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This food processor is so handy to have around the kitchen!
It has loads of cool features:
Two different blades: one for chopping, one for dough
Two speeds: High, Low
Large capacity bowl
Dishwasher friendly bowl
Shredder and a slicer
Citrus press for juicing lemons etc.
I mainly use this for chopping vegetables - you can either chop them on high and have really small pieces, or on low for bigger chunks. I also use it for blending soups although it doesn't do the job as well as the blender, it still does a good job! Other uses it has which I haven't tried are making dough for bread or mixing cake batter etc.
The bowl and lid are really easy to wash, I hand wash mine but they are suitable for the dishwasher.
I haven't tried all the functions yet, but I really need to get around to it!
It looks great, really stylish design. It's about medium sized, but I leave mine out on the counter in a corner and it doesn't take up too much room - makes the kitchen look great too!
It is quite loud when it's chopping or pulsing, but because it does the job so quickly it isn't that much of a problem! But I wouldn't do it when baby was sleeping etc.
It hasn't let me down yet, I haven't had any faults or problems with it at all, it seems really sturdy and well made, and I think it'll last my family a long time!
Mine came with a 2 year warranty when it was bought, which is another bonus.
The Morphy Richards food processor 48504 is a very useful appliance for the kitchen. The appliance has two main functions, a main processing unit and a blender unit. The blender unit is situated on the top left of the appliance, above the control knobs, whereas the main processing unit is on the bottom right of the appliance. Functions of the main processor The main processor is where most of the work is done. The main unit has a 1 litre jug with a lid that clips on to the jug rim. The lid has a small chute so that you can drop items into the processor safely. The chute has a small insert so that splattering is avoided. You simply add the ingredients into the jug through the chute and before you set it going you push in the small insert. The processor works by rotating a blade/plate at high speed in the bottom of the jug. There are various blades/plates that you can select. The main blade is simply two very sharp blades attached to a central spindle. These blades are capable of chopping up anything you drop into the processor. They are also used for mixing ingredients together, such as dough or cake mixes. Other than just using the blades, you can choose from a range of plates that have different functions. One plate has a raised blade that acts like a peeler. This can be used to chop vegetables into chunks. Other plates act like a grater in various degrees. They range from a rough grade through to a very fine grade. This enables you to choose how fine you wish to grate the ingredients. Functions of the blender unit The blender is mainly used to form liquid based product. The blender has only one type of blade which is permanently fixed into the bottom of the jug. Again, the jug of the blender holds 1 litre of liquid. The lid of the blender is simple a round push fit lid with a small hole in the centre to enable you to add ingredients. The hole can be covered with a small peg before you switch on
the blender. This saves you having to remove the lid all the time. The blender is great for purifying mixtures such as boiled vegetables which can be blended to create soups. It is also great for creating baby foods, as you can just add in whatever you require. Milkshakes are a great drink to make using the blender. You can simply add fresh whole fruits into the jug and let the blender do the work for you. Seconds later you have a refreshing milkshake. Settings of the food processor There are only two settings on the food processor. The first switch selects either off, on or pulse. The pulse position is used when only short bursts of processing are required, such as when you are blending. When the switch is in the pulse position it is spring loaded. Therefore, when you let go of the switch, it returns to the off position automatically. For other processing where it takes a bit longer, you can simply switch to the on position. In this case you have to manually switch the processor off, as it is not spring loaded in the on position. The second switch selects the speed of the processor. This can be either 1 or 2. Setting 1 is slower and setting 2 is faster. Therefore, when more power is needed you can select the higher setting. If you are mixing dough or chopping large vegetables you will require the higher speed setting. If you are just making a milkshake or grating, you may only require a slow speed setting. When we purchased the food processor it was £70 from Argos. I would imagine the price will have dropped slightly since then as it was over 2 years ago since we purchased it.
There are so many food processors on the market that it's hard to make up your mind, which unit would be the best for you. In my house chips are always on the menu, that's the main reason why I decided to purchase the Morphy Richards Select 404 food processor. This food processor is in the medium price bracket at £57.99. It has a 1kg dry weight capacity, a 1.5 litre liquid capacity, and a 1-litre liquidiser. Which should suit most peoples needs. The unit has two speeds and pulse so you're not limited to a single speed. The processor also has stainless steel chopping blades, these blades give the best performance and they don't rust. The most important feature when buying a food processor is the blades. There is no shortage of blades on this unit, it has coarse slicing and chopping blades and best of all the potato-chipping blade. This feature is a godsend; it chips your chips in minutes. It's a pity it doesn't peel them all well. Other features include a balloon whisk this is ideal for making cakes. There is a food pusher, spatula and blade holding disk. A very important feature on this food processor is the safety locking system; you wouldn't want your child to have no fingers would you. Well you can rest easy with this unit, and be safe in knowing that's it's virtually impossible for your child to open the lid. The bowl and lid are dishwasher safe, and you even get a 2 years manufactures guarantee. This food processor is excellent value for money; it has all the features you could ever need. You can prepare even the most mundane of food preparation tasks easily and quickly. This unit is well worth £57.99 and I would recommend paying that little bit extra for safety and quality.