I have been lucky enough to review the Bellini Super Cook Kitchen Machine (Bellini) in the CFBM kitchen.
If you have been a long term reader of my of you will know that I love to use appliances to make my life easier in the kitchen. I would rate the food processor as the appliance that gets the biggest work out each week.
The addition of the Bellini to my kitchen is like adding a food processor on steroids with another 12 functions. It takes cooking in an appliance to the next level!
After using it for a little while I am going to give a quick run through on what it does, what I like about it the most and how it fits into the daily cooking. I also have an easy dip recipe and all the details on where you can get one.
The 13 functions
The Bellini Super Cook Kitchen Machine can do a staggering 13 functions:
1. Pureeing – soups, sauces, vegetables, fruits
2. Mixing – smoothies, shakes, cocktails, cake/muffin/pancake batter
3. Pulverising – make your own icing sugar!
4. Grinding – grind nuts into a peanut butter, almond meal
5. Rasping – break fruits and vegetables down into smaller pieces – save on cutting time
6. Chopping – chop onions (no more tears), garlic (no more smelly hands and benches) and nuts
7. Emulsifying – make mayonnaise, dressings, cream
8. Grating – grate hard cheeses, make breadcrumbs
9. Stirring – Beat dough, egg whites and whip cream
11./12. Frying and Cooking – Temperatures 40 – 130 degree celicus
13. Steaming using the cooking basket. Perfect for steaming fish, cooking chicken breasts, steaming vegetables
That’s a lot of functions for one machine.
What have I loved most?
What I have loved the most about the Bellini is the ability to chop, cook and mix in the same pot. For example I cooked Taco Mince while not having to be in the kitchen to stir and make sure it didn’t burn. The Bellini chopped the onion, garlic and carrot it then cooked the meat while stirring it. No hot stove on and one jug to clean.
I also love that I can now grind things like peanuts to make my own peanut butter. It makes light work of those hard nuts!
What I can’t wait to try?
I am really looking forward to making my own mayonnaise and icing sugar. Turning basic ingredients into something that costs more to buy then make will keep my budget happy.
How do I think it fits into a busy family?
Plain and simple – it gives you your hands back. You don’t have to be stuck to the bench chopping vegetables for the nights dinner, or stirring a pot to make sure it doesn’t stick. After the initial steps to get everything going you can set and let it do the work for you.
Will it turn you into a better cook?
It comes programmed with 36 recipes and you can download more at www.supercook.me so if you don’t like cooking or find following a recipe challenging it will guide you every step of the way. You can even add your own favourite recipes from other website to the SD card. So yes you will cook a little better with the built in recipe help.
I enjoy cooking, will this take the enjoyment away?
This is what I have always thought about any thermo style cooking appliance. But the truth is you actually get the learn a new style of cooking and experiment with different recipes you may not of normally made. So it actually builds on your great cooking skills.
Overall conclusion on the new Bellini?
It is a very capable machine that is a welcomed and worthy addition to any family kitchen. Once you get to know exactly what it can do and you build a repertoire of family favourite recipes it will become the ultimate saviour on those nights where you don’t feel like cooking or are running late and need dinner on the table quick smart.
The new Bellini is going to give some more expensive counterparts a run for their money. The price is more realistic for a family budget and you still get 98% of the same functions. The 2% that it doesn’t have that the other main competitor has is: built in scales (comes with external scales) and the reverse function (comes with stirring blade).
If you have any questions you would like answered, leave them for me in the comments.
Check back next week for what else I have been cooking!
Where can I get one?
Exclusive to Target
Bellini Super Cook Kitchen Machine retails for RRP $899. On Sale for $699 until 25th March 2015. EXTENDED UNTIL 31ST MARCH 2015.
Some more info:
• 13 functions
• Can operate at up to 130 degrees
• 1000 watts cooking power & 500 watts mixing power
• 10 speed multi and turbo mixing functions
• Weight scale
• 2 Litre jug
• Everyday essential – can literally complete all kitchen needs
• Yumi Control System with its own recipe collection and access to 1000 plus free online recipes (36 installed on the included SD card)
As part of Target’s ‘Massive Home Sale’ the Bellini Super Cook Kitchen Machine will be on special via Target’s online store only, from 12 March for $699. Free Delivery. On sale only until March 25 2015. EXTENDED UNTIL 31ST MARCH 2015.
Dips made easy!
Sweet Potato, Parmesan and Cashew Dip in the Bellini
500gm uncooked, diced Sweet Potato
Salt and Pepper
1. Add water 1/2 up in the jug. Place the basket in the jug. Add the sweet potato. Set to 110 degree celcius, speed 1 for 20 minutes. This will cook the sweet potato. Once finished remove the basket with the cooked sweet potato and place in the fridge to cool. Discard of the water.
2. Using the chopping blade. Add the parmesan cut into large chunks. Set to speed 6 for 10 seconds. Start.
3. Add the cashews. Set to speed 5 for 10 seconds. Start.
4. Return the cooled sweet potato to the jug, a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Set to speed 3 for 20 seconds. Start.
Use the spatula to remove the dip and serve with some cooked pita bread.
This makes a large serve. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Perfect to take to a party, for afternoon tea or the school lunch box.
Check back next week as I give you an update on how I have progressed with the Bellini after 3 weeks of ownership.
This is a sponsored post for Target. I was also gifted a Bellini Super Cook Kitchen Machine to review. All opinions, photos and recipes expressed are my own. This is my review of the product and how it fits into my life.