Update! Congrats to Faith (lucky # 92!) who will be getting her new panini press soon! Thanks for playing everyone!
Do you know Breville, the Australian maker of really cool kitchen small electric appliances? If you don't know them you should. My family have been Breville fans for years. My mom loves her single-cup coffee maker so much that she has two, one for her house in California and one for her place in Hawaii. She also has a Breville blender (super ice-crushing power) and a Smart Oven, which is her go-to wedding gift for folks who are getting married. She loves to tell people, "You can roast a whole chicken in it!"
When Breville contacted me to see if I'd like to do a giveaway for my readers, I jumped at the chance. They kindly sent me some appliances to test and I chose a Juice Fountain and a cordless hand blender. I have to say, they are both phenomenal kitchen appliances, but I knew they would be.
First, though, a quick word about the Juice Fountain and Blender.
What I like about it: I have been wanting a juicer for about 5 years, pretty much since having kids who are old enough to drink fruit and veggie juices. The one thing that has been holding me back is that people have always cautioned me that juicers are messy and hard to clean. Not so with the Juice Fountain. Not only can you huck whole fruits into the thing (as well as unpeeled pineapple, ginger, and beets), all the parts (except the base, of course) are top-rack dishwasher safe. Score!
The Juice Fountain is powerful enough to make whatever kind of juice strikes your fancy. I am partial to a blend of apple, beets, ginger, celery, and lime. The girls like pineapple-strawberry-orange. If you like cold juice, I recommend putting your fruit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight rather than adding ice to the glass. Now that summer is here, we've been having fun experimenting with different flavors.
Another fabulous feature is the no-froth juice pitcher (not shown). If you've juiced before you know that some juices, especially when combined with greens or veggies can get frothy. I find that froth unappealing, but I don't have worry with the special pitcher which keeps the froth out of your glass.
What I don't: It's heavy (as is to be expected because it has a powerful motor) so take care in lifting/moving it. Better yet, just leave it on your counter because you will use it!
Cost to you: $149.99
Cost to me: Free
Those that read my food posts know that I use my hand blender all the time for dressing, sauces, and soups. Just as I was finalizing my giveaway plans with Breville, my trusty blender of 10 years gave out so it was the perfect opportunity to try theirs.
What I like about it: It's cordless, and can I say, what a brilliant idea. I was always having to slide my pot of soup over to the side of the counter with the outlet so I could puree it, but now, I can puree anything anywhere. And being cordless does not mean it's not powerful. On the contrary, the Breville hand blender packs 9.6 v of power which can take the chunkiest soup to the smoothest puree, and it has something my other stick blender didn't: two speeds. It's wonderful for all the things I used to use it for including making salad dressing or smoothies, and it couldn't be easier to clean.
What I don't: Nothing.
Cost to you: $119.99
Cost to me: Free
Now the fun part! Would you like to win one of these items or any of the appliances I mentioned before? Breville has kindly offered up one of their small electrics to a lucky CityMama reader. Entering the contest is easy—all you have to do is:
2) Tell me what you are going to do with it (make paninis, grill chicken, whip up some margaritas, etc.)
I will choose one winner at random and contest ends on June 30 at midnight PST. Please make sure you leave a working email so that I can contact you.
Good luck and thanks for reading!