About

Unique shaker with ceramic ball quickly crushes and grinds spices, herbs, and more

2-piece design for easy filling and unloading; ergonomic black rubber grip

Transparent window offers at-a-glance view of ingredients

Top rack dishwasher-safe; recipes come included

Measures approximately 3-1/2 by 3-1/2 by 6 inches

  • Type: Food grinder/mixer
  • Color: Red, black, white ball
  • Weight: 9 oz
  • Made In: Britain
  • Dimensions: 6-1/4" x 3-1/4" diameter
  • Composition: Plastic case with rubber grip, ceramic ball, silicone spoon and gasket
  • Manufacturer: William Levene Ltd.
  • Other versions: Grey; Olive

Ambitions

Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ

Utility/Quality

Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher (top)
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket

Packaging

Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive

Economy

Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere

Summary

Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: Think of this as a mortar and pestle for the Jetsons (if you remember the space-age Jetsons, that is.) A heavy ceramic ball in the curvy container mixes and mashes ingredients together as you shake vigorously, helping you produce spice rubs, marinades, dips, salad dressings, sauces, and salsas.

To use, put the ingredients inside, add the ceramic ball, screw halves together securely, and shake. The heavy ceramic ball crushes, grinds, and bruises the contents, releasing flavors from whole spices (including star anise and cinnamon), herbs, garlic, nuts, citrus rind, lime, or bay leaves. You may need to add ingredients in batches, and large or hard ingredients first. Liquids such as olive oil and creams can be added toward the end of the mixing to create dressings and marinades.

The Flavour Shaker comes with a spoon to help remove ingredients (quite possibly you didn’t have a spoon in your kitchen already), which, like the rest of the shaker, is safe in the top rack of the dishwasher. The instructions in the requisite 918 languages include recipes from Mr. Oliver for a rub, a dressing, Salsa Verde, and few other ideas.