Product Type: Kenwood food processors
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Kenwood CH180A Food Chopper
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Kenwood CH180A Food Chopper
Advantages: Doesn't take up much space
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!
Summary: A mini chopper for small amounts of chopping!
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