Can a blender really make soup in 8 minutes and wash itself up afterwards? Sounds too good to be true? Read my review of the Froothie Optimum G2.3 and find out…
As you know, my blog is all about finding ways to make cooking delicious food as easy and stress-free as possible. So when I was asked to be part of the Froothie ambassador team and review the Froothie Optimum G2.3 Platinum Series high speed blender I jumped at the chance!
How easy was it to get the Froothie Optimum G2.3 working?
When I first opened my new machine, I was a bit confused by the slimness of the instructions booklet. I’m not great with technical things and I usually rely heavily on the manual, so I was a bit disappointed…until I realised that the reason the instruction manual was so slim was because it is so incredibly easy to use!! You simply plug the Froothie Optimum G2.3 in, pop one of the two jugs on top, put your stuff inside, switch the machine on and press one of the presets…you have a choice of smoothie, sorbet, fruit & veg, soup or grind. If one of these doesn’t suit your purposes there is a manual speed button and a plus 20 seconds button, so you can adjust things to your liking.
What can the Froothie Optimum G2.3 do?
One of the best things about the Froothie Optimum G2.3 is that it comes with a fab recipe book. So often you get a new appliance, but you are not quite sure what to use it for. But this is not the case here – the recipe book is full of inspiration – I was amazed at the number of things the Froothie Optimum G2.3 can do…
- Ice cream & sorbets
- Dips & Spreads
- Nut butters and milks
- Energy balls and bars
- Cauliflower rice
- Desserts, such as cheesecakes and brownies
- Hot soup
And a whole host of other things besides!
It was the hot soup function that caught my eye in particular, though…not the fact that a blender can BLEND soup…well duh! But this blender can actually MAKE soup…from scratch, in 8 minutes. Well that had to be tried. After all, what could be more easy peasy than putting a bunch of ingredients in a blender, pressing a button and 8 minutes later having freshly prepared soup? Better still the instructions promised me that the Froothie Optimum G2.3 could also wash itself up!
Making Soup in the Froothie Optimum G2.3
I decided the first thing I’d do to put my Froothie Optimum G2.3 through its paces was to make this Spicy Moroccan Chickpea Soup. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while and I figured it would be a nice way to test out the capabilities of my new machine.
I simply popped large chunks of red onion, sweet potato and pepper, together with whole garlic cloves, herbs and spices, a tin of chickpeas (water and all) and a tin of chopped tomatoes, turned my machine on and pressed the soup function.
I must admit – I was a bit sceptical…could a blender really make soup? Would it really be hot? And would it actually taste nice…I watched my blender as it successfully pulverised the ingredients – it looked pretty good and it smelt amazing…it definitely looked like it was getting hot too…ping the machine stopped.
I tentatively took out a spoon to test it…and…and it was great, better than great, it tasted incredible! Smooth and creamy, spicy and a full of flavour. I was properly bowled over. I had been a little bit concerned that it might taste of raw onion or raw garlic, or that the machine wouldn’t have coped with the skins I had left on the sweet potatoes (well I wanted to give my new machine a challenge!).
But no, it successfully coped with all the random challenges I threw at in and created a wonderfully smooth and flavourful hot soup…in just 8 minutes!
The soup was really filling too – I made just under 2 litres and that worked out to be 4-5 servings, depending on appetite. I had about a 400ml serving and didn’t need any bread it was that filling. Just imagine – in 8 minutes you can have all your midweek lunches sorted for a week…while you are still eating your breakfast on Monday. And I tell you, this function will be a lifesaver for those days when I come home late from one of the kids activities and need a meal on the table NOW!
Spicy Moroccan Chickpea Soup (Vegan) & Froothie Optimum G2.3 Review
- 1 large sweet potato (approximately 500g / 1lb), roughly chopped
- 2 red/yellow peppers roughly chopped
- 1 red onion roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 cm ginger
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes or to taste
- 15 g fresh coriander
- 400 g tin chickpeas including the water
- 400 g tin tomatoes
- 100 ml cold water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put all the ingredients in the blender. Place the jug on the base and switch on. Press the soup function.
- If necessary, use the tamper to push the ingredients down onto the blades.
- The soup should be completely smooth and perfectly hot after 8 minutes.
If you do not have a blender with soup function, simply blend the ingredients and then heat in a pan on the stove. Alternatively you can make the soup in a more traditional way by frying the onion, garlic, spices and chilli in a pan, then adding the other ingredients and simmering on a low heat for around 20 minutes, then blending.
Suitable for freezing.
Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
What else have I made?
Since giving putting my machine through its soup making paces, I have also tried making smoothies, dips, cauliflower rice, pancake batter and grinding nuts in it. Each time my Froothie Optimum G2.3 more than exceeded my expectations – I have been genuinely astonished at its capabilities.
And can the Froothie Optimum G2.3 really wash itself up?
Yes, amazingly it can. I often joke about this with other appliances ‘if only my coffee machine/juicer/food processor etc. could wash itself up too’…well I have finally found a kitchen appliance that can!!! All you have to do is pop a drop or two of washing up liquid into the blender, together with half a jug of warm water, hit pulse a couple of times and then rinse out and you have yourself a clean blender – it’s the stuff of dreams!
I have been properly astonished by my Froothie Optimum G2.3. I think it genuinely going to change my life. I love how easy peasy it makes doing some of the toughest jobs in the kitchen. And I love how one machine can perform so many functions. Admittedly it’s not a cheap machine…but considering what it does, it is very good value for money. It does almost everything – even the washing up!! In fact I think I will have to start putting away some of my other gadgets, as I don’t need them any more now I have my G2.3!
What else do Froothie sell?
Froothie sell a whole range of fab Optimum blenders, but that’s not all…they also do juicers, air fryers, pressure cookers, slow cookers and more…and coming soon they have an absolutely amazing sounding slow juicer that you don’t have to clean, called the Juisir – I’m quite excited by the idea of that one!
I am super excited to be a Froothie Optimum G2.3 ambassador. I am working on some very exciting ideas using my new toy and I will be sharing them very soon.
If you would like to know more about the Froothie Optimum G2.3 and how it compares to other blenders on the market, or if you want to buy one of these lovely machines for yourself, simply click on the advert below or in the sidebar to be taken to the Froothie website.
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