I just got introduced to Optimum Blenders last year, so I feel a bit spoilt to have 2 in my house at the same time! The Optimum 9200A Next Generation, is the latest model from Froothie, and this is again another fantastic kitchen gadget. I have given it some pretty serious challenges, including making a cake! And, like the previous blender I reviewed, it delivers every time. I particularly wanted to show readers just what this is capable of, so much more than just smoothies.
First things first, lets look at the specs and what this new machine can do, before I talk recipes and practical tips.
Design: like the Optimum 9400, this is an excellent design with a lightweight BPA free jug. I mentioned before that another brand I had, the base separated from the jug. This causes two problems for me, clicking it correctly before use and over time, leakage. I love the Optimum blenders because they are well designed, which I think is just as important as functionality. This is so light my daughter can use it easily too, which she couldn’t with the other brand.
Power and Speed: this is the big difference between this new model and my previous 9400. The Optimum 9200 has a powerful industrial high speed 2,611 watt motor, with the same 44,000rpm the 9400 has. It is noticeably more powerful. There are precision high, medium, low & pulse functions
Blades: like the 9400 there are 6 stainless steel blades, 4 pointing up and 2 pointing down which means no lumps! No annoying bits at the bottom of the blender- my dates always got left behind with previous brands. Along with the speed and power of this machine, the blades provide perfectly blended smoothies, sauces, creams, desserts and yes, cakes! ( I was so impressed with the cake thing I can’t stop talking about it – I will be sharing the recipe! )
Timer Functions: The other difference from the 9400 is the timer functions. There are 3 timer buttons, 20, 35 and 45 seconds, which are very handy indeed when you are busy in the kitchen.
- Heat-Resistant Polycarbonate 2L Jug – Wet & Dry Applications
- Approved by FDA, UL and the European Commission for Food Safety (BPA Free)
- Staggering speed 44,000 rpm, able to freeze ice cream and heat soups
- High quality tamper tool
- Automatic blending options for smoothies (blends automatically for set period of time, perfect for juice bars and people on the run; 20, 35 & 45 seconds)
- Built-in sensor to detect over-usage; prolonging life of blender
- Green Energy Consumption: Proprietary carbon brush motor only draws the power demanded
I said this in my previous review too, but I really love how quickly everything is blended and how incredibly easy it is to clean. This is such an important thing for me when I’m busy but need to use my blender more than once for a single recipe, such as my Raw Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart.
My Green Smoothies are just so heavenly creamy and perfectly blended, I am surprised still by this! I don’t add plant milks to mine but it seriously feels like I am drinking a milkshake! And it literally takes 10 seconds! I make silky smooth nut creams blended to perfection, including my new recipe, Chai Cashew Cream plus nut cheeses like my Herb & Garlic Cheese, pictured above. And like before, I can make all my bliss balls and some of my energy bars in the Froothie Optimum 9200 as well. I barely use my food processor anymore- that thing is heavy!
Tips and Tricks
- When making bliss balls or nut bars, pop the nuts in first by themselves and blend until a fine powder. Then add remaining ingredients. Pre-soak dates, medjool work best as they are already soft and plump.
- When making cakes, always blend wet ingredients first. Slowly adding dry ingredients, or if making a large cake add blended wet ingredients to flour in a bowl.
- The blender has a safety mechanism which kicks in if the blender gets to hot from over-use at a low temperature, particularly if the mix is too dense and sticky. If this happens, remove the blender form the base, then turn the blender on high for a few seconds to help it cool quickly.
- Using a tamper tool is extremely helpful when making recipes which ask more of your blender, it helps keep the ingredients moving and disperses wet ingredients which achieves a more even distribution.
Disclaimer: The Optimum 9200 was given to me to review, I was not paid for the review.