I feel like I haven’t done a real review and giveaway on here in f-o-r-e-v-e-r! That being said, I was pretty excited to get an email asking me if I’d like to test out and giveaway one of the new KenmorePro blenders, exclusively available at Sears Canada. I mean…with the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect kitchen gadget to help get all those recipes in order, right? The blender came with a mini cookbook with different recipes – smoothies, sauces, soups – you can make so many different things! It has all of the same features as its competitor (which I also own) at a fraction of the price ($149.97). Since I now own both, I feel like I can compare the two and give my honest opinion on the new KenmorePro.
I figured that it would be a good idea to try both a cold and hot recipe and see how the blender performs. For my cold recipe, I made my go-to morning smoothie which always includes a frozen banana, protein powder and almond milk. In less than a minute, everything was thoroughly blended. I was impressed with the KenmorePro’s ability to blend that banana! I did use the tamper to help get everything as close to the blade as possible, as the container is pretty tall and sometimes the contents need a little help staying close together.
For my hot recipe, I made one of the soups provided in the cookbook and I get to share it with you, which I’m stoked about because it was so, so good!
Sweet Potato, Ginger & Mirin Soup
1 thumb sized piece of ginger
1/2 medium brown onion, quartered
2 cups sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 cups vegetable stock or water
4 tbsp mirin (alternative: 2 tbsp white wine vinegar)
salt and pepper to taste
Place ginger, onion and vegetable stock into the blender jug and blend on low speed. Feed the sweet potato through the small hole in the lid and gradually increase the speed, Once all ingredients are pureed, blend on maximum for 5 minutes, or until steaming. Add the mirin, season to taste and serve.
I couldn’t believe how easy this recipe was. I thought I would have to cook the sweet potato and onion before blending but the blender literally does all the work. The soup comes out piping hot and super smooth. What I love most – all of the ingredients are things that I always have in the house. This is the case for most of the provided recipes. They are all super simple and healthy. Note: I didn’t not have mirin so I used the white wine vinegar instead.
All in all, I was totally impressed with the KenmorePro’s performance and cannot believe that a blender this good retails for $149.97 (my other one was over $500). The best part? I get to give one away to one of YOU! All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me your favourite Holiday dish/recipe/meal. Mine is stuffing! And my mom’s ricotta and spinach cannelloni with cream sauce!
A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, December 19, 2016. Giveaway open to Canadian residents only.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Sears. All opinions are my own. Thank you for your support!