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IMPORTANT "DESIGN FLAW" (but not worth knocking off a star)
on May 25, 2014
IMPORTANT: The instructions on how to use and get into this pitcher are INSIDE the infuser core, which at first appears to be hopelessly stuck inside the lid of the pitcher and defective. It's not. It's just that the twisting you do to loosen the infuser (which most people will instinctively try to do) has nothing whatsoever to do with removing it; it only allows you to seal off whatever solids you have inside so it doesn't leak out into the surrounding liquid when the pitcher is shaken. So when you get this pitcher, you may not be able to figure out how it works. Like me, you may think you need to apply more pressure to unscrew the infuser from the lid, and this could break it. I had to read a lot of reviews before understanding that you press the not-very-obvious button on the handle to open up the lid that reveals the infuser cylinder through the top. Then you just grab the infuser by its nifty little handle and pull it out.
All that said, I really LOVE this pitcher! It holds a lot of liquid (three quarts), and it really does fit in my refrigerator door, on the bottom shelf, which has more headspace in my fridge than the higher (unadjustable) shelves do. And it really doesn't leak. You are cautioned not to try to shake the pitcher by holding just the handle; you put one hand on the bottom of the pitcher and one on the top red handle and shake, shake, shake. I couldn't believe it didn't leak when I did this! It's not totally clear what constitutes open and closed on the pitcher, or at least my old eyes couldn't see it very well. But you figure it out.
The first thing I did with my pitcher when it came was use it to finally make a can of frozen orange juice I've had in the freezer with nothing big enough to make it in. I just slid the starting-to-soften frozen OJ into the pitcher down through the infuser part, added water, and shook it until it was mixed. The infuser helped break it up and mix it. I have yet to try herbal infused water, but there are some recipes included (on the paper inside the infuser), some using cucumber and herbs, that I want to try. (There's even an alcoholic beverage recipe.) I also make water kefir by the half gallon, and I'm thinking this BPA-free pitcher may be good for refrigerating the finished batches and infusing them with all kinds of good-for-me things. You're not supposed to pour boiling water into it, so it's not going to be good for making ice tea, but once the tea cools it'll be great for tea. I haven't seen them yet on Amazon, but the instructions in the pitcher say this pitcher is compatible with all of their pitcher inserts, one of which is an ice core insert.
Although all pieces of this pitcher are top-rack dishwasher safe, they recommend handwashing the pitcher itself. I expect this is because the pitcher is too tall to fit upside down on the top rack of most dishwashers, and to wash it lying sideways might not get it as clean as handwashing would. You'd have to wash it by hand to get any dishwasher detergent residue or food particles out of it anyway, so why not just go on and handwash it?
Anyway, I like it. I will use it every day. I may have to get another one, too.