Product Type: Kenwood food processors
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Kenwood CH180A Food Chopper
Member Name: Ninski1
Kenwood CH180A Food Chopper
Advantages: Chops pretty much anything
Disadvantages: Power cord is a bit on the short side, and is a bit noisy
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.
Summary: Best small kitchen gadget I own.
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