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I have told you all about the happiness that finding a box from a kitchen tool manufacturer on my doorstep brings.
This time the box was from Zyliss.
What I found was not only happiness for me, but a prize for this session of Diced!
Zyliss sent two of their Shake ‘n Pour Salad Dressing Mixer. This is part of their Salad Tools collection.
The Shake ‘n Pour Salad Dressing Mixer is a big step up from my old dressing cruet. One of the first things that you notice is the black pendulum hanging down in the middle of the mixer. This is an ingenious piece that when you move the mixer back and forth, the pendulum mixes the dressing. There are holes in the pendulum that the dressing flows through that really emulsifies the dressing. Pretty cool. As you can also see, there are both US and metric markings on the outside.
The first thing I made was a dressing for a cucumber salsa. There was not much volume to the liquids but the mixer did a good job getting it all together.
The other really cool feature is the air release valve. Just press it with your thumb and the dressing is allowed to flow out. I hate when you want to pour a little dressing out and it rushes out. This allows a smooth pour and is easy to control the amount. It also allows the mixer to tilt or get knocked over without leaking.
My next use was making Raspberry Vinaigrette (recipe to be posted later). This had much more volume in it. You can see the layer of oil at the top, the vinegar in the middle and the raspberry at the bottom.
Seconds later an emulsified dressing. Beautiful.
And the controlled pour…
MY TAKE: This mixer has quite a few advantages. I really liked how the emulsifier worked. The fact that it is built-in allows you to create not only a good mix when you make the dressing but if you have any left over, you can have a good mix any time. The best part, for me, is the control you have in the pour. Too often when you are trying to eat healthy and want just a little dressing it seems like the whole bottle pours out. The Shake ‘n Pour Dressing Mixer is a great tool that deserves a place in your kitchen. You can find it at Zyliss.