Product Type: Kenwood food processors
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Makes cooking easier - well a bit.
Member Name: mjc121
Date: 08/03/12, updated on 22/01/13 (247 review reads)
Advantages: compact, range things it can do
Disadvantages: whisk is rather flimsy
What is in the box?
The base unit looks like brushed metal and is a solid piece of kit and reassuringly heavy. The rubberised 'feet' mean it won't slip in normal use. Both the food processor bowl and the blender jug are made of plastic but it is a high grade one and it is ridged but I don't know how well it would stand up to being dropped - probably better than a glass one but I'm still not going to run this test. Along with the spindle are the cutting tools. You also get the instruction book which has a few recipes in it as well as a small cookbook as well. The recipe for hummus in this is excellent and haven't bought pre-made hummus since. There is also a plastic spatula thrown in as well.
The tools and what it does in use.
The processor comes with the chopping blade and three stainless steel discs along with a dough blade and a small whisk/beater attachment. The three discs together give you five cutting options. Fine slice/fine grating, thick slice/coarse grating (each side of these discs does one of these jobs) and the shredding disc. These are well made and as well as the chopping blade are viciously sharp. Nicking your finger on the chopping blade is something you only do once. The grating discs esp the fine grating makes short work of most hard cheese and I now can grate my parmesan using the shredding disc in no time all I then have to do is divide it up into smaller amounts and freeze it. The coarse grating disc is excellent for making coleslaw (I only make this as my other half likes it, I hate the stuff).
I use the slicing sides of the discs far less often as a knife is easier and quicker to wash but I have used it to make thin, evenly sliced potato for certain dishes I'm cooking as I can partly fill the jug with water so the sliced potato falls into it and it won't brown whilst I get everything else ready.
The dough blade is a rubber type of blade and this can be used to make bread or pizza bases. Although this has performed well I still prefer to do my bread (when I make my own) by hand. The mixer/beater although would probably be fine for making things like meringue or whipping cream it is a bit to flimsy, in my opinion, to stand up to much else and I can't see it lasting long as the clips which hold the beaters in the mechanism are plastic - and quite thin plastic. Whilst there is also a spatula included I already have a few of these so this just joined them in the draw.
The blender is the standard bladed blender and will make short work of making soups breadcrumbs etc although I would not advise you try to crush ice by using it due to the goblet being plastic. The blender lid comes with an inner cap with a hole in it. This can prevent the risk of a build up of pressure in the blender but the manufacturer claims that if you are making mayonnaise then by putting the oil in this cap it will drizzle in slowly and so control the addition for you. Well I have to admit I hate mayonnaise and have not made any so I can't confirm this but the hole looks a little too big for this to work effectively.
When washing the blender one mistake many make is submerging the whole base in the water - this can wash out the mineral oil in the base mechanism causing it to seize up. To clean the blades just filling the blender about a third full of warm water with a small amount of washing up liquid and switch it on for a few seconds works well, then just a quick brush with your washing up brush and leave to dry.
Similar to all blenders/food processors it has two speeds as well as a pulse setting. Also again as with all blenders/processors unless everything, including the lid on the processor, is correctly clicked into place it will not switch on. The mechanism is a bit stiff at first but becomes easier as you get used to it. The 'food chute' in the processor lid is a good size and can easily take 2-4 carrots at a time but I do have to cut some larger potatoes down a bit to fit.
Following the instructions the liquidiser and processor will hold up to 1 litre of liquid or 1kg dry food in use. Also when using the blender make sure the lid is on or it will make quite a mess. The drawback to the goblet being plastic is that you shouldn't blend things whilst they are still hot so this can, at times, be a little annoying.
There is also the standard one year guarantee.
One big one is cleaning the thing and being carful with the blades but this is true of all food processors. It is a bit noisy - rather noisier than I had expected it to be but this is nothing too serious. One thing which did concern me was that when I first used it a sort of hot plasticy smell could be detected but since the first use this is less noticeable. Also after looking on the web site where I bought it this it appears to be a common thing and not a manufacturing fault. The flex is perhaps a little short but that is getting really picky. I have contacted Kenwood to ask if any add-ons are available such as additional discs but, unfortunately, the reply was a no.
The machine is quite bulky and so those with only small cupboards or are low on space in them may have to leave it out on the worktop. I tend to store the base and the processor bowl and blender jug separated and in different cupboards.
Power - 750W
Weight of base unit - 4.05kg
Dimensions (base unit) Height - 14.5 cm, width - 20cm, depth - 20cm
With either the processor bowl or the blender fitted the total height is 37 cm
This is a well built and versatile machine which does all the basic functions you expect a food processor and blender to do. Whilst I would have preferred a glass blender this is getting a bit fussy. The only real problem is that the whisk attachment won't really whisk anything other than egg whites or cream hence it is a bit of a waste as this could have been replaced by a another disc or two which would have been of more use.
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