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Kenwood FP215 food processor, my new kitchen assistant.
Kenwood Food Processor
Member Name: trayrope
Kenwood Food Processor
Advantages: Fast blending, multi function.
Disadvantages: Not capable of processing large amounts in one go.
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.
Summary: A brilliant food processor that is multi function and well woth £39.99.
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