The Philips Cooking Blender not only whizzes food in its 2-litre glass jug like a regular blender, it can also heat up and cook it. You can control the duration (5- 60min) and temperature (low, medium and high) manually, or use the four automatic cooking programs – Asian Soup, Pureed Soup, Bean Milk and Porridge. The appliance beeps when the food is ready.
As a blender, it has four speed settings to blend juices, smoothies and sorbets or make rempah, as well as a function to crush ice.
It makes my pumpkin soup turns out smooth and velvety. In my kimchi soup, the spicy paste blended well with the chicken stock while the tofu, leek and carrots didn’t become too mushy after cooking – just how I like it.
While preparing my chicken congee, I popped in chicken stock, pre-soaked rice, boneless chicken and dried scallops into the glass jar and chose the Porridge setting. The machine automatically blended everything, then cooked it for 30 minutes. I liked that there was still some bite from the small chunks of chicken and scallops in the otherwise smooth congee.
The blender worked as well as I’d expected. My bananas were fully blitzed when using the Pulse/Ice Crush function for my banana smoothie.
I liked that it’s super-convenient to make soups and congee, which they turned out delicious
The ass jug’s wide mouth made it easy to add ingredients, and it cooked enough to serve four to six people.
It comes with a 40ml measuring cup that is detachable from the lid of the jug – this made it easy to add ingredients like starch at the end of cooking.
The non-skid base kept the appliance firmly on my countertop.
A blender that can blend and cook? Technology has sure come a long way, to the relief of home cooks everywhere!