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      04.07.2012 21:52
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      Durable, well designed food processor and main use attachments.

      This review is for the Kenwood Multipro FP920 food processor.

      I bought the Multipro FP920 approximately four years ago to replace an older, more basic Kenwood food processor. At the time it was on sale for a very good price compared to other current models and I liked the overall stylish simplicity of design.

      ~ Description ~
      The processor base has a brushed stainless steel finish, is squarish in shape and stands 13cm high, 22 cm by 22cm, it is of a good weight (3.3kg) and feels very solid without being too heavy. Suction pads at the base ensure it remains absolutely steady at all times. At the front is a large circular control dial for power on /off, speed settings and pulse. In my mind the design of this unit is sleek, straightforward and easy to keep clean. The main bowl and lid with feed tube are made from a tough transparent plastic with a slight violet tinge, the large sturdy side handle has a grey rubber soft grip non slip coating. The width of the bowl and handle measures 27cm. The processor stands in the corner of an extra deep surface area in my kitchen so I can comfortably use the surface in front of it at all times but when I decide to use the processor I have to pull it forward due to wall cabinets. The total height of the base and bowl with feed tube is 39 cm. The cable is a good length of 110cm and can be stored neatly within the base.
      The Kenwood multipro has a powerful 1000w motor and it comes with a whole host of attachments:

      1.5 litre glass liquidiser jug
      Grinding mill
      Flexible spatula (clear plastic)
      Stainless steel blades and covers
      Dough tool (white plastic)
      Twin geared metal whisk
      Citrus press (white plastic)
      Centrifugal juicer (white plastic)
      Mini bowl with mini stainless steel blades
      Stainless steel coarse slice/shred disc
      Stainless steel fine slice/shred disc
      Stainless steel julienne disc
      Stainless steel rasping/parmesan disc
      Maxi-blend canopy cover (white plastic)

      Altogether the various parts for all the attachments can take up quite a considerable amount of space, in my kitchen it meant the entire top shelf of a base cabinet. Over the years unused accessories have eventually ended up in the recycling bin. The centrifugal juicer appeared to me to look rather useless and the plastic juicer looked oversized and cheaply made. I simply wasn't using these attachments or ever feeling inclined towards using them. I found the dough tool a waste of time as the blades work equally well for mixing bread dough. During the first few months of use I religiously used the canopy cover when blending soups but soon found it unnecessary and use the processor for blending liquids perfectly well without it. The items I have kept and use are listed and detailed below.

      ~Use and Efficiency ~
      A tiny red light on the control dial illuminates when you plug into a socket. To fit the bowl you have to position the bowl with the handle at the back and then turn clockwise until it locks into place. The lid can then be fitted in the same way until it clips into position at the top of the bowl handle. As a safety feature the machine will not operate unless the bowl and lid are correctly positioned.

      I regularly use the processor for gluten free cake mixture as blending at such a high speed creates a wonderfully creamy and light mixture. For blending the stainless steel blades are attached to a central shaft fitted into the base unit. The blades are extremely sharp so care is required and after use they can be stored in the little protective covers. The machine is not unreasonably loud, it sounds powerful and smooth in operation. Cake mixture is whipped within minutes. The flexible spatula is an ideal tool for scooping every last bit of mixture neatly out of the bowl and into a cake tin.
      I mainly use the processor simply like this with the blades and adjusting speed to suit different tasks. It will quickly turn pastry mixture into a breadcrumb consistency and then if you add water through the feed tube, a soft ball of pastry dough. It will whip egg whites to stiff peak consistency and almost purée soft fruit.
      I find the pulser is excellent to use for finely chopping nuts, dried fruit, onions and turning slices of bread into breadcrumbs.

      Glass Jug, 1.5 litre.
      I love this liquidiser jug, it is made out of thick glass, feels quite heavy and definitely in my mind a quality item. It is 25cm tall and 18 wide including the glass handle and it comes with a rubberised white plastic lid. Easy to attach to the processor base and positions very securely. The metal whisks fit and detach easily.

      Grinding Mill.
      Useful for very fine grinding of small amounts of seeds and nuts. I use this occasionally and again it fits easily and securely straight onto the processor base.

      Flexible spatula.
      A very useful thin and pliable spatula, extremely effective for scrapping any bowl or vessel almost completely clean of mixture. It is strong enough to manipulate easily and will bend just as you need it to.

      Four stainless steel discs.
      I use the fine shredding disc mostly as I find this ideal for grating carrot and hard cheese. The coarse shredding disc produces a very thick shred which can be useful for grating foods such as softer cheeses or cucumbers. I occasionally use the fine slice for vegetables but haven't ever used the rather chunky looking coarse slice and julienne disc.


      ~ Cleaning ~
      Unfortunately apart from the spatula, discs and blades none of the processor attachments are suitable for the dishwasher. I find the washing up aspect can become a nuisance when attempting to save time, it isn't any quicker for me to whip egg whites by using a hand whisk and then bundle equipment into the dishwasher than to set up the processor, whip whites, wash and dry up.
      The unit base due to its simple design is very easy to keep clean by wiping over with a damp cloth.

      ~ Conclusion ~
      A well designed and powerful food processor with an array of attachments, some of which are not necessarily so well designed or useful. After approximately four years of use the motor is still running strongly and smoothly. The plastic main bowl has lasted very well, no cracks or scratches and only a slight dulling of the transparency, the condition of the glass liquidiser jug is as good as new and the blades have remained sharp and efficient. Generally I've been very pleased with the Kenwood FP920 but would have liked to have paid a little less and omitted the centrifugal juicer and citrus press at the very least. This model is currently available at Amazon for £93.99. Although I do recommend the FP920 I have to be honest and say I wouldn't pay this much money for it today.
      4/5 stars.


      Thank you for reading this review x
      © Lunaria 2012

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        16.02.2012 10:39
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        A brilliant food processor that is multi function and well woth £39.99.

        I decided to buy myself a new blender recently as I was sick of listening to the absolute racket my previous blender made. After a few days scouting around on the internet I decided to buy this Kenwood FP215 food processor, with its two different jugs I thought it would be more versatile and being the proud owner of a very ancient Kenwood chef I know it will be good quality and long lasting.

        I purchased the food processor from very.co.uk as it was half price £39.99. It is also available at Sainsburys for this price.

        The food processor is very well packaged with the box and the packaging all being easily recyclable. Once I unpacked my new toy I washed all the parts as recommended in the manual and then I was ready to go.

        The really good thing about the liquidiser jug is that it all comes apart for easy cleaning, just tip the empty jug upside down and twist the blade attachment in the direction indicated by the arrow and it just pops out and it can all then be washed by hand, or on the top rack of the dishwasher. Remember to put the rubber seal back in place before reassembling the jug or there are some messy times ahead.

        The jug is easy to lock in place on the base you just place it on the base and turn it till the small grey triangle on the jug matches up with the one on the base. This did take me a couple of tries as I was over thinking the whole process but now it is very easy to do, the lid to the jug does not have a rubber seal it just slots on and twists to secure it. In the centre of the lid is a removable section so you can add ingredients easily with out stopping the blender, the main thing I make with the liquidiser is protein shakes for my husband, these have crushed ice in, the blades in the liquidiser whiz straight through five or six ice cubes easily, just a few twist of the dial to pulse and they are done to a slush puppy consistency.

        The removable insert in the lid is marked up as a measure which I thought was a good idea until I noticed a small hole on the base, so while this could be a good point the small hole makes it completely useless.

        While crushing ice I keep my hand on the lid as the ice jumps up and I just have a few concerns about how well it is sealed but while blending the lid stays nice and tight. The 500w motor while running is in my opinion quite quiet, and with it being 500w it makes short work of smoothies and shakes, in the couple of weeks I have been using this there have been no lumps of fruit left behind and my husband has said that the shakes are a lot smoother.

        The liquidiser jug is marked up the side to 1.2litre or 5 cups, I would not put that much liquid in at once as I feel the liquidiser would not run as efficiently and could possibly overflow.

        For me the food processor part is just a bonus, it comes with a knife blade that can be used for cake making, pastry making, biscuit/breadcrumbs and lots of other things this is the most versatile tool. The emulsifying tool looks a bit strange but works very fast and soon whips air into small amounts of milk, cream or eggs the maximum amount of liquid it is safe to emulsify is 250ml any more than this and it rises up and seeps through the seal of the lid, making lots of mess. The thick slicing and shredding attachments are on the same disc, insert it one way for slicing and the other way for shredding, I thought this was quite a clever idea cutting down on the amount of attachments.

        The food processor jug is quite easy to fit, first of all place the detachable spindle into the centre of the base unit, then put the jug onto the spindle; again the jug twists around till the grey arrows line up locking the jug in place, you can then put your chosen attachment on the jug, the blades and emulsifier slip over the middle and to the base of the jug, the shredding/slicing attachment sits on the spindle at the top of the jug. The lid also locks on; the processor will not run if the lid is attached incorrectly. Once the lid is on you can then use the feeder tube to add whatever ingredients you wish to mix, shred or slice.

        I always break the food I am processing into small chunks and use the feeder tube to add them to the machine while it is running, it whizzed through Oreos with no trouble when I was making an Oreo cheesecake. When using the shredding/slicing tool cut the vegetable you want to slice or shred to roughly the same size as the feed tube and then use the pusher supplied to push the vegetable into the blades, never use your fingers or you could have a nasty accident.

        The maximum food amounts that can be processed at one time are as follows
        - Short crust pastry 250g/9oz
        - Yeast dough 340g/12oz
        - One Stage Cake Total wt 1Kg/2lb 4oz
        - Chopping lean meat Total wt 400g/14oz
        - Thick soup mixes 1 litre
        - Thinner soup mix/milk 600mls
        - Whisk, 6 egg whites or 250ml cream
        - Liquidiser 1.2 litres

        The control dial can be twisted to the left for short pulses; the food processor will run for as long as the dial is held in that position. The food processor has two speeds which are marked on the base; the dial is very easy to click to the right for these speeds and will run until it is clicked back. The base of the food processor is also marked up with images of the correct speed to use for different foods.

        The food processor is not recommended for crushing spices, coffee beans or converting granulated sugar to caster sugar as this may damage the plastic and the blades. If the plastic of the food processor becomes discoloured by food it can be cleaned off by rubbing with a cloth dipped in vegetable oil.

        On the base of the motor there are little feet, these feet are brilliant and anchor the food processor down to the kitchen surface, this is the first machine of this type I have used that stays in one place.

        When I first started using the food processor there was a plastic smell from the motor but that cleared up after the first few uses, if it had of persisted I would of returned.

        There is basic cord storage underneath but as the cord is not very long I don't use it, but make sure the cord is tucked safely away from the edge of the work surface so it doesn't get accidentally pulled off. The food processor is supplied with a sealed unit plug so if any damage occurs to the plug or cord it is recommended that it is returned to Kenwood for replacement. The fuse can be changed easily by popping it out the plug.

        I have looked online and a lot of parts can be brought to replace any parts such as seals or blades that get worn out, this adds to the potential life span of the food processor.

        As with all bladed kitchen implements common sense is needed, never allow children to use the food processor unsupervised. Always turn off when not in use and when swapping attachments over. When washing the bladed attachments be very careful as the blades are incredibly sharp. I do recommend reading the manual before first use.

        Overall I am more than happy to recommend this food processor it is much quieter than my cookworks one and works more efficiently and with the swappable jugs it is more versatile and saves me getting my big old Kenwood chef out of the pantry. I would not have paid the full price of £79.99 but at £39.99 I am more than happy.

        Thank you for reading.


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          02.09.2011 16:10
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          This is one of my most used kitchen appliances

          This review is for the FP120 series. This is a fairly small food processor but is very versatile and has 8 different attachments. The unit itself is white with a standard see-through bowl, and grey buttons. It doesn't look anything special but is nice and neat, and the most useful thing about it is that it's ideal for smaller kitchens, especially if it's not something you'll use every day. It fits in the cupboard nicely, and has a little catch at the back to wind the lead round, which saves getting it all tangled up when you're taking it in and out of the cupboard.

          I was bought this as a Christmas present a few years ago (it was from my other half, but I did ask for one in case you were wondering. I also received pans for Christmas that year, it was when I'd just bought a house on my own and money was very tight!). The main reason he chose this one for me was that at the time I had a tiny kitchen (I think it's actually called a kitchenette, it's that small!), so he knew I wouldn't want anything too big that took up half the work surface or cupboard space.

          Kenwood are one of the best known and respected makes for mixers and processors, and three years later I am still using this model. Despite its size, it comes with lots of different attachments, including a knife blade, slicing plate, shredding plate, plate carrier, whisk, maxi-blend canopy, citrus juicer and spatula. Like most people, I have only used a couple of these, and find the knife blade is the most useful as you can use it for most things. I think some of the other attachments are still in the plastic covers they arrived in and haven't been opened in three years!

          For those who will use all the attachments, however, below is a summary of what each one will do (taken from the Kenwood user guide)

          Knife blade - chops raw meat (to give mince), vegetables, biscuits and breadcrumbs, purees soups, makes cake and pastry mixes, makes dips/batters

          Whisk - for egg whites and cream only

          Slicing and shredding plates - for vegetables and cheese, depending on how fine you like them

          Maxi blend canopy - Used in conjunction with the knife blend when blending, this increases the liquid processing capacity of the bowl and improves chopping performance of the blade

          Citrus press - juices lemons, oranges etc

          I mainly use the food processor for baking (it's very good for getting pastry to the right consistency), and I also use it for blending soups. I do actually own a separate blender, but if you're limited on space this does the job just as well. The unit is easy to use, you simply plug it in, put the attachment in the bottom of the bowl, put whatever food you're chopping or blending into the bowl, put the lid on, and press the button to start. You can either set it to blend continuously, or just use the pulse button for intermittent pulsing. This depends on what it is you're blending and if you're not sure how long it will take.

          The unit is very safe to use, although you do have to be careful of the blades, especially when cleaning them. The processor won't work unless everything is 'locked' into place and when you place the bowl on the base unit you'll hear a click which tells you it's ok to start. I've never had any problems with food escaping from this unit because the feeder tube is very deep and comes with a pusher attachment to fill the gap. It doesn't leak or spill when you take the bowl off the base unit.

          The processor is very loud (always scares my cat out of the kitchen), but I've never known a blender to be quiet so this isn't a bad point for me. The bowl holds a maximum of 800g in solids, and 800ml in liquids. It's not the biggest unit but I've found it's adequate for two people, and if I'm making things like soup in larger quantities I just blend it in batches.

          I always put the bowl and attachments through the dishwasher, and the guidance in the user manual is that you put them in the top shelf on a lower temperature/shorter cycle than usual if not washing by hand. Mine are in as good condition as when I inherited this machine so I can say confidently the dishwasher won't harm the attachments.

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            29.09.2010 17:38
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            A fab addition to any kitchen, how did I ever manage without it?

            It is only in the last few months that I have really started using the food processor my in-laws bought me for christmas last year as I have been cooking more soup from scratch and find it a great help.

            Mine is the most basic small Kenwood model which currently costs around £48 on Amazon and features one 1.5 litre bowl with a variety of blades for chopping and grating, a feeder tunnel and a basic pulse or continuous dial to control the speed of the blades.

            I have used the slicing blades more than any other for making soups and thai curry paste, even with lemongrass which can be a real pain to chop finely and evenly, it manages perfectly well and creates smooth and fully liquidised pastes and soups every time. I also use the slicing blades for combining cake mix as these seem to be the most effective for this.

            Results are very consistent and I find the pulse button is a real boon when trying to carefully balance a paste, the feeder tube makes it very easy to add each ingredient in at the same time and the whole process saves so much time and effort that I wonder how I ever coped without it now!

            This blender has a safety mechanism which means that it will absolutely not switch on unless the bowl is twisted and locked into place on the base, this means that an accident or switching it on without the lid on is virtually impossible.

            Cleaning is easy as everything is removable but you do have to be careful as the blades are sharp. The grating blade works well on carrot and swede and I have not as yet used the other blade (which I believe is a flat grater rather than a round one.

            All in all, for less than £50 this is a fantastic and very handy product, it is small enough to not take up too much room in a compact kitchen (like mine), very straightforward to use, easy to clean and produces consistent results. This is a must for all budding home cooks!

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              A perfect simple blender that does exactly what it is designed for and does it very well!

              This review is for the FP250 Kenwood Food Processor.

              We purchased this Processor to replace a Bosch hand blender and to give us more options with our cooking and food preparation. The Kenwood Processor came at a reasonably moderate price in comparison to other alternatives and looked the part. It is moderately sized and fits easily both on your worktop and inside a kitchen unit, unlike almost any other Food Processor out there.

              Operationally, it is also great. The Processor comes with a number of bits and bobs in the box for all kinds of purposes and tasks. Alongside the main Processor container, there is another one for blending Juices or making smoothies. Alongside the main (and extremely sharp) metal blade, you also get a plastic alternative for blending/mixing the softer products.

              In order to work the mixer, you have a number of different power settings. From a very powerful 'Full On' mode which will blend nuts, ice, small bones and any other hard materials in seconds, all the way down to a fairly gentle blending mode for mixing juices, this blender can do it all. Moreover, the ability to do the mixing in small spurts allows you to control the precise amount of power and mixing that goes on in the blender.

              This is a great mixer/blender/food processor and is especially good for the relatively little money that it costs to get your hands on one. If you are in the market for one of these Food Processors, you won't do much better than the FP250.

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              14.06.2010 21:28
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              Be careful and it works wonders.

              I have always been too much of a bargain hunter to splash out on an expensive 'proper' food processor. I have always bought cheap blenders, which break within a few uses, and leave me frustrated. In fact I have probably spent more on cheap broken ones than it would cost to buy a decent one in the beginning... oh well you live and learn!

              I agreed to make some wedding cakes for my Aunty, so I knew the time had arrived to spend a bit more money and buys omething that would last, and was easy to use. I did a bit of reseach and found this kenwood one reduced and on offer at Littlewoods.co.uk so I snapped it up.

              It comes in a huge box, with more attachments than I ever thought I would need. My first need was to try the main one. After a few tries and refusing the read the instruction manual I worked out which bits I had to put where. Difficult to work out in the beginning, but once you have worked it out you wont forget!

              The food processor has a lot of settings so you can pulse your ingredients of mix them gently, or more ferociously! One tip I would give is that the ingredients can get quite warm if you mix them for a long time or too vigorously. This can be fine for some imgredients but once I ruined my buttercream icing by getting it too warm while I was mixing it. The settings are incredibly easy to work out and it is just as easy to use.

              One downside (well I guess it also has it's upside) is that the blade is so sharp, you have to be really careful when washing it up that you do not cut yourself. Despite reading all the warnings (this is not kenwood's fault, they supply tons of signs telling you to be careful) I still managed to slice my finger without really realising I had done so! It was a deep cut and took ages to heal!

              Anyway, overall a great and useful blender, but be very careful doing the washing up.

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                13.06.2010 18:11
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                A great general purpose food processor at an affordable price

                I recieved this as a present from my parents when I moved into my first flat with my boyfriend. Its the first food processor I have ever owned so I can't compare it to other products. It comes with a variety of different attachments for chopping vegetables, citrus juicing etc, but 95% of the time we tend to just use the standard blade. There is just one speed setting, but it does all of the jobs it needs to perfectly fine so there is not really any need for anything more complicated. The jug is a decent size for everyday home use, unless you are working in an industrial kitchen I don't think you would need anything bigger. Although its lightweight and easy to pack away its earned a permanent place on our kitchen counter because we use it so often.

                I use it in place of a blended for making soups, smoothies, sauces etc and have no problems at all. We even had a go at making out own nut butter and it was up to the job, although it did take a while and we had to keep scraping the sides with the included spatula. I also use it for finely dicing vegetables and have found it saves me heaps of time. For individuals with expert chopping skills it probably wouldn't be worth creating the extra washing up, but for amateurs like me its a life saver!

                Although I didn't buy the product myself I believe its one of the more affordable models on the market, and I can't see any reason to pay more as it suits our purposes fine.

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                Does all the time-consuming jobs for you!

                This review is for the Kenwood FP580 Food Processor.

                On the many occasions I had spent hours chopping and mixing in the kitchen, I had longed for a food processor to do some of the hard work for me. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking, but I must be an impatient cook as I want to get on with the actual cooking- it's all the lengthy preparation I don't enjoy. So I was absolutely thrilled when my parents gave me this for my Birthday!

                This was eighteen months ago, and I now wouldn't be without it. I use it on average at least four or five times a week, and it is still working fabulously.

                One feature of this food processor that I particularly like is how versatile it is. It comes with a very exciting selection of different blades and attachments, which make it very useful for a wide variety of tasks. At first, I was a little apprehensive about how easy it would be to change the attachments, particularly the blades. I am fairly useless with any kind of technology, and the fact that this was sharp technology was a little bit scary! However I was thrilled to discover that changing the attachments and blades was so straightforward, that even I could do it without any problems at all!

                So, as I was unpacking my food processor, these are all of the goodies I found inside the box, along with some thoughts on my experiences of using them:

                *1 x double-sided fine shredding/slicing discs*

                I have found this a very hand tool for slicing up carrots super thinly to be used in carrot cake. It would also be good for chopping up other vegetables very finely to be hidden in meals for fussy eaters, or children who refuse to eat vegetables. You simply attach the blade, and then push the vegetables through the hole at the top of the processor. This does mean that it is difficult to chop right to the end of the vegetable. The blade itself is not the easiest to clean, but usually a little soak in some hot water will get rid of most of the little bits of food that have stuck int he crevices.

                *1 x double-sided coarse shredding/slicing discs*
                I have only used this disc a handful of times- several times were to shred the ingredients for some coleslaw, and also to shred some apples to go in museli. It is essentially very similar to the fine shredding disc, but with longer, wider grooves. I find this disc slightly easier to wash, as there is more space between the grooves, and it is a little harder for food to get trapped between the crevices.

                *1 x 1.5 litre liquidiser*
                This is great for making smoothies. I went through a faze of making loads of smoothies, and tried some wonderful combinations (raspberry, blackberry and cherry was divine!). Innocent have made a book with all of their smoothie recipes in, which I was very excited about. However I soon discovered the cost of d.i.y. smoothies is very expensive, as you need a lot of fruit to make them taste yummy. The liquidiser quickly and efficiently blended the lot.
                It is also very good at making milkshakes. We have enjoyed a lot of Shakeaways inspired milkshakes using this liquidiser, and it does the job every time. This is easy to clean.

                *1 x spatula*
                This is nothing special, just a thin, flexible spatula, that is designed to help you scrape out the food processor. Sadly mine didn't last too long, as I accidentally used it to stir the chopped vegetables in my frying pan after I had scraped them out. It obviously melted rather quickly and became such a deformed shape I had to throw it out!

                *1 x knife blade*
                This is easily the attachment I have used the most. It is perfect for chopping onions- I absolutely hate chopping them by hand as they always make me cry and leave me with horribly smelling hands. This chops them very finely and is absolutely brilliant for this. I also use it regularly for chopping peppers and carrots to go with pasta or shepherds pie. I would not recommend using it for chopping mushrooms, however, as it chops them into such tiny pieces that they seem to disappear when you add them to your recipes! The blade is easy to clean, and because it slots on to the centre of the food processor, it chops every last bit of whatever you pop in. It is easy to wash and is easily my most favourite of all the attachments!

                *1 x citrus juicer*
                The citrus juicer can be used independently of the food processor. This is nothing special, and to be honest I have only used it a couple of times. I prefer to use my original citrus juicer. This one is nothing special, and I found that because it is made of thin plastic and is so light that it feels a bit delicate & I am scared it will snap!

                *1 x whisk*
                This attatchment is brilliant at whisking egg whites. You get blissfully stiff peaks within minutes, with none of the arm ache! The attachment has two little whisks on it, and it clips on to the lid of the food processor. It is easy to attach and is very useful. I was worried it would only whisk the contents in the centre of the food processor, but as I have found the contents all gets thoroughly mixed. It also effortlessly whisks cream and batter mix, and after a little soak in hot water, it is usually is not a problem to wash clean.

                *1 x dough tool*
                This attachment takes all the hard work out of making bread. I have also used it to make pizza bases, and have found it to be extremely helpful. It is very easy to use, but I always pulse it for 10 seconds and then give it a rest as I'm worried about blowing the fuse by having it working continuously (I have heard horror stories from friends with different processors!). I also use this attachment for making cakes, which saves so much time compared to doing it by hand. Again, this attachment is easy to wash once it has been soaked.

                *1 x fine julienne disc*
                This disc is great for chopping carrots and other vegetables that are to be served with your dinner, rather than to use as an ingredient within a dish. It makes light work of a usually time-consuming job, with the added advantage of getting them all a uniform-size, so they all need the same length of cooking. This disc is easy to wash.

                * 1 x disc storage*
                This is a really handing addition to the food processor, as it keeps all of the discs together, so a) I can't lose them, and b) I don't have to worry about grazing my knuckles rummaging through a drawer or cupboard to find them. There is a clear plastic lid, which prevents them getting dusty, and it is not too bulky, so even my tiny kitchen can accommodate it.

                This food processor has two speed settings, which I find very useful, as some things you want to blitz, such as onions, whereas I would prefer my cream to be blended more slowly so I can ensure I don't overbeat it.

                The food processor itself is very easy to clean. It has a 2.9 litre capacity (though they recommend you don't add more than 1.5 litres of liquid). The box tells me it is suitable to be cleaned in a dishwasher, but sadly I don't have a dishwasher so couldn't test this feature.

                As is standard with many food processors, you need to have the lid securely fastened, and have the processor correctly attached to the base in order for the processor to turn on. If the lid is not quite lined up then the processor won't work. Although initially I found this irritating, I think it's a very useful feature now, as obviously if it's not securely attached then the is the risk of the lid coming off, which would make a considerable mess!

                As this was a gift, I don't know how much this cost at the time of purchase. However, at the time of writing Amazon was selling it for £53.30 (RRP£119.99). I am a little shocked at the RRP (I do hope my parents didn't pay that much for my Birthday present!), but given how useful I have found it I think £53.30 is an absolute bargain.

                In summary, I thoroughly recommend this food processor. It has saved me hours and hours of dull preparation, and makes light work of any task you give it. I wouldn't be without it now, and I am thrilled with how many tasks it can help me with.

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                13.05.2009 23:10
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                Having chopped, sliced and mixed everything by hand from garlic to cake mix, I figured it was time to treat myself and started looking around for a good 'kitchen helper' which is efficient and does not cost the world. Kenwood food processors came up top at most of the sites that I visited. Needless to say, I quickly narrowed down my choices to Kenwood and decided on an FP120. It was my first ever food processor and it ticked all the boxes for £28. I wanted something which was not too bulky and easy to handle and this was just it! Since buying it, I have sliced, minced, shredded and whisked (13 functions altogether, although I have yet to explore each and everyone). It comes with a 0.8kg/litre capacity bowl, individual blades for grating, slicing and chopping and a whisk. There is also a juicer, a spatula and maxi blend canopy which increases the efficiency of knife blade chopping when used (something about changing the chopping action from centrifugal to a vortex-as explained by Kenwood). There are basically 2 modes; pulse or single speed for finer chopping. It can generate quite a bit of noise but it is bearable; don't know if it will wake the baby though. It's easy to put together and take apart for washing (dishwasher safe) and really does not take up a lot of space on the counter top at all. To get a really fine puree, blender is still the way to go. For everything else, this little compact will do it all. Good quality and good value for money!

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                  Ha! A man writing an op on a food processor eh! Lets give you a run down of the features of my food processor. Standard features include a blender and a clear Acrylic multi-purpose bowl. Blender Can be used for: Mixing drinks. Milk shakes Ice cream shakes Blending fruit drinks Penne Arrabiata (Hot Italian chilli dish, think that’s how you spell it!) Mushing Christmas dinner for guests with no teeth (seriously, you had to be there!) Sauce making i.e. Salsa Home made baby foods And my favourite use; I buy dried birds eye chilli’s and blend them into a fine textured powder, this is then used to sprinkle on pizzas and add to hot foods, such as curry’s. Clear Acrylic multi purpose bowl. This is used mainly to house accessories in use as follows Grater fine; for things like carrots, cheese and celery etc. Grater course; for potatoes and other more firm vegetables that you may have to grate occasionally. (I grate potatoes to make my own birds nest’s for Chinese meals) Slicer; this is used to slice!…..cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms and all vegetables. Chopper; this chops! Can be used to chop meat up to make a fresh mince. Also for pummelling any product that can be shaped or pulped. Now the Kenwood FP470 has various speeds, and if you are very careful, you can even use the blender to mush ice. There is a safety button built in for hands free use. You simply press the on button down, slide the lever across and this will keep the on button down. To release this button, you simply depress the on switch and it slides back out. This is a must if you are slow blending a recipe or if you are kneading bread, another utensil that is supplied with this product. The chopping blades are extremely sharp and are a definite keep away from children item. I would even go to
                  say that when new, they would slice to the bone in seconds. I have never used the bread making attachments yet, and I doubt I ever will, as baking is not one of my hottest skills, so I will not comment on this too much. You also get a spatula, which, believe it or not, is patented, as it is flexible, allowing you to scrape out all the food products from the bowl. This gadget proved invaluable a few Christmas’s ago when I had to cook for 8 people, one a vegetarian, one with no teeth and the rest were just family! Every kitchen must have one of these, and at around £60 a shot, good value. Just a tip though. Leave it on top of a worktop, or it will never come out the cupboard. Happy cooking Angus the slightly dressed chef!

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                    06.03.2001 17:56
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                    When I moved here from the States, it broke my heart not to be able to use my handy dandy every reliable Cuisinart food processor. It sat gathering dust and I just cried. When I finally convinced my boyfriend to get me one for Christmas I searched for one that would really suit my needs yet stay within our budget. It was between the Megamix and the Kenwood and the range of accessories won out - and the Kenwood came home! Amazing! I have made cookies and cakes with smooth batter! And my meatballs (recipe courtesy of my mom) and meatloaf came out smoother and some how tastier than ever! It does take a bit to figure out all the bits and pieces and parts, but once you do - what a great thing! It grated my pecorino cheese in minutes! The little measuring cup provided is a just a gift and wonderfully useful. The only downfall is the tube to put things down when cutting. I would have rather one of those doube tubes so you can press things down into the processor - but hey - can't have it all....the price was right and it has pulse and great power...if you need one - do a fair amount of cooking - this is the processor for you.

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                      Kenwood Food Processor model number FP101T This great little processor is a gem of a machine. I must have been working my old food processor (a Moulinex) too hard as shortly before Christmas the bowl disintegrated before my disbelieving eyes. Then again, it was umpteen years old and should have been replaced ages ago. Over Christmas I managed to do the day-to-day chores that I had carried out using my old food processor switching between a mixing bowl and a hand grater . . .Oooch but, when I was in my local Argos (see Argos opinion for details) I decided it was time to replace the grater, before my fingers totally wore out (or should that be ‘wore through’?) The Kenwood FP 101T was included in the Argos Sale catalogue and in next to no time I had it home. (it took a little longer than that, but you will have to read my other opinion to see the details involved) I unwrapped it with thinly veiled anticipation and was delighted to see that there was a ‘citrus juicer’ included ‘free’ (my favourite word). I assembled the food processor and within minutes I was grating and blending like never before, - well, not for a few years, - my old processor must have been even further gone than I had thought. In addition to the free juicer my Kenwood FP 101T has: * a maxi-blend canopy I’m not too sure why it’s there, but when I find out I’ll let you know * an egg white whisk I can’t remember the last time I made meringues * a plate carrier and spacer I certainly hope so, if this was not there the *.* thing would not operate and as for the spacer - it is the smallest most useless looking little thing I’ve seen in years, - but I better not loose it as the *.* thing would not operate without it . . . (is there an echo in here?)
                      * a slicing plate should be handy for the sandwiches when I go back to college * a shredding plate better know (to yours truly that is) as a grater. I wish it had more than a one size grating blade and I’m sure Ihave seen some somewhere that have more than one size of hole. Again, if I find one I’ll update this opinion * a spatula I’ll probably use this more than anything else in the whole set! * ‘user instructions’ I’m glad I’m not new to this game . . . the large leaflet that passes for the ‘user instructions’ is almost useless. The Kenwood FP 101T is small but powerful and is quite ample for the small amounts which I work with. (it only holds 0.8 litres or 0.8K. ‘dry-weight’ ) However, there are just the two of us at home and the wee beauty has already done everything I have asked of it. If you live alone or there are just say, two of you, then this is the model for you. I find you don’t really need a multi-speed, multi-function machine when all you really need to do is make soup and the odd cake. Even if you want to do more, there are attachments that have been carefully thought out by the people at Kenwood, who say that their aim is to supply innovative and useful items at a reasonable price. This is not a ‘direct quote’ as I do not have the Internet site’s url immediately to hand. I did access it and sent an e-mail to ask for more instructions for the machine. However, I had to use the “order-on-line" e-mail and I’m not sure that they will reply. If they doo I’ll add the results to this opinion at some future date. The Internet site is, as yet unfinished and they seem to have omitted a universal e-mail facility and I had to hunt around really hard to find the one I did.
                      Other than the fine detail, the site is complete enough for the "order on line" facility to be in operation, but if a modern company like Kenwood have not got their Internet act together properly then what hope is there for the rest of us? ;-( GG

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                        We have a Braun multipractic food processor for a few years, due to some of the cutting blades having broken we thought it time to change. We looked at a wide variety of processors before settling on the Kenwood. This is quite an old fashioned machine, like mum used to have, weighs a tonne and is definately built to last. Unlike the flimsy all plastic machines this has a metal body that will stand up to all knocks. It has a main mixing bowl and a liquidiser/ chopper that fits on the top. Attachments include a dough hook and 2 types of mixing whisk. Theres only 3 buttons on the machine, speed control, release for the implement and lastly a tilt button to enable you to get the bowl out. In other words they haven't made it over complicated to use and there isn't a lot to go wrong. It is a bit pricey compared to the all plastic machines but it will last a lifetime.

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