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I bought this recently as I was holding a tapas night at home and a few of the dishes called for lots of chopping. Rather than use the big mixer I have I thought it would be a lot more convenient to buy this little thing. It seems to have had really good reviews, Kenwood seems to be a good reliable brand and also is Delia Cheat recommended!
I bought this from Amazon for approximately £20 a few months ago. It still seems very widely available on and offline and the average price is still around £20 give or take a £1 or £2. I was a bit hesitant about spending so much for something that is so small, however there does not seem to be many alternatives on the market so I took the plunge.
Very cute! At 950g it is incredibly light. The capacity of this item is 350ml or 150g. I bought it in the grey/silver version, although it is also available in white. The bowl you get with the chopper is plastic and see through. The look is generally very modern, which isn't really to my preference as I do prefer retro looking items. However as it is so small it is not a huge issue and can be easily hidden in the a cupboard and just brought out when you want to use it.
It is very simple to put together as there are only four main parts; the base (the grey or white thing), the little bowl, the blade and the lid. The bowl slots in easily onto the base and the blade slides onto the centre of the bowl. The lid then interlocks on the bowl no problemo!
With the touch of a button you are away (there is only one button on this so it really is fool proof)! The blade is made of stainless steel and cuts through meat very easily and vegetables (I have used carrots in this with great success).
I have used this for -
making curry paste
chopping onions (no more tears - hurrah)
making my own condiments in small batches like tomato sauce and horseradish sauce
There are two settings on this chopper - pulse and fast which means that you can chose to chop things very finely or corsely so it is adaptable to most recipes. I was surprised when I first used this as to the power of it (300 watts) - I had assumed that as it was small it would not be very strong - how wrong I was! It is a little noisy but as you only use it for short and sharp bursts this is not too much of an issue I feel.
*The Washing up*
It is just as easy to take apart as it is to put together. The bowl, blade and lid are all dishwasher proof. This is good as I have tried handwashing it before and found this very fiddly because the item is so small. This item has gone through the dishwasher quite a few timers now to great success. Whilst I see that little scratches have started to appear on the bowl, none of these look as if they would go into significant scratches.
The lid is interlocking as is the base which means that there is no danger of you becoming exposed to the blade. The cord is just the right length too - as in it is not too long. Enough said!
*Would I recommend?*
Generally yes, although I do think that it is very expensive for what it is. So for this reason (and for the reason that hopefully this will last some time yet) I would not buy again. Hopefully different manufacturers will see how well this little device has done and hopefully there will be more competition on the market soon.
When we moved house at the start of the summer, I prepared myself for a glut of vegetables and fruit from our rather big vegetable plot. I was used to my husband growing some vegetables and fruit before, but this is on a different scale. It was when we moved house that I purchased this Kenwood CH180A Mini Food Chopper, which currently retails at just under £20, although the price does seem to fluctuate a little on amazon as I got it a little cheaper than that at the time. My parents already have one of these mini choppers and although I had never used it, they raved about it and I watched them using it plenty of times to prepare vegetables etc.
The key feature of this product is probably in its name. It is a 'mini' chopper. Therefore you do not have this huge food processor to sit out on your shelf or have to clean (always a pain!). What I really wanted was for an electrical item to do a lot of the fine chopping for me and that is exactly what this chopper does, along with a few other things. It is actually suggested by the manufacturer that this product could be used to chop meat, breadcrumbs, vegetables and herbs, and I have used it for three out of the four of these things with fab results. It should be noted that given the small size of the holder, it is necessary to chop a lot of vegetables beforehand, but simply into quarters, enough to fit into the holder and leave enough room for the choppers to do there job.
THis chopper is easily stored, so if you have a small kitchen then this is a great advantage. It is also quite a safe product, as it needs to be put together properly in order to be able to use the choppers - there is a safety interlocking device, and the blades cannot be accessed when in use. I also love the fact that this product is suitable for dishwashers, making it sooo much easier to clean, so I really do use it, as if I had to handwash it I think it would be put me off slightly!!
There are 2 speed settings on this chopper and I do find that you need to be careful just how much you push those buttons. My dad had warned me to take it slowly so I don't end up with mush and he was right. Sometimes a few pulses is enough and sometimes it takes a little more.
Between our garden and my in laws veg garden we have had plenty of seasonal fruit and veg and so this little chopper has had plenty of use. I use it a lot for chopping onions finely, but also for courgettes, pureeing tomatoes (which we had a glut of), chopping garlic, chives, shallots, chillis. I also think it would be brilliant for babies when they go onto pureed food, and if we ever have another child I would certainly make the most of having this machine, assuming its still on the go.
All in all, this is a brilliant little chopper -especially if you want something that you will actually use rather than something that is cumbersome and will end up at the back of the cupboard. It cuts out the time and elbow grease when chopping vegetables finely etc Althouugh I have only had this chopper for about four months, I think I would purchase another if anything happens to it as it gets almost daily use.
This was my Mothers day present in 2012 - perhaps my partner was finally taking my anxiety attacks whenever I had to cut into an onion on hand. And perhaps he soon regretted this purchase when one drunken attempt to empty the dishwasher ended in near-thumb decapitation from the blades. Of course, this only reassured me that this was up to Delia standard (my box came with a shiny 'Delia Recommends!' sticker).
The container is easy to clean, and has yet to receive any sort of wound from the dreaded dishwasher. The blades are still up to thumbslice par, and the noise isn't as overwhelming as I'd imagine a full-sized processor to be. You must bear in mind before purchase that it only has a 350ml or 150g capacity, and assess whether this meets your needs before purchasing. I would say that this should not be a replacement for a full-sized food processor that would supply for a large family, but it meets the needs of me, my partner, and our son. However, if you are looking for something to simply make small scales blitzings (hummus, chopped onion, garlic pulp) - than this is the machine for you. The machine itself is easy to wipe clean, and the container lid is absolutely fine to lock into place.
Quite simply, if you want coarsely chopped product, do not keep your finger on the button for too long at all. Try second-long bursts and keep checking. If you want pulp, go crazy. It should all be blitzed within seconds.
I'd imagine this also being a fantastic product for mothers that are starting the weaning process. Despite it's size, you should still be able to get a few freezable portions out of one blending process.
The plug is rather short (probably about 2ft long) but is perfectly small to store.
My Guacamole Recipe:
One, very ripe Avocado,
Half a sliced Red Onion,
One clove of garlic,
1/4 tin of chopped tomatoes,
Squeeze of lime
Salt, pepper to tase,
A sprinkle of mild chilli powder or paprika
Blitz altogether! Easy.
I've had this mini-chopper for about a year. I did wonder at first if it would share the same fate as some of my other kitchen gadgets and be used a few times - then be put away and forgotten about. But the mini-chopper has been destined for a hard-working life in my kitchen. Basically because it's incredibly handy, doesn't take up unnecessary room in my small kitchen and it's the epitome of user friendliness.
The mini-chopper is small, but with a decent two speed chop facility and fair power for its size - 300 watts.
It weighs 950g and has a 350ml capacity. There are four parts to it: the power base part, the bowl, the blade, the lid. On the first few occasions I had to set the bowl in position I found it fiddly - but it's simple once you understand how to line it up. The stainless steel blade slots in easily and the lid has to be aligned properly or the chopper will not work. The product description refers to this as the Safety Interlock system. This is indeed, a good safety feature which ensures the product is set up as it should be before starting to chop. There is an operational button on the top. It is mains operated. The product description on Amazon also mentions that this is a Delia Cheat product as Delia uses it in her 'How to Cheat at Cooking' book to cut down the time spent preparing food for her recipes.
Experience with the product:
Because of its small size the chopper can only chop so much at once. If you are planning to chop huge quantities of vegetables each day then this product will not suffice. What it is best used for is chopping small quantities of vegetables, meat or herbs. Those tasks which take a few minutes of your time are reduced to seconds of your time with the chopper. Most things need to be placed into the chopper in chunks which will then get finely diced - or if you leave the chopper going you get a more pureed effect. It depends what your recipe requires. I find it great for chopping carrots, celery and onions to put into broths. It will also produce fine breadcrumbs. I manage perfectly well to fulfil the requirements of a family of four with it.
The user-friendly item dismantles easily for fret-free cleaning. The body of the machine can be wiped clean with a soft cloth. The bowl and lid parts of the chopper can even be put into the dishwasher. This is where many of my other chopping gadgets failed me: cleaning around fixed-in, fiddly blades is never any fun and the time they save doing the job faster is often offset by the time you've spent messing about trying to get them clean afterwards. So, the mini-chopper comes out a winner on this score with its detachable easy to clean blade.
After a years use, apart from one or two scratches on the acrylic bowl the chopper is working as good as new.
Usefully, replacement blades and bowls can also be purchased separately on Amazon should the need arise.
The motor makes some noise when chopping - but no more than would normally be expected in my opinion. So far the chopper has been utterly reliable, produces simple but good quality results and is easy to clean and to store away.
Currently it is £16.99 on Amazon. Good value for money, I think. Would recommend.
Highly recommended product. Lots of kitchen gadgets claim to be labour saving, but by the time you've lugged it out, set it up, used it, washed it, and lugged it away again, it's more hassle than it's worth. NOT THE CASE WITH THIS LITTLE WINNER!
I genuinely love cooking: I'd far rather cook for a table of friends than go out for dinner. BUT, there are some days when I am so shattered that the idea of chopping an onion and a few cloves of garlic is just too much and I end up eating toast. I do just find that sometimes it's the simple, labourious tasks that put me off the idea of cooking...
I think Delia Smith had this general feeling in mind when she endorsed the mini chopper. It really does make short work of chopping all the veg. It's great for grinding up spices too. Very handy if you use chillies a lot, as you can chuck them in here and avoid getting the burny juice all over your hands (and, inevitably, eyes!)
ADDED ADVANTAGE: We discovered that although my veg-phobic nephews wouldn't eat carrots etc in bolognese normally, if they were chopped up in the chopper they would wolf it down. Same thing applied to leeks in macaroni cheese, and all kinds of veg in soups and sauces. Also, soft fruits can be blitzed down and stirred through yoghurt or poured over ice cream- a large blender would just be too big for small amounts like this. EASING THE WAY TO FIVE A DAY!
GREAT FOR WEANING BABIES TOO.
Super small, dead easy to wash by hand or IN DISHWASHER (unlike my big food processor which takes up the whole dishwasher)
I have since bought this as a gift for two family members- they love it too!
When I started weaning my son a couple of years ago there were all these 'tiny' blenders on the market made by the people who make baby products e.g Tommee Tippee & Munchkin etc. I always looked at these and though 'why on earth would you waste your money on a tiny blender when a big one does the job fine'? I cooked all my sons food in large batches and then whizzed it all up in a normal size blender. This was great for stage 2 weaning when his food could be slightly textured.
This did fine until he was about 12-14 months old. By this point he could eat so much different food and finger food that I didn't need to make massive batches to freeze, he could just eat a mashed up version of what we had. But as I spent several hours after many meals finding out that trying to mash certain foods was practically impossible. The hand blender pureeed them too much and I didn't want to get out the big blender just to do one or two portions (especially as it probably wouldn't work well enough with so little in it). I even bought one of those 'slapchop' slicers but the blades were rubbish and that didn't work. Anyway I persevered with just cutting it all with a knife and fork for several months.
Then a few months ago I started weaning my daughter, I have far less time now to do things than I did with just one child and often don't get around to making big food batches, or merely want to use up a few bits of veg etc in the fridge. So when I was out shopping I looked at one of these 'baby blenders' in the baby section. It seemed alot of money for the size so I went home and looked at reviews (Thank You Dooyoo!) and decided against it as many reviews said they were rubbish. I was with my Mum at the time and she said she had a Kenwood mini chopped and she was very impressed with it and that I should borrow it. I must admit at the time I sort of poo-pooed it as I really had no idea you could buy such small choppers like this. She dropped it over and I was very suprised at how small it was, I thought she was exaggerating and was just going to lend me a smallish blender. How wrong was I.
I used it that night to blend up some left overs for our dinner. It worked perfectly. It whizzed it up to a fab consistency, perfect for what I needed. If you don't want it that blended you only have to hold the button down for a few seconds.
It is 300w, and is very smart, small and neat looking. It has a lid, blade and bowl that sit on the main unit. The blend button can be depressed for a long time for really well chopped/blended food and just a few seconds for a rougher chop. It is so small it is easy to fit in the dishwasher without taking up much space at all. It is not that quiet, but lets be honest - what blenders are? And as it is designed for short use it is no issue.
After using my Mums for just 24 hours and finding it so helpful I went and ordered one for myself. I really wish I had one a year ago, it would have saved a lot of time and hassle. It is small and unobtrusive so I can keep it out on the worktop all the time which is really handy.
These do seem to vary in price, I got mine from Tesco Direct for £17. Which in my opinion is very good value. It is cheaper than many 'baby blenders' and it is also a well known brand - Kenwood. In fact my main big blender at home is Kenwood also and it is brilliant.
I am sure that when the weaning stage is over I will be using it frequently still. I do use it now for chopping up vegetables for meals and it is very good for that too.
This compact blender is great for doing small amounts and/or quick jobs; it has a volume of 150g. I find it particularly useful for chopping chillies and garlic as I don't want to get them on my skin.
It's a genuine time saver if you are in a rush to arrange dinner (unless you're a professional chef as then you can probably chop pretty fast already!). I would judge that it's also excellent if you have trouble using your hands and find manual chopping difficult.
Historically the thing that has put me off blenders is that they can be difficult and time consuming to dismantle and clean. Not so with this one, the simplicity of the design means that the three bits that touch the food (the lid, the bowl and the stainless steel blade), can be taken apart with ease and are durable enough to not worry about clunking and breaking them in the sink while you wash them (they are also dishwasher safe).
To activate the blender you must secure the lid (it has a very definite locking noise/feel so you get the sense it is very secure) and you can't activate the blender until the lid is fully locked. To start the blender you have to hold down the large button on the top; unfortunately you can't set it and leave it running, instead you have to continuously hold the button. I don't think this is too much of an issue because the type of items this product is made for (nuts, vegetables, breadcrumbs) and the power that is has (300 watts) you genuinely don't need to run it for more than a few seconds.
I have used this blender several times per week for over 2 years and it's still working as well as when I purchased it and at approximately £18 I feel it was a really good investment. If it ever does break I will more than likely buy this same product again.
We love birds and wildlife but we have found that we have very fussy birds where we live and they refuse to eat peanuts that are not chopped up into manageable bird bite-size pieces. We tried smashing the nuts with hammers and rolling pins with varying degrees of success. Usually the bag of nuts would burst and deposit the contents throughout the length of the kitchen. So I started to look round for something that would make life a bit easier (although bashing peanuts can be quite stress-relieving).
I came across the Kenwood Mini Chopper by chance when looking through an Argos catalogue. It did seem to be the ideal solution to the problem, and even more so when I discovered that it was on sale for £9.99 (unfortunately it is not as cheap at the moment - £18.00 is the lowest price I can find, this being at Amazon). In addition Kenwood have a reputation for manufacturing quality products.
For a mini chopper, it is a reasonable size - about 18cm long x 11cm wide x 13cm tall . It has a 350ml bowl and a 150ml chopping capacity. The bowl slots onto the main body of the chopper and locks into place with a quarter turn. The stainless steel blade attachment slides onto the spindle that rotates the blades and the lid twists onto the bowl and locks in place.
It is very easy to operate - you put the blade on the spindle, fill up the bowl with whatever needs chopping, lock the lid, plug it into a convenient electrical socket and press the control button. As the power cable is more than 1 metre in length, you don't need to be very close to a power socket to use the machine. It will not operate, however, unless both the bowl and the lid are locked into position which is a good safety aspect. The 300w motor is powerful and has two speeds - but I don't find the faster speed all that much quicker than the lower one. To start chopping, all you do is to press the control button to the half way position for the lower speed or all the way down for the faster one. There is also a pulse action if you want more control over the chopping process. It has rubber feet for stability but I hold the top of the chopper to stop it moving over the counter top.
There is an instruction leaflet enclosed in the box which gives quite comprehensive instructions - it even has recipes for French Dressing, Smoked Mackerel Pate and Avocado Dip. The leaflet does include recommendations for using the product safely, some of which are:-
If you are processing heavy ingredients don't run the motor continuously for more than 10 seconds without resting
When mixing liquid ingredients fill the bowl no more than half full
Do not chop spices such as cloves or cumin seeds (apparently they can damage the plastic - it does beg the question 'if they damage plastic what do they do to our insides?')
Chop small quantities at a time
The chopper should not be used for very hard foods such as ice-cubes, coffee beans, hard spices, grinding granulated sugar into caster sugar or processing hot liquids. Also the blade is very sharp so must be handled with care by holding it away from the cutting edge.
I use the chopper mainly for chopping up the peanuts for the birds but before we bought a larger food processor I did use it for finely chopping up carrot and onions for shepherd's pies. I can say that it does all of these things remarkably well. I've not made dips or pate, but I have no doubt that it will accomplish these things with little trouble, especially as this item was recommended by Delia Smith as a 'Delia Cheat', this point being emphasized with a bright yellow sticker on the body of the appliance and also on the box.
This product makes light work of chopping. Because of its size you cannot process large quantities at a time, and it is very noisy, but if you just want a basic chopping device then this is well worth the cost, even at the price of £18.00
My kitchen has only a small number of appliances as I got rid of the ones that I no longer used. One that I have regularly used since buying it is my Kenwood mini chopper. My Mum had always said how great hers was and when I wanted to start making my own stuffing she said this would be ideal for making the breadcrumbs needed and chopping up the onion and the parsley. I bought mine in Homebase several years ago and the box has a 'Delia cheat gadget' sticker on it which I feel if it's good enough for Delia then it is more than good enough for me!
Lets get chopping.....
The chopper is made up of 4 pieces. The main power unit which has a decent length power cable running from it is rounded off, this means that your hand sits nicely on it whilst attaching the bowl and using the chopper. The power unit has a large grey on/off button on the top which has to be held down to activate the chopper. As this is large I find it easy to depress and as the chopper is only ever on for short bursts it doesn't have time to get uncomfortable. The chopper has 2 speed options which are selected by either fully or only half depressing the on off button.
The other 3 pieces are a clear 350ml bowl, lid and blade. The bowl fits onto the power base and then needs to be turned to lock it in place. The bowl will only fit on in this position so you know you have it on right. You then need to put the blade in the bowl before you add the items you want to chop. Finally the plastic lid locks onto the bowl by turning it clockwise. The chopper doesn't work until this has been done so you know you won't accidentally start it before you're ready.
Like all other blending/chopping/mixing appliances that I have used this is on the noisy side and as my spare time is usually when my toddlers are asleep this does limit when I can use it.
How does it chop?
Very well I've always found with the 300w power being plenty. Having a small capacity it is ideal for small amounts of vegetables and herbs. I do have to watch that I don't have it on too long when chopping softer items such as onion and parsley as you can find they end up blended rather than chopped. It makes lovely breadcrumbs although as it only holds one slice of bread at a time so it can be time consuming having to keep taking it apart to empty the chopped contents into my mixing bowl.
The bowl and blade are really easy to clean with no awkward bits for food to get stuck in. You can put them on the top rack of the dishwasher but I've just washed them up by hand. I just wipe the main power unit over with a damp cloth and it still looks as good as new. I've never chopped the types of food which stain and so my bowl and blade also look like new.
Price and availability
It is widely available from retailers such as Currys, Argos, Amazon and Tesco. It will currently set you back between £18 and £20 depending on where you buy it from. I think this is good value for money and the product includes a one year guarantee.
Would I recommend?
Yes, if like me you only need to chop things occasionally and don't want to have to store a larger appliance this mini chopper is ideal. It does the job well and is easy to clean, perfect!
I have read some of the reviews and I think they are being a bit harsh. This is a £15 chopper which is good at performing some simple tasks.
I bought one for my mum who has arthritis in her hands so it makes her life a lot easier. I will comment on how I find it though.
I mainly use it for onions which it does without any problems so saving my eyes for the most part. It is small so you do have to half or quarter the onions and then it chops into odd sized chunks or if you leave it going for 30 seconds almost into an onion smoothie.
Its also great for garlic, ginger and assorted herbs which can be thrown in whole, anything that is a bit small and fiddly.
You can pulverise sauces to a smooth consistency (about a one person can of soup full at a time).
You can do carrots and other larger veg but I would suggest they are easier by hand as the washing up will take a lot longer using this. Yes it can be a bit of a bind to clean making sure the blades are clean but then that's the case with most if not all 'helpful' kitchen appliances.
The build quality is average on the whole but at £15 I would say that makes the quality good. The lid fits and stays on without holding it down.
I have used it say 100 times and the blades remain sharp, the perspex is showing a few scratches but not more than I would expect.
It does what it says, its handy but it won't change your life but it might just save your eyes!
I have a heavy duty pestle and mortar which I love, though some times it can be quite time consuming. I enjoy cooking a lot and love making my own pesto, spice blends and pastes of various varieties and thought I would upgrade to an electric machine, to save time and energy in the kitchen, so after seeing it recommend on a Delia cookery show I took the plunge and invested in one. I must say I have not been disappointed.
It has two speeds for chopping, and copes well with all vegetables, herbs, nuts, etc. There is a button on the top of the unit that you hold down for as long as you want depending on the consistency you are after. I have not used mine for meat so I cannot comment on how effective it would be but given the way that it whizzes everything else I'm sure it would do a good job.
It consists of a relatively small unit, with a stainless steel blade that is very sharp, which then fits neatly into a 0.35 litre container. The container once full is locked into place using the lid, it all clicks together and will not start unless secure. It is dishwasher safe and comes apart for easy cleaning. It has little spongy feet to keep it in place whilst in use and can all be stored neatly in a small space.
The power cord could do with being a bit longer, but it's not a real problem.
The blade positioning is great as it does not catch food at the bottom so you do not end up with uneven chopping. The instruction manual is easy to follow and has a couple of recipes in to get you started if you so choose. There is also a handy guide setting out the units maximum capacity, because it is relatively small it is easy to get carried away with the amount of food you put in.
I use the mini chopper a lot to make hummus, I find that I can fit in a whole, drained can of chickpeas, a few cloves of garlic, fresh herbs, a few tablespoons of oil and lemon juice and it whizzes up into a lovely consistency. I find that it copes well with dried ingredients such as pine nuts, and also wet ingredients such as onions. The only problem it has is if the ingredients are wet/dry such as kidneys beans, I find that I need to add a little bit of liquid to get it started, or it tends to stick a bit and I have to give it a shake or take the lid off and mix it up a bit.
It makes light work of most things and copes well with hard and soft fruit and vegetables. The key is to chop things such as carrot maybe into four pieces and then add to the chopper. Because the chopper is so effective, you need to have a steady hand as before you know it your onions have turned to mush, rather than neat little pieces.
The only down side is that its pretty noisy, but its a small price to pay.
Overall this is one of the best small kitchen gadgets that I own, highly recommended.
I brought the Kenwood Mini Chopper as I had heard good things about it. I have used it about ten times since I brought it. It is a useful gadget but I wouldn't say you can't live without it.
I personally find it quite flimsy and hard to clean. The lid doesnt seem to stay on very well and it is very fiddly to get food out of all the nooks and crannies.It does chop things up quickly but unless you have a decent amount in there to chop, the food sticks to the side and has to be stirred several times so it can be chopped properly.
If you use chopped onion or garlic a lot in recipes then this is the product for you. Other than that I can't really see it being that beneficial to anyones kitchen in my opinion. It is good value for money though.
when my daughter started weaning onto solid foods, we had the idea of turning out dinners into food she could eat too. We bought this chopper from Morrisons and it's barely been used.
I bought this product thinking it would be brilliant and we would be able to use it everyday, turning our meals into baby food. The first meal i thought to try out was spaghetti bolognese which is soft anyway and we thought would chop up nice and easy for Hollie to be able to eat at 4 months old. Boy were we wrong. This chopper does nothing but get jammed. The food doesn't process well and it definitely doesn't chop. I had to resort to taking it all out and mashing it by hand for her which took ages and needed to be reheated again. I've tried all different things with the chopper and nothing has worked except making some pasta sauce which was still a huge job of it getting jammed and having to help it along by hand as it was just mashing the tomatoes to the sides of the bowl instead of chopping it. I think i would have been better off getting a processor but as I didn't want to completely liquidate it and turn the food into a sauce, I bought this chopper for £14.99. It is a complete waste of money and sits in the cupboard gathering dust. I tried to make breadcrumbs in it a few weeks back and still got nowhere. This chopper is very compact. It has a bowl which fixes into place on the chopper which can be removed after use and washed in the dishwasher as well as hand washed, the stainless steel blade is removable and a lid to go on top which also slots into place. It needs to be plugged into the wall and turns on with a button on top which you need to keep your finger on when pulsing. The chopper is white and the bowl is transparent plastic. When you use the chopper an annoying high pitched noise screeches from it, and the vibrating of the machine is irritating. It is very easy to clean and take apart which is a good factor, but the chopper just doesn't seem to have much power at all. The thing that I found so appealing about this product in the first place was that it was so small and compact that I would be able to store it easily, and I would be able to make the right sizes dinners in it for my daughter and not have too much waste. If I couldn't make a pasta sauce in it without having to help it on it's way then I don't think it was worth the hassle. When reviewing this item, I looked it up to see if it was still selling as I had bought this over 2 years ago now, and it is selling in John Lewis for £15.99 with this statement
"It is a good choice of chopper if you`re not cooking for a hungry family or entertaining on a grand scale, and don`t want to have to find a home in your kitchen for a big food processor. Brilliant too for baby food, herbs and spices"
I tried it out on herbs and spices as I had bought some chives to make bread, and it worked really well. I think this food chopper should just be designated to chopping herbs and leafy like items that than other wet foods as It just wasn't worth the hassle for me after struggling to get it to do the job it is supposed to do.
I don't feel this product bought any ease of use to my life at all. It just made things twice as hard and more washing up than needed as i would have to transfer it all over to a different bowl.
I really wanted this product to be great, just a shame it didn't live up to it's expectations.
I love kitchen gadgets, but what I love more is a kitchen gadget that I actually use on a regular basis and that does the job for which it is intended effectively...That's why I am so fond of the Kenwood! I paid about £20 for this online about 3-4 months ago, although upon some minor research I see it is now available for half that....LUCKY YOU!
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THE Kenwood Mini Chopper is a very versatile gadget due to it's power, according to the box it is 300W...in short, it can blend anything from vegetables and herbs to full soups and everything in between. I haven't yet come across a food or drink that it had trouble with. It has a 2 speeds which keeps things simple. It has a relatively small 350ml capacity but for me that's fine...if you need more then two or three batches is not a problem because of the easily removable jug...this is also a bonus for cleaning as the stainless steel blade also detaches and both are dishwasher safe.
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THE main body is made of white plastic but feels very sturdy, all of the moveable parts like the speed control also feel well made. It is small which is ideal for single people, couples or small families and it is easy to clean. It sits on 4 raised platforms to reduce vibration on the worktop, although it is loud when on...but it is a blender.
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THIS is a well built, functional, reliable and well priced blender. It is quite small so for large amounts of use a few batches are requires. It is also quite loud. It is easy to clean and the detachable parts are dishwasher safe. All in all a very good investment for time saving.
Kenwood CH180 Mini Chopper
I received this as a gift a few months ago as I am quite handy in the kitchen! I love kitchen gadgets so I was happy when I opened this. It is small in size fitting neatly on the kitchen counter, although I store all my gadgets in the cupboard and take them out when needed.
There are 4 parts to the mini chopper; the main unit which powers the blade, the bowl which slides onto the unit along with the blade, followed by the lid. It is easy to assemble and disassemble. It is recommended that you read the instructions carefully and wash the parts before first use.
I use my mini chopper to chop vegetables and puree fruit, all of which it does quickly and easily. Although when processing heavy ingredients you are warned to avoid running the motor continuously for periods of over 10 seconds without resting. I haven't processed any heavy ingredients as of yet, but judging by the sharpness of the blade I have no doubts It will do the job. There is a big grey button on the front of the unit which operates the blade. The button needs to be held down, but not for too long.
The cord for the chopper isn't long but it isn't short either so I don't have any complaints about that.
To wash the bowl, blade and lid it is a simple matter of unlocking the bowl from the power unit by twisting it slightly. All of the parts are easy to wash but the blade is sharper than I thought! I am a cautious person but when washing the blade I accidentally cut my thumb which was quite nippy so be careful!
To wash the power unit wipe with a damp cloth then dry. For the lid, bowl and blade wash by hand then dry. You can alternatively wash them on the top rack of your dishwasher. The plastic is said to discolour with some foods, but it can easily be removed by dipping a cloth with vegetable oil to remove the discolouration.
The chopper comes with an instruction manual which also has a few handy recipes, and a processing guide outlining which foods can be used and the maximum capacity for each food type.
It is a mini chopper so it isn't meant for large quantities of food. I personally think it is wonderful for quickly chopping onions and other vegetables, which saves me a lot of time.
As I got it as a gift I don't know how much it was bought for, I didn't want to be rude and ask! I have done a bit of research and found the choppers going from £13 to £21.
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The name chopper suggests that all you can do with this great little gadget is chopping / Of course it is great for chopping meat, poultry, nuts, herbs, spices, etc / It will chop onions without tears and if you have trouble peeling garlic just pop the cloves in, give them a very quick spin and the skin will be off / Baby food is simple to prepare, and what about some very tasty dips, prepared in just seconds / This really is a very versatile little helper / Short name: Kenwood CH180