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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2011
Works great as it is suppose, mixing up some oil/vinegar based dressing. And fun to use! The only thing is that yes, it has a small cap for the spout, which if you're not careful would be easy to loose. Not a problem for me so far. To address the other reviewers issues with 1) doesn't mix thicker dressing: yeah, it's probably made for vinaigrettes. A russian dressing type would probably not fit out the spout either. so don't do it. and 2) it leaks and you can't shake it when the top is off: well yes, the point is that you DON't shake it, as squeezing the handle is how you mix up the ingredients. Also, I love it because it actually does not have that pesky dripping issue (maybe if you shake it it leaks?) I don't know, but to me it seems if used correctly, all is well. While there is some oil that gets around the spout from pouring, it's really not an issue for use (no dripping/ oily hands or table) and is taken care of with proper cleaning. In conclusion: used properly, it's the best salad dressing bottle yet!
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2009
Difficult to find a salad dressing bottle in the stores and came across this one. The emulsifier (probably, never tried) only works on vinegrettes, as anything thicker it would not work, and then broke. It is a nightmare to take the top off, and once the tiny removeable top for the spout disappears, you can't shake it. The top was always caked in oil residue, seeping out from under the screw top. Tossed it within the month.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2011
This mixer is designed strictly for vinegar and oil... and works beautifully. I've never seen another hand mixer that could create such a stable emulsion. Since it's a plastic agitator, it can be broken, but we use ours at room temperature, or traveling in an ice chest, and have never noted a problem. We do make the first few squeezes of the agitator a bit gentle, until the liquid is moving. I bought my first unit when it first came out. Now we're buying a second unit (for picnics, away from home) from Amazon. About the only kitchen gadget (except silverware and a knife) that we travel with. We've now had our first one for a year.

Yes the cap is small, and we too worry about losing it... but so far no problem and it's otherwise entirely functional.

Yes, it may break if you use it inappropriately (adding things like pieces of stuff, rock salt, extremely viscous liquids, etc. that it isn't made for).

But as an emulsifier for vinegar and olive (or a similarly viscous) oil, not requiring an electric plug, it's the best I've seen since I started looking almost sixty years ago. Five stars... Until someone improves it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
It broke within a week and was very hard to clean properly. It was hard to squeeze the handle to stir for arthritic hands. A total waste of money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2011
I make vinaigrette for a week and I keep it in the emulstir in the fridge ... Always good and fresh and easy to clean
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2011
Chef'n Emulstir, Emulsifier and Salad Dressing Mixer with Recipes, Arugula
I have tried several salad dressing mixers over the years.. I do like this one. It took a few minutes to figuer out how to get the top off/on but after that it's a breeze.
I love the Cumin vinegarette recipe.. even my husband (the die hard ranch dressing guy) requested it again! And it's super fast and easy to throw together a simple oil and vinegar dressing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
thought enough of this product I decided to buy one for my workplace also, but before I got around to it the mechanism broke, or came apart somehow. Clearly the issue is that you can apply more force to the handle than the inner linkage can withstand, so keep your dressings watery and warm and you will be fine. If you use oil and put this device into a refrigerator the oil will get thick and probably present more resistance to the mixing blade than it can take.

After writing the review I took this disappointing device to the shop and bandsawed the top off. The autopsy revealed the underlying structural flaw, the squeeze lever divides into two arms forming a long 'U' shape, with the right arm running in a guide groove and the left arm pinned to a geared track. The track moves back and forth against a gear which is at the top of the mixing blade, spinning the blade. If you squeeze too hard on the handle the arms of the 'U' tend to bend together and jump out of the guide groove and then detach from the gear track. This is not repairable. The solution would be to provide a support that closes the 'U' and prevents the arms from bending inward and jumping out of the track.

Again, thin dressings that are not refrigerated and are mixed using light pressure will result in a longer life than thicker dressings requiring more force than this delicate device can take.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2012
Like many others who tried this, I found the emulsifier very difficult to use, even with oil/vinegar. The performance of the mixer is so bad that I ended up shaking the bottle before use (and dripping the dreesing out of the top). It's in the trash now.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2010
This product was shockingly bad. I tried using it on two separate occasions. On the first it got jammed on a piece of rock salt and on the second the handle broke. For the few seconds that it actually worked, I thought to myself, whisking is so much easier.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2010
I have only tried using this product for vinaigrette dressing and squeezing the handle to turn the stirrer was too difficult. It is much easier to make your vinaigrette in a jar and shake it. It is also bad as a storage container since there is a tiny cap on the spout that is easy to lose.
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