Kitchen Appliance Porn

MenoOne of the weird, but lovely things about blogging is that the World of PR sends you stuff that you’d never otherwise buy.

For example, I am not the sort of person who finds £50 in their wallet and thinks, ooh, I must buy myself an electric milk frother.  This is why my kitchen cupboards are mostly empty, and I own way too many DVD box-sets.

Despite this, I’m endlessly fascinated by those gadgets and appliances you see in Lakeland Limited and the Sunday supplements – bread makers and steaming appliances and weird ways to crush garlic – it all fascinates me.

One of my favourite times of year is when the Lakeland Christmas catalogue arrives and I can settle down to browse and imagine how my life might be transformed if I was the kind of person who could use a Remoska cooker, or made my own yoghurt.

So I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to become a product tester for Morphy Richards, providing feedback on new appliances.

My first assignment was to test out a Meno milk frother. I find it hugely cheering that in this crazy, troubled world, someone has taken the time and effort to create an appliance that creates cappuccino foam in the comfort of your own home. It’s small, unobtrusive and the brushed steel finish wipes clean easily.

So, does it work?

Basically, you pour milk into the Meno, select the hot option, and around 30 seconds later you have an impressively firm, milky foam, heated to the perfect temperature for coffee or hot chocolate (65 degrees, in case you were wondering, coffee nerds). You can also make cold froth for milkshakes, if that’s your sort of thing, but I’m a hard-core caffeine consumer.

For someone like me, who spends more than £50 a month on coffee from coffee shops, the Meno could make a savvy investment. Now, I just need an appliance that replicates the Caffé Nero blueberry muffin and my morning is set…

Disclosure: I was provided with a Meno milk frother, RRP £59, for the purposes of this review

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

5 Comments

  1. 3rd June 2011 / 3:24 pm

    It makes lush milkshakes and I have even used it to make hot milk for when I go to bed… I still need someone to come round to see if mine makes coffee as nice as everyone says it does!

  2. 3rd June 2011 / 8:05 pm

    wow this frivolity caught me on the wrong day
    consume consume consume!!!! this is a shameful piece of stuff that you just don´t need.
    I try to make my life as free from this kind of rubbish as possible.
    lots of reports just come out from Oxfam about world hunger. articles in the Guardian etc.
    maybe you could pay a few starving Guatemalan children to froth up your coffee.
    my best friend in France is a wonderful cook she does not have one electric appliance in her kitchen, nor stock piles of food.
    just have a thought to what is going on in the world and forget about the milk frother and Cafe Nerro chains and annoying PR people. Their coffee probably comes from a large finca somewhere where the workers and their children are slaves …….

  3. 3rd June 2011 / 9:46 pm

    Quite right, too. Down with frivolity. Especially at the weekend.

  4. 3rd June 2011 / 11:07 pm

    was that a touch of sarcasm? Frivolity is very important at the weekend and I can frivel with the best of them however
    true frivolity is great but mindless consumerism? ………. this thing is good for laughing at, just like those magazines ………. but maybe not to waste time discussing!! I still can´t believe it exists and costs nearly 60 pounds, did the PR girls send it to you for nothing? are you thinking of keeping it? even better …….. you can frivolously consume for nothing …….. except working for Morphy RIchards …….. oops but now I see you have Barclays Bank too. gulp
    I think you need to approach this object with an even bigger dose of irony. I appreciate that you have to earn money and get things for free through blogging and good for you but just don´t sell your soul too many times
    I have been living outside the first world for too long as I can´t believe anybody takes this thing seriously.
    YOu are funny and you write well but …………. life is too short.

  5. 4th June 2011 / 12:23 am

    Yes, it’s a teeny touch of sarcasm.
    Honestly? I appreciate you taking the time to comment, and I do see where you’re coming from, but I don’t think buying a coffee machine, or a blender, or a bread maker, or whatever makes someone responsible for the plight of children in the developing world.
    I might not spend £60 on a milk frother, but some people would. Personally, I find these sorts of gadgets interesting and I enjoyed the opportunity to try one out.
    I passed it on to the local church after I’d played with it; I like to think it’s making coffee mornings a bit more fun for some of the people in my community.
    I do appreciate you sharing your views, I just don’t completely agree. But thanks for stopping by.

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