Product Type: Kenwood food processors
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Great for chopping up peanuts for the birds
Kenwood CH180A Food Chopper
Member Name: paulshorse
Kenwood CH180A Food Chopper
Advantages: A small and powerful chopper that is quite versatile and reasonably priced
Disadvantages: Because of its size you can only process small amounts at a time and it is quite noisy
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
Summary: A great little food chopper that doesn't take up a lot of room and is handy to have in your kitchen
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