The Easiest Pad Thai (Gluten Free) and Optimum 9200 Next Generation Blender Review

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My new Froothie 9200 is the sixth blender I have owned in less than 2 years. I’m not kidding. I started out using the blender jug attachment on my food processor which I barely ever used. When I started getting into making green smoothies I ordered a 2000 watt power blender from a lesser known brand on Amazon which was reduced to £50 from £200. Initially, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I learned what smooth cashew cream looked and tasted like and I could blend up smoothies with the toughest greens and solid frozen bananas to creamy deliciousness. Over time however, I noticed my smoothies had the odd lump of fruit and the odd cashew remains whole. Over time this became grainy cashew creams and leafy smoothies but I persevered and dreamed of one day owning a power blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec.

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About a month after the warranty had passed on that blender, the jug started to leak a black oil like substance which would marble through my vibrant green smoothies. In despair, I ordered a new one, only to later be told by the company that they would have sent me a new jug as a gesture despite being passed the warranty period. I was so pleased with my fresh new blender which allowed me to again have smooth results everytime. Until it sparked, gave me an electric shock and melted itself. Of course I sent it back and was sent a replacement – which smelled like burning even after 2 weeks of minimum 3 times daily use and make the most awful sound. So I sent it back again and this time got a refund and gave up on the product. I continued to use the blender attachment on my food processor until that too gave up so I got a new one with a blender attachment and decided I’d stick with that until one day I could afford a refurbished Blendtec.

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It was the usual story but better than my previous processor blender but making smoothies was a labour intensive affair. I’d have to first blend the liquid and greens for a good minute or more and then add the fruit and any other additions in stages and sometimes it would seize up if I added too much ice in one go and I’d have to blend so much for a relatively lump free smoothie that it would be warm from the friction!

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Why am I telling you this? Well, because I bet this story resonates with so many of you. In the end, so much money is wasted that could be put toward investing in a great quality, long lasting blender. However it would take some saving for me to be able to pay out £599 for a high performance Vitamix or £500 for a Blentec so I was thrilled when I was introduced to the Australian rival high speed blender brand, Optimum who offered me a blender to review and invited me to become an Ambassador of the UK distributors, Froothie.

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Even without the ambassadorship, these incredibly high quality machines are much more affordable than the rival brands and for a higher spec product. The prices above are for the closest to equal spec machine to the Optimum 9200 Next Generation Heavy Duty Commercial-Grade blender that each brand sells. The Optimum 9200 is currently priced at just £379 with a 12%/£50 discount with the full price competitively low at £429.

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This thing is a game changer. I use it so much each day and even plan my meals around what I can use the blender for! It is not just a smoothie machine – this incredibly durable and powerful machine can do so much. I use it to chop vegetables, make nut milks and creams, make date paste, grind flours, mix cake batter, even to knead bread dough and of course the most deliciously creamy smoothies in seconds. And no gradual placing ingredients, just dump it all in, press one of the really simple to use pre-programmed speed buttons (20, 35 & 45 seconds) or speed settings (high, medium, low & pulse) and voila, creamy smoothie ready to pour whilst you do other things. It’s truly a pleasure.

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There is no need to pre-soak nuts or seeds for blending and the specially designed blade means everything will be blended and nut butters can be whipped up in the same jar without need for a special attachment. The speed creates so much friction heat that you can actually cook ingredients in it without a special heating element! How cool is that? Simply add fresh ingredients like ripe tomatoes and seasonings and blend for a few minutes to have hot tomato soup ready! And as a bonus, it even cleans itself! Simply add hot water and a drop of dish soap and use on the 20 second function then rinse!

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These machines are made with such high-end durable components manufactured by one of the world’s most renowned blender manufacturers including the 6-blade assembly of Japanese-made stainless steel blades allowing the Optimum to pulverize the thickest ingredients with no hassles and no struggle even PAVING STONES!

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Find out more of the detailed impressive specification here and videos including visual comparison tests with other brands on the Froothie YouTube Channel.

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So here’s just a handful of the things I have been making in my new wonder machine;

Cocoa-Maple Dessert Smoothie - recipe coming soon!

Cocoa-Maple Dessert Smoothie – recipe coming soon!

My favourite smoothie combo - pineapple, oranges, basil and spinach.

My favourite smoothie combo – pineapple, oranges, basil and spinach.

Vegan cheese like this simple and versatile 'Moxarella'

Vegan cheese like this simple and versatile ‘Moxarella’

Vibrant pink, cherry and raspberry 'green' smoothie

Vibrant pink, cherry and raspberry ‘green’ smoothie

Quinoa flour and this baby will also grind beans and tougher grains for fresh flours.

Quinoa flour and this baby will also grind beans and tougher grains for fresh flours.

And here’s a recipe that is made so simple by the use of a high speed blender like the Froothie blenders but a standard blender will be fine with a bit more time and effort!

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Ingredients:

Serves 4

Sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 inches of fresh ginger
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce (or gluten free Tamari)
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses (or date syrup)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce (check gf)
  • 2 tsp sriracha or other hot chilli sauce (check gf)
  • 125ml/1/2 cup water

Noodles:

  • 400g/14 oz rice noodles (I used green tea and black rice noodles)
  • 400g/14 oz firm tofu, drained, pressed and cut into chunks
  • 1 large carrot, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 courgette, sliced into thin rounds
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds (or roasted peanuts)
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, roughly chopped

Method:

  1. Put a non stick wok or large frying pan on a high heat. Cook the noodles according to the package directions.
  2. Add all the sauce ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the tofu to the hot wok and stir fry until golden, add the sliced carrot and courgette and continue to stir fry for a minute before adding the sauce. Leave to bubble for a minute and then add the drained noodles and toss together.
  4. Divide between plates and garnish each with the spring onions, sesame seeds and herbs.

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Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review and all opinions presented here are my own and honest. I was given the product to review. I am a Froothie Ambassador, and as such any purchase made through Bunny Kitchen results in a small commission paid to me to fund my website and blogging activities however it does not affect you or your purchase in any way. To purchase a Optimum 9200, please click here or to purchase any other product, click here.

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14 Responses to The Easiest Pad Thai (Gluten Free) and Optimum 9200 Next Generation Blender Review

  1. apsara says:

    Pad Thai is something I love. Your recipe looks fairly easy, thanks for sharing!

  2. So glad this blender came into your life, Poppy! I used to spend $18-25 or so a year on blenders – just like you wrote – wearing them out and not getting the results I wanted anyway. It hurt to fork over the $$ for a Vitamix, but I don’t regret a single penny! I use mine sometimes four times a day! It’s over 2 years old and still running like a champ.

    • Poppy says:

      Exactly Annie, even the more expensive standard blenders with more wattage etc would either break on me or just lose power. I wanted to bring a blendtec home from Utah but I think there’s power issues, I heard some appliances blow up over here as our wattage is different?! Plus there’s no way it would have fit in my suitcase! I was so blessed to be given this but also just to have discovered a brand of great blender and other products I can afford more on my student budget! They’ve got a juicer I’m considering, mine just sends pulp into a flying vortex!!!

  3. Lorna says:

    I was literally laughing my head off reading your blender-saga! You’re so right, we can all relate to that! When I made nut butter in my food processor it vibrated so furiously that the lid broke off, so from then on I had to cling onto the lid for dear life… Then it totally died. Then tried making pesto in my last blender and it just wasn’t having any of it…. It literally just choked!!

    I am so delighted with my Optimum 9200! In fact, actually, I used my food processor to blitz some nuts recently (while my blender was blending something else!) and I was so disappointed! It was so coarse, compared to the fine powder you get with the Optimum. I actually don’t know how I managed without it!

    Lorna | naturally-bee.blogspot.co.uk |

    • Poppy says:

      I’ve totally had that lid wiggle off scenario! It’s so funny to think of now but at the time it’s so annoying!! Thank you for stopping by Lorna ❤

  4. Lorna says:

    OH and I forgot to say…. THAT PAD THAI LOOKS AMAZING!!!

    Lorna | naturally-bee.blogspot.co.uk |

  5. BEAUTYCALYPSE says:

    A lovely story 🙂 Very entertaining indeed. Just like Annie, the Vitamix is not the cheapest kitchen helper but I’m ever so glad we bought it. The only downside it that two jug thing for wet and dry blending.
    The recipe is sublime. So making it tomorrow!

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you lovely! Glad you liked the story! I don’t get that, why didn’t they design it so you only need one jug? I think they are a super investment though now that I have experienced a true power blender! Hope you are well!!!

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  7. karen says:

    Hi Poppy wait till you have had your Optimum for two years, mine leaked grease like your cheap one I contacted the company as l assumed it would be covered under warranty and was told l must have either taken the jug off before the blade stopped spinning or have not dried it properly.which l refuted l was offerered as a goodwill gesture ( their words ) a replacement blade assembly at a reduced price.l would not recommend this brand. So sorry l let price be my guide, as l now wish l had purchased a Vitamix.

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