good food’ :
Laura Scott is an ex-chef who now develops family recipes from her kitchen in Surrey. Laura is also a cookery tutor who runs pop-up bake clubs at home for both children and adults. Laura has developed recipes for many top brands including John Lewis, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Knorr.
"This pumpkin, kale and coconut soup was made in my Froothie Optimum 9400, a blender with powers to make soup of the most velvety smooth texture''.’’ I have been road testing my Froothie now for a couple of months and have been so impressed with it. The biggest change, not only for me but my children have been the amount of smoothies we have been making. It has encouraged us all to increase our daily fruit intake and is also the perfect way to use up any pieces of fruit that are looking a little sad in the fruit bowl"Read More”
Elen Rivas :
Elen Rivas is a model, TV personality and ambassador for PETA. Elen is a charity fundraiser and raises awareness in health, fitness and lifestyle on Twitter and Instagram.
“"I recently added the Optimum 9400 to my kitchen and have fallen in love with it! As an avid juice and health fanatic, this piece of equipment has become indispensable.
In my quest to get my two young girls living a healthy lifestyle, I have found that the Optimum blender has made smoothie making fun and simple. We start each day with a smoothie and the girls love to get involved. The blender is simple to use and even simpler to clean.
Having used blenders for years, I can happily say this is by far my favourite"”
Ren Behan :
Ren specialises in family food and Polish recipes. Her recipes are featured on the Jamie Oliver website, BBC Good Food Magazine, The Good Food Channel, Morrisons magazine and Delicious magazine. She is a member of The Guild of Food Writers and writes for Great British Chefs.
"My second secret bug-fighting weapon has been my Froothie Optimum 9400 – a power blender that I’ve been trying out recently to make blended soups, smoothies and homemade raw dips and nut butters……..I’ve also found that since the Froothie Optimum 9400 can handle raw ingredients, including vegetables, nuts, seeds and all kinds of fruit, you are literally only ever a few minutes away from a cup of something tasty and nutritious in the form of a soup or smoothie. My little girl has discovered a love of soy milk (which she calls soil milk!) so I’ve also been making lots of milkshakes and smoothies with frozen bananas and a pinch of cinnamon or cocoa……
So, I’m very happy with my Optimum 9400 and there are still many more recipes to try''. "Read More”
Vanessa Almeida from ‘Essential Vegan’ :
Vanessa Almeida is a vegan chef who had her first cookbook called ‘Essential Vegan’ published in 2012. Since then she has published her recipes on her blog as well as working at food markets and running pop-up vegan cafes. Vanessa also runs vegan cookery classes.
"The Optimum 9400 blender is sensational, I can do so much with it, which is awesome. I was used to another super powerful blender and I could compare both quite well. Let’s start with my review:
The Optimum 9400 has six blades instead of the regular 4 that you can find in most super powerful blenders and that makes everything you blende smoother and creamier.
You can do toppings and filing for cakes, nut butter, nut milk, green juices, smoothies, cheesecake and even bread. I’ve once done a soup in less than 10 minutes and it was super hot. I know how crazy is that.
The powerful motor has 3 high speeds which allows you to do ice cream and soups.
The jug is Heat-Resistant BPA free with 2l capacity.
The blender also has a Built-in sensor to detect over-usage; prolonging life of blender'' Read More”
Aine Carlin :
Aine Carlin is the founder of vegan food blog peasoupeats.com
and author of award winning cookbook 'Keep it Vegan'
. Her passion for simple, straightforward recipes that are full of flavour has quickly become her trademark, with dishes like Macaro-no Cheese and Rosemary & Pear Stuffed French Toast hailing the way forward for easy plant-based cooking. With her laid-back attitude and accessible recipes, she aims to demystify veganism and bring it to the masses.
“"The Froothie with the optimum 9400 has seriously revolutionised some of my recipes, particularly my nut based dishes that benefit from having a silky smooth texture. I like to say my cashew creams and cheeses are now 'next level' smooth thanks to its unmatchable power. It even took centre stage at my Husband's Mexican themed birthday party thanks to some particularly awesome frozen margaritas - people still talk about them today."”
Kate Hackworthy from ‘Veggie Desserts’ :
Kate has a rather unusual blog. Kate makes healthy desserts from vegetables. This year Kate won Best Food Blog in the UK National Blog Awards, was listed as one of the Top Bloggers of the Year by Top Sante Magazine and was named Jamie Oliver's blog of the month in February.
"You’ve heard me talking about my new high-speed blender for a few months now. I rarely accept review products so I wanted to give it a really thorough test before posting an actual review of it. Well, I can definitely say that owning my Froothie has been amazing. A whole new world of healthy eating has been opened up to me'' "Read More”