For the past 30 years I have used the same kitchen tool for making gravy. The product I use is made by Tupperware, but when I made turkey gravy on Thanksgiving day at my daughters house she said she didn't have any such kitchen items for making gravy. I hunted through her cupboards and found a Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker, which worked so well I plan on purchasing one when I return home.
My daughter uses the Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker for making smoothies, but it has many other uses as well. The product is made of plastic, and resembles a tall drinking tumbler with a cap. The body is clear with a screw-on green cap (the caps come in a variety of colors, my daughter also has an orange version).
Along the side of the Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker are measurement lines. One side lists 100, 200, 300, and 400 ml, while the opposite side has 4, 8, 12, and 16 ounce markings, with additional lines in between these for 5, 9, and 13 ounce measurements.
Just below the neck of the Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker is a band that consists of a rubber like material, and there is an additional 500 ml marking here. The cap is very versatile because it screws on and off. The lid comes off to reveal a plastic insert that looks like a wheel, as you shake the contents this insert helps blend the contents into a smooth texture. I added water and flour to the Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker, and it did a great job of removing all of the lumps. Then I simply popped up the lid on the top, which revealed a small hole for pouring, and I poured my thickening agent right into my pan drippings for perfect gravy. The top pours smoothly without leaking. Since the cap closes tightly, you can easily store contents of drinks in the refrigerator.
The Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker can also be used to mix all sorts of products, such as smoothies, protein or other powdered drinks, marinades, or even dressings for salads. I like this better than my Tupperware hand held blending bottle, because the Zyliss is slim and takes up less room in a cupboard.
The bottle is made of polyproplene, and is dishwasher safe. Since it is slim, measuring less than three inches in diameter and is about eight inches in height, this fits easily into the top rack of a dishwasher. It also fits nicely into the cup holders of our car, so we can take it along as a beverage holder if we so desire.
If you like to make your own salad dressings, such as oil and vinegar or even Ranch dressing, the Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker is the perfect medium for doing so. It blends quickly and makes a smooth and creamy dressing!
A few years ago I lost the blending insert that went with my Tupperware shaker, so I was so glad to discover this Zyliss Quick Blend Shaker! It is the perfect tool for the kitchen, and would make a good, inexpensive holiday gift. It retails for around $6-$7, depending on where you purchase it. I love this product and give it my highest recommendation.