Reviewed by David Savage
Summer is always a very busy time of year, with the kids off school and holidays etc. There just doesn’t seem enough time in the day to get everything done, especially if you have to feed kids that just seem to be constantly hungry. So when it comes to making snacks, we don’t want to be living off crisps and chocolate (well the kids might, but unfortunately for them they aren’t in charge). That means venturing into the kitchen and preparing something. With very little spare time and the kids demanding food (you’d think that hadn’t eaten for a month, never mind a couple of hours previously), something tasty, filling and that doesn’t take up too much time is a must.
For something quick and easy, that generally means sorting through the vast amounts of kitchen gadgets that we have collected over the years (one day we will get to sorting them out). A household that gadget that actually makes life easier and preparing breakfast and lunchtime snacks quicker would be the perfect solution and I found one it the form of the Russell Hobbs 3 in 1 Deep Fill Snack Maker.
The Russell Hobbs 3 in 1 Deep Fill Snack Maker is a one stop hot snack machine that is great for snack and lunch time as it easily creates hot snacks with the change of plates – you can make waffles, deep filled toasted sandwiches, even grill meats and vegetables.
The Russell Hobbs 3 in 1 Deep Fill Snack Maker is a two portion 760w snack maker with 3 sets of very easily removable plates to make it extremely easy to create completely different foods, and quickly! Making it the perfect kitchen gadget, especially during the school summer holidays.
As we have a waffle mad child in the house I decided to try my hand at making waffles. Having never done this before, this was going to be interesting and would actually see if the snack maker would be a gadget that “would ACTUALLY make life easier”. After inserting the waffles plates into the snack maker (they just slot in and lock into place using two locking tabs for each plate) I was ready to start.
In the instruction booklet that comes with the machine there was a recipe for how do make basic waffles. This was very easy to follow and once the ingredients were mixed together, about 40ml of the resulting raw material was added to each compartment on the bottom waffle maker plate. The lid is then closed, but the latch not closed (the waffles need room to grow) and left to cook for approx. 3 minutes.
After 3 quick minutes I was surprised at how well the waffles looked, and they tasted just as good. Not bad for someone that has never made then before – although I will probably just buy waffle mix if future and add any extra ingredients to that just to make it even easier. A good quick snack, that was easy to make, quick and tasted good.
Next up, I decided that now the kids were sorted I needed my own snack. I decided to go for a toasted cheese sandwich. For this, I decided to try the snack maker again rather than the grill. This meant changing the plates. I let the waffles plates cool and cleaned easily with a cloth before pulling down the latches and releasing the plates. The plates for the toasties then slot on and lock into place.
I lightly buttered some bread, placed on the bottom toastie plates with the buttered sides face down, added my cheese and pressed down into the recesses to give it a deep fill and added the second slice of buttered bread with the buttered side facing outwards. I then pulled down the lid, closed the latch and waited a few minutes. The toasties came out perfectly and in a quick time. Perfect.
Since then, I have tried thin sausages on the grill plates – I found it much easier than the frying pan.
I am very impressed with the 3 in 1 Snack Maker. It is easy to use and the plates simple to remove and change, it cooks quickly and is also easy to clean. It is also very easy to store as it can be stored upright to save space.
This is definitely a kitchen gadget that does ACTUALLY make life easier. For quick snacks or a quick hot lunch it is the perfect kitchen gadget.
I would have to give it 5 stars as it really is simple, fast and the food is cooked through properly.
For more information or to buy visit russellhobbs.com.