Thanks to my new kitchen pal I've made tarts, chopped vegetables, four cakes and a loaf of bread, not to mention the array of smoothies and soups. I've only ever had a juicer before so when it packed in I decided to get one of these babies. For the price, you get every processing wish answered (37 to be exact) and there are attachments for everything. The downside to this is finding somewhere to store them.
It comes with a storage carousel but this looks awful and takes time arranging everything to fit in. I now have a dedicated drawer! The machine is small and space saving and as it is fairly heavy so I leave it out on the work top. I don't mind this however, as it is a sexy machine and I want to show it off! Despite it being heavy sometimes it does move around on the surface. It has a 900 watt motor and 8 speed settings. The metal blade will be able to hack it's way through anything you decide to throw in. I've used it for beef and thick meats. this does make the machine rather noisy and my boyfriend was not impressed when I was making stew at 7 am on a Sunday morning and the house was filled with the whirring of the machine. He was however, suitably impressed with the finished product.
I'm really into making bread at the minute so find the dough mix rather useful. Simply put this a plastic version of the metal blade and churns the dough rather than slicing.
The main bowl is 3 lt and made of plastic. I'm not sure how durable this is though and after putting it in the dishwasher a few times (dishwasher proof) it already looks a bit scratched and foggy. It comes with a lid that has a small tube where things can be fed into the mixture while the blending is taking place. My favourite feature is the small bowl that fits neatly inside the bowl. It has its own small metal blade which is useful for making sauces or chopping herbs so they don't get last in the vast 3lt space of the large bowl.
The blender can take 1.5lt of liquid, great for smoothies but care should be taken with soups as the plastic gets pretty hot. I found this out the hard way. I'd prefer it if this blender and the bowl were made out of glass, for the money I think they could have been better quality. The blender already has a small crack by the lid; however I think this is down to the heat of the soup.
The whisk attachment and there are two, are perfect for whipping cream and for egg whites for meringue. It isn't strong enough to whisk butter and icing sugar / regular sugar though and the metal blade needs to be used. It didn't damage the whisk it just struggled to cut through the mixture. This was surprising as I thought the machine was more robust than this. I like really fluffy butter cream so would have preferred to be able to whisk the butter and icing sugar but never mind.
I've not yet used the citrus press; the machine does take some cleaning and I prefer a handheld device.
The three discs for slicing vegetables don't seem to sit on the bowl very well, however they work fine. They make slicing vegetables so much quickly and perfectly sized. The fine grater and the thicker slicer are my favourites. The julienne attachment is simply too thin and causes the vegetables to come out a little soggy rather than with clean cut lines.
After all this chopping and mixing and blending the clean down commences and to be honest I find it a pain to clean. Sometimes food gets into hard to reach places and makes it a struggle to clean it up.
Would I buy this product again? Probably not, I like it because I like food processors and find them useful in the kitchen. I think there are better models on the market at the minute and would advise people to consider these before making a purchase. I was won over by this machine because of the size and how much it did but after using it a few times I think spending more money on a better quality machine may have proved a more worthwhile investment.
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Wonderful food processor, simple to use, easy to clean, has such a wondeful amount of attachments to do everything, large bowl to do quite a lot at one time. Neat square processor with suction feet so won't 'dance' off the counter like my traditional Kenwood Chef did.
This Kenwood food processor was bought for us for Christmas, and when we opened it we weren't really sure what to make of it! The box is massive, as it has so many different bits to use, we didn't know if we would ever work out how to use it! However after actually getting it all out and taking the time to read the instructions and look properly at everything, me and my boyfriend actually love this food processor! You can do so much with it, it is an amazing item to have in your kitchen.
We first got it all out on new years day, to try and make a soup in it, but unfortunately one of the blades was not in any packaging and my boyfriend picked it up not realising what it was and cut his finger open! We ended up sitting in A and E for nearly four hours on new years day waiting for him to have stitches in his finger so be very careful if you buy this product, that the blades are not just lying around in the box!
However, the next day we decided to get it all out and have a go at using it. There are so many different bits to it, we didn't know where to start! Once we had worked out what everything was, we decided to trying cutting up our vegetables to make a soup. You can put whole carrots in and it slices them in seconds! There are different blades to choose from, you can switch blades if you want your carrots sliced thinly, or use a different one if you want them more thicker. You can also have them shredded, which is perfect for salads of if you want to make your own coleslaw.
The blades are brilliant for grating cheese. You can cut your block of cheese in half and put the block in and it is grated in less than 1 minute! However, we have found once it gets to the bottom of the block of cheese, sometimes it is too small to be shredded and it gets stuck. We find this grating cheese so handy, as we just grated our whole block of cheese last week and put in in a bowl in the fridge, and it was ready to use to make our sandwiches for work so much easy every day. The blades are really easy to change, and so easy to clean.
The food processor has a 1.5l jug which you can use to make your soup. We cut up all our vegetables and then cooked them in a pan on the hob, and then put it all into the jug to blend. You can easily control your soup whilst it is in the blender, as you can hold the button down and let go to stop it which helps you not to over do it or leave it in too long. This blended our soup perfectly, and also we made milkshakes and smoothies with it too. We put toffee ice cream, bananas and milk in and it made a really nice thick milkshake. We also put strawberries and other berries in too make a really nice smoothie with yogurt. It blends the fruit so well without leaving any lumps.
It also comes with a citrus press to make orange or apple juice, which we have used just to try it out and it made really nice fruit juice, but you just need so many oranges and apples to make enough to drink!
Another thing we have used this processor for is to make mashed potato. We boiled our potatoes on the hob and then put them in the processor to be mashed, with the butter and milk. It mixed the butter and milk in perfectly and our mash was really smooth, with no lumps in it! I don't think I would get this out just to do little things like mash your potatoes as it is quite a big piece of equipment to clean up and put away again just for this, but if you have got it out to do other things with it is worth it.
We were worrying about where we were going to store this food processor as it came in such a big box, but it is actually quite cleverly made that all the attachments all fit in the biggest bowl so it is all stored away really neatly and doesn't take up as much room as I thought. However it can take up a lot of room in your kitchen when you have got it all out, as there are so many different attachments to keep swapping, and also when you are blending it is very noisy!
I have used a few different blenders now, but this Kenwood food processor just does so much, it is well worth having one of these in your kitchen! It also has whisks, so you can make your own cakes and dough etc.
There are so many things you can use this product for, we are really pleased with it, and after looking on amazon you can get one of these in silver for £134, which is expensive, but it has 34 functions to use so you do get a lot for your money. This product looks really nice in silver, and all the attachments, bowls, etc feel really sturdy and good quality. I highly recommend this food processor especially if you like cooking things from scratch, it comes in really handy to prepare all your food for you so much quicker!
I have had this food processor for 12months now, and it comes in very useful. It has every attachment you could possibly want, some of which (juicer, spice mill) have not been used yet. The most useful features are the liquidizer (for smoothies and soups), slicing blades, and the general mixing blade. I have also used the kneading blade (not ads good as by hand but the bread worked and rose, and was a lot less effort than kneading by hand). The whisk also works (used for egg whites), however I imagine it is not as good as a hand whisk.
It is ok to clean, the liquidizer is more fiddly, but not as bad as previous food processors I have owned.
For the price it gives a lot more features (with the ones that I have tried working sufficiently) than other food processors of a similar price, hence I feel this is definitely a good value food processor.
I love cooking and had always wanted a food processor to makes things easier. I was therefore delighted to be given a brand new Kenwood model for my birthday in January, by my clever husband! The model is the FP735 and was purchased in Curry's for around £100. However having price checked I see this model is available from Amazon for just £67.90!
What you get for your money.
Inside the easy to open box is a silver square base unit, with a large capacity 1.5 litre bowl and 3 litre capacity plastic jug style liquidiser. There are also 11 attachments including-
3 stainless steel discs-1 for fine slicing, 1 for thick slicing and 1 for julienne slicing.
1 stainless steel chopping blade.
1 juicer and 1 citrus press.
1 dough tool.
1 metal twin whisk.
1 mini bowl.
1 carousel storage.
The base unit has a powerful 900 watt motor and 8 speed settings in addition to a pulse setting. It is very easy to set up and the clearly written instruction booklet tells you how to fit and use all the attachments.
I like the look of this food processor and the square base doesn't take up too much room on my worktop. I tend to find that appliances that live in my cupboards rarely see the light of day, where as those that are left out get used!
The main bowl fits into the base unit and has a plastic spindle in the middle to fix the attachments. The metal blade is probably the attachment I use most often. It is brilliant for chopping all manor of ingredients as well as making pastry in seconds. I also use it to make breadcrumbs, again something it achieves in seconds. I tend to use my hand whisk to make sponge cakes, but you can use this attachment for this purpose. Ingredients are fed into the bowl via a plastic tube, using the spatula provided. The metal blade is very sharp so you need to be careful when cleaning it!
There are 3 stainless steel discs used for slicing to different thicknesses. Although I have tried these I found them awkward to use and the results not worth the effort or the extra washing up! I think you can slice vegetables quickly and more effectively using a knife, but that's just my opinion!
I love the mini mixing bowl and use it to chop herbs. The bowl has its own small metal blades. The mini bowl fits inside the main bowl and the lid fits on top.
The round plastic mill is another useful attachment. I use this mainly for chopping nuts to use in nut roasts and cutlets. It is very noisy, but also saves lots of hard work!
The plastic liquidiser jug has a 1.5 litre capacity and is great for soups and smoothies. I also have a separate liquidiser so rarely use this one. However it does the job of blending soups, fruits and vegetables well. I would have preferred a glass jug so that I could poor in hot liquids rather than having to wait for them to cool. Also glass doesn't hold smells like plastic. The jug fits onto the base unit and is easy to fit and remove. It has a screw on lid that allows fruits or vegetables to be fed through via a removable plastic stopper.
The dough hook is one attachment that I will never use as I have a bread maker. The dough hook can also be used for making dense fruit cakes, not something I have tried so can't comment on how well this attachment works.
The whisk attachment is great for quickly whisking cream or egg whites. I use this quite often. It is not for creaming cake mixtures however! I don't often use the juicer or citrus press but they both work well enough and it is useful to have them for the odd occasion when I need them!
The main bowl has space to store the attachments inside but I don't find this useful, as the attachments tend to fall off the carousel. I prefer to store the attachments and liquidiser jug together in a cupboard.
Overall I really like this food processor and use it regularly. As I have explained some of the attachments are not useful to me and in the case of those stainless steel discs are useless! All the attachments are dishwasher safe and the main unit is easy to clean with a quick wipe down. This is not a quiet gadget,especially when it is chopping nuts! However this is one gadget every cook should own!
I bought one of these food processors a few months mainly because I want to have a go at cooking more from scratch and also to make smoothies and I didn't really want a machine just to that. Kenwood is a brand that i know and trust and this seemed a really good value machine. I am finding that I do use it more days so hopefully this isn't a gadget that will gather dust in the cupboard. It's mainly used for blending smoothies and soups but I do use the processer bowl and blades for slicing and grating vegetables. I have also used it for making cake batter, which really takes the elbow grease out of cake making. It copes pretty well but I do find that you can't have the motor turned on for long before a burning smell starts. The instructions say the motor can be run for a minute at a time but after about 20 seconds, it does start to smell. I tend to stop it and use it in short bursts instead for fear of the motor blowing up. Perhaps for daily or heavy use, a higher spec machine would be more suitable, but for light or occasional use it's fine.
This food processor is the biggest, most multi use food processor that I have used so far. I will use two cases below to demostrate how I use the machine and the comments that I have on the food processor. (I received this as a gift so I am not sure how much of the accesories I have received with this were add ons)
Case 1: making meatloaf. Wanting a god quality meatloaf, it was time to put the food processor to its first use, mincing up the lean steak. The machine will vibrate violently once there is an overload of meat, so i do have to watch out how much meat I put in and how much the volume will increase by mincing. I dropped in the whole slice of steak without chopping and got finely minced meat as a result.
Case 2: Pineapple jam. I had to separate out the fibres from the pineapple, and the juice. Receipe told me to grate the pineapple. I took out the food processor grater disc and inserted in long pieces of the pineapple. Note: cut out the hard core of the pineapple because that does not get grated (pretty similar to a hand grater since that part would have been too hard to grate and been discarded). I then proceed to use the juicer function of the machine. It fits in like a little bowl on the turning rod. I drop in the grated pineapple bits and more juice proceeed to swirl out of it. Granted that it was meant to produce juice and not remove the juice (the fibres are the useful part for the jam), I still had to sift the fibres later for the remaining juices. However, it did make pineapple jam making easier.
The noise does bother me a bit and when the machine shook violently, I did fell worried. However, it did give wonderful results and there are 5 speeds and the pulse function to pick from. The fact that it does signal when there is an overload is a good thing because I will at least maintain the life of the machine.
Cleaning out the machine was not as simple as I would have liked it to be. It was messy because there was some spillage onto the stand (the stand being electrical, I had to wipe it down with soap and water) and the equipment had to be rinsed and scrubbed with soap and water to remove pesky remains (both for meat and for pineapples) But then it is probably something that has to be done for all food processors as a whole.
The food processor is also bulky. I had to break down each component and store it away on one shelf. The whole equipment broken down does take up that much space. On one hand, they wouldn't be collecting dust sitting on the kitchen table, on the other hand, it does reduce the incentive for me to use it that much (particular since I live in a flat and am unlikely to have that much space to keep taking it out to use)
I like the idea of having a professional looking food processor. And the time saved in using the food processor to help my cooking. However, for someone living in a small flat, this food processor is just too big and noisy. Quality wise, it is good though, so if your housemates are perfectly happy with u to use it, get it!
After searching for a long time for a processor that could do a multitude of tasks I settled for this little machine.
Our kitchen is small-we can just about move around in it however I am a keen cook/baker and use the kitchen on a regular basis. Not only do I enjoy cooking but I'm also a fan of gadgets-a big no go area in a small space. So enough of me, lets get this show on the road.
The Kenwood food processor does so much I may miss out a trick of two.
This processor can:
make cake batters super quick
can mince onions down for curries/chilli's/sauces/soups
can liquidize your soups/sauces (no additional liquidizer needed-result!)
juice your oranges (no need for a separate citrus juicer)
can mince down your whole spices (result-no additional spice mill needed)
Here's what I use it for a regular basis:
chopping onions/tomatoes for curries and salsas
mixing kebab mixture for seekh kebabs etc (saves me having to mix it by hand)
making cakes and pancake mixture (the fluffy kind of pancakes)
liquidize soup/make smoothies
mill my own spice blends
I even make a batch of chopped onions and stick them in the fridge for when I want to make a soup/curry quickly but really cannot be bothered to chop up onions there and then.
It's great for whisking up egg whites for merranges too.
This machine has various speeds you can choose from to suit your needs plus a pulse action facility.
Plus, if you have a small kitchen the cutting disks/blades etc fit into the bowl which can be stored away quickly. This will take up a bit of space up everything is together, nicely nestled into the bowl.
You'll also find a useful cookbook for suggestions on how to get going with this machine.
My only 'issue' with this processor is the quality of the plastic-it could be better.
It's easy to clean too-what more could I ask for? Prehaps someone to do the cleaning for me?!
Short name: Kenwood FP735