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      27.02.2014 14:40

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      This is OK, the blade is very sharp but it has a tendency to just push the food up the sides of the bowl and these bits then don't get chopped. You can keep scraping them down but they just keep going back up.The bowl itself is an OK size but it isn't very efficient. Everything can go in the dishwasher which is great.

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      05.11.2013 03:11
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      Thanks for reading :)

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      I purchased this a few years ago from Amazon for around £16.99, which at the time seemed like a decent price for a food processor, and especially as it was made by Wahl which I considered a quality manufacturer of kitchen appliances. Plus thinking that reputable chef James Martin wouldn't have his name associated with a poor appliance I therefore decided to go ahead with my purchase.

      It is no longer for sale at Amazon, however I managed to spot a few online auctions up on eBay for this James Martin Mini Chopper starting from £15.99.



      Specifications
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      * 3 speed settings

      * 350ml capacity

      * Non slip rubber feet

      * Compact chopper occupying little space

      * Dishwasher safe



      Box Contains
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      * 1 x Mini chopper

      * 1 x James Martin recipe booklet

      * 1 x Instruction booklet



      Design
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      The food processor is manufactured by Wahl and has the name of James Martin a TV Chef added to its name, I am not sure whether he played a part in designing the appliance or whether they paid him a lot of money just to have his name stuck into the title, either way I was expecting better. In terms of appearance however, it does look very sleek and modern, it has a nice silver and black finish. The designer name is printed on the front of the food processor, as well as a black control knob that control the speed settings labelled P for pulse, and 0 1 2, and therefore has a total of three speed settings.


      The food processor is fairly compact in size and measures around 20cm in height and weighs approx 1.5 kg which isn't too heavy. It has a transparent plastic vessel at positioned above the base in which is where all the chopping and blitzing occurs (or little of it!).




      My Experience
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      The Size
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      The compact size and attractive black and silver colour scheme meant it was able to fit onto my worktop space without taking up too much room and also added a modern touch to our kitchen, it also has rubber feet that support the weight of the appliance well and enables it to stay in place well even while using. It isn't too heavy either; therefore moving from one area of our kitchen work top to the other side didn't make me break out in sweats! the same can not be said for my coffee machine. It comes with a James Martin recipe booklet which is nice little extra.


      Set-up & Use
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      It is very easy to set up and also simple to use. Once plugged in, there are three speed settings to choose from which is controlled by the black knob located at the front. Each setting is clearly printed and in good size so it was easy to distinguish between the speeds while using the food processor. However I the question is does it really work? To put it simply from my experience it doesn't work very well in blitzing food, for instance when I added some vegetables into the jug and used speed setting 1, nothing much happened, all I saw was my vegetables being tossed around but they weren't being processed. Therefore I chose full power which is the 3rd power setting and found that it started to blitz the vegetables, but all the bits very unevenly chopped. There were some really chunky bits of carrot and then there were mushy bits of carrot, therefore the finished result was always an uneven layout of chunky bits and some slush no matter what semi hard food items I inserted. Onions, apples, and even softer fruit such as bananas were processed into uneven chunks and a side of mush! Sometimes the blades would just jam when I add harder items like apples and not even process them.


      Cleaning
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      On a positive it is easy to clean, due the detachable jug. And as it is fairly compact in size it isn't heavy to hold while washing the small jug and small attachments. The jug is also fully dishwasher proof, so if you can always pop it into the dishwasher to let that do all the cleaning. I however used to wash it by hand mostly, as it was very fast and took minimal effort to clean.


      Noisy?
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      The food processor isn't very noisy during use, however it is still noticeable just not overbearing. It was actually quieter than my current food processor, which maybe goes to show that the quieter sound could illustrate the lack of actual processing or blitzing! As my current food processor does an excellent job.


      The Smoothie Test
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      The 350ml capacity is decent size, but only if it managed to actually work effectively. To be fair this food processor did manage to make me some good smoothies, as it can eventually cut up a banana if I hand slice the pieces into the jug first, therefore making a good 350ml of smoothie for me and my family to enjoy. But for a food processor you want it to actually be able to process all types of food, otherwise it quickly becomes useless and finds its way in the bin, which I'm afraid where this one ended up in the end.



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      Overall I would not recommend this James Martin Mini Food Processor, as it does not blitz food effectively and therefore in my opinion is useless. I would therefore rate this item a 2/5, one mark for attractiveness and one for being able to make smoothies (if contents are finely chopped before adding).

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        22.11.2011 11:25
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        Small delight

        I got this item last Xmas but have only really began to use it lately in my new found fascination for Kitchen activities. Its been successful so far and I would recommend it to anyone needing such a device.

        The first reason this suites me is the size, it is of course a mini chopper and this means its ideal for small kitchens like mine. Being smaller than most kettles, half the size of mine, it takes up very little space on the bench and this can be left out and doesn't clutter the place when using it. Its very very easy to clean with a well designed body and the whole thing is made of tough, durable material that gives you the confidence that this will last a considerable length of time without breaking. I have knocked if off the shelf once and it survived which I was surprised with. It looks nice too, petit and stylish and looks very modern in any kitchen.

        This was a gift and it retails at around £15 now which is decent value. Obviously you pay in part for the name but also the money goes on quality. It's the best chopper Ive used and even older people using it in my flat have commented on how it is better than similar devices they own.

        It requires no setting up and its easy to use. The cord is short but long enough to give some degree of flexibility where you can put it. There are three well divided speed settings each selected with a twist of the dial. Each one serves a different purpose and there is a noticeable difference between the three which adds diversity and options to your work.

        In my experience it has been marvellous and chopped everything I have asked it to. Only once when I loaded it to the brim did it struggle but using subtle amounts with 25 seconds its done everything I asked. Its easy to remove the chopped materials, easy to clean it and easy to reuse.

        I really have enjoyed using this and am surprised at some of the bad reviews on here. Its been reliable, tough, well performing and generally superb!

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          07.08.2011 18:39
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          bad buy..

          Having a teeny tiny kitchen, I dont like clutter as it makes the house look a mess, which was my main reason for purchasing this James Martin - Mini Chopper.

          At Just under £20.00 I was under the impression that I was buying a real deal.. how wrong could I have been?

          The chopper is modern and great to look at. It is silver and black - very modern. It has rubber feet to hold it in place and it very sturdy. Even when this item is in use it stays in the same place, does not move about because of vibrations. The bowl on top is bigger than it looks in the picture and you can actually fit more food than you could imagine in there.

          The item is very easy to clean once you have used it. The bowl comes away from the rest of the unit and is very easy to wash. The blades are wipeable.

          Now onto the negative points..

          The main purpose of this item is to chop food. This item is not great at chopping food...

          The first thing I did once I have set the chopper up was to put some fruit inside to try make a bit of a smoothie.. Strawberrys, Raspberrys and Banane went inside.. and became mush.. with lumps. The chopper seemed to miss huge parts of the fruit and they ended up getting stuck below the blades and the blades are quite high up.

          My second attempt with this item was to make a bit of a sauce.. so I used the Chopped to chop some Garlic, Mushrooms and Onion.. yet again the same problem happened and the blades did not seem strong enough to cope witht he items that I had used.

          I have now resorted to keep this in my kitchen cupboard. The blades are too 'mini' to deal with real food... poor effort James Martin...

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            03.08.2011 22:02
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            2/5 Looks good but just doesn't do the job.

            I do enjoy spending time in the kitchen but sometimes I want to cook from scratch without having to chop vegetables for ages and having seen many features on shopping channels about devices to help with chopping I decided this was something I'd get a lot of use from. I didn't want a big chopper as I didn't want it to take up too much room on either the work surface or in the cupboard and when I came across James Martins range of kitchen equipment I decided I'd have a look at what they offered. The James Martin Mini Chopper looked perfect for me, it was a great size and looked good, and as James Martin put his name to it I thought it would be good quality too. The chopper was selling at a few different places at the time but I bought mine from Amazon a couple of years ago for about £20 and it's now about £18 so not much difference there.


            The appliance is very modern and stylish; being black and silver it fitted into our kitchen perfectly as I should imagine it would with most people. The base unit is quite chunky but in the context of the product still compact, the clear plastic container where all the chopping happens is a little bit smaller than the base but not by much. Overall, I'd say the chopping stands at about 25cm high, it only takes up a small amount of work top space and all in all it's very compact and looks good.


            In use the machine is very simple, there's a dial on the front with three speed settings which is very easy to use, simply plug the machine in to use. This is where the problems start though, the first job I decided for my chopper was some onion, simple enough I would think, I put the speed on setting one, nothing much happened so I switched it up to speed three, after about 20 or 30 seconds the result was a pot full of chunks of onion of all different sizes mixed with onion pulp, not a good start. I stuck with the machine though and tried many different bits of food, anything remotely hard, even if it's pre- cut become a miss match of pulps and chunks of food, pretty much unusable. Anything like nuts or particularly hard bits of fruit become stuck in the blades very easily. I though the chopper would be able to cope with herbs but as soon as they were in the machine even on speed one they quickly became mostly pulp with a few whole leaves of herbs remaining.

            The chopper does have one redeeming feature, after failing to chop any of the food I intended to the machine is very easy to clean up. The chopping bowl is detachable and can be washed in either soapy water or can be put in the dishwasher. Having said this though, I never used this machine enough to wash it many times as it was just so useless.


            As you can probably tell I haven't been impressed with the James Martin Mini Chopper, its rubbish! The machine finds it difficult to chop and when it does the pieces are all different sizes and mainly pulp no matter what speed setting the machine is on. The chopper does look good though and is easy to clean, it's a good price and with some adjustments it could be a decent product but for now, it's not worth anybodies money.

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              15.11.2010 11:05
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              Not worth the hastle I am afraid

              My parents kindly gave me this as a gift last Christmas along with a few other gadgets as unfortunately I have recently been diagnosed with rheumatiod arthritis and my hands suffer dreadfully making it difficult to do things like chopping.

              My first impressions of this mini chopper were good. It was small and compact so wouldnt take up much space and would be easy to store. It was made by Wahl and James Martin. Wahl seem to make quite a lot of electrical products and I own clippers made by them and they are still going strong after 6 years. James Martin is a well known yorkshire tv celebrity chef who has been working in catering since he was a boy as his dad was a chef too.

              When I took it out the box I liked the fact that it was heavy enough to hold its self in place and not move about due to the little rubber feet but was light enough for me to move about and pack away easily. I also liked the fact that it looked modern and silver so fitted in with my decor in the kitchen. It has an instruction booklet with it and a recipe book. On looking it up they are relatively cheap at around £17.

              This is where the positive bits stop and am afraid the negative bits start.

              The mini chopper has 3 speed setting but they dont really make much difference. The chopper is plastic and seems to have great difficulty chopping anything. The only thing it does really well is make good pulp. I have tried it with herbs but it just whizzes round. I end up with some pulverised and some still whole. Tomates go to mush so thats the salsa and brushetta out the window. Garlic gave it trouble as again I got puree with lumps. Worst of all were nuts for pesto. They just created a huge banging noise and I thought they were going to fly all over the room.

              So I gave up. I took it apart and washed it. Which I have to say is really easy as you can put the top int he dishwasher and being able to take the chopper out is a great idea. It is now taking up space in my cupboard and will remain there until there is a jumble sale or something that I can donate it too.

              Sorry Mum and Dad, it was a great idea in theory, unfortunately it didnt work in practice.

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                06.11.2010 22:05
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                your paying for a Celeb name not a quality machine

                Do you make your own curry? From scratch? If not why not! Now there is no excuse with this little kitchen whiz you can make your own curry pastes in no time, well that's what I mainly use mine for.

                This is my second mini magi chopper so as you can guess I used my last one quite a bit to by a second after its sad demise. The first one I had was a Kenwood and it was fantastic. The strong motor easily chopped nuts, biscuits and lots of spices and garlic for my curry pastes, the only drawback was its two speeds from one button which took me about a month of use before I figured out if you push it hard it got faster. I only mention this as when I chose this machine I thought the three speeds would be an advantage and the dial would be much easier to use......................well yes it was, sort of.

                My overall advice don't buy this machine. You are paying for the Caleb connection not the best mini chopper. don't however think all celebrity chefs gadgets are rubbish however I own some Anthony Worrall Thompson things that are great however this is not.

                Did James martin even try this before he put his name to it? I think not! Basically it is underpowered. The choice of three settings is pointless as the first setting is not even good enough to make a good garlic butter, in fact I struggle to find a use for it I just pick setting 2 or 3 from the start. I have made breadcrumbs and again it needs setting two even for bread!

                The cleaning is ok but no where as easy to take to pieces as the Kenwood and as for the styling, well personally I think it is too tall. One last note other than buy the Kenwood is the feet, they maybe rubber but they are cheep and shiny so if they get greasy you might find yourself trying to catch it as it fight its way off your kitchen side to the floor.

                4.5 / 10

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                  02.08.2010 14:11
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                  not really worth it

                  This mini-chopper results from collaboration between TV chef James Martin and appliance manufacturer Wahl, and is one of 14 kitchen gadgets in the range.
                  Knowing this, I was somehow fooled into expecting a quality little product despite the low price (currently on sale at £16.98 on Amazon).
                  Sadly I was disappointed. All I was really after was something to make smoothies with, and a bit of help with chopping vegetables when making a proper dinner. In retrospect I wish I'd just got a proper blender, but I was taken in by the small size, neat appearance, low price and celebrity endorsement of the product. I thought it would sit nicely on the counter and not take up too much space - which, to be fair, it does.

                  However, I've found that the device is only mildly useful at preparing smoothies - it can deal with really soft stuff like bananas if they're already broken up a bit, but if I try to be more adventurous and use something tougher like apple, the blades just jam, or else knock the chunks of food around inside. Similarly, I've found that it really can't cope with any hard vegetables, and softer ones tend to be chopped very unevenly.

                  Although the product is very easy to take apart and clean, I'm still not sure it's worth the effort for the results it gives. Also, despite the small capacity of the jug (350ml), the base is fairly chunky in comparison, so overall the product is not as compact as I thought it would be.

                  The positives: Well, it is quite smart and modern looking, as well easy to use. There are 3 settings, which can be selected using a simple control dial on the base. (Unfortunately setting 1 doesn't really seem to do anything). As before, all the parts are detachable and easily cleaned and reassembled - the parts can also be put in a dishwasher. Additionally the machine is not too noisy, and has 3 little rubber feet, which keep it nice and secure on the work surface. Oh, and there's a little James Martin recipe booklet too, although you'll need to buy a proper blender to prepare the dishes!

                  Overall, not a particularly effective device, unless you stick to a few select ingredients all the time. Not sure whether to blame JM or Wahl for its failings - but it's worth mentioning I did have a USELESS curling tong from Wahl. Am yet to be convinced by this manufacturer.

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                  29.07.2010 03:35
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                  Do not purchase this product without keeping the receipt

                  I bought this product as I am often very busy and can really benefit from not having to spend time chopping vegetables up. I saw the low price of this product and combined with the compact size made it seem perfect for my needs!

                  How wrong could I have been?
                  The product itself is very pretty, I can't fault the aesthetic design as it's modern and will look the part in most modern kitchens. Unfortunately this item isn't made to be an ornament, it is made to chop food - something which it fails at in every sense.

                  I will warn you now, it cannot slice any form of leaf (I have tried cabbage and lettuce), it cannot cut any form of vegetable, especially not potatoes which cause it to jam and stop functioning. Additionally it struggles to cut things evenly when it does work and the results have been constantly disappointing for me.

                  At the moment the product is hidden in a cupboard, the best place for it besides the bin in my opinion. Considering this is endorsed by a celebrity I find it utterly useless, a complete disgrace.

                  My advice is to avoid this product like the plague - I'm sure there may be some uses for it, but I am yet to find any.

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                  15.07.2010 18:22
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                  Wouldnt reccomend

                  The mini-chopper isn't as mini as the name suggests. The capacity that you can blend at a time may be "mini", but the base is certainly not!

                  The chopper is easy to clean when used, it all comes apart and can be put in a dishwasher or wiped clean. Its quiet and the rubber feet hold the chopper to the work surface while it blends.

                  The settings on the blender aren't great. The lowest setting just moves anything you put around. The second and third settings are good for chopping and liquidising respectively. The speeds are easy to select on the control dial.

                  The chopper is ready to use as soon as it's out of the box, you just plug it in and chop away.

                  The mini-chopper is okay if you often eating for one, but any more extreme recipes really need a bigger device. And some alternatives on the market have a bigger capacity and a smaller base. I wouldn't recommend this really, there are better products out there.

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                  08.06.2009 22:16
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                  buy the other appliance

                  As food processors go this is a pretty decent blender if you are looking for something that will not take too much room in your kitchen, need to chop up small amount of items and clean it quickly afterwards.
                  The only criticism i have with this food processor is that james Martin has already released a similar attachment to one of his appliance which you can do the same thing and also has another attachment which you can thicken sauces with or make a smoothie.
                  So really if there was a choice i believe most people would go for the other food processor in the James Martin Series not only is it almost the same price but you get many more options on what you can do with it and also with the way people are counting every penny at the moment they will be wanting something that gets their money worth.

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                    06.06.2009 12:42
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                    good for begginers but not the best blender by james!

                    Having Purchased this recently some time ago (for about £20) i have to admit that i am finding it hard to have a reason to use this appliance. I have another of James Martins appliances, a blender which is brilliant, so i'd thought i'd buy another of his products similar. Don't get me wrong its a fine kitchen appliance and gets the job thats required done.

                    I used this to make some some fine bread crumbs for a fish i was going to coat with i found that it didn't necessary chop it fine enough. As well as making pastes for curries this is the same result it just doesn't quite dice it fine enough.
                    This is a somewhat limited tool that will sit around until you find some use for it if ever or you pass it on to someone who may find some novel use for it, maybe making tiny cups of soup :P sorry James your other blender is fantastic though.

                    The appliance is very realiable and i've had no problems washing in the dishwasher. It is quick and easy to put together and is ready for use in minutes. I think it is good value for money but if you already have a blender dont double up on similar products. This would be a very useful prodct for wanna-be cheifs and would also be useful for making up baby food.

                    It is quite compact so it is great for easy storage, although the downsdie is it only makes small quantities at a time.

                    This review sounds quite negative, althouhg the product is very good, its just a shame i previously bought a very similar product in the range.

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                      20.03.2009 11:28
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                      An overly packaged, kitchen ornament! wonderful!

                      As much as I hate purchasing celebrity chef endorsed kitchen items, we were in the market for a food processor, and we didn't want to clutter up our kitchen with yet another gadget. So this James Martin Mini-Chopper standing at just over 20cms seemed a perfect size, and reading the specification, seemed more than capable of fitting our requirements perfectly. I mean, all it has to do is chop, or blend a few things occasionally, not a big deal.

                      Another factor for purchasing this item was the price, we paid around the £20/mark including delivery from an online kitchen shop. Which is a pretty good deal!



                      +++ THE UNIT AND PACKAGING +++

                      Firstly I will say congratulations to Wahl, the packaging was brilliantly over-engineered! if your a fan of global warming and killing the environment! This is just for you!! A combination of packing tape, and sticky sellophane that even Houdini would have shyed away from! Only to be outdone by the sturdy corrugated cardboard with metal reinforcing staples, and the overly thick polystrene casing! The unit is only 24cm high, and the box for it is a whopping 80cm! What a waste of materials, and my time breaking in.

                      Inside this huge box, we found alot of fresh air, the unit, a user guide (about 8 pages, and 4 of them were in hindi or something), and the James Martin recipe book! Albeit the term "book" is loosely used, as it was more of a pamphlet! It did however contain some great ideas.

                      The actual unit is quite attractive, and modern looking. Featuring a silver and black colour scheme, with the stylish three speed knob on the front base unit, and a snug fitting nicely shaped, clear perspex (I assume) top bowl. This top bowl and the internal cutting blade are dishwasher safe, while the base unit is a easy wipe smooth finish plastic, with rubber feet to firmly attach it to a worktop.

                      So not withstanding the over the top packaging it was so far so good! I was even impressed that the top bowl had a 350ml capacity, which it doesnt appear to have visually.



                      +++ OPERATION OF YOUR CHOPPER +++

                      The actual operation of the mini-chopper is where this Wahl item falls down flat on its face. If I called this unit useless, I would be paying it a huge compliment!

                      Our first attempt at using the machine, was to create a Gremolata style topping to put on some lamb. Anyway, in goes the Parsley leaves, onto setting one! Few seconds later, shock horror, some tiny chopped leaves, some medium sized pieces of leaves, some whole leaves uncut at all. OK so onto full power, setting three, twenty seconds, an we had the same result. Threw inside the garlic and lemon rind, hoping it would help it to evenly chop it, and what happens?? Crunch, crunch crunch, the blades jam!! Maybe the garlic was too hard?

                      After switching it off, the garlic which had wedged under the blade was removed, and we tried it again! However the result was just shocking.
                      It was so unevenly chopped, and after some minute of being whizzed, there was still an unscathed parsley leaf, and a half garlic clove.

                      I then went onto a mission to see what it could actually deal with, carrots are too hard for it, potatoes either cause a jam, or are cut unevenly. Even the humble onion gets turned into a variety of roughly cut pieces.



                      +++ WASHING UP +++

                      The only saving grace for this utterly useless machine, is that the bowl is well designed, washes easily in soapy water, and is dishwasher safe. Although I did have a few problems seperating the metal blade unit with its plastic sprogget from the metal rod which feeds from the motor. I wonder what sense there is, in joining together two dissimilar strength materials, when they almost fuse themselves together!



                      +++ CONCLUSION +++

                      So my advice is, if you want a nice kitchen ornament that resembles a kitchen food processor, this is the one to go for!

                      If you need a large supply of packing materials, this is the one to go for!

                      If you want to chop, mince, dice, puree or blend any vegetables you will need to purchase a real food processor! Bigger is (as often is the case) definately better! This unit was packaged back into it gargantuan packaging and returned, I was refunded the money (minus initial P&P costs).

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